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Life at Smith

Precollege summer program students in the dining hall

A big part of your experience will be getting a real feel for college life and independent living. Immerse yourself in a campus setting that will inspire you, with the added benefit of caring supervision and guidance from a residential director and interns.

Live & Eat on Campus

Enjoy a room in one of Smith’s beautiful houses, each with a living room that serves as a great home base. Students stay in Talbot, Lamont, Gillett and Northrop houses. Smith houses have single and double rooms, and most participants will have a roommate.

Each house has its own dining hall, and Smith's food is delicious and nutritious. Three meals a day are provided. The Dining Services staff accommodate gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets. They also work with participants who have other dietary restrictions.

A Typical Day

Classes go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After that, you can use all of the campus facilities. Smith College has two gymnasiums, an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor track and tennis facilities, squash courts, dance studio, croquet court and fitness center. Smith is also home to a distinguished art museum, an award-winning botanic garden and a greenhouse. Downtown Northampton is a short walk away and students are permitted to go downtown when class is not in session.

There is always an organized activity to join—or you can spend time with your friends from the programs. Each program offers some of its own activities outside of the classroom, but we also plan activities that all students will want to participate in. There are also optional getaways, which require a separate fee.

7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9-noon Morning class
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch
1-4 p.m. Afternoon class
5:30-7 p.m. Dinner
7-10 p.m. Fun house activities that change daily
11 p.m. Quiet hours

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have a roommate?

Maybe. Our houses are comprised of single and double bedrooms. Most students will room with another student, but some students will be in a single. We also may mix students from other programs.

Can I request a roommate?

Yes. We will do our best to honor requests as long as both students make the same request and are on campus during the same timeframe.

I live near Smith; may I commute?

Smith precollege programs are residential, and there are no commuters. Living away from home with your friends in the program is a great learning experience (plus it is lots of fun). We don't want you to miss out on this by going home after classes. The only commuters permitted are College Admission Workshop day students.

What if I miss home?

We expect that some participants will miss home. When you arrive at Smith on that first Sunday, you'll see right away that our staff is prepared to help you. We'll greet you, assist you in settling into your room, give you a tour of the campus, sit with you over dinner in the house dining room and introduce you to lots of new friends. The next morning, we will escort you to your first class, and you'll be on your way! The Summer at Smith staff is here for you. Our staff and college student staff know what it is like to be away from home and are here to listen and support you through your journey in our program.

What is weather like in Northampton?

New England weather is unpredictable. It is recommended that students bring clothes suitable for cool nights and hot days.

Can friends and relatives visit me while I am at Smith?

Yes, but they are not permitted in your house once the program is in session. We have a strict no-visitor policy in all houses. Visitors may not transport students unless parents/guardians have given written permission.

Can I receive mail while in the program?

Yes. It will be delivered to the houses as we receive it. The Office of Precollege Programs is not responsible for any lost mail nor the tracking of mail. We will not assist in the sending of mail or returning of packages. Please keep in mind that all mail is delivered first to a central processing center so there will be an extra two to three days added to your expected time of delivery.

People may send mail to:

[Student’s name]
[Program Title e.g., Creative Writing]
Office of Precollege Programs
30 Belmont Avenue
Northampton, MA 01063