Smith College: Women of Distinction Program

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The Women of Distinction program for high school seniors highlights the opportunities that Smith College offers for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in this three-day program will explore Smith College to determine whether it might be an appropriate college choice for them. Students will live in campus houses, experience the academic and social life at Smith, and attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process.

Smith College, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, is a leader among liberal arts colleges. It has the largest and oldest women-only ABET-accredited engineering program in the country. We also offer majors and minors in 50 other departments and programs, as well as about a thousand courses.

Smith students learn to make a difference. Our open curriculum and atmosphere of intellectual and social engagement provide a personalized, individualized education. Students take advantage of internships and myriad opportunities to grow, both in and out of the classroom. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:9; all classes are taught by professors. Many students pursue independent research with the guidance of faculty advisers and enjoy a depth of study unusual at the undergraduate level.

Smith is diverse and globally oriented. The Smith campus has approximately 2,500 students from 48 states and 68 countries. Half of Smith juniors each year expand their knowledge of the world by studying away from Smith on programs abroad or at other institutions. Smith students literally come from and go to every corner of the globe.

Smith students are involved. They participate in about 100 different organizations, including several ethnically and culturally affiliated groups. They join clubs in every conceivable activity: they sing in the Glee Club or one of our a cappella groups, they play varsity or club sports, they make a difference through community service or student government.

The Women of Distinction program for high school seniors highlights the opportunities that Smith College offers for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in this three-day program will explore Smith College to determine whether it might be an appropriate college choice for them. Students will live in campus houses, experience the academic and social life at Smith, and attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process.

Admission to Women of Distinction is a competitive process based on academic and personal qualities. Please note that only current high school juniors are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously visited Smith. Smith will provide round-trip transportation, meals and accommodations for all selected participants. 

International students studying in the U.S. and U.S. students studying aboard are not eligible to apply to Women of Distinction. However, undocumented students are encouraged to apply.

Application with the additional information noted below must be submitted to the Office of Admission.

  • High school transcript including junior grades (unofficial copy will be accepted)

  • Essay and short answer section

  • List of senior year courses

Applicants should have the required items above attached before clicking "submit" on the Women of Distinction application form. This form cannot be edited once it has been submitted. Any additional or updated materials will need to be emailed to admission@smith.edu

Registration for Women of Distinction is closed. We encourage you to join our mailing list to receive further information about this program and learn more about Smith College.