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Ada Comstock Scholar Applicants


Each year, approximately 150 students apply for 30 openings in our Ada Comstock Scholars Program, which enables women of nontraditional college age to complete a bachelor of arts degree either part time or full time, with flexible options for reduced course loads, special academic advising, career counseling and housing.

To be admitted into the Ada Comstock Scholars Program, the admission staff carefully considers your performance in liberal arts college-level classes, your writing, critical-thinking skills, recommendations, diverse life experiences and potential for growth and success at Smith.

Financial aid is available to each woman with demonstrated need. Some Ada students bring their families with them, some come alone, and some come to campus with a partner or spouse. You may apply for September or January entrance; admission decisions are mailed to Ada Comstock students in December or March.

Forms & Deadlines

Part I application   November 15
Interview   November 15
Part II application   November 15
Official college transcripts   November 15
Official high school transcript or GED   November 15
  November 15
Autobiographical essay and résumé   November 15
  November 15
Financial aid materials   See Tuition & Financial Aid for deadlines


Where to Send Forms

You can send your documents to us through the mail or via fax. Please make copies of all documents submitted.

Office of Admission
Smith College
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063

Fax: 413-585-2527

Part I application   February 1
Interview   February 1
Part II application   February 15
Official college transcripts   February 15
Official high school transcript or GED   February 15
  February 15
Autobiographical essay and résumé   Feburary 15
  March 1
Financial aid materials   See Tuition & Financial Aid for deadlines


Where to Send Forms

You can send your documents to us through the mail or via fax. Please make copies of all documents submitted.

Office of Admission
Smith College
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063

Fax: 413-585-2527


Women who are 24 or older*, a veteran or have a dependent other than a spouse are eligible to apply to Smith as Ada Comstock Scholars. Women who have already earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible to apply.

Candidates are expected to present at least 48 liberal arts credits. On average, admitted students have 50 transfer credits. The maximum number of transfer credits is 64. Contact the Office of the Registrar for what qualifies for transfer credit. 

*Women must be at least 24 years by December 31 of the academic year in which they enter Smith (fall or spring). A student entering in January does not qualify as an Ada/independent student if she will turn 24 during her first term at the college.

Undocumented 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. Undocumented and DACA students should indicate “Non-citizen” or “Other” in the citizenship field on the Ada Application. Because we want to obtain a comprehensive picture of the student’s background and experiences in the context of her school and community, we encourage undocumented and DACA applicants to disclose their citizenship status in the application. Undocumented and DACA students may apply under any admission plan, including January admission.

Smith meets 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students who apply for financial aid by the published deadlines. Because federal financial aid is not available for undocumented and DACA students, Smith provides institutional, need-based financial aid in its place.

Please be in touch with the admission office if you have further questions.

Required Materials

Smith uses an online application for the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. There is no application fee.

  • Ada Comstock Application (Part I and Part II)
  • Interview: An interview is required. Applicants must contact the Office of Admission to schedule their appointment. If distance is a problem, a telephone interview can be arranged.
  • Autobiographical Essay: Your personal statement illustrates how you think and write. Your jobs, activities and family responsibilities help us learn about what you would contribute to our vibrant community.
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Official High School Transcript or GED Certificate
  • Two Reference Forms (at least one from a faculty member who has taught you in a college-level class)
  • Résumé
  • Midterm Evaluation Form if applicable
  • Photocopies of Course Descriptions For All Colllege Courses Completed and in Progress

Financial Assistance

Almost 90 percent of Ada Comstock Scholars are awarded financial aid, which includes grants, work study and loans. Two Phi Theta Kappa scholarships are awarded each year to Adas. We strongly encourage prospective Adas to research outside scholarships and grants.

An Ada Comstock Scholar's fees and grants are based on the number of credits for which she has enrolled and the housing option she chooses. Students on aid are required to enroll in at least 8 credits, normally two courses, each semester. Adas are considered full-time if enrolled in 12 credits or more. To be eligible for campus housing, you must be a full-time Ada student.

If you intend to apply for financial aid you must do so when you apply for admission and by the published deadlines. Visit the Tuition & Financial Aid website for financial aid deadlines and information and instructions on how to apply.

Collaborative Agreements

Transfer students are encouraged to apply to Smith College, a private, competitive, liberal arts college for women located in western Massachusetts. In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, Collaborative Admission Agreements provide guidelines for admission and credit. Additional agreements will be listed as they are completed.

While we have a limited number of collaborative admission agreements from community colleges that send us a large number of applications, we welcome applicants from all community colleges as well as four year colleges and universities. All prospects can consult these agreements to get a sense of which courses may transfer to Smith.

Click the links to download or view the collaborative agreements per institution.

Cottey College

Greenfield Community College

Holyoke Community College

Santa Monica College

Deferring Admission

Admitted students who wish to defer their offer of admission should send a letter to Dean of Admission Debra Shaver, or send an email to the admission office. We must have your request in our office by June 1. Please state the reasons for deferral and explain your plans for the next year. You must pay your enrollment deposit by the published deadline to hold your space in next year's class.

Ada Comstock Scholars may defer their admission for a semester or a year.

Transgender Applicants

Smith’s policy is one of self-identification. The college considers for admission any applicant whose birth certificate reflects their gender as female, or who identifies as female. For more information go to Gender Identity and Expression.

Request More Information

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