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College Readiness

Young woman practices interviewing skills during Smith College admission workshop

Spend an intensive week working on your college application in the morning, then College-Level Composition in the afternoon. This one-week program will help you prepare for college. This program is for those who need to catch up after remote learning, want to broaden their academic skills or need guidance in preparing their applications.

Program at a Glance



July 23–29, 2023


Tuition: $2,595
Deposit: $520

You’ll Gain

  • A polished application essay
  • Public speaking and interviewing readiness
  • Self-editing skills

You’ve Got This!

Learn how to personalize your applications so they—and you—stand out. Admission professionals will share the latest insider expertise on how to successfully navigate the college application process.

Workshops are led by Smith’s professional admission staff and visiting admission officers from other top-ranked colleges and universities.

Ruth Penberthy ’21

Program Details

2023 College Readiness Program Tuition

Tuition: $2,595 | Deposit: $520

Deposit due within two weeks of acceptance.

To learn more, see the Apply to Summer Programs webpage.

2023 College Readiness Program Schedule

July 23–July 29, 2023

Classes are Monday–Friday


Morning sessions are 9 a.m.–noon
Afternoon class from 1–4 p.m.



What You Will Gain

A Polished Essay
You will finish the program with a complete, or almost complete, admission essay for the Common Application, as well as tips on ways to customize your essay for individual college applications.

Public Speaking & Interviewing Readiness
You will gain new confidence and skills for public speaking, and learn to talk comfortably about yourself and your achievements in a college interview.

Composition Class—Self-Editing Skills
By developing skills in critical thinking and writing—including critical reading, as well as revising, creating and defending an argument—you will learn how to write successfully for any personal, professional, or academic assignment.

Composition Class

In college, you will be expected to write longer, open-ended papers that are free from repetition, incorporate multiple sources, and most importantly, demonstrate a unique, in-depth analysis and understanding of the source materials. In college, great writing generates new knowledge and ideas that show critical and creative thinking that transcends simply understanding the reading.

This class will help you produce great writing: based on the Colloquia in Writing course for Smith undergraduates, you will study the stages of a college essay: deconstructing the assignment, creating an efficient outline, writing a rough first draft, making global revisions, and adding the finishing touches to the final draft. Class time involves in-class writing assignments, discussion, lecture, workshops and one-on-one teacher/student conferences.