How to Apply
The 2015 SSEP is open to academically talented girls who will enter grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 in fall 2015.
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.
Applications to SSEP will not be reviewed until all materials are received. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials necessary for a completed application are received by the Office of Nondegree Programs by the deadline date.
$40 application fee, payable to Smith College. This can be submitted online with a credit card or by check (see "Make a Payment" below).
Submit a 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.
Please give the form to a teacher who knows you well. Ask your teacher to complete it and return it to us via USPS.
Recommendation Form (PDF)
Please have an official transcript mailed to the Office of Nondegree Programs.
Please submit all materials to:
Office of Nondegree Programs
30 Belmont Avenue
Northampton, MA 01063
For International Students
International students must complete the Certification of Finances before Smith College can send you an I-20, which is your visa application.
SSEP has rolling admissions until April 11, 2015. The final deadline is May 1, 2015. All completed applications received before this date will be evaluated. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as we receive three to four times the number of available spots in the program.
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.
Program Costs & Fees
$40 (nonrefundable) application fee
2015 Program Fee
$5,500 (includes deposit*, all program materials and activities; does not include application fee)
*A $1,000 nonrefundable deposit is due two weeks after acceptance.
Full payment of all program fees is due by May 15. Final payment is non-refundable.
Make a Payment
Please make checks payable to Smith College.
Online payments may be made using our secure form. Click here to make a payment.
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.
The priority deadline for financial aid is March 1.