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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. 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

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.

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 to enhance personal growth and creativity. 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