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How to Apply

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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 admission@smith.edu 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.


Meet Your Admission Counselor

Find the admission counselor for your specific area by answering the questions below or see a complete list of admission staff.

Your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

DEBORAH DOULETTE
Associate Director—Transfers

Regional Responsibilities: District of Columbia, Maryland, Minnesota, Virginia, Transfer & Nontraditional students (all regions).

Your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

MAUREEN PINE
Associate Director

Regional Responsibilities: Connecticut, Colorado, Maine, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington.

If you live in NYC in the Bronx or Brooklyn, your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

DEANNA DIXON
Dean of Admission
Oversees all domestic and international regions. Regional Responsibilities: Florida, New York (NYC: Bronx & Brooklyn).


If you live in Westchester, your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

TARA KALINISAN
Associate Director

Regional Responsibilities: Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York (Westchester), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Territories.


If you live in NYC, but not in the Bronx, Brooklyn or Westchester, your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

CRISTINA GUEVARA
Assistant Director

Regional Responsibilities: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Hawaii, Indiana, Lousiana, New York (Not the Bronx, Brooklyn or Westchester), Tennesee, Utah.

Your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

TARA KALINISAN
Associate Director

Regional Responsibilities: Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York (Westchester), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Territories.

Your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

CRISTINA GUEVARA
Assistant Director

Regional Responsibilities: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Hawaii, Indiana, Lousiana, New York (Not the Bronx, Brooklyn or Westchester), Tennesee, Utah.

Your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

LIBBY WEHMILLER
Associate Director of Admission Technology

Regional Responsibilities: New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming.

Your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

MEREDITH MCDILL
Associate Director

Regional Responsibilities: North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

MEREDITH MCDILL
Associate Director

Regional Responsibilities: North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

LIA BRASSORD
Senior Assistant Director

Regional Responsibilities: California, Kansas, Nevada.

Your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

BETHANEY GULLA-DEVANEY
Assistant Director

Regional Responsibilities: North America (Canada & Mexico), Central America, South America, Europe, Oceania (including Australia & New Zealand) and Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia.

Your admissions counselor at Smith is:

BEVERLY LIPSEY
Assistant Director

Regional Responsibilities: Massachusetts, New Jersey, Wisconsin.

Your admissions counselor at Smith is: 

DEANNA DIXON
Dean of Admission
Oversees all domestic and international regions. Regional Responsibilities: Florida, New York (NYC: Bronx & Brooklyn).