An Education as Unique as You Are

Smith College is the largest independent women’s liberal arts college in the United States and is the first to offer an accredited engineering program for women. Committed to educating women of promise for lives of distinction, Smith links the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, developing leaders for society’s contemporary challenges. Smith educates women to understand the complexity of human history and the variety of the world’s cultures through engagement with social, political, aesthetic and scientific issues.


At Smith, you are given the freedom to design your own education with the unlimited choices that Smith’s open curriculum provides. First-year students complete at least one writing-intensive course; otherwise there are no required courses outside a student’s field of study. You will be encouraged to personalize the Smith experience in the classroom and beyond, with internships, community service and study-away experiences. A faculty adviser will work with you to customize your education plan according to your interests.

For every nine Smith students there is a professor to encourage, guide and inspire. Smith professors are a world-class group of scholars who consider teaching to be their most important mission. One of the keystones of your Smith education will be the opportunity to conduct research as an undergraduate side by side with faculty in the arts, humanities, sciences or social sciences. Smith offers more than 1,000 course offerings in some 50 areas of study including the social sciences and history, the arts, languages, mathematics and the natural sciences. The Five College Consortium significantly expands the higher education resources and scholarly opportunities available to Smith students, which links Smith to four other colleges—Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke colleges and the University of Massachusetts. Courses are available at no extra cost to Smith students.  We encourage you to visit our Academics page for more information

Residential Life

There are no dorms at Smith. You’ll live in one of 40 unique residential houses, many of them Victorian-era private homes that have been renovated and adapted for contemporary college life. As an incoming student, you’ll be assigned your room and usually matched with a roommate. Your other housemates will be members of all four classes, and your house on campus will provide the close-knit community that will be your social and residential home base. With several dining rooms on campus, you will have plenty of options for menus and types of food, including vegetarian and vegan meals as well as a kosher and halal menu.

Extracurricular Life

At any given time, the Smith campus is bursting with activities, whether it's clubs, lectures, performances, athletics, dances or social gatherings in your house. The Five College consortium also makes it easy to enjoy the wider community. Smith is only a fare-free bus ride away from four campuses hosting 30,000 other undergraduates for you to meet. Take a bus trip to visit Boston museums, bicycle with friends in the New England countryside, kayak on the Connecticut River or relax with friends over coffee at one of Northampton's many cafés. Your social life is what you choose to make it.

Meanwhile, on campus, there are more than 100 student organizations that provide many of the activities that can give campus life an extracurricular buzz. Many additional activities—including movie nights, sundae parties, coffeehouses and poetry readings—allow you to try new things and meet new people. The Student Event Committee and Smith To Do program organize weekly events, and all you have to do is show up. For more on these offerings, visit our Student Life page. Not far from the Grécourt Gates of the Smith campus are the busy sidewalk cafés, shops and eateries of Northampton, Massachusetts.

Admission Website

Please see the Admission Website for more information about the admission process.

Admission Deadlines

First-Year Applicants

Early Decision I
  • Application Deadline: November 15
  • Admission Decision by:  mid-December
Early Decision II
  • Application Due date: January 1
  • Admission Decision by: late January
Regular Decision
  • Application Due Date: January 15
  • Admission Decision by: late March

Required Application Materials

Smith accepts two applications for first-year admission--the Coalition Application and the Common Application.  Smith does not have a preference for one application over the other.  Required supporting materials include:

  • Coalition Application or Common Application
  • Smith Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report, including high school transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
  • Standardized Testing – optional for US Citizens or permanent residents; sometimes optional for international Citizens. Please refer to our testing policy page for more information
  • Midyear report
  • ED agreement (if applicable)
  • There is no application fee

Smith uses the Common Application for prospective transfer students. This is the only transfer application accepted at this time.

Financial Aid

Smith is committed to offering an outstanding education to exceptional young women from all economic backgrounds. If you are admitted, Smith will fully meet your financial need as calculated by the college. Smith offers financial advice to help all families manage the cost of college, whether or not they qualify for aid. This partnership between Smith and families has allowed many women to afford an investment in quality private education.

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  • Graduation Rate - 87%
  • % Students on Financial Aid – 60%  
  • Total Cost of Attendance - $78,481 (Tuition, Room and Board, Fees)
  • Average Need-based grant to class of 2025* - $50,891

*as of July 2021

Go to Student Financial Services for more information about financial aid at Smith.

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