How to Apply
The 2013 SSEP is open to academically talented girls who will enter grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 in fall 2013.
Enrollment in the program is limited to ensure the quality of the academic experience. The SSEP has a selective admissions process, based on academic performance in middle or high school, a written essay and a teacher recommendation. The program welcomes applications from students with all levels of previous science training. Students need not have taken advanced science courses but must have a strong record of academic achievement, a high level of motivation and a willingness to explore.
In all of its programming, Smith is committed to reaching a diverse student body.
The fee for participating in the 2013 Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program is $5,000, which covers the cost of all program materials and activities.
There is a $35 application fee.
Partial to full financial aid is available to a limited number of participants and is awarded solely on the basis of demonstrated financial need. More than half the participants in last year's program received financial aid.
Students requesting financial aid must complete the financial aid application (PDF) and submit it with their completed application materials.
Applications will include the following:
- $35 application fee, payable to Smith College. This can be submitted online with a credit card, or by check.
- Completed SSEP application
- Written essay (one to two typed, double-spaced pages); please tell us why you are interested in SSEP and what you hope to accomplish during the summer
- Teacher Recommendation Form (PDF)
Please give the form to a teacher who knows you well to complete and return to us via regular mail
- Current school transcript. Please ask your school to send an official transcript to the Office of Nondegree Programs.
Please note that the teacher recommendation and official transcript cannot be submitted online. Please submit forms to:
Office of Nondegree Programs
30 Belmont Avenue
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: (413) 585-2165
SSEP has rolling admissions until May 1, the final deadline. All complete applications received before this date will be evaluated. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as the program has a long waiting list. Applications to the SSEP will not be reviewed until all materials are received. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials necessary for a complete application are received by the Office of Nondegree Programs by the deadline date.
Please note: Plan to apply as soon as possible. We receive three to four times the number of applicants as we have places in the program. It is best to apply before the application deadline of May 1; contact us if you have any questions regarding application deadlines.
We review completed applications and respond within six to eight weeks. Please feel free to contact us to ensure that your application is complete.