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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of November 23, 2020,
for the spring 2021 semester.

The First-Year Experience Program

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Fall 2020 First-Year Experience Update

Due to COVID-19, the First-Year Experience program for fall 2020 will encompass a virtual Welcome Week and a Virtual Involvement Fair hosted by the Office of Student Engagement.

The Virtual Involvement fair opens on September 1 at noon. Students will need their email address to access the fair.


The First-Year Experience Program provides opportunities for you to better get to know Smith and yourself through events and happenings. We ease the transition to college life by helping you find the support you need to adjust to life at Smith and to make connections with classmates, faculty and staff. Events also help you foster friendships with students from other houses and throughout the Five College community. We aim to make your first year enriching and fun, promoting your overall success at Smith.

About a First-Year

“About a First-Year” follows Aditi, Adrianna and Gwen, Smith students from the class of 2019, as they navigate their first year of college life—living away from home, making new friends and juggling hectic schedules and rigorous academics. From their first days on campus in September 2015 to May 2016, the end of the academic year, they learn to find their way, make Smith their own and grow in amazing and unexpected ways.

About a First-Year: Gwen ’19, Episode 1
About a First-Year: Adrianna ’19, Episode 1
About a First-Year: Aditi ’19, Episode 1
About a First-Year: Gwen ’19, Episode 2
About a First-Year: Adrianna ’19, Episode 2
About a First-Year: Aditi ’19, Episode 2