About the Program
Arrival Information & Central Check-In
Orientation Groups
Summer Reading
First-Year Programs
Resources for First-Year Students
Smith Social Network

Orientation 2015

Orientation is an important start to your Smith journey! The week before the start of classes, all new students—first-year transfer, visiting and exchange students, as well as Ada Comstock Scholars—gather to learn about the college and get to know each other. All new students are expected to participate fully in the entire Orientation program. Arrival information and the full dates for the Orientation program will be added as the dates are finalized.

What to Expect

We strive to make Orientation fun and relaxing. Expect to meet interesting and diverse members of the Smith community, including other new students, returning students, faculty, staff and administrators. You will also meet with your faculty adviser and receive valuable information to help you succeed here. By participating in a small orientation group based on interests, you will find others who share your pursuits.

Summer Reading

All new students are required to participate in a summer reading project before coming to Smith in the fall; during orientation they will join in discussion groups and other activities involving the reading, often including a presentation by the author.

Class of 2018 Photo

Are you interested in ordering a class of 2018 photo and didn't get a chance to pre-order it through the Office of Student Affairs? Good news, you can now order your photo by going to the photographer's website. If you already ordered your photo, you will be contacted via email when it is ready to be picked up. Thank you!
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While the orientation schedule is quite fluid until midsummer, we recognize that students and their parents will need this information as early as possible. Although we make every effort to ensure that the schedule is as accurate as possible, as with any large event, last-minute changes beyond our control may occur. You will receive the final schedule at Central Check-In. Drafts of the schedules will be made available later this spring.