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Summer Precollege Programs


Designed by Smith’s professors and staff, 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 (whether remote or on campus), enjoy social offerings in the evenings and on weekends. Remote learners have multiple options every week to take part in creative, health and wellness, and social online activities.

Our in-person programs are full, and we are no longer accepting applications. Remote courses are filling quickly. Please check program pages for availability.

Summer Precollege Programs

See the dates below for remote and on-campus programs for 2021.

Students sitting in class, participating in the College Admission Workshop

College Admission Workshop

Remote: July 12–16

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. Learn best practices, guidelines and top tips.


Students in the Young Women's Writing Workshop

Creative Writing Workshop

Remote Session 1: June 28–July 9
Remote Session 2: July 12–23
On Campus: July 23–August 7 (classes begin on July 26)
All In-Person Programs FULL: Waitlist Only

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

Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP)

Remote Session 1: June 28–July 9
Remote Session 2: July 12–23
On Campus: July 23–August 7 (classes begin on July 26)
All In-Person Programs FULL: Waitlist Only
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

Sustaining Positivity in an Age
of Climate Anxiety

Remote: June 28–July 9

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 during a global pandemic and climate crisis and want to come together to shape a different tomorrow.

Students studying Sylvia Plath in class

Women, Gender & Representation

Remote Session 1: June 28–July 9 (Remote Session 1 FULL)
Remote Session 2: July 12–23
On Campus: July 23–August 7 (classes begin July 26)
All In-Person Programs FULL: Waitlist Only
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.

Dates & Deadlines


January 25 2021 program application opens*
March 1

Priority Application Deadline

Financial Aid Deadline

April 5 The $50 application fee increases to $100
June 28 Programs begin

* Admission outcomes are determined on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to submit a completed application as soon as possible. Programs are closed once they reach capacity.


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.