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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)

About

History

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.

Education

  • 293 professors in 58 academic departments and programs; student-faculty ratio of 9:1.
  • More than 48,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate degree recipients in all 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Career

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

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
601
2019
601 100
2018
701
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Services

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.

Medical services

he 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.

Accreditation

  • 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

Happy as a clam
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I'm really happy here! It is the right fit for me academically and socially. I love my house and the friends I've made. You've got to learn how to stand up for yourself to get what you want and be confident.

Exceptional Women's Education
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Smith College provides an exceptional and empowering women's education. Students hail from almost 70 countries, and the Institute has strong academics across disciplines from STEM to humanities. Students go on to pursue advanced degrees and work in top organizations. Located in a gorgeous New England setting, Smith College affords a phenomenal education and life-long...

Northampton, Massachusetts, United States

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