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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 dive into one of two academic tracks—College-Level Composition or a College Chemistry Lab—in the afternoon. This one-week program will help you prepare for college. It 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 Dates: July 24–July 30, 2022

Smith Precollege is offering in-person opportunities for summer 2022. We do not plan to offer remote summer opportunities at this time.
Accepting students who will be rising 11th and 12th graders in 2022.

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

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.

College Readiness Program Schedule

July 24–July 30, 2022

Classes are Monday–Friday


Morning sessions are 9 a.m.–noon
Afternoon specialized tracks from 1–3 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 Track—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.

Chemistry Track—College-Level Lab Exposure
You will learn lab safety and materials handling to prepare for college lab courses and research environments. You will gain experience in commonly used lab techniques such as calorimetry, natural product extraction and spectroscopy.

Because collaborative group work and effective communication are essential for scientists in training, this course will help you develop skills in scientific writing and presentation. Students will be assigned to small group projects and will practice ways to present their data. We will go over the structure of a research paper and spend some time writing a lab report.

You will expand your skills in scientific literacy and learn to critically read scientific papers. Short homework readings will help students to feel comfortable using scientific language and encourage critical evaluation of the data and conclusions presented.


Chemistry Lab*

Spend your afternoons analyzing the chemistry and biology of food. Using a number of analytical techniques, you will learn how scientists determine the nutritional content of whole foods. Participants will look for chemicals that are commonly used as food additives and discuss their impact on human health. The class will take a holistic look at the food we eat and explore how food (and plants in particular) can affect health and serve as sources of medicine. This course will focus on experimental data collection with a short introductory lecture and post-lab discussion.

*There is no prerequisite for this course.


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.

*There is no prerequisite for this course.