Smith College, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, was chartered in 1871 by Sophia Smith and opened its doors in 1875. Sophia Smith supplied the initial funds through an inheritance received with intent to provide women with an educational institution equal to that of men. Smith College is the largest of the Seven Sisters, a group of traditionally women's liberal arts colleges found in New England. Smith has gone through many revisions over its 130 year history, but has remained true to the tenets initially set forth, which is to provide a quality education and development for young women.
Smith College offers forty-one programs of study and prides itself on it's the experience and qualifications of its faculty. The school offers its own one year long study abroad programs in four European cities. Smith College is the only all female four year institution to offer a bachelor's degree in engineering.
Programs offered include:
- Art History
- Classical Literature
- Environmental Science and Policy
Admissions and Financial Aid
Smith College determined who is accepted in the school by examining each and every applicant's qualities. Often they accept students that may prove unique or different from a standard enrollee, though all students at smith have demonstrated academic excellence prior to acceptance at the college.
Financial aid is available for eligible students. Students interested in obtaining financial aid should visit the Smith College website to obtain more information and determine eligibility.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the candidates Smith College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at Smith College is about 2,900, with undergraduate students making up about 86% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition is estimated to be around $51,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
- For part-time students, charges are between $1,400-$1,700 per unit
- May offer prepaid tuition, allowing students to purchase tuition at current rates for future years.
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||72%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||66%||$35,987|
|Receiving Student Loans||51%||$4,601|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, Smith College may offer services like:
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Helping students find work after graduation
With a very high graduation rate of around 86%, Smith College is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||82%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||3%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||0.9%|
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Smith College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Private Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Smith College.
- University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, MA (8 miles away)
- Westfield State University in Westfield, MA (15 miles away)
- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA (34 miles away)
- Keene State College in Keene, NH (46 miles away)
- Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT (47 miles away)
Also, you can compare schools by looking through our list of colleges & universities:
- Compare all colleges & universities in Massachusetts
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- See all the liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts
Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Smith College for official up-to-date information.