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Important COVID-19 Information

At this time we are preparing to run the 2020 Precollege Programs on the Smith College Campus. We will update this site and reach out to all applicants if anything changes.

Smith College Summer Programs continues to closely monitor the COVID-1 situation and prioritize the health and safety of our community. The college will continue to rely on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of State to guide our decision making. Health and safety are at the forefront of all decisions we make.

For updates on Smith’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page.

Planning Information

In the event that our programs are canceled, a full refund will be issued, less the application fee.

Families with students traveling to our precollege programs should monitor local travel restrictions, as well as the U.S. State Department website, for updates. We urge families and participants to consider insurance that covers cancellation or change in travel plans.

Students who are not able to come to Smith Precollege Programs as a result of travel or visa restrictions enacted by the U.S. government, personal health or safety concerns, or due to the program being canceled, will receive a full refund of the deposit and program fee they paid to Smith. Please note that the U.S. government will not issue refunds for SEVIS fees or for non-immigrant visa fees. We will not be offering refunds for the nonrefundable application fee.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the summer precollege team at or 413-585-2165. 

2020 Program Tuition

College Admission Workshop


Sustainable Futures: Farming, Justice and the Environment  $3,385
Women, Gender and Representation $3,385
Summer Science & Engineering Program $6,540
Creative Writing Workshop $3,385
  • Tuition covers room, board and all academic costs, including books, classroom field trips, etc.
  • Tuition includes the nonrefundable deposit.

Application Fee

Domestic applicants $50
International applicants $125

All application fees are nonrefundable.

Nonrefundable Deposit

A nonrefundable deposit is due within 10 business days of acceptance into a precollege program.

College Admission Residential $340
College Admission Day Student $175
Sustainable Futures: Farming, Justice and the Environment $680
Women, Gender and Representation $680
Summer Science & Engineering Program $1,310
Creative Writing Workshop $680

Program Payments

Tuition for all programs is due by May 15. If you are accepted into the program after May 15, full payment is due immediately.

Refund Policy

  • All program deposits are nonrefundable.
  • Tuition is nonrefundable after May 15.
  • If an accepted student drops out after May 15, or leaves the program early for any reason, no portion of tuition will be refunded. Some extenuating circumstances may be considered if the parent or guardian submits a written request to the director of Precollege Programs.

Early Registration Discount

If you pay in full by April 1 and do not request financial aid, you are eligible to the discounts below (there is no early registration discount for the College Admission Workshop).

Sustainable Futures: Farming, Justice and the Environment $150
Women, Gender and Representation $150
Summer Science & Engineering Program $200
Creative Writing Workshop $150

Optional Fees

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.


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. 

Financial Assistance

Smith Precollege Summer Programs financial aid is available to a limited number of participants and is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and eligibility for the program. To be considered for financial aid, you must complete the financial aid section on the application and upload tax documentation.

Financial Aid Deadline Update
Smith Precollege Programs has extended the financial aid application deadline to April 10, 2020, due to extended school closures across the country. We encourage students who can provide a complete application to submit as soon as possible. We will continue to reassess this deadline as the time draws nearer and may offer additional extensions. 

Foundation Partners

Below is a list of the organizations and foundations that partner with Smith Precollege Programs. Some of these foundations work with high school students only from particular schools or communities where the foundation is located. Others work broadly, referring and recommending students from throughout the United States.

We value our engagement with these organizations. Many offer both financial support and ongoing relationships to their high-achieving young scholars, giving advice, support and assistance to students and their families through the Precollege application process.