For New Students

You’re here. Now what? Smith will help you find support, make connections, join a community and, of course, meet any challenges that may come up as you make your transition to college life.

First-Year Experience Program

This program for all new students helps ease the transition to college life, build friendships among students from different houses and strengthen the connections among students, faculty and staff. It offers many activities, including skill-building workshops and dinner with faculty members. Learn more...

First-Year Seminars

These popular seminars are special course offerings for first-year students only. They will introduce you to the excitement of intellectual discovery in a liberal arts college environment. The seminars are small, usually about 16 students, giving you an opportunity to examine a subject broadly and intensively with senior Smith faculty members. 

Big Sister/Little Sister Program

This program pairs first-year “Little Sisters” with alumnae “Big Sisters,” providing an opportunity for Smith women past and present to communicate with one another through letters, occasional care packages and other forms of support.

Heads of New Students (HONS)

Even before you arrive on campus and move into your new room, you’ll hear from your HONS. She’ll write to you during the summer and tell you more about the house to which you’ve been assigned and what to expect during your first days here.

Orientation Programs

New students have the chance to meet other students and build support networks in the Smith community well before classes begin by participating in the college’s orientation program. The array of unique offerings include on-campus programs for leadership development, cross-cultural dialogue, meditation, yoga, off-campus camping excursions and community service projects.

Dean of the First-Year Class

This faculty member oversees the quality of your academic life at Smith College and is a source of academic as well as personal advice. The dean will also assign you a faculty liberal arts adviser.