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COVID-19 Related Updates to Benefits

A new resource has been added for information about benefits and COVID-19. Please see detailed information on the COVID-19 Benefits page.

Our benefits are an important investment for Smith College. We're proud of these offerings and know that, together with the continued dedication and support of our outstanding faculty and staff, they form the basis of what makes Smith College a great place to work.

For complete information on a particular benefit plan offered at Smith, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 413-585-2270.


The benefits summarized here are not conditions of employment. Smith College, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to amend, modify or terminate any plan or provision at any time. (Smith College has the sole and absolute authority to interpret the terms of these plans, determine benefit eligibility and resolve any and all ambiguities on inconsistencies in the plans.)

Benefited Leaves

Family-Related Leaves

Childbearing and other family-related issues can present significant challenges to employees. Balancing work and other college commitments while coping with a new baby or a family emergency can be stressful. Smith works hard to achieve an environment that is supportive of family needs by offering family leave, paternal leave, adoption leave and flexible work schedules.

See the Employee Handbook for terms and eligibility.

Flexible Work Arrangements

Wherever possible Smith strives to be flexible to help employees achieve a balance between work and home responsibilities. Managers will carefully consider requests for arrangements such as flextime, job sharing and part-time employment.


Smith observes a number of holidays throughout the year. Whenever possible, department heads are encouraged to grant time off for the observance of religious and other holidays that are not official college holidays. This time off may be taken as personal time, vacation or short-term absence without pay.

See the Employee Handbook for terms and eligibility.

Personal Time

Paid personal time is available for use in the case of family illness or emergencies, or to meet other personal obligations that arise. You may also use your personal time to observe a religious or other holiday that is not an official college holiday or in the event of inclement weather when the college is not officially closed. Additional personal time off is granted by Smith for bereavement leave, jury duty leave, military reserve training and active military duty leave.

See the Employee Handbook for terms and eligibility.


Vacations are important for rest and relaxation and Smith encourages you to use your full vacation allotment each year. Vacation entitlement varies depending on whether you work an academic or full-year position. Administrative support staff in regular positions accrue vacation weekly, depending on years of service. Administrative staff in academic-year positions are entitled to approximately 10 recess days per year to be taken during official school recess periods. In regular positions, employees accrue vacation at 1.67 days per month up to 20 days per year.

See the Employee Handbook for terms and eligibility.

Health & Wellness Plans

The following are brief descriptions of the health and wellness plans offered by Smith College.

For additional information on these benefits please contact the health & wellness administrator, at 413-585-2275.

Health Care Plans

Smith offers four health plan options through Harvard Pilgrim. You may elect either a HMO, a Value HMO plan, a Point of Service Plan (POS), or a High Deductible Plan (HDHP).

Health insurance premiums are deducted from your salary on a pretax basis. If your date of employment falls on the first day of a month, your eligibility begins on that day. Otherwise, your eligibility begins on the first of the month following your date of employment. There are no preexisting condition restrictions. In addition, the college provides a health expense subsidy (from $500 to $2,869 in 2019) for employees who carry double, child(ren), or family coverage and whose family income is less than $66,876. The application is located on our Forms page.

Contact Harvard Pilgrim

To learn about benefits, programs, and discounts offered through Harvard Pilgrim, or to find a physician, change your address, or change your Primary Care Physician (PCP), visit or call.

Members: 1-888-333-4742

Non-Members: 1-800-848-9995

Comparison Charts & Excel Cost Estimator

You can use the Health Plan Comparison Tool to determine which health plan (HMO, Value HMO, POS, or HDHP) may be the best option for you. This tool will estimate your total out of pocket costs (combined premiums and cost of care) for all three plans. The tool allows you to estimate your health needs for 2019 and uses average costs for different services along with Smith's actual premiums to arrive at the estimated total cost for each plan selected. Click below to download the tool to your computer.

Comparison Charts

All Harvard Pilgrim plans cover one annual eye exam and pediatric dental care for children under age 13 (must be a Harvard Pilgrim dentist). For all health plans you must use a Harvard Pilgrim provider in order to receive in-network coverage. The HDHP and POS plan also offer out-of-network coverage.

HMO Plan

The HMO plan covers in-network services only. There is no annual deductible.

Referrals from your PCP are required for services such as hospital services and surgery as well as office visits to specialists.

To find a PCP/provider, please visit the Harvard Pilgrim website.

You can find more information about this plan in the Schedule of Benefits.

Consider Your Health Care Plan Carefully

The Value HMO plan offers you the option to save in premium costs even if you use deductible services.

