Smith College campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • 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

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, other than a writing-intensive course for first-years, 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."


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Gloria Steinem
Feminist, activist

Julia Child
Chef, cookbook author

Rochelle Lazarus
CEO, Ogilvie and Mathews

Sylvia Plath
author, poet

Betty Friedan

Madeleine L'Engle

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

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.

Colleges that Create Futures

Undergraduate Research

In addition to Smith’s storied history, liberal arts background, and strong collaborative culture, Smith’s major growth has been in research and the sciences, including their engineering and sustainability programs. The Picker Engineering Program calls Ford Hall home, a $473 million, 142,000-square-foot structure dedicated to science and engineering. A few proud Smithies told us, Picker is “the first and only all-women’s engineering program in the country.”
As the faculty note, you can’t be at Smith if you aren’t eager to learn. And there are plenty of opportunities for it. From internships, community service, and study-away programs, Smith offers their students the chance to learn from study outside of their campus, either domestic or international. SURF (Student Undergraduate Research Fellowships) fund research and let students explore projects of their own design. The AEMES (Achieving Excellence in Math, Engineering and Science) Program also gives opportunities to students who are historically underrepresented in STEM fields. SURF lets students have more leeway and a bit less faculty guidance in their studies. They are allowed to undertake “true research,” according to an engineering student. Smithies are not only answering a question, they’re discovering the varied answers and analysis that accompanies any in-depth research. Smithies have a tremendous library at their fingertips, too, with over 1 million items to help their research. The library offers students a huge resource as they implement and advance their ideas. An assistant engineering professor said that this research “is an opportunity for students to investigate a subject that interests them with less faculty direction than is typical in the academic year and with less certainty as to what the outcome will be.”
As Steven Williams, Gates Professor of Biological Science, said, “Nothing is more fun than when a student gets a great research result and comes bouncing into the lab because she’s so excited about it.” Smith faculty enjoys helping students succeed. An administrator also mentioned that Dr. Williams’ lab “received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—one of only 81 grants awarded worldwide—for research on health issues in the developing world.” So, while students are hard at work developing their ideas, professors like Dr. Williams are continually finding ways (and winning grants) to help students continue to flourish.
Faculty Mentors

Smithies are taught by 285 full-time and part-time professors in forty-one academic departments and programs, for a low student-faculty ratio of 9:1. Most of these educators and scholars hold a terminal degree in their field. The faculty is nearly split evenly between women and men, all dedicated to the Smith cause. These professors deal in more than education. Scholars in their own right, they pursue their own fields of study, and their accomplishments raise the bar for their students. The professors, described by their students as “top-notch,” “engaged,” “wonderful,” “kind and helpful,” go out of their way to include students on their scholarly research.
A sampling of Smith professors currently making waves globally include: Ruth Haas, the Achilles Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and professor of engineering, who was the 2014 winner of the Association for Women in Mathematics Humphreys Award for mentorship of undergraduate women in mathematics; Richard Olivo, professor of biological sciences, who was awarded for outstanding contributions to neuroscience education and training; Paula Giddings, the E.A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Afro-American Studies, who keynoted the Martin Luther King convocation at Jackson State University; and Joshua Miller, a professor in the Smith College School for Social Work who received a U.S. State Department grant to continue his conflict resolution work with nonprofit and government leaders in Uganda and Rwanda.
Alumni Network

A Class of 2002 Smithie told us, “Smith chose me in a way that makes me smile to this day. I didn’t know how much Smith would make me grow, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.” Current students point out they were initially drawn to Smith through the accomplishments of other alumnae, especially in leadership positions. Smith has proven these women have a lot to brag about. Nearly 90 percent of Smithies go straight from graduation into jobs or to graduate schools. In honor of one of their most famous alumnae, Julia Child (Class of ‘34), Smith College has hosted Julia Child Day since 2004. In grand Julia Child-fashion, the celebrations are full of food-related events, honoring the late chef, host, and author, and her contributions to the culinary scene. Other prominent alumnae include two first ladies; writers Margaret Mitchell, Madeleine L’Engle and Sylvia Plath; feminist and activist Gloria Steinem; and Rochelle “Shelly” Lazarus, former CEO and Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather.
As of early 2015, Smith has over 48,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate degree recipients in all fifty states and more than 100 countries. Once they graduate, Smithies aren’t on their own. In addition to producing alumnae who lead lives of distinction, Smith tends to produce graduates with a degree of flexibility and multi-faceted interest. The Lazarus Center has published the results of survey sent to alumnae who graduated from Smith two, five, ten, fifteen, and twenty years ago, and the results show tremendous diversity in career outcomes across majors. “Alumnae who graduated with degrees in the natural sciences, history, humanities and the social sciences, for example, found professional success in fields ranging from agriculture to biotechnology to education,” the school informed us. Over on the career website, the director of the Lazarus Center, Stacie Hagenbaugh, commented on the survey results that the Center has illustrated in an interactive chart. (You can view the chart at: “It’s a perfect visual response to the question of whether a liberal arts degree will take you anywhere,” Hagenbaugh said. “It clearly shows that a degree from any of the divisions at Smith will lead to success in any field.”


Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

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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 $47,620, with room and board tallying an additional $16,010—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 $20,154, with 68 percent of undergraduates receiving some form of need-based 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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



100% female
0% male
80% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

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."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Wellness Housing

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 "schoolsponsored 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.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability SErvices (ODS)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Laura Rauscher Coordinator

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

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

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Pioneers)
16 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
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


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 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

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Debra Shaver
Director of Admission

Office of Admissions
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063



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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

mid-March - Jan.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Mon-Thurs from late Sept to early Dec an


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.