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Orientation Programs

Students doing an activity at the first-year Orientation playfair

Orientation is an important start to your experience as a new student at Smith. It introduces you to the campus community and resources, providing a solid framework on which to build your overall success. The week before the start of classes, all new first-year, transfer, visiting/exchange students and 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.


Spring 2022 Orientation

More new students are choosing to enter college in the spring semester. You are of a Smith cohort that will add a “J” to your class year. This means you will likely complete your degree requirements in December—eight semesters after you have entered Smith, and have your degree conferred and walk in Commencement the following May. For those new to Smith and entering in January spring semester 2022, this website will be updated to address your incoming needs. 

Also, Student Affairs will be communicating with students after they receive their Smith email address in January.

We look forward to welcoming you in January 2022!


Orientation Schedule

Spring 2022 Preview At-a-Glance

Date Activity
January 20 Arrival & Check In, Clark Hall,
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Parents & Family Welcome, 2-3 p.m.
January 21 Academic Orientation
January 22 Campus Life Orientation
January 23 Campus Life Orientation
January 24 Classes Start!

Welcome to Smith!

three students arm-in-arm at the fall 2021 Orientation playfair


About Orientation

Two new students at arrival and central check-in

What to Expect

We strive to make Orientation fun and relaxing. During Orientation and the first several weeks of the semester, you can choose from academic, social, recreational and informational events. You will meet other students, faculty, staff, administrators and your faculty adviser. To help you become a respectful and responsible member of the college, Orientation also includes discussions about living in a diverse community.

Smith Reads

All new students are asked to participate in Smith Reads. During Orientation you will attend a lecture with the author and join in discussion groups within your house community.

Smithie Snapshot

Ananda Wilkinson ’25

If you had to create a synonym for the word Smithie, what would it be?
It would be sophisticated because Smithies carry a lot of knowledge and they use it to help guide others who come after them.

When you were a child, what was your biggest dream?
My biggest dream was to be successful, I wanted to be able to live a life where I have no regrets.

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