Life at Smith
A Full College Experience
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, Northrop, Capen, Cutter and Ziskind 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! The dining services staff is committed to providing you with tasty, nutritious food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served each day in a buffet style to accommodate your tastes and schedules.
A Typical Day
Classes go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After that, you can use all of the campus facilities (Smith 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 greenhouse), and go on field trips that are included as part of your tuition (music, theater) for afternoons, evenings and weekends. There is always an organized activity to join—or you can spend time with your friends from the program. 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.
|9-11:45 a.m.||Morning classes or an off-campus field trip|
|1-4 p.m.||Afternoon classes or an off-campus field trip|
|7-10 p.m.||Fun house activities that change daily|
|10 p.m.||All participants must be in their room for the night|
|11 p.m.||Lights out|
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 mix students from other programs, so if you are participating in The Young Women's Writing Workshop, you may room with a student from field studies.
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.
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! Most importantly, the summer program staff will be there to listen at any time.
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?
Except for emergencies, we have a strict no-visitors policy. Family members and friends are welcome to come for the final days of the program to see student presentations and attend the final luncheon.
Can I receive mail while in the program?
Yes. It will be delivered to the houses as we receive it. The Office of Summer 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:
[Program Title e.g., Women's Writing]
Office of Summer Programs
30 Belmont Ave.
Northampton, MA 01063