Our mission at the class deans office is to help you make the most of your time at Smith. The class dean is responsible for your overall academic program. You are encouraged to see your dean privately throughout the year regarding any issue, whether academic or personal. Your class dean is available to assist with course registration and procedures, academic options and general advice on such matters as study abroad, summer school and leaves of absence. We work closely with the registrar’s office to ensure that you are meeting your degree requirements.
A student may petition the Administrative Board to consider an exception to an academic regulation. Petitions are decided by a Board vote, to that end, submissions are not guaranteed approval.
Petitions received during the academic year by noon on Friday are reviewed by the Administrative Board (in most cases) the following Tuesday. If Monday is a holiday, the deadline to petition the board is noon on Thursday. Petitions received after the deadline will be reviewed the following week. Incomplete petitions will not be reviewed.
Submitting a petition does not guarantee that your request will be approved. Please note: the Administrative Board does not meet during fall break or winter break.
To petition the board please use the Administrative Board Petition Form.
Planning on taking a summer or interterm course? Please see the registrar’s website for information on transfer credit.
Meet the Class Deans
Welcome new first-years, transfers, visiting students & Ada Comstock Scholars! The New Students website is designed to help new entering students navigate life at Smith and find important information and links to a variety of resources on campus.