Smith experience. We don’t have traditional dormitories.┬á We have houses┬áthat are┬ávery warm,┬áinviting, and inclusive place where students take an active role.┬áThe houses are like dormitories in that students are assigned to one and guaranteed a space every year.
What kind of opportunities do you have for non-traditional, transfer, and international students?
For non-traditional students we have a terrific program called the Ada Comstock Scholars program. It is the oldest program for non-traditional women in the U.S. We started it in 1975 and we have about 180 students at Smith that we fondly refer to as “Adas.” It works well for non-traditional students because it provides a lot of flexibility. As an Ada you don’t have to take a full course load of 16 credit hours and you don’t have to live on campus. There’s a lot of support and advising. We have students who range from 20 to 60 years old. This is not a program for someone who is new to college; you have to be a transfer student. It is designed for those whose college career was interrupted because they had a family, a job, or other circumstances.
We are very committed to international students and enroll as many students as we can from around the globe. It’s a really important piece of diversity for us to have students who come from different backgrounds and cultural experiences. About 7% of our student body is international students and they come from 72 countries. We┬áoffer financial aid to international students and about half of them receive it.
Do you have mentor/summer programs?
We have┬áseveral programs during the first week of school, including some that focus on culture and diversity.