Smith CollegeSmith College is a private institution for women only. Located in Northampton, Massachusetts (about two hours from Boston and three from New York City), Smith is located in an urban setting covering 147 acres. Smith is also part of the Five Colleges Consortium. (Which consists of Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.) The school, founded in 1871, also belongs to the Seven Sisters colleges. (Which includes six other liberal arts schools that were originally for women only.) With a small undergraduate population of just over 2,500 students, classmates form a tight bond over their four years on campus.

Smith offers more than 50 courses of study. Students are also encouraged to take part in classes offered by the other schools in the consortium. This opportunity increases the availability of classes—giving individuals more than 5,000 courses to choose from. The most popular majors include social sciences; foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics; biological and biomedical sciences; psychology; and visual and performing arts. Smith College was actually the first and only women’s college in the country to offer undergraduate degrees in engineering. Class sizes are small with a student to faculty ratio of nine to one. About 70% of the classes have fewer than 20 students.

Smith College structures their residential housing a little different from most schools. There is no Greek life or typical dorms, and students are assigned to one of 41 houses on campus. Each house holds between 10 and 100 students. Individuals typically decide to stay in the house they’re first assigned to as freshman, but some decide to switch during later years. Students also connect through the social organizations on campus; there are currently more than 100 clubs. Students are also drawn together in the newly built Campus Center and the Olin Fitness Center. There are many traditions that Smith College students take part in, including Convocation, Mountain Day, and Ivy Day. Smith also has 11 varsity sports teams that participate in the NCAA Division III and Eastern College Athletic Conference levels.

Smith College is known for providing a close-knit community for women who are dedicated to their studies and want to create lasting relationships. Notable alumni and long history have proven that Smith creates passionate, driven students who go on to accomplish great things. Small class sizes and devoted professors also help shape and mold students to become great leaders and thinkers. Women interested in a liberal arts education should investigate the many opportunities Smith can give to its students.


Acceptance Rate

Smith acceptance rate

Class Standing

Smith average GPA and top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Smith College SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Smith College ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision (Round 1): Nov. 15

Early decision (Round 2): Jan. 1

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 5,597
Enrolled: 633
Yield: 34.8%
Acceptance rate: 32.5%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 501
Admitted: 307
ED acceptance rate: 61.2%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 587
Admitted off the waitlist: 76
Waitlist acceptance rate: 12.9%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 248
Admitted transfer applicants: 111
Transfer acceptance rate: 44.6%

Average GPA: 4.0
Top 10% of High School: 75%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1330-1500
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 670-740
SAT Math: 660-780

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 30-33

Standardized Test Requirements

Smith College is test optional Smith College is test optional for US citizens and permanent residents. (International citizens are only required to take the ACT or SAT.)

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Smith graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Smith College score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 82.6%
5 years: 88.0%
6 years: 88.9%

Transfers out: 9%

Loan default rate: 1.3%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 1

Salary after attending: $46,200

R&D Expenditures: $6.06 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 9
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 0
Burglaries: 11
Car thefts: 0

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Smith College financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Smith student debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $70,820

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $73,320

Net Cost
Average: $28,905

By Income
$0 to $30,000: $6,075
$30,001 to $48,000: $10,169
$48,001 to $75,000: $16,394
$75,001 to $110,000: $22,926
$110,001 and more: $44,293

Graduates with student debt: 61%

Average student debt at graduation: $21,460

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Smith College undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Smith College student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1

Women: 100%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 70%
20 to 39: 25%
40 to 99: 5%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 2,894
Undergraduate: 2,531

Student Residence
In State: 12%
Out of State: 72%
International: 16%

Smith College student population

Smith College seal

Smith College

This page was last updated in November 2020.