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Reviews 828 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am currently undeclared but I have a Liberal Art Advisor who helps give me direction when choosing classes. The ratio of work is generally for every hour you are in class there are two hours of homework.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a very wide range of classes offered at Smith. Smith is also a part of the Five College Consortium, which means students can enroll in any classes at UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and/or Mount Holyoke College.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There is a lot of trust given to students at Smith. There is only one "RA" figure in each house which is the HR or House Resident who lives on the first floor. Everyone is generally very lenient but if a student is having problems with someone else's noise level, drug use, or something else, the HR is informed and then (depending on the severity of the problem) they may have to go in front of the Judicial Board which is run by Smith Students and usually involves doing community service.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Some of the teams do well, but no one really pays much attention. I've only gone to games if my friends are playing. Otherwise there are other things to do.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities on campus are all around wonderful.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Northampton, Ma has a great selection of food. Some of my favorites are Beuno y Sano, Local Burger, and Viva Fresh Pasta.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The LGBTQ community on campus is a vital part of the overall Smith community. The student body is much less diverse in terms of political and social ideals. While there is a group of politically conservative students on campus, the majority is very liberal.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial Aide is really on a case by case basis. For me personally the process went really well, but I know some people who did not have the same exact experience. Either way the Financial Aide Office has a really lovely staff, but that doesn't mean that everyone gets a full boat.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Smith College housing is wonderful. While some houses have better amenities than others the general consensus is that even the bad rooms here are better than the rooms at other schools.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Smith College Campus Police is very present on campus. They are consistently available to students whether it be something minor like getting locked out of your room to a serious emergency.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I really enjoy the dining hall system but it doesn't suit everyone.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I've heard that it's difficult to find parking, but I don't own a car.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Off campus parking is difficult to find, but free bus system as a plus.

2 College Junior

Majors: My major is a nightmare! Do not come to Smith if you are going to major in Math&Stats!

The most important criteria for admission I guess is high school GPA and personal statement. For international students, you should also have good SAT/ACT scores and TOFEL.

2 College Junior

Majors: As I said, the math department is horrible. Professors are constantly changing and most of them do not know what they are teaching. Even though, almost all of the professors at Math department are extremely knowledgable, they seem lack skills of teaching.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Even though Smith has so many dining halls, it does not really make it better. The quality is fine but the variety is somewhat limited. We do have Asian dining hall but the food there is not good and it is often crowded. In fact, because of its limited hours, all dining halls can be super crowded during certain time period (12pm as most students have classes at 1pm). The dining halls often run out of food/silverwares/plates/bowls. At least two to three dining halls will have the same menu and do not expect anything better at Campus center (expensive and lack of choices).

Also, some dining staff are really mean and can be discriminate toward minorities. But there are some amazing people in the dining services.

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3 College Junior

Parking: The off campus parking is average. It is not terribly difficult to find a parking area but it can be hard during family weekend, commencement and other special occasions.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Speaking about professors, it really depends on the department. Some departments have GREAT professors that you will never forget their teachings in life time. Other department such as Math can be a mix: some extremely good professors and some people who totally do not know what they are teaching. Smith does offer a variety of curriculum and you can always choose to take courses at any of the 5-colleges. The registration process is fine even though different classes register with different priorities, most times you can get the permission from the processor to take a course which has already reached its enrollment limit.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation here is about average (maybe a little bit above for such a small town). As Smith students, you can take buses to other 4-colleges in the area for free. However, if you want to go shopping, there are many options to get there easily. Also, there is only peter pan in town and the bus is ALWAYS LATE.

3 College Junior

Computers: Most computers at Smith are updated constantly and we do have PC and MAC. However, there are not a lot of them, so during exam periods, you'd better bring your own. The network/wireless can really be a nightmare even though the speed is ok if you can get the connection. The wireless is not reliable at the beginning& end of the semester and sometimes using wire connection will not help.

College Junior

Scholarships: I have not applied for financial aid because I was afraid of lowering my admission chances. According to most of my friends who receive financial aid, it seems pretty easy to get one. Even if you do not get the aid, you can always find campus jobs to get some extra money. However, do not expect to earn a lot to cover the tuition. The hourly rate at Smith is about $7-8.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There are a lot of small parties in different houses. However, the nightlife here is generally about STUDY!

2 College Junior

Weather: I REALLY HATE THE COLDE WEATHER HERE!!! The only good thing about storms and snows is that courses can get cancelled (even though sometimes you have to go to classes even there is snow storms).

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Since it is a women school, a lot of students do not care so much about their looks. They generally have a lot of interests but most of those interests are somewhat related to academic. The social life here is fine, we have small circles however and it can be hard to fit in.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most dorms are extremely OLD! Even though Smith renovates them frequently, there are still many problems with those old houses. However, staff at housing facilities are really helpful. If you report something is wrong in your room like a broken light, it will be fixed very soon. Some dorms are definitely better than the others but it really depends on personal preference. For example, living in the QUAD can be very inconvenient and noisy, however, some people like it a lot because houses have pretty good amenities. The cost of living and dining at Smith is VERY HIGH but you do get pretty good services.

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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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