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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

For Accepted Students

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Important COVID-19 Information

May 27, 2020- Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, the Office of Precollege Programs is closed this summer beginning on May 30th. We look forward to connecting with everyone in the fall and remain hopeful that we can begin planning for the summer 2021 Precollege Programs. 

April 15, 2020—Smith College and the Smith College COVID-19 Response Team announced today that on-campus summer programs will not be running in 2020. Smith Precollege Programs are canceled for summer 2020. 

Program fees paid to Smith for these canceled programs will be refunded. Smith cannot reimburse the application fee or cost of any travel or supplies purchased in preparation for our programs. Refunds will be applied to your account by May 15, 2020. We thank you for your patience as we process them as quickly as possible.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the summer precollege team at

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Will my application outcome (acceptance, waitlist, denied) be deferred to summer 2021?

No. We will not be deferring acceptance. Students are welcome to apply when our 2021 Application opens.

Will Smith Precollege Programs offer any digital or online learning this summer?

No. We will not be offering any online learning for precollege students in summer 2020.

I am a student connected to a Program Partner (i.e. Schuler Scholar Foundation, Achievement First Schools, REACH Memphis) is there anything special I should know?

Please connect with your Program Partner liaison. They have been provided additional information about refunds and summer 2021.

What does age-eligible for Precollege Programs Summer 2021 mean?

Age-eligible for summer 2021 means that you would be entering grades 9-12 in fall 2021.

Enrollment Process

If you have been accepted into Smith Precollege Programs, you must complete the following items before attending our program. It is critical that we receive these materials on or before the deadlines listed below. Failure to complete these items in a timely manner may prevent you from attending.

Requirement Due date
Course Selection Form
(Summer Science and Engineering Program and Women’s Writing Workshop only. Women’s History,
Field Studies and College Admission Workshop do not have a Course Selection Form.)  
May 20–29
Student Information & Travel Details June 10 Portal June 10

Course Selection Form

Students will receive their course selection form by May 20. Students must complete this form by May 29, and classroom placement notifications will be sent by June 10.

Student Information & Travel Details

In April, 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. Portal

After the program deposit has been paid students and parents/guardians will receive a "Welcome Email" from is 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).


Getaways are optional weekend trips that do not have an academic focus. Unlike field trips, which are included in the program, getaways require a separate fee. Getaways are nonrefundable. Students may elect to not go on the trip; however, the fee will not be refunded. 

What to Bring

New England is famous for its changing weather, but summers in Northampton are usually warm and sunny, with the occasional rainstorm. Sheets, pillow, blanket, towel and washcloth are provided. Rooms are not air-conditioned, but fans are provided. When packing, use the packing list below as a helpful guide.

Smith has two gymnasiums, an indoor pool, 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.

Participant Handbook

We offer a comprehensive handbook for participants. 


By Bus

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.

By Train

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.

By Airplane

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.

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.

Airport Shuttle

The shuttle to and from Bradley International Airport is $35 ($70 roundtrip).

All requests for shuttle transportation must be received by June 15. You will mark your shuttle selection in the Supplemental Form.

Arriving at Smith

Date Leaving airport
July 4 (early arrival) Between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
July 5 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
July 19 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

Leaving for Airport

Date Leaving Smith
July 18 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 11 a.m.
July 25 7 a.m., 10 a.m.
August 1 8 a.m. (two-week programs), 1 p.m. (SSEP)

Program Calendar

College Admission Workshop

Sunday, July 19, 2020
3-5 p.m. Registration
5-6 p.m. Parent Q&A
TBD Residential orientation
  Day student optional check-in
Monday, July 20, 2020
8–9 a.m. Day student check-in
Saturday, July 25, 2020
9-11 a.m. Departure

Sustainable Futures: Farming, Justice and the Environment

Sunday, July 19, 2020
3-5 p.m. Registration
5-6 p.m. Parent Q&A
TBD Residential orientation
Monday, July 20, 2020
9 a.m. Classes begin
Saturday, August 1, 2020
9-11 a.m. Departure

Women, Gender & Representation

Sunday, July 19, 2020
3-5 p.m. Registration
5-6 p.m. Parent Q&A
TBD Residential orientation
Monday, July 20, 2020
9 a.m. Classes begin
Saturday, August 1, 2020
9-11 a.m. Departure

Summer Science & Engineering Program (SSEP)

Sunday, July 5, 2020
1-4 p.m. Registration
4-5 p.m. Parent Q&A
TBD Residential orientation
Monday, July 6, 2020
9 a.m. Classes begin
  Program orientation
Friday, July 17, 2020
6:30-8:30 p.m. First session presentations*
Saturday, July 18, 2020
9 a.m.-noon First session presentations*
Friday, July 31, 2020
6:30-8:30 p.m. Second session presentations*
Saturday, August 1, 2020
9 a.m.-noon Second session presentations*
Noon Lunch**
by 1:30 p.m. Departure

*Open to family and friends.

**Family and friends are invited to stay for lunch following presentations.

Creative Writing Workshop

Sunday, July 5, 2020
1-4 p.m. Registration
4-5 p.m. Parent Q&A
TBD Residential orientation
Monday, July 6, 2020
9 a.m. Classes begin
Saturday, July 18, 2020
9-11 a.m. Departure



Office of Precollege Programs

30 Belmont Avenue
Smith College
Northampton MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-4455
Fax: 413-585-4344