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Smith College

  • Northampton, MA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 100%0%
    student ratio
  • 2,606
    total students
  • $44,450 | $44,450
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 43%
    acceptance rate
  • Very Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • Not
    Reported

    act composite

Overview

In Northampton, Massachusetts, the Open Curriculum at Smith College Makes It the Students' Choice

Smith College, a liberal arts college for women, offers an open curriculum based in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. Smith's open curriculum offers its students flexibility, responsibility, and a challenging intellectual environment. Each first-year student is required to complete a writing-intensive course but there are no other required courses beyond the student's chosen field of study. Students can develop their ability to think and to analyze critically as well gain as a historical and comparative perspective on the global community. Smith's broad, open curriculum prepares its graduates for leadership in a dynamic world.

Undergraduate students from fifty states and more than sixty different countries come to Northampton, Massachusetts, to make use of the outstanding equipment and facilities that are set aside for their use across Smith's 147 acres of tree-lined streets and paths. At Smith, what students learn inside and outside the classroom -- and how they choose to put those pieces together -- builds a sense of intellectual and social engagement that empowers them to make a difference throughout their lives, in their communities, in their professions, and in the world.

Built upon the open curriculum, the learning experience at Smith College is designed to help craft the character and fortitude necessary to lead and succeed in the world at large. Smith graduates understand the true value of their education once they begin to apply their newly acquired knowledge in their personal and professional lives.

Five Colleges Are Available for the Price of One through the Five College Consortium

The Five College Consortium increases a student's choices for scholarly and social activities. Four liberal arts colleges -- Smith, Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke -- along with the University of Massachusetts, lie within a 12-mile radius. Together, they offer a wealth of courses, joint courses of study, and certification programs in interdisciplinary fields. One result is that the more than 1,000 undergraduate courses offered at Smith College are supplemented by more than 4,000 additional courses at the four other schools at no extra cost to Smith's students. The benefits of the Five College Consortium, including fare-free bus service between schools, however, do not stop with this academic exchange.

There is also an exciting social exchange within and beyond the Five College Consortium. The social options are nearly limitless. With nearly 25,000 students attending the five colleges, there are always interesting men and women at Smith events, and Smith's students are welcome to attend events on the other campuses. These events also draw students from many other colleges. By interacting and sharing the college experience with so many other schools, Smith is able to benefit from and contribute to the shared experiences of a larger number of students. The diversity and cultural enrichment gained from this expanded student body benefits all Smith students.

Smith's home, Northampton, Massachusetts, combines small-town ambiance with big-city offerings. There are plays, music, and dance; shops trendy and traditional; a smorgasbord of some sixty restaurants; and several downtown venues that are popular spots for nationally known recording artists on tour. Between campus organizations, athletics, club activities, and social events, there's always something to do in and around Northampton.

Research and Internship Opportunities and Student-Faculty Collaborations Bring Education to Life at Smith College

Smith's 1:9 faculty-student ratio means most of its classes are small, averaging only 19 students. The professors, not graduate assistants, encourage, guide, and inspire the women on campus. In all courses, students are encouraged to ask questions, add their own insights, and even challenge a professor's interpretations.

Student-faculty collaborations unfold on the Smith campus every day, and students are encouraged to develop projects based on their work in class or to pursue, in an intensive and structured way, a long-term academic interest. Because of Smith's emphasis on hands-on learning and student-faculty collaborations, students take what they have learned and see how it plays out in a real-world setting.

One of the keystones of a Smith College education is the opportunity for undergraduates to conduct research with faculty members who respect them and take them seriously as scholars. Who could be better to work with and ask questions of than a professor who, most likely, knows the key figures in his or her field -- or is a key figure?

Praxis: The Liberal Arts at Work, is Smith's unique internship program. Summer internships, particularly those in start-up businesses, in the arts and media, and with nonprofit organizations, are often unpaid or low-paid positions. Through Praxis, each sophomore or junior may receive a one-time $2,400 internship stipend to help her afford a summer internship that draws on her academic background, builds on her career goals, and expands her education. If a student chooses to pursue an internship outside of the U.S., the stipend is $3,500. Each year, some 400 students receive Praxis stipends to work in the U.S. and abroad in such areas as health care, science, social welfare, technology, and education. The flexibility and opportunity provided through the Praxis program is unique among university internship offerings and can open doors that would otherwise be inaccessible to college students.


Location & Contact

Smith College


Northampton, MA 01063
USA

Ms.Debra Shaver

Dean of Admissions

Phone: 413-585-2500
Fax: 413-585-2527
Email: admission@smith.edu

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies (East)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • East Asian Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Portuguese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ancient/Classical Greek
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

43% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,403
    • Accepted1,897
    • Acceptance Rate43%
    • Enrolled2,606
    • Female Applicants4,403
    • Females Accepted1,897
    • Female Acceptance Rate43%
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.90
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan January 2nd February 2nd --
    • Transfer May 15th June 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 610 720
    • SAT Math 610 730
    • SAT Writing 630 730
    • ACT Composite 28 31
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$44,450
    • Out-of-state tuition *$44,450
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$274.00
    • Room and board *$14,950.00
    • Room only *$7,480.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,606
    • Male Student Percentage%
    • Female Student Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino9.52%
    • Black or African American4.8%
    • White or Caucasian45.89%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.19%
    • Asian12.51%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.04%
    • Two or more races4.8%
    • Unknown9.09%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students77% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Cooperative housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 95%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Not Reported
    • Drama / theater group Not Reported
    • Student-run radio station Not Reported
    • Student-run television station Not Reported
    • Marching band Not Reported
    • Choral groups Not Reported
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Not Reported
    • Health clinic Not Reported
    • Personal / psychological counseling Not Reported
    • Women's center Not Reported
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Not Reported
    • Greek sororities Not Reported
    • Local fraternities Not Reported
    • Local sororities Not Reported
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other self-defense workshops, emergency telephones, programs in crime and sexual assault prevention

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington No No No
    • Basketball No No No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Crew No No No
    • Cross-country running No No No
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Fencing No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Rock climbing No No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Soccer No No No
    • Softball No No No
    • Squash No No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Track No No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No No No
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington Yes No No
    • Basketball No Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Crew Yes Division X No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes Division X No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Squash Yes Division X No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball No Division 3 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty299
    • Full-time Percentage92%
    • Part-time Percentage8%
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 2,592 students to 283 faculty


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