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Ada Comstock Scholar Applicants


Each year, approximately 150 students apply for 30 openings in Smith’s 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.

Common Application   November 15
Interview (required)   November 15
Official college transcripts   November 15
Official high school transcript or GED   November 15
Two letters of recommendation   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 by email, 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

Common Application   February 15
Interview (required)   February 15
Official college transcripts   February 15
Official high school transcript or GED   February 15
Two letters of recommendation   February 15
Autobiographical essay and résumé   February 15
  March 1
Financial aid materials   See Tuition & Financial Aid for deadlines


Where to Send Forms

You can send your documents to us by email, 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. As part of the application process your transcript will be reviewed for eligible transfer credit. If you are accepted, you will receive an evaluation of your transfer credit. The registrar's office website lists complete transfer credit criteria and policies. 

Smith College will not consider applications from students seeking a second bachelor's degree.  The maximum number of semester transfer credits is 64.  Normally, students who have earned 80 or more transferable credits are not eligible for admission. 

*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 percent 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.

For more information about resources for undocumented students, visit our Immigration Policy Resources and Responses site.

Required Materials

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

  • Common Application
  • Autobiographical Essay: Applicants are required to submit an evaluative autobiographical essay. Specific instructions can be found in the "Documents" section of the Common Application.
  • Résumé
  • Official College Transcript(s): Smith requires official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. To initiate that process, use the "Donwload Transcript Request Form" located in the "Colleges Attended" section of the "Academic History" quadrant of your Common Application.
  • Official High School Transcript or GED Certificate: Official high school transcript(s) or GED certificate are required. Please contact your secondary school(s) and ask that official transcripts be mailed or emailed directory to the Smith College Ofice of Admission. GED certificates may also be sent to this address.
  • Two Recommendations: At least one recommendation must be from a faculty member who has taught you in a college-level class..
  • Transfer Mid-Term Report: Applicants currently enrolled in college courses are required to submit the Common Appliction Mid-Term Report. Completed forms may be uploaded on the application "Documents" screen or emailed to the Smith College Office of Admission.
  • Transfer College Report: Applicants currently enrolled in college courses are required to submit the Common Application College Report. 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.
  • Course Descriptions: Photocopies of course descriptions for all college courses completed and in progress should be mailed or emailed to the Smith College Office of Admission.

Additional requirements:

  • Interview: An interview is required for all students applying to the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. Please note: interviews must be completed by the application submission deadline. Schedule an interview using the office calendar. Contact the Office of Admission if you have questions. Interviews for Ada applicants are offered starting September 1 each year. January applicants must complete their interviews by November 15; September applicants must complete by February 15.

Standardized Testing Policy

U.S. Citizens: SAT/ACT is not a requirement for Ada Comstock applicants.

International Citizens: The TOEFL, IELTS PTE or the Duolingo English Test/*DET* is required for international citizens being instructed in a language other than English. Scores must be sent from the testing agency. Testing is not required if you have completed one or more years of study at a U.S. college or university.

Please note that test requirement is based on citizenship, not on where a student attends school.

Financial Assistance

Almost 90 percent of Ada Comstock Scholars are awarded financial aid, which includes grants, work study and loans. 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 for Ada Comstock applicants where you will find the deadlines and instructions on how to apply. International students who are applying for need-based aid may not apply for January entrance.

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.

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 accredited institutions.

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

Greenfield Community College

Holyoke Community College

Deferring Admission

Admitted students who wish to defer their offer of admission should send a letter to Dean of Admission Deanna Dixon, 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.

Request for Readmission after Six or More Years

Smith Students who have been withdrawn from the College for 6 or more years must apply as Ada Comstock Scholars through the Office of Admission.

The deadlines are November 15 for the spring semester and February 15 for the fall semester. Smith requires the Common Application for Transfer notingthe Ada Comstock Scholars Program; applicants must submit all required credntials, including an interview with an admission staff member, by the published deadlines.

For more information visit the Class Dean's web page.

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 see Gender Identity and Expression.

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