Value HMO Plan

The Value HMO plan covers in-network services only. There is an annual deductible of $500 per person and $1,000 per double/family on diagnostic services (tests) and procedures.

Hospital services and surgery, outpatient co-pay, inpatient co-pay, physical/occupational therapy, and mental health/substance abuse inpatient care are subject to the deductible, but are covered in full after the deductible is met.

Referrals from your PCP are required for services such as hospital services and surgery as well as office visits to specialists.

To find a PCP/provider, please visit the Harvard Pilgrim website.

You can find more information about this plan in the Schedule of Benefits.

NOTICE: Each of our plans cover out-of-network medical emergencies. If you are hospitalized, you, or someone on your behalf (family, attending physician, etc.), must call your PCP within 48 hours. If covered under the Value HMO and HMO plans, any follow-up care must be done in-network in order to receive coverage.

POS Plan

The POS plan offers both in-network and out-of-network services. You do not need a referral from your PCP in order to receive out-of-network services. Anything out-of-network typically results in higher out-of-pocket costs.

There is no in-network annual deductible. However, the out-of-network annual deductible is $400 per person and $800 per double/family. After the deductible is met, you pay 20% for out-of-network services.

You can find more information about this plan in the Schedule of Benefits.

HDHP Plan With HSA

The HDHP plan offers both in-network and out-of-network services. Out-of-network services have a higher out-of-pocket cost than in-network.

The annual deductible is $1,500 per person and $3,000 per double/family for in-network care. For out-of-network, the deductible is $3,000 and $6,000 respectively. Prior Approval is required for certain out-of-network benefits. Before you receive services from a non-plan provider refer to or contact Member Services at 1-888-333-4742 for the complete listing of out-of-network services that require prior approval.

After the deductible is met, the plan will begin to pay toward your claims, and you will pay coinsurance (a percentage) on certain services.

The annual out-of-pocket maximum is $3,000 per person and $6,000 per double/family for in-network care. For out-of-network, the out-of-pocket maximum is $6,000 and $12,000 respectively. Once the out-of-pocket maximum has been reached, no additional member cost sharing will be applied for the remainder of the calendar year.

NOTICE: If you have family coverage, the out-of-pocket maximum may be met by any combination of covered family members. The individual out-of-pocket maximum does not apply.

Smith College contributes $500 per person or $1,000 per double/family to a Health Savings Account in your name. You can also make voluntary pre-tax contributions to the account. Unlike the FSA, any funds in the HSA will roll over into the next year.

NOTICE: After July 1 of a given calendar year, the Smith College HSA contribution is prorated, becoming $250 per individual and $500 per double/family. The annual deductible amounts remain the same regardless of when you enroll.

Preventative services are covered in full in-network and out-of-network before and after the deductible is met. Examples of preventative services include routine exams, immunizations, screenings and tests, etc.

You can find more information about this plan in the Schedule of Benefits.

Affordable Care Act Notice of Exchanges

The following document contains general information as well as information on how to complete the Marketplace application based on Smith College's health coverage:

Find a Physician in Northampton

If you would like information regarding physicians in the Northampton area, please visit the Cooley Dickinson website at

Find a Provider Through Harvard Pilgrim

If you have an existing Primary Care Physician or are looking for one in the area, you can search for a provider who is accepting new patients on Harvard Pilgrim's website without needing to log in as a member. For our plans, use the following criteria to search:

HMO and Value HMO - HMO or HMO Open Access

POS - POS or POS Open Access



OptumRx offers a variety of pharmacy and prescription services. As a new provider for Smith College, you may notice difference between OptumRx and our last provider. If you have any questions not addressed on this page, please log onto or call at 1-888-374-8127.

Prescription Deductible

Smith College’s health plan includes an annual prescription deductible. This deductible only applies to Tier 2 and Tier 3 prescriptions, preferred brand name and non-preferred brand name respectively.

Generic prescriptions are only subject to the copay and are a less expensive alternative to brand name drugs.

The prescription deductible is $100 per person and $200 per double/family. If the deductible applies to you, you would pay $100 and the copay for your prescription for the first month. Once the deductible is met, you will pay the copay for the following months until the end of the year.

Online Account

Once you receive your Harvard Pilgrim member card, please create an account at to see the plan’s deductible and copays reflected, or download the OptumRx app. There, you can set up mail order prescriptions and compare generic and brand name drugs.

NOTICE: If you view a drug cost list without logging in, it will show you the regular market price of the medication without your insurance coverage.

