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How to Apply

Eligibility

The 2015 SSEP is open to academically talented girls who will enter grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 in fall 2014.

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.

Costs

There is a $35 application fee.

Deposit

A nonrefundable $1000 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance.

2015 Program Fee

The fee for participating in the 2015 Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program is $5,500, which covers the cost of all program materials and activities.

Full payment of all program fees are due by May 23.

Please make checks payable to Smith College.

Make Payments Online

Payments may be made using our secure form.

Financial Aid

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.

Application

Applications will include the following:

  1. $35 application fee, payable to Smith College. This can be submitted online with a credit card, or by check.
  2. Completed SSEP application
  3. 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
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form (PDF)
    Please give the form to a teacher who knows you well to complete and return to us via regular mail
  5. 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
Smith College
30 Belmont Avenue
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2165
Email: scraig@smith.edu

For International Students

It is necessary for you to complete the Certification of Finances before Smith College can send you an I-20, which is your visa application.

Deadlines

SSEP has rolling admissions until May 1, the final deadline (March 1 is the priority financial aid deadline). All complete applications received before this date will be evaluated. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as we receive three to four times the number of applications as we have places in the program.

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.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding application deadlines.

Notification

We review completed applications and respond within six to eight weeks. Please feel free to contact us to ensure that your application is complete.