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Office of Precollege Programs

30 Belmont Avenue
Smith College
Northampton MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-4455
Fax: 413-585-4344
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Applying is easy! Go to our online application and create a login. You will be able to return to this login screen to submit all required materials.

Summer 2020 Information Coming Soon!

All content on the precollege websites is from our fantastic 2019 season. Stay tuned for updates!

Application Dates & Deadlines

Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis until programs are filled. It is recommended that you submit a complete application, including all additional materials, to the Office of Precollege Programs prior to May 1.

Mid-December 2019 program application opens
March 1 Early Decision Deadline
Apply by this date if you would like to be considered in our first round of applicants. Applicants will hear back on March 18, 2019 on their acceptance status. Financial aid applicants will not be considered at this time.
March 22 Financial Aid Deadline
Apply by the date if you are submitting a financial aid application. All applicants who are applying for financial aid will hear back on April 8, 2019.
March 31 International Application Deadline
Applications and $100 international student application fee are due at this time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
April 22 The $50 application fee increases to $100.
June 1  Application closes.

*After March 1, admission outcomes are determined on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to submit a completed application as soon as possible. Programs are closed once they reach capacity.

How will I know If I am accepted?

We only review complete applications. Once we have received your completed application, we will contact you within three weeks. Students will either be accepted, put on a waitlist, or denied. Please feel free to contact our office to ensure that your application is complete.

Deposit Upon Acceptance

A nonrefundable deposit is due within 10 business days of acceptance into a precollege program. See Costs & Payments for more information.


Personal Essay

Please choose ONE of the following three questions as your essay prompt. Your essay is meant to help our admission committee better understand you as a student and a person. Please give an in depth and authentic response. We want to learn about you! Your essay should be 250-500 words.

  1. Tell us about the experience, event, book, movie, person, place, etc. that initially sparked your interest in the field you are applying for (i.e. writing, science, history, field studies). What was it about this event, person, etc. that inspired you?
  2. Discuss the role that (writing, science, history, field studies) currently plays in your life.
  3. Tell us why you want to attend an intensive program in your chosen field at Smith College.

Academic Letter of Recommendation

All applicants must submit one academic recommendation from a teacher. Applicants are permitted to provide one supplemental recommendation, but it is not required. The second recommendation should come from a teacher, guidance counselor or internship coordinator. The admission committee will not consider more than two recommendations. Students who submit one recommendation will not be at a disadvantage when considered for admission.


You can upload a transcript to your online application. Or, you can email or fax the transcript to the Office of Precollege Programs.

Application Fee

Domestic applicants $50
International applicants $100

All application fees are nonrefundable.

Financial Aid Form (If Applicable)

Smith Precollege Programs financial assistance 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 submit the Financial Aid form with your application.

Where to Send Forms

Your recommendation and transcript can be sent to:

Office of Precollege Programs
Smith College
30 Belmont Avenue
Northampton, MA 01063

Fax: 413-585-4344