Undocumented & DACAmented Student Resources
Since early 2017, executive orders enacted by the Trump administration have created significant volatility in U.S. immigration policy. Amid this uncertainty, Smith College remains deeply committed to protecting and supporting all members of our community.
For Prospective Students
Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students follow the procedures and requirements for first-year or transfer admission. They are evaluated in the same way as U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Undocumented and DACA students may apply under any admission plan, including January admission.
For more information, please visit the admission websites for:
- First-Year Applicants
- International Applicants
- Transfer Applicants
- Ada Comstock Scholars Program Applicants
Please contact the Office of Admission if you have further questions.
- Provide equal access to institutional need-based financial aid and campus employment for undocumented students studying in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
- Evaluate undocumented and DACA students under the same procedures and requirements we use for first-year or transfer admission for U.S. citizens in making admission decisions.
- Take no voluntary action that would put members of our community at risk because of their citizenship or immigration status.
- Resist releasing information about students’ citizenship or immigration status unless we are legally compelled to do so; if presented with a subpoena or other imperative, we will seek legal counsel before taking any steps to comply.
- Continue our practice of strictly limiting the use of eVerify, the online system that cross-checks employment eligibility with the Department of Homeland Security, so that it is used only when we are legally required to do so. We will not use eVerify for routine matters, such as work-study employment.
- Facilitate access to legal counsel for undocumented students and for international students affected by the travel ban.
- Provide students with need-based financial support to cover the costs of meeting immigration application fees as necessary.
- Facilitate finding year-round housing for international students, potentially on campus or through the alumnae network, if any cannot go home because of travel bans.
The Undocumented Student Working Group, comprised of faculty, students and staff, is charged with insuring that undocumented students at Smith are able to take full advantage of all opportunities to the fullest possible extent. The working group will consider issues of inclusion in the academic program, residence halls and all aspects of campus life. The group will meet regularly until we are confident that we have procedures in place to address existing student concerns and have identified a process for directing new concerns that emerge. After that time, the group could be reconvened to assess the policies and procedures to ensure they remain effective, and to address any new issues that arise.
- Michael Ireland, Associate Director of Student Financial Services
- Michelle Joffroy, Associate Professor of Spanish
- Josh Miller, Professor of Social Work
- Julie Ohotnicky, Dean of Students
- Joanna Olin, Chief of Staff, co-chair
- L'Tanya Richmond, Dean of Multicultural Affairs
- Audrey Smith, Vice President for Enrollment, co-chair
- Two student members
Letters From President Kathleen McCartney
- Statement on Family Separation, June 21, 2018
- Continued Support for Undocumented Students, May 3, 2018
- DACA and the Smith Community, February 27, 2018
- Responding to President Trump's DACA Decision, September 5, 2017
- Immigration Services Visit to Campus, May 23, 2017
- Response to Deportation and Detention Actions, February 11, 2017
- Protecting and Supporting All Members of Our Community, February 7, 2017
- Response to the Executive Order on Immigration, January 29, 2017
- Protecting Undocumented Students at Smith, November 28, 2016
- Responding to Concerns in the Wake of the Election, November 15, 2016
Public Statements Signed by Smith
- Letter From Massachusetts College and University Presidents in Support of International Students, September 16, 2019
- More Than 65 U.S. Colleges and Universities Support Legal Challenge to New Unlawful Presence Policy, December 21, 2018
- The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, November 14, 2017
- College and University Presidents Urge Congress to Pass Legislation Protecting Dreamers, October 19, 2017
- Letter From College and University Presidents to President Trump About “Dreamers,” March 16, 2017
- Letter From College and University Presidents to Homeland Security Secretary on President's Immigration Executive Order, February 3, 2017
- Higher Education Leaders Urge Continuation of DACA, November 21, 2016
Resources for Students
The following administrative staff members serve as resources for undocumented student concerns. They can provide information on support available—on campus, in the area and in the larger academic community—for undocumented students. In an off-hours emergency, they can be contacted through dispatch (2490 from a campus phone; 413-585-2490 from a cell phone or off campus).
- International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
- Admission and Financial Aid for Undocumented Students
- Smith College Counseling Services
- Immigrant Protection Project
- Informed Immigrant
- Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration: Where DACA Stands Now (PDF)
- DACA Renewal Resources from Ready California
- The New Americans Hotline, 800-566-7636
- United We Dream
- We Stand With Our Students
- Administrative Relief
- FAQ: Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (PDF)