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Summer Precollege Programs


Smith Precollege is offering one-, two- and four-week in-person programs from July 9–August 5, 2023. All programs are for young women, female-identified or gender-nonconforming students who will be entering grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 in fall 2023. Review our Codes of Conduct for students and parents/guardians to ensure that this program is the right fit for you. College credit is not offered.


2023 applications are now closed

Summer Precollege Programs

Students sitting in class, participating in the College Admission Workshop

College Readiness Workshop

July 23–July 29, 2023

This one-week precollege program will help you prepare for college. It is for those who need to catch up after remote learning, want to broaden their academic skills or need guidance in preparing their applications.

Students in the Young Women's Writing Workshop

Creative Writing Workshop

July 9–July 22, 2023

The Creative Writing Workshop lets you explore your writing in a creative and supportive environment. This program will foster your love of writing in a variety of mediums. All levels of writing welcome in this inclusive workshop.


A student working in a lab

Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP)

July 9–August 5, 2023

The Summer Science and Engineering Program is for exceptional students with strong interests in science and engineering. You will engage in hands-on research with Smith faculty in life and physical sciences and in engineering.

Two students in the Summer Precollege Sustainable Futures program

Sustainable Futures

July 23–August 5, 2023

How do activists, organizers, change agents and everyday individuals who value the health of environmental systems maintain their work? Join like-minded individuals who believe in the possibility of positive change and want to come together to shape a different tomorrow.

Students studying Sylvia Plath in class

Women, Gender & Representation

July 23–August 5, 2023

Explore your interests in women in politics and history, intersectional feminism and race in literature and beyond. All courses in this program give attention to historical context and use an intersectional analytical framework.


Other Dates & Deadlines for 2023

Applications are open for Smith Precollege Programs—the last day to apply is May 15, 2023. We will accept applications until 11:59 p.m. EST or once they reach capacity, whichever comes first. Some exceptions apply.

December 15 Application Opens
February 5 Early Review Deadline
March 5 Financial Aid Deadline
April 16 Application fee increases to $100
May 15 Final application deadline.
Final program payments due.

Admission is determined on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to submit a completed application as soon as possible. Programs are closed once they reach capacity. Applications close on May 15, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST, or once they reach capacity, whichever comes first.

Your Summer Passport to Learning

“I feel empowered to continue to strive and succeed in a field of study that is dominated by men.”

“Being immersed in a community of writers is amazing. You’ll leave with a clear idea of what you can do next with your writing.”

“To see so many women pursuing science was very empowering.”


We are grateful to the following organizations and schools for their generous support of financial aid for Precollege Program participants:

  • Achievement First Public Charter Schools
  • Community Foundation/The Adams Street Foundation
  • Dusenbury Family Foundation
  • Girls Action Network
  • Joyce Ivy Foundation
  • Minds Matter
  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • The Opportunity Network
  • Passport Scholars Foundation
  • Public Prep Schools
  • REACH Memphis
  • Schuler Family Foundation
  • Success Academy Charter Schools
  • Young Women’s Leadership Network

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