For Accepted Students
Welcome! We are excited to have you in our programs this summer. Please review the information on this page that is pertinent to your program experience and let us know if you have any questions. We are here to help you.
See you this summer!
Participants in Summer at Smith Precollege Programs are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct, which states:
- Participants are expected to adhere to the highest standards of good citizenship, honesty, and integrity in their academic work and in their personal conduct.
- Participants are expected to show courtesy and respect for their fellow participants, for Smith College personnel, and for College visitors.
- Participants must abide by the Summer at Smith COVID-19 Culture of Care protocol.
- Participants shall not take part in or facilitate discrimination of any kind, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on gender, gender identity, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, handicap, or intelligence.
- Participants are expected to show respect for and take reasonable care of College property, including their residences, dining halls, classrooms, and other Smith facilities, equipment and furnishings (for instance, course materials, computers, street signs, and other structures in outdoor areas).
- Participants are expected to respect the belongings of their fellow participants. They shall not borrow, use, or disturb items belonging to other participants or Summer at Smith summer staff without clear prior permission. Participants also are expected to respect the belongings of the participants of other programs at Smith and other Smith visitors.
- Participants shall not use, possess, or distribute alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarettes, or drugs, including cannabis, with the exception of prescription and over-the-counter medications approved for use by the participant’s parent or guardian and Precollege Health Care Team. Participation in an incident involving the above-mentioned substances is cause for immediate dismissal.
- Participants are expected to be well behaved and follow the instructions of the residential staff, instructional staff, and other College personnel. Unruly behavior will not be tolerated.
- Participants shall not commit acts of violence on persons or property, nor shall they threaten to commit any act of violence. Any threat or act of violence is cause for immediate dismissal.
- Participants shall not engage in any form of harassment or bullying. Harassment consists of conduct of any type (including but not limited to written, verbal, graphic or physical conduct) which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance, or which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning, residential, or working environment.
- Participants shall not engage in any form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment includes sexual conduct, or conduct with sexual overtones, which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning, residential, or working environment.
- Participants shall uphold high standards of academic integrity through honesty, trust, fairness and responsibility. Participants are expected to demonstrate a spirit of cooperation and exploration within the academic guidelines provided by their instructors, and to meet the intellectual challenges of the program through honest effort and hard work.
- Participants shall abide by all federal, state, and local laws.
Failure to abide by any Code of Conduct rule may result in the immediate dismissal from a Smith Summer Program and removal from the Smith College campus, even for first time offenders. In addition, violations of the law (for example, drug or alcohol use) will be reported to the Smith College Campus Police. Parents or guardians will immediately be notified of violations.
Smith College Precollege Programs is focused on providing an experience that helps students develop self-reliance, accountability, independence, and academic curiosity. Frequent intervention by parents/guardians undermines these goals. Accordingly, to create a successful summer experience, all parents/guardians are expected to refrain from interceding on behalf of their participants and to adhere to civil, respectful, truthful and cooperative behavior at all times. Required forms must be fully completed and submitted on time. All specified deadlines must be met, including but not limited to registration, check-in, medication drop off (if applicable), and check-out.
Failure by parents/guardians to abide by our Code of Conduct may result in the immediate dismissal of their participant(s) from Smith Precollege Programs. Participant(s) will not be allowed to remain on campus, and parents/guardians will be responsible for transporting them from campus at that time.
Not all students are ready or able to meet our conduct expectations in a communal residential environment. Accordingly, we encourage students and their parents/guardians to discuss our Student and Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct prior to submitting applications and prior to enrollment in Smith College Precollege Programs.
Students may withdraw from a course and receive a tuition refund on or before June 1, 2023. Your deposit and application fee is nonrefundable. Notification of all withdrawals must be submitted in writing to Smith College Precollege Programs. If you are unable to attend your program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Tuition refunds are prorated according to the following schedule.
|Date||Refund Amount, Less the Deposit & Application Fee|
|May 15, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. ET||100%|
|May 31, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. ET||50%|
|June 1, 2023, or later||No refund|
- If a student leaves the program early for any reason, no portion of tuition will be refunded.
