Five College Circle of Scholars

Why I Chose Smith

Hear from M.S.W. alums about what drew them to Smithand what kept them here.

The Five College Circle of Scholars (5CCS) is a program available to students who are completing (or have completed) an undergraduate degree at one of the Five Colleges and who are interested in applying to the Smith College School for Social Work for their master of social work.

SSW offers a nationally recognized, 27-month graduate program in clinical social work. Through rigorous internships at sites across the country, we train our students to become exceptional clinical social workers, dedicated to social justice and to creating change in the world.

Applying for the Five College Circle of Scholars Program: Information Session
Monday, October 17, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
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Exploring an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work: An Information Session and Live Q&A
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
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Please contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment at if you have any questions about our events.

Scholarships and Other Benefits for Five College Circle of Scholars

  • Application fee waiver
  • Priority in admission decision making (and an admission decision before the winter break!)
  • Priority in grant-funded financial aid from SSW (ranging from $3,000 - $22,000/year). Applicants must qualify for financial aid according to our financial aid policy.
  • Consideration for the Five College Merit Scholarship Award ($3,000)
  • Preference in the geographical location of your field internship

Qualifying criteria for the Five College Circle of Scholars program

Qualifying applicants must:

  • Have graduated from (or be about to graduate from) one of the Five Colleges.
  • Apply by November 30.

Apply as a Five College Scholar Now!

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