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Summer Precollege Programs


Designed by Smith’s professors and staff, Smith’s Summer Precollege Programs offer an inspiring learning experience, and you can request a recommendation from Smith faculty to use in your college applications. A hands-on, collaborative environment lets you directly engage with world-class scholars who help you pursue your passions and develop new skills. Enjoy learning without the pressure of grades or competition. Outside the classroom, enjoy social offerings in the evenings and on weekends. All programs are for young women, female-identified or gender-nonconforming students who will be entering grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 in fall 2022.

The Smith Precollege Programs must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and be licensed by the Local Board of Health (LBOH).


Smith Precollege is offering in-person opportunities for summer 2022. We do not plan to offer remote summer opportunities at this time.

Summer Precollege Programs

Students sitting in class, participating in the College Admission Workshop

College Readiness Workshop

July 24–July 30, 2022

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 23, 2022

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 6, 2022

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 24–August 6, 2022

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 24–August 6, 2022

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 2022

Applications are open for Smith Precollege Programs—the last day to apply is May 15, 2022. We will accept applications until 11:59 p.m. EST or once they reach capacity, whichever comes first. Some exceptions apply.

January 10 Application Opens
March 1 Priority Application Deadline
March 20 Financial Aid Deadline
April 15 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, 2022, 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
  • Dusenbury Family Foundation
  • Girls Action Network
  • Joyce Ivy Foundation
  • Minds Matter
  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • The Opportunity Network
  • Park Tudor School
  • 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.