- Refunds may be given for some extenuating circumstances when the parent/guardian submits a written request to the director of Precollege Programs.
- If the on-campus program is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, admitted students who paid the enrollment deposit will be automatically switched to an online program. Students who do not wish to participate in our online program will receive a 50% refund of their enrollment deposit.
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19 just before the start of the program and is unable to attend, a full refund, including 50% of the deposit, will be issued. The student or parent/guardian must contact the Precollege Program Office in writing. Precollege Programs will work with students who may have to arrive late due to testing positive for COVID-19. Smith Precollege Programs follows the CDC guidelines for Quarantine and Isolation.
Coming to Campus
COVID-19 protocols are subject to change based on caseloads, research, current data, and government guidelines and recommendations. Smith will continue to examine and adjust protocols based on evolving information. While the COVID-19 vaccine is no longer required for community members, the college strongly recommends that all members of the community follow CDC COVID-19 vaccination guidelines, including being up to date with all COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. If you have questions, please visit the Schacht Center web page to learn more. Students who are immunocompromised and/or disabled are encouraged to visit the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to learn more about their services.
In late April, students and parents/guardians will receive a welcome email from CampDoc.com., an electronic health record system we use to consolidate and integrate student enrollment forms and health information. The security, confidentiality and privacy of your personal health information will always be protected. A completed Campdoc profile includes:
All enrollment forms signed:
- Assumption of Risk
- Media Consent
- Rules & Regulations Contract
- Policy on Acceptable Use of Computer Resource
Medical Examination form completed by a physician. Examination is acceptable when performed no more than 12 months prior to your arrival at Smith.
Proof of all required vaccinations.
TB risk assessment completed by you and your physician.
If applicable, current and accurate prescribed medication profile.
Accurate allergy information (if you have an EpiPen you need to list it in the medication profile).
Additional Health Information
Student Information & Travel Details
In early June, deposited students will receive a link to a form to provide student information and travel details. This form provides our office with additional details about the student as well as intended travel plans.
Weather in New England
New England is famous for its changing weather, but summers in Northampton are usually warm and sunny, with the occasional rainstorm. Most rooms do not have air conditioning. Each student is given a box fan. We have a house laundry service that provides clean linens. For personal laundry, please bring quarters (coins) for the machines. It costs $3, total, to wash and dry a load. Each house has washers and dryers. We will provide laundry detergent, to be kept in the laundry rooms of each house. It will be a generic, unscented brand of detergent.
Smith provides sheets, blanket, pillow, towel and washcloth. At registration we will also provide each student with a Smith College t-shirt, a key/card lanyard and holder.
Facilities on Campus
Smith has two gymnasiums, indoor and outdoor track and tennis facilities, squash courts, dance studio, croquet court and fitness center. Smith is also home to a distinguished art museum, an award-winning botanic garden and greenhouse, four exciting libraries and a rare book room. The Campus Center features a bookstore and café.
- Weapons (including pocket knives)
- Cigarettes, Juuls, vaporizers or any form of tobacco
- Cannabis in any form
- Illegal drugs
Precollege Programs does not permit candles or open flames or wall hangings in the rooms.
Summer at Smith students may not wear anything that depicts drugs, violence, illegal activities or hate speech. While in class, students are expected to dress for learning in a college environment.
