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Letter to Parents & Families

Dear Family Member:

Welcome to Smith College and to Residence Life! Residence Life at Smith is unique because students live in houses rather than "dorms" or residence halls. House living will become an important part of their Smith College experience.

Houses at Smith were designed to foster a feeling of "home" and help build strong communities that students can thrive in. Students will have the opportunity to live in a diverse community with students from all over the world. Coming together, students will each bring their own expectations, culture and values to their college experience. Throughout the year, your student will be challenged to see the world differently and with a broader perspective than when they arrived. Of course, we will be available to assist them with those challenges, help them learn to advocate for themselves, and show them the valuable leadership and social opportunities that are available at Smith.

We are excited to receive them and watch them flourish under our wing. We invite you to share your concerns throughout the year as you also adjust to living apart from your Smith College student.

Becky Shaw
Director, Residence Life