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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 give you an inspiring learning experience, you can also request a recommendation from 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 fun activities.

July 21–27, 2019

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 21–August 3, 2019

Group photo of young women participating in Field Studies program, Smith College

Join 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 Smith College and our neighboring communities are practicing the ideals and principles of sustainability. We’ll talk about what is working, and what still needs to be done.

July 21–August 3, 2019

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 7–August 3, 2019

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

Now in its 30th year, 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 7–20, 2019

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

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?

Sometimes. You may have a small writing assignment some evenings, or up to two hours of homework for our science and engineering courses.

Do we have tests?

No tests are given in any classes.

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.

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.

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.


We are grateful to the following for their generous support of financial aid for SSEP participants: Dusenbury Family Foundation; Jack Kent Cooke Foundation; Joyce Ivy Foundation; Minds Matter; Passport Scholars Foundation; Schuler Family Foundation; Young Women's Leadership Foundation.

For information about how your organization might support Smith College's outreach efforts, please contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

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 the 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.