SMC First Class

Helping high school students get valuable college credit early - and FREE

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Saint Michael's College First Class is a way for you to experience the College, its faculty, and students before you even graduate from high school.

Better yet, it is a way for you to get a valuable four-credit course for free!* 

With SMC First Class, you can start your college career with college credits already under your belt. Not only can that help reduce tuition cost, it can ensure you graduate on time – even if you decide to be a double major, study abroad or take on a minor or two.

You’ll also have more flexibility when planning future semesters. The credits you get from SMC First Class enable you to take an extra elective – maybe you’ve always been curious about filmmaking or astrophysics.

Who can attend?

First Class is offered only to high school students who apply Early Action, and who are available for the 10-week course that runs late February through April of their senior year. Students have the choice of one of six courses offered, presented as hybrid classes that combine an initial on-campus experience with online class time and classwork. The on campus component will take place on a Sunday morning in conjunction with an “Admitted Student” event the same weekend, while the rest of the academic work is completed online.

"I enjoyed the course and think it is a wonderful way to jump-start college learning."
- SMC First Class Student

Courses are taught by some of the College’s most engaging professors. You can find them profiled in detail on the course overview page.

You can do it!

"Aside from the financial value and credits toward graduation, SMC First Class allowed my son to experience, first-hand, taking classes at St. Michael's which erased all unknowns and/or fears of what college courses are like."
- Parent of SMC First Class Student

We realize that senior year can be a busy time….that is why we have set up SMC First Class as a low-risk opportunity for accepted students. The hybrid format means you can work at your own pace while being closely supported throughout the course to help ensure your success and a great first experience at College.

However, if you realize that the work-load combined with your high school commitments is too difficult, you can drop the course at any time with no impact on your academic record. It is truly a low-risk, high-reward opportunity.

Getting started

Apply early and ensure that you are eligible. To be eligible for an invitation to SMC First Class, complete your application for the Early Action I deadline by November 1, 2018 or the Early Action II deadline by December 1, 2018. You will be notified if you are accepted and automatically receive an invitation to register for one First Class course. Registration deadline is February 1, 2019.

We encourage all students who take advantage of the benefits of Early Action to also complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2019-20 FAFSA will be easier than ever and is available October 1, 2018. Submitting your 2019-20 FAFSA in October will allow SMC to expedite processing of your financial aid award and provide you with your aid award as soon as possible after acceptance.

If you have questions regarding SMC First Class, please explore our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Office of Admission at 800.SMC.8000 or

*SMC First Class is offered free to students who enroll in Saint Michael's College in Fall 2019. For students who do not wind up enrolling at Saint Michael’s and would like to transfer their credits to their enrolling school, they will be charged $1,500. The fee to transfer these credits would be waived for students eligible for a Pell Grant, based on the 2019-2020 FAFSA.





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