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Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Founded in 1871, Smith College opened in 1875 with 14 students. Today, Smith is among the largest women’s colleges in the United States, with students from 48 states and 68 countries. An independent, nondenominational college, Smith remains strongly committed to the education of women at the undergraduate level, but admits both men and women as graduate students.

Master's Programmes

Education & Training (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



The college began more than 140 years ago in the mind and conscience of a New England woman. Smith has changed much since its founding in 1871. But throughout its history there have been certain enduring constants: an uncompromising defense of academic and intellectual freedom, an attention to the relation between college education and the larger public issues of world order and human dignity.


Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction and purpose. A college of and for the world, Smith links the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, thereby developing engaged global citizens and leaders to address society’s challenges.


Undergraduate research extends learning beyond the classroom, providing students with exciting opportunities to investigate pressing questions in science. At the heart of the Smith experience is active engagement, driven by faculty-mentored research across a wide variety of academic disciplines. About half of Smith’s STEM majors conduct research with Smith professors. By joining a research lab, students gain authentic experience applying the scientific method, are exposed to the greater scientific community and contribute to long-term discovery.


Almost 70 percent of each year’s senior class step from graduation right into good jobs, while 25 percent go directly to graduate school.

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University Ranking

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Student services

Your living community is an integral part of your education at Smith. Staff in the Office of Residence Life can help ensure that your co-curricular living environment enhances and enriches your overall experience.

Residential living is vital for your education, you will be living, studying and socializing with roommates, housemates and friends from around the world—all with varied and distinctive backgrounds and experiences.

Housing services

37 self-governing houses accommodate between 12 and 100 students; most houses include women from all four classes.

Residence life is part of Smith's co-curricular environment that enhances and enriches the academic program. Students come from varied backgrounds, and the house community provides a supportive, social environment for students to learn about and appreciate each other's experiences and differences.

Library services

More than 1 million items. Special-subject libraries for the fine and performing arts and the sciences; distinguished collection of women's history manuscripts; nationally prominent rare book collection.

ICT services

The IT Service's goal is to provide Smith students, faculty, staff, and administrators with information services that support and enhance all aspects of college life.

Medical services

The Pelham Medical Services provides appropriate, comprehensive medical services to address the needs of college students. Doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses provide routine health and wellness care such as sports and travel physicals; general check-ups; clearance exams for volunteer work or internships; reproductive and sexual health exams;  contraception; related health education. 

Student Life

Campus life

The Smith College Campus Police Department is committed to protecting the lives and property of all members of the Smith College community, including visitors and guests, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a part of the larger college community, the department strives to foster an environment where diversity is celebrated, where all are made welcome and where all rights are preserved. Officers patrol the campus on foot, on specially equipped mountain bikes, on a Segway or in cruisers.

Sports facilities

11 varsity sports and extensive intramural and club sport programs.

Student clubs

What organization will you join or local community agency will you volunteer for? Or do you want to play a club sport? It’s your choice. All Smith students are members of the Student Government Association, which supports the programs of more than 120 organizations catering to students with varied interests. You can join—or lead—any of these organizations.


  • Smith College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Membership in the association indicates that the institution has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.

Student Reviews

Smith College
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

For a small liberal arts college, Smith has great variety and depth for students to explore their interests. Professors challenge budding scholars to learn and grow as academics through teaching and facilitating discussions.

Intense but worth it!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have loved Smith College. Every student is highly motivated to do well for themselves, not because they want to be "better" than others. The academics are intense and classes are hard, but it's worth it in the end.

Women for the world
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Smith is a very empowering community. It's the perfect platform for an outstanding education at a prestigious institution while being surrounded by global leaders.

Northampton, Massachusetts, United States

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