Offered Prescription Services

Home Delivery

Prescriptions through OptumRx can be picked up at your pharmacy or delivered through mail order. To receive your prescription through mail order, please visit or talk to your doctor.

Hassle-Free Fill

You have the option to set up a recurring, automatic refill for any eligible home delivery medication. Using the OptumRx website, you can adjust the refill date or cancel a refill at any time.

Specialty Pharmacy

BriovaRx is the specialty pharmacy for OptumRx, and is included as a benefit. BriovaRx provides specialty medications and some clinical support for complex conditions, including cancer, arthritis, etc.

To contact BriovaRx, call 1-855-427-4682 or visit

Contact OptumRx

Customer Service and Home Delivery: 1-888-374-8127

TTY: 711

Website Issues & Password Resets: 1-800-788-4863

Dental Plan

Smith offers two dental plans through Delta Dental. Both plans cover 100 percent of preventive dental expenses, and 80 percent of basic restorative dental expenses.

High Plan

The "High Plan" has a maximum benefit of $2,000 per family member per calendar year, includes 50 percent coverage for orthodontics (up to a lifetime maximum of $1,500) and 50 percent coverage for major restorative work.

Value Plan

The "Value Plan" includes a $50 per individual/$100 per family deductible, which is waived for diagnostic and preventative categories. The calendar year maximum is $1,000 per person. New dentures, bridges, implants and crowns are NOT covered. See coverage summaries below for details.


To contact the Delta Dental customer service center, call 800-872-0500 or visit

Vision Plan

Visit in-network providers for an annual exam (with dilation as necessary) at no cost, as well as allowances and discounts on eyewear. Download the EyeMed app to track claims, find a provider and save your vision prescription. For more information, visit or call 1-866-804-0982.

Flex Spending Accounts

Smith's flexible benefit plans allow your medical and dental insurance premiums to be deducted from your paycheck before taxes are taken out. In this way, you never pay federal, state and Social Security taxes on these premiums. The flexible benefits plan also allows you to set up accounts that help you save tax dollars on your out-of-pocket medical/dental/vision care and employment related dependent care costs.

The money you elect to set aside is taken from your paycheck before taxes in equal increments throughout the calendar year. IRS regulations state that any unused funds remaining in the accounts at year-end must be forfeited, and the changes or terminations of contributions during the plan year can only be made under specific conditions.

Smith uses Benefit Strategies to administer our flexible spending account plans. To contact the customer service center for Benefit Strategies call 888-401-FLEX (3539) or visit their website,

Health Care Spending Account

This account allows you to set aside up to $2,700 per year on a pretax basis to pay for out-of-pocket health, dental or vision care costs.

Dependent Reimbursement Accounts

To help with the high cost of day care, this account allows you to set aside up to $5,000 of your pretax earnings to pay for qualified dependent care expenses.

Life Insurance

Effective January 1, 2019, the college selected Lincoln Financial Group to provide Group Term Life and Long Term Disability insurance. The life insurance coverage is equal to your annual salary rounded to the next highest $1,000. You have the option of purchasing additional coverage equal to one, two, three, four or five times your annual salary.

The college provides long-term disability insurance for all benefits-eligible employees. If a physician determines that you are physically or mentally incapable of doing your job and your claim is accepted by Lincoln Financial, you would continue to collect 60 percent of your salary tax-free. If approved, income benefits become payable 180 days from your last day worked.

Additional Services

To access the Life Services Website, go to the Lincoln Financial Login and select "Register for an account." Use the company code smith-ee. All information and services remain confidential, the college does not and will not know who uses the service and/or for what.

To contact the Lincoln Financial customer service center, call 800-423-2765 or visit

For information about benefits eligibility, see the Employee Handbook.

Non-Benefits Eligible Employees

For those employees who are not benefits-eligible, you’ll find health insurance options through the Commonwealth Health Connector by calling 1-877-MA-ENROLL (1-877-623-6765) or by visiting


The decision to retire should be made after several years of careful thought and planning. Financial considerations are a major factor in this decision, and the retirement plan's options may help you to meet your goals.

The college's Retirement Plan provides a significant contribution to income replacement for employees upon retirement. The plan is fully funded by the college, and you are not required to make any matching contribution.

The college contributes 9 percent of your eligible earnings up to an integration level, and 13.3 percent of your earnings above the integration level, to your retirement account. The college's contributions to your retirement account are fully vested beginning with the first contribution.

