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Northampton, MA
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5 College Sophomore

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

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone wears winter clothes so it is hard to really see interest in people.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Smithies are smart, passionate, and extremely ambitious.

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Well its a women's college...soo....

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The 'guys and girls' situation at Smith is ideal if you love women. There is a healthy mix of queer women on campus as well as non-queer identified women who may still be interested. We supposedly have a greater percentage of masculine of center ladies than Mount Holyoke. Even high femmes here tend to have a rough edge. Most people are flexible and fluid; people find themselves here.

We do have some men on campus but as trans men at a women's college they are definitely a minority. Straight female students often meet men through the 5-college consortium.

7 people found this useful Report

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 9th
    Smartest Girls
  • 24th
    Most Creative/Artsy Girls
  • 35th
    Friendliest Girls
  • 223rd
    Hottest Girls
  • 967th
    Party Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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The first thing every prospective student should know is that Smith is one of the best places to celebrate and explore sexual diversity and gender variance. There is a small but vocal group of transgender students on campus who are, for the most part, very accepted by the student body, and they are constantly pushing Smith’s administration to include more gender-inclusive language in its policies. Women who date other women are the most visible group on the Smith campus, but there is also a large and active heterosexual population that treks to Amherst and UMass every weekend to meet guys.

When it comes to dating, not all students are happy with the gay dating scene on campus, but for many, the plethora of available women is just what they are looking for. While straight women at Smith have a harder time meeting guys and relationship partners, the PVTA bus system makes it very easy to go to coed schools within the Five College consortium. The best bets for meeting guys is to take classes off campus, get involved in activities that interact with other campuses a lot, or head out with the informal straight-girl network at Smith, which goes to parties at other schools together to mingle with guys. Overall, Smith is a very welcoming place for students of any gender, race, or sexuality, and most accept, know, and love this part of their Smith experience. It’s also important to remember that Smith academics are strenuous so many students feel little pressure to date, and instead, spend their college years connecting with friends and focusing on schoolwork.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Condoms, oral contraceptives, Depo-Provera, diaphragm, cervical cap, and the morning-after pill are all available at the health center on campus.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Through friends
  2. Smith parties
  3. Parties at Amherst or UMass
  4. UMass hockey games
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Campus Center couches
  2. In the corners of Neilson Library
  3. Quad parties
  4. Off-campus parties
Social Scene
Smith students say it can be hard to meet people who aren't in their houses. Therefore, many relationships and hookups, as well as friendships, tend to be centered around a student's house. However, most students are able to meet people through a variety of other ways, like clubs, teams, classes, and parties.
Hookups or Relationships?
Smithies interested in guys often stick with long-distance relationships or random weekend hookups. There are many girls, however, who find nice boys from the surrounding area to date. For the gay community at Smith, the dating scene offers a few more options. A large number of people get into serious relationships with people in their houses (which can lead to dramatic breakups). There are also a lot of random hookups-though many have learned the hard way that what felt random that night is not so random at a small school.
Dress Code
Smith is definitely a school where you can wear almost anything, and you'll see everything from homemade pants to mohawks to Steve Madden shoes. There is, however, a dominant "Smith look" of cuffed jeans, vintage T-shirts, trucker hats, and facial piercings.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 47 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 9 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 32 responses

  • 18% Long-distance relationship
  • 16% Casual dating at your school
  • 15% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 13% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 13% None
  • 10% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 8% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 3% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 14% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 51% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 31% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.



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