Each year Smith College admits a limited number of visiting women students who wish to spend a semester or year at the college. Though entering as nondegree candidates, visiting students may use their Smith coursework for credit at their own college or university.
As a visiting student, you will be enrolled in Smith courses, live in our residence halls and become involved in extracurricular activities. You may apply to transfer to Smith after one semester of a visiting program with approval from your home institution. Financial aid is not available for visiting students.
Forms & Deadlines
Smith College uses the Common Application for prospective visiting students. There is no application fee.
- Transfer Common Application
- College Transcripts: Smith requires official transcripts sent from all post-secondary institutions attended. To initiate that process, use the "Download Transcript Request Form" located in the "Colleges Attended" section of the "Academic History" quadrant of your Common Application.
- High School Transcript or GED Certificate: Official high school transcript(s) or GED certificate are required. Please contact your secondary school(s) and ask for official transcripts to be sent directly to the Smith College Office of Admission via mail or email. GED certificates may also be sent to this address.
- Transfer Mid-Term Report: The Common Application Mid-Term Report is required from those applicants currently enrolled in college courses. Completed forms may be uploaded on the application "Documents" screen or emailed to the Smith College Office of Admission.
- Transfer College Report: The Common Application College Report is required for all visiting student applicants. This form must be filled out by a college official. Completed forms should be mailed or emailed directly to the Smith College Office of Admission.
- Two Academic Recommendations: Please submit two recommendations from college instructors who have taught you.
Standardized Testing Policy
Smith has a test-optional standardized testing policy.
Smith College has been test-optional since 2009 and remains test-optional today.
Our admission process is holistic.
At Smith we look at the whole applicant and do not rely on a test score to define your potential for academic success. Your academic record, extracurricular activities, essay, recommendation letters, personal accomplishments and characteristics, and engagement in your community are all carefully considered during our review and selection process.
Unsure about whether to submit your scores?
If you are unsure of whether you should submit your test scores, we advise you to base your decision on whether you feel that your standardized test scores accurately reflect your academic ability and potential, or highlight an academic strength. If you choose not to submit test scores, you will in no way be disadvantaged in the admission process.
Does the test optional policy apply to both US Citizens and International citizens?
The submission of SAT or ACT scores is optional for all applicants.
International applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency and may be required to submit testing. International citizens whose primary language is not English or have not attended a school at which English is the primary language of instruction will be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or the Duolingo English Test/DET. Applicants may be exempt from this requirement if they:
- Identify English as their first language;
- Have attended a school in which the primary language of instruction is English for the duration of their secondary school career;
- Have attended a school in the United States and been instructed in English for at least two years;
- Are enrolled in or have completed the IB Diploma Program or A level curriculum taught in English.
Please note that the test requirement is based on citizenship, not on where a student attends school.
Undocumented and DACA Students: Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students follow the procedures and requirements for first-year or transfer admission. They are evaluated in the same way as U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents; SAT or ACT scores are optional.