- shorts and at least one pair of long pants
- suitable walking shoes
- sweatshirt or light jacket (classrooms tend to run very cold)
- rain boots, umbrella, rain jacket
- business attire for final presentation(s)
- cell phone and charger
- face masks and hand sanitizer
- sunscreen and bug spray (the Health Center will also have some available)
- pads and/or tampons (we do have a small supply for emergencies)
- shower shoes (flip-flops)
- water bottle
- spending money
- backpack or day bag
- a laptop and charger, if you have one (you can also use the campus library computers)
- swimsuit and beach towel (we will offer weekend swimming excursions and the Smith pool may have hours during the week)
- snacks (nut-free)
SSEP Students will be working in the lab and will need:
- closed-toe shoes
- at least one pair of long pants
Field Studies for Sustainable Futures students will be working outside and getting dirty and will need:
- comfortable, rugged shoes (hiking and farm tours)
- loose-fitting clothes (movement exercises)
- at least one pair of long pants
Peter Pan, Greyhound and Vermont Transit serve the area. Most routes go to the main bus terminal in Springfield, where you can catch another bus to Northampton. Buses run almost hourly between Springfield and Northampton. Smith is a 10-minute walk or a short taxi ride from the bus station. Call 413-586-1030 for bus schedules.
Amtrak’s Vermonter stops in Northampton. Smith is a short taxi ride from the train platform. For more information, visit Amtrak's website or call 800-872-7245.
Bradley International Airport (BDL), located in Windsor Locks, Conn., is the only airport for which we will be providing transportation to campus. We are unable to assume responsibility for unaccompanied minors.
Taxi and Transportation Services
Transportation to Smith from the Boston or Hartford airports is available from several services. Reservations may be required.
- Affordable Airport Car Service, 413-739-7293
- Exclusive Car Service, 413-534-3505 or 877-695-4665
- GoGreen Cab Co., 413-586-0707
- Lindsey Limousine, 860-289-5466
- Michael’s Limousine Services, 413-583-6392 or 800-533-8470
- Reliable Limousine Service, 413-315-9919
- Seemo Shuttle, 413-586-1120 or 800-908-2829
Please be aware that while services like Uber and Lyft may be readily available from airport regions they are not reliable services to use when departing from Northampton to catch a departing flight at the end of your program.
Precollege Airport Shuttle Service
Arrival Shuttles: Our staff will be at the airport early in the day to greet students in baggage claim and to wait with them until the Smith shuttles leave for campus.
Shuttles departure Bradley airport at:
July 9: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.
July 23: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Departure Shuttles: Our staff members assist students into the airport and ensure they get through the security checkpoint. Our staff cannot be responsible for unaccompanied minors who are flying. The times listed below are when shuttles leave the campus.
Shuttles departure from Smith:
July 22 - 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m.
July 29 - 6 a.m., 9 a.m.
August 5 - 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m.
Please note the specific times for this service and plan your travel accordingly. Smith shuttles will only pick up students at assigned time slots. If the assigned times create a conflict, students should contact an outside transportation service, which the student must pay for. See the “By Air” section on the Visiting Smith page for a list of outside transportation services.
Registration and Checkout
|Program||Registration Times||Checkout Times|
|College Readiness||July 23, 2023: 2–5 p.m.||July 29, 2023: 9–11 a.m.|
|Creative Writing Workshop||July 9, 2023: 12 p.m.–4 p.m.||July 22, 2023: 9–11 a.m.|
|Summer Science & Engineering||First Session: July 9, 2023: 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Second Session: July 23, 2023: 2–5 p.m.
|First Session: July 22, 2023: 9–11 a.m.
Second Session: August 5, 2023: 9 a.m.–noon
|Sustainable Futures||July 23, 2023: 2–5 p.m.||August 5, 2023: 9 a.m.–noon|
|Women, Gender & Representation||July 23, 2023: 2–5 p.m.||August 5, 2023: 9 a.m.–noon|
Early registration is held the Saturday of Registration Weekend (July 8 or July 22). Students CANNOT register until 6:00 p.m. on the respective Saturday. There is a $175 early arrival fee.
Important Checkout Information
Students must be off campus by the times listed above. We cannot accommodate late checkouts. Early checkouts may begin after 8 p.m. on the last Friday of the program.