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First-Year Applicants

 

Who goes to Smith? We could quote statistics on geographic distribution, class rank and College Board examination scores. But statistics do little to give you a sense of the vibrancy, intelligence and talent of the women who choose Smith. Every incoming class includes some who have unusual talents and maybe some yet to be discovered. Though diverse, all have strong academic records, as well as several other attributes that the board of admission seeks: motivation, determination and curiosity.

You can apply to Smith under one of three decision plans: Early Decision Fall, Early Decision Winter and Regular Decision. You may only enroll in the fall.

 

Forms & Deadlines

Deferred applicants are reconsidered with regular decision applications in the spring. Decision mailings are sent mid-December.

Early Decision Agreement   November 15
Common Application   November 15
Smith Writing Supplement   November 15
Secondary School Report   November 15
Counselor Recommendation   November 15
Two Teacher Evaluations   November 15
Standardized Test Scores (optional)   November 15
Interview (recommended)   November 15
Financial Aid Materials   See Tuition & Financial Aid for deadlines
Enrollment Decision   January 15

 

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

Deferred applicants are reconsidered with regular decision applications in the spring. Decision mailings are sent in late January.

Early Decision Agreement   January 1
Common Application   January 1
Smith Writing Supplement   January 1
Secondary School Report   January 1
Counselor Recommendation   January 1
Two Teacher Evaluations   January 1
Midyear School Report (if available)   January 1
Two Teacher Evaluations   January 1
Standardized Test Scores (optional)   January 1
Interview (recommended)   January 1
Financial Aid Materials   See Tuition & Financial Aid for deadlines
Enrollment Decision   February 15

 

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

Decision mailings are sent in late March.

Common Application   January 15
Smith Writing Supplement   January 15
Secondary School Report   January 15
Counselor Recommendation   January 15
Two Teacher Evaluations   January 15
Midyear School Report   February 2
Standardized Test Scores (optional)   January 15
Interview (recommended)   January 15
Financial Aid Materials   See Tuition & Financial Aid for deadlines
Enrollment Decision   May 1

 

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

Required Materials

Smith College uses the Common Application and the Common Application Writing Supplement. This is currently the only application for first-year, international and transfer students. There is no application fee. Smith is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success and will be accepting the Coalition Application in August 2017.

  • Common Application
  • Smith Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
  • Midyear Report
  • Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)

Standardized Testing Policy

U.S. Citizens: SAT I or ACT and SAT II scores are optional for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

International Citizens: Standardized tests (SAT I, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) are required for international citizens. The SAT I or ACT is required for students being instructed in English. The TOEFL, IELTS or PTE is required for students being instructed in a language other than English.

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

SAT II subject tests are optional for all applicants.


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 Common 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 Early Decision.

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.


Recommended

Interview

We highly recommend that you schedule a personal interview. It gives you the opportunity to highlight more information about yourself than what is reflected on your application. It also provides a chance to ask specific questions about Smith. To schedule and interview on campus, call the Office of Admission at 413-585-2500 or send us an email. If you can't come to campus, find a Smith alumna in your area.


Art Supplement

Students with strong backgrounds in music, visual art or dance are welcome to submit supplementary materials to support their application. Materials in other genres are not accepted or reviewed. Please note that you must submit all materials electronically using SlideRoom (not via regular mail). We accept arts materials from August 1 to February 15, and we will not review materials received after February 15.


Financial Assistance

If you intend to apply for financial aid, you must do so when you apply for admission and by the published deadlines.

U.S. citizens who do not apply for financial aid by the published deadlines will be required to complete 64 credits earned at Smith before they are eligible to apply for institutional financial aid. This means that a student would be eligible to receive only federal, state and outside aid for her first two years at Smith; no Smith grant aid would be available before that period.

International students who do not apply by the published deadlines prior to admission are ineligible to receive institutional financial aid from the college at any time.

Visit Tuition & Financial Aid for financial aid deadlines and information and instructions on applying for financial aid.


Early Decision

Early Decision is a binding commitment and is intended for students who have determined that Smith is their first choice. An Early Decision candidate may be admitted, deferred to Regular Decision or denied. If you are admitted under the Early Decision plan, you must enroll at Smith and withdraw all other college applications.

In accordance with the National Association of College Admission Counseling policy: "Should a student who applies for financial aid not be offered an award that makes attendance possible, the student may decline the offer of admission and be released from the Early Decision commitment."


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.

First-year students may defer admission for one year only—we do not allow first-year students to enroll in January.


AP, IB and College Credit

A maximum of one semester (16 credits) earned through any combination of AP, IB and college credit may be applied toward your Smith degree. Credit may be used only:

  1. to make up a shortage of credits incurred through failure
  2. with the approval of the administrative board, to make up a shortage of credit incurred as a result of dropping a course for reasons of health
  3. to undertake an accelerated course program

Credits are recorded for scores of 4 or 5 on most Advanced Placement examinations. The credits allotted are determined by the individual department.

Smith will award up to a semester's worth of credit if you have taken part in an International Baccalaureate program. The exact amount of credit will be determined once an official copy of results has been sent to the registrar's office.


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.


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