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Frequently Asked Questions

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Precollege Programs is here to offer opportunities for high school women that give them the freedom to explore. Smith welcomes to these programs young women from many nationalities and diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds who together form an extraordinary intellectual community. The learning environment is hands-on, collaborative, exploratory, challenging and rich in role models. Have questions? We encourage you to get in touch!


Important COVID-19 Information

We understand the heightened concerns students and families have surrounding COVID-19. To ensure the safety of our community, Smith College is closely monitoring developments and adjusting our on-campus program policies as necessary. At this time, we plan to hold a small two-week session of Precollege Programs and are excited to welcome students to campus. We are committed to offering a safe program for our precollege students and the Smith Community.

We will be in regular contact with applicants and admitted students with information related to COVID-19 and new developments that may affect the program. Applicants will be notified if the on-campus program is canceled because of coronavirus concerns, and their candidacy will be reviewed for our remote learning program. Admitted students who paid the enrollment deposit will be automatically switched to the online program and refunded the cost difference. Students who do not wish to participate in our remote learning program will receive a 50 percent refund of their enrollment deposit.

The on-campus Summer Precollege Program experience is being developed in the spirit of Smith’s COVID-19 Culture of Care and in keeping with local, state and federal guidelines. We will continue to update information leading up to our summer programs.


Frequently Asked Questions for Summer Precollege Programs Offered Remotely

What happens if the course in which I am enrolled is canceled?

In the event that a course does not reach its minimum capacity, the program will be canceled. If this happens, you will have the choice of receiving a full refund (less the application fee) or you can choose to enroll in a different course. If you choose to enroll in a different course, please note that your eligibility may need to be reconfirmed depending on your new program selection.

What technology is required for remote courses (offered online)?

Students must have access to a computer or laptop with a webcam and reliable access to the Internet to be successful in a remote program. Some programs have specific additional requirements.

How many courses can I enroll in?

Students in our summer programs offered remotely are allowed to take up to two courses in each two-week session as long as the synchronous class times do not conflict. The only exception is Summer Science and Engineering, where students may only take one course per the two-week session, given the time commitment needed to complete the course(s).

What happens if I decide to withdraw from the remote summer program?

If you withdraw from any of our programs (on-campus or remote) you are not refunded the application fee or the enrollment deposit.

Are there office hours?

Yes. Classroom assistants (Smith undergraduates) will hold office hours twice a week. The exact time(s) will be communicated once your course has begun. Instructors will also be available for questions and additional support.

When does my remote class meet and is there other course work (asynchronous)?

Students will attend class during the designated meeting times found on the individual course description pages. All courses are offered synchronously with live classroom instruction and have asynchronous course work as well. Asynchronous work varies by course and program. Courses are designed to be experiential and collaborative. Course instructors may schedule additional Zoom sessions for students who want more time to discuss course content or if additional course time is needed. Sessions will be scheduled at the instructor’s discretion and with the student availability in mind.

What participation is expected of me in remote classes?

Students are expected to participate actively in class and to collaborate with their peers and program instructors. Discussions, group work, and in-class presentations given by students are regular components of our courses. The remote classroom functions as a community of learners and thinkers.

All students are required to use webcams, headsets and microphones so they can engage in active discussion and contribute to the online classroom community.

What if I can’t make every class time?

Students should enroll in classes they can attend regularly. We understand that things come up. If a student needs to miss a class, they are expected to notify the instructor and classroom assistant ahead of time. The student must complete the course work on their own time so they do not fall behind. If a student misses more than two classes in a row without notification from the parent/guardian, a member of the administrative team will be in contact with the parent/guardian.


Frequently Asked Questions for Precollege Programs On Campus

What happens if the on-campus program is canceled? 

If the on-campus program is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, admitted students who paid the enrollment deposit will be automatically switched to the online program. Students who do not wish to participate in our online program will receive a 50% refund of their enrollment deposit. 

What is Smith College’s COVID-19 response plan? 

Please visit our Culture of Care website to learn more about navigating on-campus life during COVID-19. 

 

What happens if I decide to withdraw from the on-campus program?

If you withdraw from any of our programs (on-campus or remote) you are not refunded the application fee or the enrollment deposit.