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The First-Year Experience Program includes several components of your life at Smith, most especially support from the first-year class dean, academic advising, first-year seminars, and the first-year program.

Components of the Program

First-Year Class Dean

Your first-year class dean assists you with academic progress during your first year. The first-year class dean also works closely with academic advisers to ensure that you are progressing appropriately.


Each first-year student is assigned an adviser, who is a faculty member, to help you plan your course of study, among other things.

First-Year Seminars

As part of that course of study you are strongly advised to take a first-year seminar. These are interdisciplinary, small seminar courses designed just for first-year students.

Social Opportunities

Finally, the First-Year Experience Program aims to round out the first-year experience by providing opportunities for you to get to know Smith, your classmates and yourself better through events and happenings. As you move through your first year we aim to help you make the connections and find the support that you need to successfully adjust to life at Smith and make the most of your first year. This program eases your transition to college life by encouraging friendships with students from different houses, strengthening your connection with your fellow students as well as the faculty and staff and helping you to make your first year at Smith both more enriching and fun. The program works with you to improve your overall success at Smith academically and socially.


The First-Year Experience Program consists of a variety of activities which include but are not limited to:

Social Opportunities

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


These workshops are geared towards helping you to develop specific skills useful for all students during your college career and beyond, such as academic advising and leadership.