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Precollege summer program students

High school students in Precollege Programs join a community of scholars to pursue their academic and extracurricular passions at Smith College—either remotely or on campus. What sets us apart from other programs is Smith’s commitment to helping students build college connections—with each other, faculty, staff and undergrads. Through daily and intentional after-class activities, the precollege team creates an environment to support growth and community.

A Typical Day for Remote Students

Attend your class(es) during the day. Join an evening activity on Monday, Wednesday or Friday (see below for examples). Classroom assistants (Smith Undergrads) host weekly office hours on Tuesday to discuss classwork and a Tea on Thursday for remote program participants to get to know each other and ask questions about precollege programs and the Smith experience. There will also be remote discussions and academic lectures that students are welcome to attend.

Program Schedule*

Monday Class during the day, evening activity
Tuesday Class during the day, office hours with Smith undergrads
Wednesday Class during the day, evening activity
Thursday Class during the day, evening “tea” with Smith undergrads
Friday Class during the day, evening activity

*All classes are held M-F, see course listings for unique class times. Additional activities and sessions are optional. No activities or sessions are offered on weekends.


A Typical Day for On-Campus Students

In-person classes go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After that, your time is yours. We hope to safely offer you access to the following on-campus amenities: two indoor gyms, outdoor track and field, botanic gardens, Smith’s distinguished art museum and the new Neilson Library. There are after-class activities every day (see examples below). Academic lectures and office hours are also hosted throughout each week. Meals will be provided in a Smith dining hall. Smith Precollege Programs will continue to follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for all activities which means that access to some spaces on campus may be limited. Meals may be staggered and taken in small groups while observing social distancing and mask-wearing, when possible.

Program Schedule

7–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m.–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


After-Class Activities

The program offers after-class activities—both in person and remotely—to enhance personal growth and creativity. Remote activities are offered three times a week after class; in-person activities meet daily. Examples include:

  • Art and Inclusivity—with the Smith College Museum of Art
  • Plant Literacy: The Basics—with the Botanic Garden
  • Vision Boarding and Writing Prompts
  • DIY Recycled Notebooks
  • Bullet Journaling
  • How to Naturally Dye Your Clothes
  • Yoga in the Garden
  • ’Zine Making
  • Designing Your Life: The Next Five Years
  • Cancel Culture: Discussion and Critique