Students Say

Smith College is “an incredibly prestigious, diverse, academically rigorous, socially liberal, and well-respected institution,” located in the consummate college town of Northampton, Massachusetts. A Smith education is all about “finding and pursuing your passions.” Offering “academic freedom,” “Smith doesn’t have course requirements” beyond the major, and “self-scheduled finals” allow students to take exam week at their own pace. “One of the most prominent women’s colleges in the country,” Smith “builds the self-confidence of smart women,” and “most classes, even in math and sciences, are very interdisciplinary and often have a feminist bias.”

Overview

Applicants
4,466
Acceptance Rate
42%
Average HS GPA
3.90

GPA Breakdown

63%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 720
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Smith College is “an incredibly prestigious, diverse, academically rigorous, socially liberal, and well-respected institution,” located in the consummate college town of Northampton, Massachusetts. A Smith education is all about “finding and pursuing your passions.” Offering “academic freedom,” “Smith doesn’t have course requirements” beyond the major, and “self-scheduled finals” allow students to take exam week at their own pace. “One of the most prominent women’s colleges in the country,” Smith “builds the self-confidence of smart women,” and “most classes, even in math and sciences, are very interdisciplinary and often have a feminist bias.” Classes are “engaging and promote critical thought,” and professors are “inspiring, dynamic, accessible, and brilliant.” Smith professors “care deeply about students” and “take the time to get to know you on a first-name basis.” Smith also offers fabulous academic facilities and “countless resources” to augment your education, including a “wonderful study abroad department” and ample opportunities for research. There’s “a large number of undergrads doing serious scientific research” in addition to course work. If they can’t find what they need amid Smith’s ample course selection, students “can take classes at the other four schools nearby (UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College)” through the Five College Consortium. When graduation approaches, Smith students benefit from the school’s “excellent alumnae network.” “The Career Development Office will do everything in its power to help you get a job.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
298
with Terminal Degree
293

164
Women
134
Men
53
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Gloria Steinem
Feminist, activist

Julia Child
Chef, cookbook author

Rochelle Lazarus
CEO, Ogilvie and Mathews

Sylvia Plath
author, poet

Betty Friedan
author

Madeleine L'Engle
author

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Hands down, “Smith provides so many opportunities for [undergrads]!” Indeed, from “on-campus resources to internship and job opportunities—Smith gives students the means to thrive?in the world.” To begin with, it’s definitely not uncommon for professors to “[go] out of their way to help [students] find contacts and resources for jobs.” What’s more, according to a grateful American studies major, “The Career Development Office will?do everything in its power to help you get a job/internship.” With its myriad of workshops, Preparing for Finance Interviews?or Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience for example, Smith students can confidently enter the job market. They can visit the office to get assistance in tweaking their resumes and cover letters or to gain insight in the grad school admissions process. And?they may definitely take advantage of the career fairs the college hosts. Organizations in attendance have included the Peace Corps, Bloomingdale’s, Verizon Wireless and Teach for America.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$42,200

Median Mid-Career Salary
$73,700

Alumni with High Job Meaning
63%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
89

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
School

Bottom Line

Smith makes no bones about its commitment to finding inroads to making a serious private education available to women of all stripes, no matter their financial background. Though the cost of education here doesn’t come at a discount—annual tuition is currently $44,450, with room and board tallying an additional $14,950— according to our recent statistics, over the past several years Smith has boasted a 100 percent success rate when it comes to meeting not just freshman financial need but financial need across all four years. The average student indebtedness after four years totals $23,583, with 69 percent of undergraduates receiving some form of needbased financial aid.

Bang For Your Buck

One of the cornerstones of a Smith education is the ability to design your own academic experience within a plethora of curricular opportunities. Students here are routinely engaged in one-on-one research as undergraduates, with professors in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. There are no required courses outside of the freshman year writing-intensive seminar. In addition, students have the added benefit of the larger academic community of the Five Colleges Consortium, which includes Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Smith is the only women’s college in the country with an accredited degree in engineering, and more than 30 percent of Smithies major in the hardcore sciences. Praxis, Smith’s unique internship program, guarantees all students access to at least one college-funded internship during their four years at the college.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,117

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,417

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,960

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,758

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,713

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,010
Required Fees
$278
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

“Smithies are passionate about everything they do,” especially academics. Throughout the semester, undergraduates are known to “study hard” and get “ridiculously stressed” about course work. “It’s the nature of Smithies to be driven, but we all want to see our friends and housemates succeed as well.” Smith’s unique environment attracts “a great mix of nerdy, edgy, [and] traditional” students, including “hipsters, WASPs, crazy partiers, international students, and the average New Englander.” Fortunately, there’s a “strong sense of community,” and “students fit in easily, even if they have different interests.” Despite diversity, “one thing all students have in common here is the will for women’s empowerment and acceptance of any gender or sexual preference.” On that note, many students “love the queer life on campus,” where some students are either gay or have “a fluid perception of sexuality.” Though there’s some political diversity on campus, most Smithies hold “very liberal views,” and many are “very conscious and aware, not only of their community but the world in general.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,563
Out of State
78%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
59