The integration level is established each year. It is $65,914 for 2020.

All employees are welcome to make voluntary contributions to the retirement plan. Contribution percentages may be changed at any time; participation is optional and there is no waiting period.

Employees may also start, change, or stop their voluntary contribution election through their Workday account.

The IRS limits the amount of voluntary contributions individuals are allowed to contribute in any particular tax year. In 2020, it is $19,500 for those age 49 and younger, and $26,000 (including the $6,500 catch-up provision) for those turning age 50 this year or older.

Smith College Students Employed in the Summer

Smith College students who work at Smith in the summer are eligible to contribute a percentage of their summer earnings to the Smith College Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. If a student does not wish to contribute, they must waive the Voluntary Pre-Tax and Roth After-Tax elections in Workday.

Plan Information and Tools Available Online

Visit for convenient access to a variety of information including an overview of the plan, frequently asked questions, and investment-related information. You may also schedule an appointment to meet with your local Voya Representative, Mary Ellen Gordon.

Within My Learning Center, there are planning tools and calculators, including My Retirement Overview®. This tool may help you identify any potential future shortfalls in your retirement savings and give you a better understanding of what's needed to meet your retirement income objectives. Are you ahead, or do you have some catching up to do? It’s an easy and quick way to check where you stand.

The Seminar Library provides online educational seminars covering a variety of financial education topics that you may view at your own pace whenever and wherever it is convenient for you.

Requesting A Retirement Plan Transaction

To request rollovers out of the plan, withdrawals, or other transactions, simply contact the retirement services provider (Voya, TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, etc.) directly.

Smith College transaction approvals are now handled online; there is no need to bring your paperwork to the college for a signature.

Loans are limited and are only available through Voya. To apply for a loan, contact Voya directly.

Retirement Plan Investment Committee

Smith College, like other nonprofit institutions, is subject to increased oversight of its retirement plan. The college is required to review and monitor the performance of funds available for retirement investments instead of simply offering a menu of choices. To comply with these regulations, the president formed a Retirement Plan Investment Committee.

The committee works with an investment or fiduciary advisory firm to establish Smith's internal governance procedures, and to select and monitor investment choices. The key objectives of the committee are to:

  • Ensure that decisions about the retirement plan are in the best interests of the plan participants (employees)
  • Select mutual fund investment offerings
  • Monitor the retirement vendors and the funds offered using measures and benchmarks in various areas affecting plan assets, including investment performance, fees and expenses
Committee Members
David DeSwert

Vice President for Finance & Administration

Anne-Marie Szmyt

Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Lynn Cocco

Assistant Director, Compensation and Benefits

Bill Peterson

Associate Provost, Dean for Academic Development

Susan Sayre

Assistant Professor, Economics Department

Kate Gola

Director of Budgets and Financial Planning, Finance Office

Cailyn Reed

Endowment & Investment Account Manager, Finance Office

About Voya

An overview of Voya, including the company's U.S. history and frequently asked questions can be found on its website,

Account statements are uploaded to participants' online accounts on a quarterly basis. Voya will mail a paper copy upon request.

Moving Retirement Assets to Voya

You may exchange, or transfer, funds to Voya from American Century, Fidelity or TIAA-CREF for no fee; however, your prior retirement vendor may have fees or withdrawal restrictions on existing contracts. We encourage you to talk with a Voya representative to discuss your specific account to determine the best course of action for your situation.

For instructions and information about the exchange, or transfer, process, contact one of Voya's dedicated specialists:

Contact Voya

8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday–Thursday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday

Individual Consultations

To help with your retirement planning, Smith recommends that you meet with a financial advisor for an individual consultation. You may arrange for an individual appointment with Mary Ellen Gordon at no additional cost to you.

Mary Ellen's services are provided through the fees that all participants pay under the retirement plan.

To choose from available appointment times with Mary Ellen Gordon, go to or call 877-645-5206. You may also send questions to Mary Ellen by email at

Retirement Service Providers' Websites

Contact information is provided below for Voya, the plan's current record keeper, and former retirement service providers. For detailed plan information, go to

Getting Ready to Choose Your Retirement Date?

You will have many questions as you start thinking about when you want to retire. Human Resources prepared the document below to assist you with your planning:

Health Insurance for Early Retirees (ERO)

Employees who retire from Smith College between the ages of 62 and 65, and who have a minimum of 10 years of consecutive service in a regular position at Smith College immediately prior to retirement, may continue to participate in the college's group health plan until age 65, with the college paying half its normal benefit. To enroll for this program, please contact Maddy Cohen at 413-585-2287.

