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The First-Year Experience Program

Students sitting outside on the lawn in a circle

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.

What To Expect

The First-Year Experience program introduces students to the rich academic, cultural, co-curricular, social and residential life of the college through a series of events that will help you become productive and successful members of the Smith community.

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

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.

The First-Year Experience Program schedule will be posted in late August. If you have any questions, please contact Student Affairs


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