Smith College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Northampton, MA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
43 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • No guys
  • Everyone is open and nice.
  • The academics, including no gen-ed requirements
  • House community and great living accommodations

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • No guys
  • Long winters
  • Bridge traffic
  • Instead of using salt, they put down this soy-sauce-like substance to melt the ice-it doesn't work well, and it smells.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Smith Student Reviews

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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.


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