For other retiring employees, Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) are available beginning at age 65.

Medicare Supplemental Health Plan for Smith College Retirees

Smith College retirees and spouses may elect coverage for supplemental plans offered by MountainOne Insurance through the Benistar Employee Services Trust Program. The Benistar plans include two supplement plans that allow you to see any Medicare participating provider nationally. 


For questions regarding retirement benefits, contact Human Resources at 413-585-2287.

Employee Assistance

At times in our lives, we all have personal concerns that are too difficult to deal with ourselves.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free benefit provided by Smith College to help employees work through life's challenges. The program, offered through the New Directions EAP, is a confidential and voluntary counseling referral service provided free of charge to employees and members of their family household.


Employees and their family and household members are each eligible for services.


Emotional Well-Being

E4 Health offers twelve sessions, per issue, per contract year (July 1 to June 30).* The EAP can help with a variety of issues including: anxiety, grief, communication problems, drinking or drug use, domestic violence, marital/family concerns, mood swings, depression, parenting, stress (at work or home, or financial), work issues, suicidal thoughts and more.

Legal Consultation & Referrals

Call to be connected to a free, 30-minute consultation with an advice attorney for most legal matters. Should your matter be more complex, you will be referred to an attorney at a 25% discount.

Financial Consultation & Referrals

Financial professionals are available to provide free telephonic consultation on most financial issues.

Family & Caregiving Resources & Referrals

Specialists can provide in-depth consultation, resources and referrals on concerns such as childcare, eldercare, pet care, special needs programs and more.

*If you think you may need more than twelve sessions with a counselor and you have Harvard Pilgrim, you may want to ask New Directions if they can help you set up an appointment with a counselor who is also a Harvard Pilgrim provider. After you have used your twelve sessions through the EAP you can utilize your mental health benefit through Harvard Pilgrim and continue to see the same counselor. For more information about the Harvard Pilgrim Mental Health Benefit, call 888-333-4742 or contact Human Resources.


To utilize this benefit, call New Directions EAP, at 800-828-6025, identify yourself as a Smith College employee or dependent, and the staff will help you set up an appointment with a licensed counselor near your home or workplace.

You can call during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, or if the matter is more urgent, call anytime, 24 hours a day, even on weekends and holidays.

To log in as a guest, the username is Smith College and the password is guest.

PrivacyArmor by InfoArmor

Smith College began offering identity theft protection starting January 1, 2020. This service is available to all benefits eligible employees and is completely voluntary.

You can opt in and out of the plan at any time during the year.

The Family plan will cover any individuals in your household even if they are not a dependent on your insurance. For example, if you have a parent physically living in your household and is financially dependent on you, they are eligible for identity theft protection through your PrivacyArmor Family plan.

Emerson-Lewis Fund

The Emerson-Lewis Fund was established in 1921 by the Smith Class of 1901 in memory of two classmates. Income from the Fund, which is administered by a committee, is used to assist employees of the college community in times of emergency when a gift of money would come in useful. While the funds at its disposal are limited, the committee hopes that they will not only provide financial assistance, but will also convey the support of a caring community.

Written applications to the Fund may be made either by an individual or by the individual's supervisor. Applications should be addressed either to Susan Etheredge, Chair, Emerson-Lewis Committee, Morgan Hall 202 or to Elena Palladino, Board of Trustees Office, College Hall 207. They should explain the circumstances of the emergency, request a specific sum, and be accompanied by proof of expenditures.

Tuition Assistance Programs

Smith’s commitment to academic achievement and lifelong learning is what we are all about. In support of this commitment, we make a significant investment in providing employees with rich opportunities for professional growth and development. Tuition assistance is available to eligible employees, their spouse, and their children as follows:

Smith College Employees
Spouses of Eligible Smith College Employees
College-Age Children
School-Age Children
Infants & Preschool Children

Work/Life Benefits

Employee Discount Program

Smith partners with several vendors in the Northampton area to provide an Employee Discount Program. All discounts offered are individual by the respective vendors.

These discounts vary widely from vendor to vendor. Often the discount does not apply to all store items. Call ahead or ask whether the discount applies before making your purchase. For more information, contact Kate Harrington.

Auto & Home Insurance Discounts

Local insurance agencies offering insurance discounts to Smith College employees:

UMass Five College Credit Union

As a Smith College employee, you and your family may become members of the UMass Five College Federal Credit Union. The credit union offers many services and programs to assist members with college tuition costs:

Transportation Benefits

Transit Subsidy Program

Smith College recognizes that faculty and staff commuting to campus as the sole occupants of vehicles has an impact to the environment and imposes stress to availability of campus parking.

