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September 2 , 2005

Smith College Offers Fall Classes to Local Students Affected by Hurricane Katrina

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – In support of colleges and universities stricken by Hurricane Katrina, Smith College will offer undergraduates from western Massachusetts the opportunity to take fall semester classes at Smith on a space-available basis, President Carol T. Christ announced Friday.

Local women and men enrolled in schools affected by the disaster along the Gulf Coast will not be charged for the Smith courses because they have paid tuition at their home institution.

“We offer our sympathy to everyone affected by Hurricane Katrina,” said Christ. “By opening our classrooms, we hope to lessen disruption in the lives of displaced students.”

Campus housing is full, so Smith is unable to offer housing to the additional students. The expectation is that the emergency program will serve students within commuting distance.

At the end of the fall semester, Smith will give students transcripts for the courses they complete. Each student will be asked to speak with a class dean before selecting courses to structure a plan that is tailored to their needs.

Interested students should contact the Office of Admission at (413) 585-2500 or, no later than noon on Monday, September 12. Classes start September 8. Students will be asked to provide a high school transcript and a college transcript if, and when, one becomes available.

Details continue to be worked out and will be posted at as they are developed.  Students wishing to apply to the emergency program should check that Web site.

Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.


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