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The First-Year Experience Program

A group of students at afternoon tea


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.

As a first-year student, you will receive special invitations to participate in social events on and off campus, including those planned by your class cabinet, such as bus trips to Boston and other locations, performing arts events at other local colleges and movie nights.

Workshops are geared toward helping you develop specific skills, such as leadership, that are useful for your college career and beyond.

First-Year Experience Program Schedule

The First-Year Experience is a three-week program designed to help you ease into your life at Smith. It offers a variety of workshops on how to access the wide array of services and activities that are available to you as a student.

See the following First-Year Experience Program schedule. If you have any questions, please contact Student Affairs


About a First-Year: Aditi ’19

Meet Aditi as she starts her new adventure at Smith. Follow along with her and two other Smith students as they navigate their first year of college life.