This policy:

  • Has been developed to complement a series of transportation demand management policies including parking opt-out, free passage on five college buses during the academic year, parking pass fees, free ride home and availability of two ride-sharing services all designed to work in concert to reduce the number of commuter trips by individuals in vehicles.
  • Creates a more equitable transit subsidy system where employees who live in areas not served by Five College bus routes (those routes that are subsidized through Five Colleges, Inc. – PVTA routes B38, B39, M40 and B43) are eligible for reduced fares on other routes.
  • Supports compliance with Massachusetts Rideshare regulations (310 CMR 7.16) (a state-wide air quality regulation and is part of the Commonwealth's plan to reduce air pollution and to achieve and maintain health-based federal quality standards).
  • Satisfies Smith's commitment to the "Provision of Public Transportation," one of the "tangible actions" included within the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. This action is defined as follows: Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors to your institution.

The subsidy is valid only for employees who do not live in the area served by the Five College bus routes (those routes that are subsidized through Five Colleges Inc. – PVTA routes B38, B39, M40 and B43) which already offer free passage during the academic year.

Maximum IRS reimbursement limit is $255 per month. Reimbursement is not subject to income taxes per IRS Publication 15-B.

To receive reimbursement for a monthly or weekly transit pass, employees must fill out and submit a Transit Pass Reimbursement Form and provide proof of purchase (receipt) to Human Resources.


The NuRide ride share program offers rewards when you walk, bicycle, take public transit, carpool and more. The program allows you to earn points each time you take a "green trip" then, redeem those points for rewards like local and national restaurant coupons, retailer discounts, and tickets to shows and attractions. In addition, NuRide will help you find someone with whom to carpool.

Smith Wellness Programs

Get Fit Smith

The athletic department's Get Fit Smith classes are open to the entire Smith community on a drop-in, first-come basis. With fun and relaxation in mind, workshops include yoga, Pilates, awesome abs, strength and conditioning training, personal training and aerobics.

Employee Fitness Program

The ESS Fitness Program is open to all Smith College employees and their immediate families on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited. Employees who participate in two sessions (spring, summer or fall) may be eligible for the $150 fitness reimbursement through Harvard Pilgrim. Visit the ESS Fitness Program, and log into your Harvard Pilgrim account for instructions and forms.

Exercise & Sport Studies Courses

Employees are eligible for employee tuition assistance when they enroll in courses offered through the Exercise & Sport Studies Program. Courses include yoga, fencing, golf, swimming, diving, aqua-aerobics, tennis, badminton, kick boxing, kayaking, canoeing and more. To find course listings, go to the Smith College Course Catalog.

For information on the tuition benefit policy, see the Employee Handbook.

Harvard Pilgrim Wellness Programs

Harvard Pilgrim has created a website just for the Smith College community that offers information on health and wellness, member savings, the pharmacy program and plan information.

To view the online options for wellness, click on the link for "Health & Wellness." You do not need to be a Harvard Pilgrim subscriber to access many of the online tools such as:

  • Disease, Condition & Preventive Care Programs and Tools
  • Health Quizzes and Tools
  • Preventative Care Recommendations
  • Health Topics A–Z
  • Health Education Materials

HPHConnect for Members Account

With your secure, password-protected account, you have access to plan information, plus health improvement and decision-making tools. Go to create an account. You will enter your HP ID number (from your ID card) and birth date. Harvard Pilgrim will send you a password to activate your account.

Member Savings

Harvard Pilgrim members can receive a fitness reimbursement up to $150 per calendar year for membership at a qualified health and fitness club. Log into your Harvard Pilgrim account for instructions and forms

Local Health Education Classes

Harvard Pilgrim members can save on a wide variety of health education courses and preventive health services throughout the area. Preregistration is required for most classes. For dates, times or fees, call the phone number provided in the Complete List of Health Classes. For more information, call (617) 509-7311 or (800) 287-9793.


Strategies for Quitting Smoking

Stress Management

Other Resources


The USDA website offers you a personal eating plan with the foods and amounts that are right for you, as well as a detailed assessment of your food intake and physical activity level by using the food pyramid system.

American Heart Association

Visit the American Heart Association website if you want to know your risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease in the next 10 years. You can also calculate your personal risks and dangers from high blood pressure, and learn what you can do to lower your risks.