The application to Return to Smith in Spring 2024 will be available shortly after the start of the Fall 2023 semester.
The Administrative Board is responsible for overseeing the Return to Smith process. Requirements for return may vary depending on the reason for withdrawal. For a description of the Administrative Board and rules regarding leaves, withdrawal, and Return to Smith, please refer to the current Smith College Catalog.
If you are a financial aid recipient contact Student Financial Services early in the Return to Smith process.
If you need health clearance contact the Schacht Center for Health & Wellness early in the Return to Smith request. (Health clearance is a separate process and may take time as your health care provider must communicate with our Health Services staff.)
Return to Smith Deadlines
|November 1||For the following spring semester|
|March 1||For the following fall semester|
Be sure we have your current email address and phone number. Return to Smith is managed through email and phone, and we need to be able to reach you.
The Return to Smith Process
Start by reviewing the letter you received upon your withdrawal from Smith College to determine whether or not you have met the conditions requested by the Administrative Board. If you need a copy of your withdrawal letter, please request it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be considered for return, The Return to Smith Committee requires the following:
- A complete Return to Smith Application which includes a personal statement. Contact email@example.com to request a link to the Return to Smith Application and indicate whether or not you took a medical leave.
- Official transcripts for any credit earned if you studied while away.
- Clearance from Health Services (if required).
- Clearance from Student Financial Services.
- A conversation with the appropriate class dean.
Submit your completed application. Official transcripts should be sent from the institution directly to our office via email or U. S. mail before the Return to Smith deadline if possible. Call the Class Deans Office at (413-585-4915) to schedule a conversation with a class dean.
After Return to Smith Approval
Once your Return to Smith has been approved, you will be notified by the class deans office and asked to submit a check or money order for $100 made out to Smith College and sent to the registrar's office to cover the general deposit required of all approved to return students. Until this deposit is received, you will not be considered an enrolled student (your housing will not be assigned and your financial aid will not be calculated).
Along with the general deposit, you must fill out the room assignment request for readmitted students. The form is required of all approved to return students, even those requesting permission to live off campus.
Coming Back to Smith
Check with the Office of Residence Life regarding housing assignments, return date and key pick-up.
You should arrange to meet with your adviser to discuss your course selections. Your adviser will have access to lifting your registration hold a couple weeks before the semester starts. However, please note that your adviser will not necessarily be on campus and available to meet prior to the beginning of classes. You will receive information from the registrar's office about registration before the semester starts. You will have the first two weeks of classes to add/drop courses online.
If you have a declared major, the chair of your department will also be able to lift the registration hold in order to be able to register. If you have not declared a major, your liberal arts adviser and your class dean will be able to help you with lifting the hold in order to be able to register.
Please make an appointment with your class dean to follow up on your academic plan for successful completion of your degree.