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Reviews 746 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like it, but I wish I'd applied elsewhere. The Smith culture is toxic and despite honest efforts I've yet to make friends.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are always events happening on campus during the week and on the weekends. The style of the houses greatly differ depending on what house you live in and its location on campus. For example, houses in the Quad have the most singles, whereas, those on Green Street have fewer singles. Living on campus is great, especially on Elm Street because you're not only close to classes, but also downtown.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Friedman and off campus parities are usually pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Wide variety of delicious off campus dining options, however, most places close before 10pm.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The campus policies are not too strict. Smith overall is pretty lax as long as your not disturbing anyone else.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Smith offered me the most money out of all of the schools I applied to.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is pretty good in the beginning of the year. I really like that you can eat at any dining hall. There are usually a variety of options- including a vegan/vegetarian dining hall, which has some of the best food on campus in my opinion. However, sometimes, certain dining halls will serve very similar options.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great variety of restaurants. They can be expensive, bit it's worth it.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is fairly strict, and I like it that way.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They are extremely generous with financial aid. Lots of funds for textbooks and other miscellaneous expenses, just ask!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: After a while the food starts tasting the same. Food is one of Smith's weaker points, but overall it is fine. They use a lot of local products, and there's always a salad bar.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are beautiful and spacious. I've seen dorms in other colleges, and they are nothing compared to Smith's.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I heard the Friedman's are alright, they are building a new wing of them close to the Quad.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Northampton is a perfect college town, very liberal, artsy, hipster, and worldly. So is the food. So many different types of restaurant options are available. I had Vietnamese food for the first time in this town and I love it!

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4 College Freshman

Administration: People know what they can and cannot do and how to act. For me, I think it's great that you can have guests. You will never see teachers yelling at you for not coming to class but the honor code is taken seriously. There is an entire board that will not tolerate that type of behavior. I do not participate in drinking, but there is some, but not too much.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I am not a party person, but if you want to find parties, they're here. If you want to not party, it's easy to not get involved since the majority of the college doesn't party.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got financial aid, but not nearly enough because I am middle class and it looks like my family has enough money. I will be in debt for the rest of my life.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: You can get as much as you want. You can bring friends and family and there is no limit.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am in a house with all single rooms. I love it.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Local Burgers is the best!

3 College Freshman

Administration: Never seems as if the administration in on the same page as the students.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Submit your financial aid papers with your application and there will be less of a hassle. Smith gives lots of aid, but the aid never seems to actually meet my need.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: You can find something to eat in any of the dining halls- and I think the food is a 3.5/5 most of the time.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my house now, but I used to live on the other side of campus and I didn't feel comfortable there.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: some things they do great, other times they make life miserable...

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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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