Smith College

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School Overview

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

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

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

Degrees offered:


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

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
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 – General B


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 – General B


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 – 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.

Smith College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (413) 584-2700
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,894
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 88%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 2,894 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $54,224
Out-of-state Tuition: $54,224
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 71%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $43,796

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Smith College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Smith College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 8
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 12
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 8
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 12
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 12
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 3
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 62
Grand total 24971

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Smith College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $54,224
Out-of-state $54,224
Books and supplies $800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $53,940
Out-of-state $53,940

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 433 71%
Grant or scholarship aid 411 67% $43,796
Student loan aid 285 46% $4,641

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,749 70% $44,796
Federal student loans 1,179 47% $5,102

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Smith College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Smith College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 5,597 0 5,597
Percent admitted 100% 0% 32%
Percent admitted who enrolled 11% 0% 11%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Smith College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,894
Undergraduate enrollment 2,531
Graduate enrollment 363

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Smith College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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