Smith College

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Smith College is an elite women-only liberal arts college in Northampton, Massachusetts. The campus is full of historic buildings, beautiful art, and botanic gardens. Smith offers traditional academic programs, in addition to a unique program where students can complete courses at surrounding colleges. Northampton is a charming small town in close proximity to the Springfield metro area.

Smith College offers undergaduate degrees in various subject areas including Eduction, Classical Studies, Religion, Music, Medieval Studies, Engineering and Biology. In addition to traditional programs, Smith College allows students to individualize majors. It is also unique because it offers engineering programs, which most female-only colleges lack. Smith is a member of the five-college system, a group of colleges and universities that grant students the opportunity to attend classes and utilize resources at participating schools.

Smith College has been recognized for its first-class academic programs. Famous writers, scholars, and political leaders graduated from the college.

Students interested in cultural performances can find jazz concerts, local theater, and poetry readings in Northampton. Guest lectures and other academic events are frequently held on campus.

Smith College is very selective. Admitted students typically excelled in advanced placement courses during high school. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an application essay. The school looks favorably upon volunteer work. Some students are interviewed prior to admission. Applicants are not required to submit standardized test scores.

Smith College offers scholarships, and students who qualify can obtain federal Pell grants and loans. Scholarships are frequently awarded to academically gifted students. Other financial aid programs are also available.

General Information

Admission Office
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063
(413) 585-2500
Fax: (413) 585-2527

Contact: Debra Shaver
Director of Admission
Main Address
Elm Street
Northampton, MA 01063
(413) 585-2700

www.smith.edu

Size
Total undergrads: 2,610
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 643
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,610
Graduate enrollment: 491

Setting
Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Annual Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $34,186 $36,058 $37,758 $38,898 +3.02%
Books and Supplies $800 $800 $800 $800 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $11,420 $12,050 $12,622 $13,000 +2.99%
Other $1,570 $1,680 $1,576 $1,514 -3.93%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $47,976 $50,588 $52,756 $54,212 +2.76%
In-state Off Campus $34,986 $36,858 $38,558 $39,698 +2.96%
In-state with Family $34,986 $36,858 $38,558 $39,698 +2.96%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $38,640
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $38,640
Out-of-state Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 449 70%
Grant or scholarship aid 373 58% $10,553,009 $28,292
• Federal grants 110 17% $598,458 $5,441
• Pell grants 110 17% $406,804 $3,698
• Other federal grants 104 16% $191,654 $1,843
State/local government grant or scholarships 60 9% $138,350 $2,306
Institutional grants or scholarships 372 58% $9,816,201 $26,388
Student loan aid 346 54% $1,800,051 $5,202
• Federal student loans 326 51% $1,343,828 $4,122
• Other student loans 40 6% $456,223 $11,406

All Degrees and Programs

BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 846 172 6 22
Architecture and Related Services 21
Architecture 21
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 76 12
African Studies
African-american/black Studies 6
American/united States Studies/civilization 25 12
Commonwealth Studies
East Asian Studies 5
European Studies/civilization
Latin American Studies 9
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Tibetan Studies
Women’s Studies 31
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 95 6
Biochemistry 19
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 46 6
Conservation Biology 1
Neuroscience 29
Computing and Information Sciences 10
Computer Science 10
Education 20 34
Education 20
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 12
Elementary Education and Teaching 14
Secondary Education and Teaching 8
Engineering 24
Engineering 24
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 47
English Language and Literature 47
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 105
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 10
Comparative Literature 5
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 10
French Language and Literature 20
German Language and Literature 6
Italian Language and Literature 13
Latin Language and Literature
Linguistics
Portuguese Language and Literature 4
Russian Language and Literature 9
Spanish Language and Literature 28
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 1
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 1
History 31
History 31
Human Services 114 6
Social Work 114 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 10
Mathematics and Statistics 20 10
Mathematics 20 10
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 2
Cognitive Science
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 1 13
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 13
Physical Sciences 22
Astronomy 1
Chemistry 12
Geology and Earth Science 6
Physics 3
Psychology 78
Psychology 78
Social Sciences 211
Anthropology 33
Economics 75
International Economics
Political Science and Government 66
Sociology 37
Visual and Performing Arts 72 5
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 25
Dance 1 4
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 10 1
Film/cinema/video Studies 6
Fine/studio Arts 23
Music 7
Above data represents first majors only.
(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 48%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 90%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
TOEFL: Required
Completion of college-prep program: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 4,128
Percent Admitted: 45%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 37%

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees


Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B

Education

Education – General B

Engineering

Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Engineering Mechanics B
Engineering Science B
Environmental Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Comparative Literature B
East Asian B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Italian B
Latin B
Portuguese B
Russian B
Spanish B

History

History – General B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Ancient Studies/Civilization B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B
Neuroscience B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Astrophysics B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.


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