Sustainable Futures is a two-week program for exceptional young women with strong interests in sustainability and environmental studies. Select students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty and staff.
Important COVID-19 update Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith College on-campus programs have been canceled for the 2020 summer season to ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff. Please visit our website or connect with us on social media (@summeratsmith) to be in touch. We wish you wellness and peace at this time and hope to hear from you during our 2021 application season.
Participants in the Sustainable Futures will be a part of a small community of students interested in moving beyond "green" toward understanding what will be necessary to achieve a truly sustainable future and ensure life on Earth.
This program is for the environmentally conscious student who wants to explore her environmental interests in a cohesive, directed way. As a participant, you will learn about sustainable living, environmental science and environmental policy in a hands-on, interactive, project-based program. Much of the program is conducted in the field, and you will engage in activities that range from hiking to visiting local farms and new buildings constructed to conform to the highest environmental standards.
Smith's exciting precollege programs are for young women in high school who want to pursue their academic interests in and out of the classroom, strengthen their college applications and meet other motivated and ambitious college-bound young women. In addition to academic enrichment and exploration, Smith's precollege programs are also about having fun. Participants will make new friends, explore the campus and lively town of Northampton, Massachusetts, and enjoy nightly activities in their houses.
Since Smith's precollege summer programs are residential, students get the exciting opportunity to live in one of Smith's unique campus houses. Smith's residential environment enhances and enriches the academic programs. Students will also have access to the dining hall, superb athletic facilities, an art museum, a botanic garden and greenhouse, and libraries.
*Young women who will be in high school (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) in fall 2020 are eligible to apply for the summer 2020 program.
Cost and Session Information
July 19–August 1, 2020
$50 application fee is due at time of submission. The application fee is $100 after April 1.
$50 application fee is due at time of submission. The application fee is $100 after May 1.
2020 Program Tuition
$3,385 (includes $660 nonrefundable deposit)
Financial payments for all programs is due by May 15. If you are accepted into the program after May 15, full payment is due immediately. Program Payments are nonrefundable after May 15.
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"I most enjoyed the fact that it was a field studies course, allowing us to take half or full day field trips every day. The curriculum also covered many aspects of sustainability, which broadened my understanding of the environment and living sustainably.".
"We built off of ideas we’ve already learned in school and applied them in real-world situations helping us understand how important and impactful this work is."
"I feel like I am now better equipped to campaign for sustainability, and I have ideas of how I might want to pursue environmentalism and environmental justice as a career."