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Transfer Applicants


While many colleges and universities consider transfer applicants only after the first-year class is selected, Smith reserves a number of places especially for transfers because we believe they enrich our community. Each year, more than 100 transfer students enter Smith either in January or September. Like you, every transfer student has her own reasons for leaving one school for another, but you all share common qualities: an interest in academic excellence, strong motivation and self-discipline, and an adventurous spirit.

Transfer students must have completed at least one semester at an accredited institution, including four-year private and public colleges and universities, community and junior colleges, and international institutions. Contact the Office of the Registrar for what qualifies for transfer credit.

Smith College will not consider applications from students seeking a second bachelor's degree or who have completed more than 64 transferable credits.

Women who are 24 or older, a veteran or have a dependent other than a spouse must apply to Smith as Ada Comstock Scholars.

Ready to Apply to Smith?

Smith uses the Common Application for prospective transfer students. There is no application fee.

Forms & Deadlines

Transfer Common Application   November 15
College transcript(s)   November 15
Photocopies of college course descriptions   November 15
High school transcript   November 15
Transfer College Report    November 15
Two teacher evaluations   November 15
Standardized test scores   November 15
Mid-term report   November 15
Interview   November 15
Financial Aid materials (for U.S. applicants only)   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

Transfer Common Application   February 1*
College transcript(s)   February 1*
Photocopies of college course descriptions   February 1*
High school transcript   February 1*
Transfer College Report    February 1*
Two teacher evaluations   February 1*
Standardized test scores   February 1*
Mid-term report   March 1*
Interview   February 15
Financial Aid materials   See Tuition & Financial Aid for deadlines


*Preferred filing date. Applications and supporting materials will be accepted until May 15.


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

Required Materials

Smith College uses the Common Application and the Common Application Writing Supplement for prospective transfer students. There is no application fee. 

  • Common Application
  • College Transcript(s)
  • High School Transcript, and original recommendations to college if still available
  • Transfer College Report
  • Two Academic Evaluations
  • Midterm Report
  • Photocopies of Course Descriptions, for all college courses completed and in progress


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: The SAT I or ACT is required for international citizens being instructed in English. 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.

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 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.

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 32 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. International transfer students who are applying for need-based aid may not apply for January entrance.

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

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.

Transfer students may defer their admission for a semester or a year.

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.

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. 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.

Greenfield Community College

Holyoke Community College

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.

Request More Information

If you are interested in applying to Smith, please fill out this form to request more information.