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Reviews 777 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health Services is way out of the way, but they're building a new one much more convenient that will be done in August 2014.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Smith has great everything for facilities.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Northampton has a great vibe. Its very earthy, and gay friendly.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of nice little local places, but it can get crowded. But so many options.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you want to play a sport you can, but life doesn't center around sports here.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's not so bad, but its hard to have a car if you don't have a parking pass.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you go to Smith, and it seems like the place for you, it'll be great! If you aren't liberal/need guys around then maybe not. But it's wonderful!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The house system at Smith is great. The houses are small, so its a tighter community so you get to know the people you live with.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity in general. Especially with gender identity and sexuality. But the campus is still probably over half white.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: All the professors are outstanding. It's easy to get involved in research with professors in what wouldn't usually be done at other colleges, more graduate level studies.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The majority of people live on campus due to the houses, but when people live off campus its pretty chill.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no greek life at all.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The labs with Macs are great, the labs with PCs aren't quite as good.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's the best if you're gay, somewhat less so if you're straight...

College Junior

Greek Life: We do not have have fraternities or sororities at Smith.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Smith College strongly encourages all students to live on campus. The housing community is very close and has a lot of positives, and the dining hall program is excellent. It can be frustrating if you enjoy making your own food, but other than that, living on campus is lovely. One of the first questions that alumnae will ask you, before even asking your major, is "What house did you live in?" It's a big part of the community.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Attending Smith College has been one of the most incredible expereinces of my life so far. It is an extraordinary privilege to have access to such brilliant and accessible professors and a wide range of resources and student organizations. With the right motivation, we honestly have the opportunity to learn about or be a part of whatever new movement, idea, subject we are interested in. Smith has made me a more complete human.

2 College Junior

Weather: I come from a sunny place so coming to the east coast was a big "weather shock". I am still not used to this weather. Is always cold and gloomy. The weather really affects my attitude.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are 14 dinning halls on campus. They sometimes do a good job in making a great meal but sometimes we are given pasta or sandwiches. However, dinning staff is doing a lot better in adding flavor to our meal which I find awesome!

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much about this topic.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love the program I am in because I get to learn so much about society. The workload is heavy at times depends the professor you are taking. The professors are really helpful and able to connect you with internships and job opportunities.

College Junior

Greek Life: I can not rate because there is no Greek Life on campus

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: In getting funding in ethnic organizations has been a struggle this semester.

3 College Junior

Athletics: There isn't a lot of school spirit in regard to the sports but people to join the teams and have fun.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Overall they are really helpful with financial aid. You have to talk to people to make things work but there is funding.


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Dara Kagan
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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One thing is for sure, Smith is not for everyone. One person’s favorite part of the school could be another’s most-hated aspect. Some cannot handle the single-sex environment, while others find it to be their favorite part of Smith. Some are miserable with the social scene and feel limited in their options, while others are perfectly content. It’s a college of extremes, and when talking to Smith students, you’ll probably find that most have an ambivalent relationship with the school. However, when it comes down to it, the education received at Smith is top-notch. The small classes and wide range of academic opportunities ensure that students are engaged and challenged. Moreover, Smith is committed to providing opportunities that most students don’t get until graduate school, such as independent research with professors in their first year or writing graduate-level theses.

Smith is not a huge party school and it’s not a stereotypical college experience, but, for most Smith students, that’s exactly the way they like it. The small campus can make students feel claustrophobic at times, but there is a tremendous sense of community, and the comfort and security of the campus ensures that students have four years to discover themselves and really come into their own. Time and again, alumnae have told students they are still very close to their friends from Smith. The campus community fosters tight bonds that last far beyond graduation.

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