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Office of Summer Programs

30 Belmont Avenue
Smith College
Northampton MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-4455
Fax: 413-585-4344
Young woman writing in journal during Smith College's summer programs

Please Note

Applications are still being accepted for the College Admission Workshop. All other 2018 Precollege Programs are full as of June 1, 2018.


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.

Who Should Apply

Summer Precollege Programs at Smith are open to academically talented young women who will enter grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 in fall 2018. Enrollment is limited to ensure a quality academic experience. The program’s selective admissions process is based on a student’s academic performance in middle or high school, a written essay and a teacher recommendation. Students must have a strong record of academic achievement, a high level of motivation and a willingness to explore.

Application Process

Applications will not be reviewed until all materials (application, essay, recommendation, transcript and financial aid application, if applicable) have been received. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials necessary for a complete application are received by Summer Precollege Programs at Smith. Admissions are rolling until all programs are filled.

Financial aid is available on a limited basis. Applicants must submit a complete application with all materials by the listed deadline to be considered.

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 Summer Program prior to May 1.

December 2018 program application opens.
March 1 Priority deadline*
To be considered in our first round of applicants, a complete application is due at this time.
March 1 Financial aid deadline
All applicants requesting financial aid must submit a complete application by March 1. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
March 31 International student application deadline
Applications and $100 international student application fee are due at this time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
April 24 The $50 application fee increases to $100.
June 1 (midnight) Last day applications will be accepted for domestic students.

*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’m Accepted?

We only review complete applications. Once we have received your completed application, we will contact you within two 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.


Official Transcript

Please have an official transcript mailed or faxed to the Office of Summer Programs.

Application Fee

Domestic applicants $50
International applicants $100

Financial Aid Form (If Applicable)

Smith Precollege Summer 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 Summer Programs & Conference Services
Smith College
30 Belmont Avenue
Northampton, MA 01063

Fax: 413-585-4344