Demographics

100% female
0% male
78% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Smith attracts hardworking and idealistic students, who are “striving to succeed in our classes, as well as make a difference in the Smith College community and the outside community.” There’s a decided “focus on academics” at Smith, and most students “study, write papers, rehearse, or practice the majority of the time.” Students augment course work with “lectures and symposium on campus,” as well as “involvement in community service and activism for global issues, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, the environment, and pretty much anything that fights oppression.” When they want to relax, Smithies can attend “free movies and concerts, plays, speakers, sports events, and dances,” as well as “school-sponsored house parties almost every weekend.” When they want to branch out or rub elbows with the opposite sex, students “go to other college parties at surrounding campuses,” or head out in Northampton, which is “always bustling” with “concerts, restaurants, and cute shops.” The “quality of life is outstanding” on campus, where “the dorms are not dorms but beautiful houses,” and cafeteria food is a cut above the average.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Cooperative
Dorms Female
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability SErvices (ODS)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Laura Rauscher Coordinator

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-III; WRAT; Woodcock Johnson Acheivement Battery, possibly Nelson-Denny. A Comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation is required.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Physician letter with diagnosis, symptoms and severity, treatment, and recommendations.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
No

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
9

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Pioneers)
16 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Student Health Services, SC Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered Alliance, Peer Sexuality Educators

Minority Support Groups: Office of Multicultural Affairs, Smith African Students Association, Asian Student Association, Al-Iman, Black Students' Alliance, South Asian Students of Smith, Korean American Students of Smith, Multiethnic Interracial Smith College, Indigenous Smith Students and Allies, Nosotras, Unionof Underrepresented Science Students, Black Students Alliance, Chinese Inter0Regional Student Cultural Org., Vietnamese Students Assoc., Minority Assoc. of Prehealth Students

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Sustainability

Green activism is widespread on the Smith College campus. Smith’s PRAXIS program guarantees every student one-time funding for an unpaid internship. Many use this to pursue research and advocacy projects in sustainability. Another program, Smith Summer Research Fellows, funds student research with faculty and with organizations on sustainability and other related topics. A number of student environmental groups are active on campus. The student government has created two sustainability positions, and house governments elect sustainability reps for each residence. Students have the opportunity to tend to Smith’s organic community garden on campus. The administration shares the students’ passion for sustainability, and in its commitment to carbon neutrality by 2030, has created a new Center for Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability, and an academic major in environmental science and policy. The administration has answered the students’ hunger for more sustainability by introducing concentrations in climate change and sustainable food. These address global issues of resource distribution, economics, and policy, and have capstones that focus on local solutions. Smith dining is self-operated and is focused on bringing local foods to the table by hiring a new Sustainability and Dining Manager. The Office of Campus Sustainability links student projects to campus operations. Solar panels installed on the Campus Center, indoor track and science buildings provide 2 percent of campus electricity. This electricity is augmented by power from the school’s high-efficiency, natural gas-fired 3.5-megawatt cogeneration plant, which provides 70 percent of campus electricity as well as steam used for heating and cooling. Smith is home to the world’s fifth fully certified Living Building at the McLeish Field Station, where students participate in hands-on research and humanities projects. Energy and other building resource use is available in an online dashboard at www.smith.edu/conserve. Many campus buildings have been retrofitted with energy-efficient lighting and controls, Ford Hall, the new science and engineering building is LEED Gold certified. New construction and renovation will be LEED Silver or better.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
37%

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
85

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
42

Average Number of PC's per Lab
13

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Debra Shaver
Director of Admission

Address
Office of Admissions
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone
413-585-2500

Email
admission@smith.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Smith Art Museum
The Botanical Gardens
Campus Center
Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts
Ford Hall (Engineering, science)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Summit House, Skinner State Park
Old Deerfield
Downtown Northampton
Emily Dickinson House
Yankee Candle

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm and 9am-1pm
413-585-2500

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
mid-March - Jan.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
loberbil@smith.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Mon-Thurs from late Sept to early Dec an

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport near Hartford, CT, is approximately 30 miles from campus. Shuttle-bus service is available from the airport to campus; call Valley Transporter at 800-872-8752 or 413-253-1350 as early as possible to arrange for this service. Amtrak train service is available to Springfield, MA. Valley Transporter also provides shuttle service from the train station to campus; call as early as possible.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take I-91 to Exit 18; then take U.S. 5 N. into the center of Northampton. Turn left on Massachusetts Rte. 9. Go straight through four traffic lights. Turn left on College Lane shortly after the fourth set. The Office of Admission is on your right, overlooking Paradise Pond.

Local Accommodations
A favorite with Smith visitors is Hotel Northampton (36 King St. N.; 413-584-3100), a restored 1926 building in the heart of Northampton within walking distance of the college. Also within walking distance is the Autumn Inn (259 Elm St.; 413-584-7660), a colonial-style, nicely appointed, moderately priced hostelry located on Rte. 9 adjacent to Smith. It has a swimming pool and provides parking.
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Key Stats

4,466
Applicants
2,563
Size
42%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists