Our mission at the class deans office is to help you make the most of your time at Smith. The class dean is responsible for your overall academic program. You are encouraged to see your dean privately throughout the year regarding any issue, whether academic or personal. Your class dean is available to assist with course registration and procedures, academic options and general advice on such matters as study abroad, summer school and leaves of absence. We work closely with the registrar’s office to ensure that you are meeting your degree requirements.
Dean Riddell's walk-in hour on Monday, December 4, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. If you need to schedule another time to meet with Dean Riddell, please refer to his short appointment link on his profile.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with your dean, please call the office at 413-585-4915.
The Academic Board
The Academic Board meets during the academic year only. A student may petition the Academic Board to consider an exception to an academic regulation. Petitions are decided by a Board vote, as a result, submissions are not guaranteed approval.
Petitions received by noon (EST) on Friday will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Academic Board. If Monday is a holiday, petitions are due at noon (EST) on Thursday.
Petitions received after the deadline will be reviewed the following week. Incomplete petitions will not be reviewed.
Submitting a petition does not guarantee that your request will be approved. Please note: the Academic Board does not meet during fall break or winter break.
To petition the board please use the Academic Board Petition Form.
Meet the Deans
The class deans are committed to working closely with you and collaborating with families, faculty and staff to proactively foster a positive academic experience that is unique to you. We encourage you to make an appointment or drop in during walk-in hours to discuss questions or concerns, brainstorm about options, or get guidance on your academic and future planning.
There are a number of funding sources for Smith undergraduates to help cover costs associated with special programs or needs, unanticipated events or emergencies.
The Dean of the College also provides a listing of available funds for Smith undergraduates.
Planning on taking a summer or interterm course? Please see the registrar’s website for information on transfer credit.