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Graduating Early

Graduating early is known as acceleration. If you have enough credit to graduate and can complete your major you may, with the agreement of your adviser and department, ask the Administrative Board to accelerate the degree process to allow you to graduate early.

Eligibility

Normally, to accelerate you must:

  • have a cumulative average of at least a B (3.0)
  • have been in residence at Smith College for four semesters, including two of your final four semesters
  • submit your acceleration form at least two semesters ahead of time if you are planning to study abroad
  • talk with your class dean before filling out the form

Maximum Transfer Credits

To graduate early, you may apply no more than a combined total of 32 credits of:

  • advanced placement (or IB, Abitur, etc.)
  • prematriculation (college credit earned before beginning your studies at Smith)
  • interterm
  • summer school

See Transfer Credit for limits on different kinds of credit.


Apply for Acceleration

Type directly into the form; it will add your credits for you. When the form is completed, print it and obtain the signatures of your adviser and the chair of your department. Submit the form to the class deans office.


Financial Aid

Your financial aid award will not be adjusted if you graduate early. Smith does not offer financial aid to help cover the expense of summer school.