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For Parents & Families

Ensuring that your student has an exceptional college experience is our top priority. We’re here to partner with families to provide the resources you and your student need to make a Smith education a powerful, lifelong investment.

The Big Picture

Considering Smith?

Is your student considering going to Smith? The college application process—and eventual decision—is stressful on parents and family members, too. There’s a lot of information to take in, from cost to location to campus culture and everything in between. Learn more about the fundamentals of a Smith education to help your student make an informed decision about where they’ll be taking their next (big!) steps.

Applying to Smith Tuition & Financial Aid

Helpful Information

Have you forgotten when finals start but don’t want to ask your already-stressed-out Smithie for the 10th time in a week? Planning a trip to campus and want to scope out what’s on offer at the Campus Center Café ahead of time?

We get it, so we’ve gathered together a few lists of links you may find helpful. From the academic calendar to health and wellness information, get a glimpse of your students’ life on campus and stay informed about the important stuff.

You can also check out the Family Handbook, where we’ve listed some important topics, frequently asked questions, and acronyms.

Take Care

Be there for them even though you can’t be here for them. Many parents and family members enjoy sending care packages to their student—especially during finals or other high-stress times—to provide some comfort and a sweet pick-me-up (or two!). We’ve compiled a short list of local vendors (including our very own bookstore!) and options for sending a hug to your favorite Smithie.

Student and their family at an assembly during Family Weekend.

Family Orientation

Orientation isn’t just for new students! On move-in day—August 29, 2024—parents and families are encouraged to explore the campus and meet some of the staff and faculty who will help to shape their student’s college experience. Families spend the morning with their students as they check in, move into their rooms, eat lunch, and hear the first presidential address of the year. In the afternoon, while students are getting filled in on the essentials of campus and academic life, families can partake in walking tours or one of several sessions tailored to their curiosity or concerns from 2–5:30 p.m. For a full list of events and sessions open to families, please see the Family Orientation schedule below:

The fall 2024 Family Orientation schedule will be posted in early August.

Academic Services

Regardless of your student’s academic interests, Smith has the resources and tools necessary to help them thrive. With several tutoring centers on campus, staffed by both faculty members and peer advisers, each student receives the support they need, when they need it—whether that’s group study sessions or individualized tutoring appointments.

The Jacobson Center Writing

The Spinelli Center Math & Science

The Lazarus Center Career Advising

Class Deans Academic Advising

A student and writing tutor discussing a paper.

Your Smithie, Supported

The Office of Student Affairs takes a holistic approach to supporting your Smithie during their years on campus. Partnering with other entities like the Dean of the College, Student Engagement, and Disability Services, we aim to provide services, programs, and activities in support of Smith’s goals of exploring, engaging, and belonging.

Learn More About Student Affairs

Is the Area Safe?

Smith and Northampton are significantly safer than most medium- or large-sized cities. Still, we are extremely cautious. Students are briefed on personal safety and have access to self-defense courses. Houses are always locked and have intercoms for identifying visitors. We offer nighttime escorts and shuttle buses, emergency alarm boxes across campus, and our security officers patrol 24 hours a day.

We have a campuswide emergency notification system to quickly communicate news to the entire community, and Campus Safety coordinates responses to all emergency situations.

Learn More About Campus Safety