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Smith Admissions Information

Smith College
Northampton, MA (map)

 

Located in Northampton, Massachusetts–an urban city complemented by the feel of a small town–Smith College was founded in 1871 as a member of the prestigious Seven Sisters. The college is noted for providing highly able women with a quality education. Through a broad open curriculum and faculty mentorships, students are encouraged to explore different fields of knowledge and to foster their intellectual development. Academically, Smith is renowned and is ranked #14 for national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. News and World Report. As a member of the Five College Consortium, Smith provides students with the unique opportunity of cross-registering in classes at Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and the University of Massachusetts. Notable graduates, also known as Smithies, include Julia Child, Gloria Steinem, Sylvia Plath, and Margaret Mitchell.

Smith represents a variety of interests and passions and is home to 120 student clubs and organizations, which range from Crapapella-one of a number of a cappella groups-to Bad Seeds, a botany group. The college also offers Division III athletics and club sports, where the first women's basketball game was played. 95% of all undergraduates live in the 36 houses on campus, creating a tight-knit community.

 

 

Basic Info

Main Address: Elm Street
Northampton, MA 01063
 
Phone Number: (413) 585-2700  
Website: www.smith.edu  

Characteristics

Type of school: Private, liberal arts  
Type of school: Women only  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III and club sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,588  
Percent out-of-state: 79%  
Percent international: 10.52%  
Female to Male ratio: 100:0  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Economics
Political Science and Government
Psychology
 
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Cross-Registration
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
Internships
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Semester At Sea
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester
 

Campus Life

Housing options:
Women's Housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Cooperative Housing
Activities:
Campus ministries
Concert band
Drama
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Student government
Television station
Choral groups
Dance
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student newspaper
Yearbook

Fun Facts

  • Voted #2 Dorms Like Palaces
  • Voted #13 Best Career Services
  • Voted #19 LGBT-Friendly
  • Voted #9 Best Quality of Life
  • Voted #16 Most Politically Active Students
 

Admissions Information

With a 47% acceptance rate, admission to Smith is competitive. As such, college officials seek students whose academic preparation and diverse interests will allow them to benefit from the college's offerings and contribute to the school. As a highly selective institution, Smith primarily considers the academic record of a candidate for admission, though the school is also interested in the student behind the record and test scores.

Along with the rigor of a student's secondary school record and academic GPA, Smith puts the most weight on letters of recommendation, character, and personal qualities. Also important are extracurricular activities, application essay, class rank, talent, and the recommended interview. Additional factors that are considered to a lesser degree are alumni relation, racial status, standardized test scores, volunteer and work experience, and whether the student is a first generation student.

Admissions address: 7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063
 
Phone number: (413) 585-2500  
Fax number: (413) 585-2527  
Admissions Website: http://www.smith.edu/admission/  
Email: [email protected]  
Contact Person: Debra Shaver  
Number of first-year applications received: 4,015  
Percent of applicants admitted: 47%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: Early Decision I : November 15; Early Decision II: January 1  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay
2 Academic Teacher Evaluations
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Interview (recommended)
 

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT with Writing (Optional for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
 
Middle 50% Scores

Low


Average


High
% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
600
670
730
69%
SAT Math
590
640
690
69%
SAT Writing
620
670
720
69%
ACT Composite
26
29
31
22%

 
College Board code: 3762  
ACT code: 1894  
Learn more about other Women's schools:
Bryn Mawr   Wellesley   Vassar   Mount Holyoke  

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