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Smith Precollege Programs are open to students entering 9th-12th grade in the fall of 2024. Smith is a residential women’s college. Our Precollege Programs offer a Smith experience for high school students. Review our Codes of Conduct for students and parents/guardians to ensure that this program is the right fit for you. College credit is not offered.

The 2024 application has closed.

Summer Precollege Programs

College Readiness Workshop

July 21–27, 2024

This one-week precollege program will help you prepare for college. It is for those who need to catch up after remote learning, want to broaden their academic skills or need guidance in preparing their applications.

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Creative Writing Workshop

July 6–19, 2024

The Creative Writing Workshop lets you explore your writing in a creative and supportive environment. This program will foster your love of writing in a variety of mediums. All levels of writing welcome in this inclusive workshop.

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Summer Science & Engineering

July 6–19; July 21–August 3, 2024

The Summer Science and Engineering Program is for exceptional students with strong interests in science and engineering. You will engage in hands-on research with Smith faculty in life and physical sciences and in engineering.

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Sustainable Futures

July 21–August 3, 2024

How do activists, organizers, change agents and everyday individuals who value the health of environmental systems maintain their work? Join like-minded individuals who believe in the possibility of positive change and want to come together to shape a different tomorrow.

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Women, Gender, & Representation

July 21–August 3, 2024

Explore your interests in women in politics and history, intersectional feminism and race in literature and beyond. All courses in this program give attention to historical context and use an intersectional analytical framework.

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“I feel empowered to continue to strive and succeed in a field of study that is dominated by men.”
“Being immersed in a community of writers is amazing. You’ll leave with a clear idea of what you can do next with your writing.”

By the Numbers

Of 320 enrolled participants across all of our programs last year...


were rising seniors


were rising juniors


were rising sophomores


were rising freshmen


were international students

COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 protocols are subject to change based on caseloads, research, current data, and government guidelines and recommendations. Smith will continue to examine and adjust protocols based on evolving information. While the COVID-19 vaccine is no longer required for community members, the college strongly recommends that all members of the community follow CDC COVID-19 vaccination guidelines, including being up to date with all COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. If you have questions, please visit the Schacht Center web page to learn more. Students who are immunocompromised and/or disabled are encouraged to visit the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) to learn more about their services.

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We are grateful to the following organizations and schools for their generous support of financial aid for Precollege Program participants:

  • Achievement First Public Charter Schools
  • Community Foundation/The Adams Street Foundation
  • Dusenbury Family Foundation
  • Girls Action Network
  • Joyce Ivy Foundation
  • Minds Matter
  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • The Opportunity Network
  • Passport Scholars Foundation
  • Public Prep Schools
  • REACH Memphis
  • Schuler Family Foundation
  • Success Academy Charter Schools
  • Young Women’s Leadership Network

For information about how your organization might support Smith College’s outreach efforts, please contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Contact Office of Precollege Programs

30 Belmont Avenue

Northampton, MA 01063