We’ve saluted Smith College before on the pages of our college admissions blog. The school is a trailblazer for LGBT rights. An all-women’s school that has graduated the likes of Sylvia Plath, Julia Child, and Gloria Steinem, the school changed its admissions policy last year so as to allow transgender students who identify as female to enroll at the university. But Smith College is not resting on its laurels. The school continues to serve as a trailblazer — this time paving a path for undocumented Americans to pursue an education at Smith.
Ivy Coach salutes Smith College for standing with undocumented American young people during a time in which their humanity is under siege by a candidate for President of the United States.
In an email that sent out yesterday by Smith’s Dean of Admissions, Debra Shaver, she wrote, “I am writing to tell you a little about our first-year class and share some great news about our admission policy for undocumented students…Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students will follow the procedures and requirements for first-year or transfer admission. They will be evaluated in the same way as U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Undocumented and DACA students may apply under any admission plan, including Early Decision.”
As regular readers of our blog may remember, we’ve written extensively about the right of undocumented American young people to earn admission to the highly selective American colleges of their dreams. During a time in which the candidate for President of the United States of one of our nation’s two major political parties espouses xenophobic, anti-immigrant hate speech, we salute Smith College for offering the same benefits any U.S. citizen who applies for admission to the school enjoys. That’s precisely how it should be.