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Young women gather to look at a brain during Smith College's summer science program

Designed by Smith's professors and staff, our programs not only gives you an inspiring learning experience, you can also request a recommendation from your Smith faculty to use in your college applications. Inside the classroom, a hands-on, collaborative learning environment lets you directly engage with world-class scholars who help you pursue your passions and develop new skills. Outside the classroom, enjoy Smith's beautiful setting, live in a house on campus, make new friends and have a great time joining in on lots of fun activities.

Eligibility

Girls who will be in high school (grades 9-12) in fall 2018 are eligible to apply for the summer 2018 program.


July 22—28, 2018

Young woman practices interviewing skills during Smith College admission workshop

 

As you start thinking about applying to college, there are clear ways to make your applications—and yourself—stand out. Learn the latest insights and insider expertise from admission professionals about how to succeed in the application process.

This one-week College Admission Workshop is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors to give promising young women like you the best practices, guidance and top tips for successfully navigating the college application process. Your instructors are Smith's professional admission staff, as well as visiting admission officers from other top-ranked colleges and universities.

 

July 22—August 4, 2018

Three young women at ropes course during Smith College's summer field studies program

Be a part of a small community of students interested in moving beyond "green" toward understanding what will be necessary to achieve a truly sustainable future. Learning and living together with a group of equally concerned and engaged people, you will explore how the spaces where we live, work and play can be designed to improve, rather than damage, the environment.

 

July 22—August 4, 2018

Two young women looking at Smith Archives during precollege summer history program

Smith College and the surrounding area are home to unparalleled collections and cultural heritage institutions that offer an immersive experience in women's history.

During your time at Smith, we will explore women's lives through archival research, visits to local museums and tours of historic sites. With a focus on women and social change, you will be introduced to women who have altered the course of American history through reform, mobilization, cultural interventions and outright rebellion.

 

July 8—August 4, 2018

Young woman looks through a microscope at Smith College's summer science program

The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.

 

July 8—21, 2018

Young woman writes in journal near Smith College fountain during women's writing summer program

With so few writing programs that cater exclusively to high school girls, Smith's Young Women's Writing Workshop allows you to explore your writing in a creative and supportive environment that fosters your love of writing in a variety of mediums.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much background do I need?

The critical factor in attending a precollege program at Smith is that the student is motivated and interested in learning about the subject. There is a place for everybody—from the beginner to the very advanced.

Will I receive credit for summer programs?

No—and you don't get grades, either. Students learn more in an environment where there are no pressures; they learn because they are interested.

Who will be teaching the classes?

Smith College faculty, staff, and experts throughout the Five College area will teach the classes. Smith students will act as teaching assistants.

Do we have homework?

In general, no—with the exception of small reading assignments and preparation for final projects.

Do we have tests?

No tests are given in any classes.

I'm interested in applying to Smith; what can I do while I'm there?

Students are encouraged to set up an interview with our Office of Admission. Students who are interested in applying to Smith are encouraged to chat with their teaching assistants about their Smith experiences. At the student's request, faculty can complete an evaluation for each student.

Compliance & Licensing

This program complies with the summer camp regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the local board of health.

At the time of student application, parents and/or guardians may request copies of background check procedures, health care and discipline policies, as well as procedures for filing grievances.