Transfer Tales

Originally from Southern California, I am a transfer student from Santa Barbara City College. With an affinity for rocks and adventures, I am a Geosciences major. I am currently the Transfer Admission Intern at the Smith College Office of Admission. Feel free to leave any questions you may have!

Anonymous asked: Would it be possible to talk to you directly on here without being published? (If so I'll come off anon)

Sometimes Tumblr gives me the option to respond to just the person asking the question, or publish it for all. It’s not giving me that option in this particular question (I don’t know think it’s something that I can change on my end). If you’d rather, you can feel free to email me at ncollier@smith.edu. I hope that is helpful!

Anonymous asked: Hi! I'm an accepted transfer student planning on coming to Smith next fall! I was wondering if getting transfer credits accepted/processed was ever an issue for you? I was hoping to come into Smith as a sophomore but only enough of my college credits were accepted to be a 2nd semester freshman. However, I was told that if I send admissions my AP/IB test scores I'll be able to come in as a sophomore. Have you found Smith to be pretty good about handling credit stuff?

Congratulations on your acceptance to Smith! Since every transfer student comes in from a different place with a different credit situation, credits are evaluated on an individual basis. I came in as a “true” junior, with a max of 64 credits— so I have found Smith to be good about handling my credits! However, I know this is not the case for everyone! I know a few transfers who came in as a second semester something (either first year or sophomore) and with the application of AP/IB scores or even additional missing transcripts, they were able to get the credit they needed. It is possible to come in as a sophomore, and Smith is definitely workable. Best of luck!

As the grass returns both green and full of life after months under blankets of snow, the best place to be is Paradise Pond. Sunday evening was particularly mesmerizing as the warm wind made everything feel alive, and the nostalgia of spring was thick in the air. I grabbed my iPod and a spot on the hill above Paradise Pond to pause before one of the last hectic weeks of the semester—and subsequently my undergraduate career. The pastel hues ran through the un-blossomed trees, anticipating the onset of chlorophyll soon to explode through every branch. Welcome, Spring!  

This image is always the one that gets me. I remember driving to Smith for the first time (though in the snow), making it through all-too-congested Northampton, and seeing the beautiful, regal, prominent College Hall (and Grecourt Gates) dominate at the termination of downtown. On a beautiful 70-degree Saturday, this feels like home. 

This image is always the one that gets me. I remember driving to Smith for the first time (though in the snow), making it through all-too-congested Northampton, and seeing the beautiful, regal, prominent College Hall (and Grecourt Gates) dominate at the termination of downtown. On a beautiful 70-degree Saturday, this feels like home. 

Anonymous asked: This question is not directly related to admissions. But I am in the second batch and is there less financial aid for those who are hearing back in late May/early June? Thanks & you have been super helpful!

Financial aid considerations are the same, regardless of if you are in the first or second batch of transfer admission review. Best of luck! 

Anonymous asked: Does applying by the May 15th Transfer deadline decrease your chances of being admitted, compared to the Feb 1 preferred deadline? As a current Freshman at a community college, I'm not sure whether or not I am better off applying now or waiting until the next round. I definitely want to transfer as quickly as possible, but don't know if I'll be putting my chances on the line!

Since some fall transfer students have already been admitted, some of the spots are already occupied. This may make admission slightly more competitive after the preferred filing date, but as a competitive applicant, you would probably have the same chance! If you’re interested in applying, I would suggest applying and seeing what happens. However, it is a process not to be rushed. Best of luck to you in your application process! 

Anonymous asked: Am I able to request a medical single? I have severe anxiety from a documented past trauma, and sharing a room with someone would be extremely triggering and unhealthy for me, as well as inconsiderate because of how often I wake up crying/screaming from PTSD nightmares.

If you are an admitted student, you should contact residence life, and accommodations should be able to be made for medical singles. You can read more about res-life here: http://www.smith.edu/reslife/forms.php

supernovasinmilkyway asked: Hi there! I applied to Smith as a transfer student, but sent my application mid-March. When do you think I'll be notified? Should I call the admissions office?

Hello! Transfer student applications are reviewed twice (not on a rolling basis). The first review was for those who applied for the preferred filing date of February 1st, and they should have received their decisions by now. Sending in your application mid-March puts you in the second review, after the deadline of May 15. You should be notified of an admission decision by June 15th. Best of luck! 

TH-AWESOME APRIL

imageThe grass is green, the sky is blue. No snow here—no foolin’! Happy April 1st!