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How to Apply

We carefully consider your high school program, performance, experiences and potential for success at Smith. Most applications are read by two members of the admission staff and every part of your folder reveals another facet of your life. When we evaluate your transcript and read your recommendations, we look for evidence of success in a rigorous curriculum. Your essay tells us how you think and write and what you care about. Extracurricular activities give us a window on what you might contribute to our vibrant community.

We take a holistic and individual approach to each application. After all, we’re choosing students, not statistical profiles.

Applicants Affected by Natural Disaster or Community Crisis

If you or your community has recently been impacted by natural disaster or a community crisis, we understand that you may not be able to meet our posted application deadlines. Please know that we are here to work with you during this difficult time. If you anticipate a delay in the submission of your application, please contact us at to request an extension.

Preparing for a Smith Education

There is no typical applicant to Smith and no typical academic program, but we strongly recommend that you prepare for admission by taking the highest-level courses offered by your high school. Where possible, your course load should include:

  • four years of English composition and literature
  • three years of a foreign language (or two years each of two languages)
  • three years of mathematics
  • three years of lab science
  • two years of history

Beyond meeting standard requirements, we like to see applicants who pursue academic interests in greater depth. Occasionally students apply to Smith before completing high school, or they may have been schooled in a nontraditional way, such as home schooling. In either case, a high school diploma is not required.