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. Students may arrive on campus on August 28 or August 29. For more details about arrival, please visit the Central Check In page.
Friday, August 29–Wednesday, September 3
Classes begin on Thursday, September 4
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.
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.
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.