Smith College

Smith College

Smith College is a private, independent, women's liberal arts college located in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States. The college was chartered in 1871 and started functioning in 1875. The main campus spreads across an area of more than 145 acres. Smith College offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. It is a member of the Seven Sisters. Smith is also a member of the Five Colleges Consortium.

Smith College's athletics department sponsors several men's and women's sports teams. They participate as the NCAA athletic teams. They are nicknamed the Pioneers. The college's campus is also home to several student clubs and organizations.

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Contacting Smith College

Smith College
Elm St
Northampton , MA 01063
General Phone: (413) 584-2700

Smith College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts389African studies, American studies, East Asian studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, African-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, comparative literature, ...
Family and Social Work125social work
Science69biology, biochemistry, astronomy, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling66cognitive science, psychology
Fine Arts54fine arts, art history and criticism
Education and Teaching50education, education of hearing impaired, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching
Drama and Performing Arts26dance, drama
Religion and Philosophy19philosophy, logic, ethics, religion, Jewish studies
Computer Science and Engineering8computer science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy7exercise science
Architecture and Planning6architecture
Photography and Commercial Art6film studies
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Smith College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree70755
Postbaccalaureate certificate202
Master's degree16610
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship71

Smith College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Smith College had a total enrollment of 3,065 students (3,106 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 50%
Black 7%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 11%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 18%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 38%
20-21 33%
22-24 8%
25-29 8%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York14%
(International Students)8%
New Jersey6%
New Hampshire3%
North Carolina2%
Rhode Island1%

Smith College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 90 %

Smith College Room and Board (2007)

Smith College offers campus housing for 2,441 of its 3,106 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Northampton, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Smith College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal600710
SAT Math570680
SAT Writing590700
ACT Verbal2633
ACT Math2329
ACT Composite2531

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT90%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT34%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Smith College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,058
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,058
Room and board $ 12,050
Room charge $ 6,030
Board (meal plan) charge $ 6,020
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,680

Financial Aid:
Smith College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 220900)

Smith College Faculty

Smith College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*8$128,041
Associate professorcalendar year1*3$84,157
Assistant professorcalendar year1*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year4$96,21813$109,639

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year75$133,14568$125,257
Associate professoracademic year37$90,56144$88,999
Assistant professoracademic year18$69,74435$69,866
Instructoracademic year12$55,05319$56,935
All faculty totalacademic year142$107,413166$96,148

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Smith College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Track New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference

Smith College Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African Studies
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Economics
Italian Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Portuguese Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General


Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science
Psychology, General

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What Sets Smith College Apart:

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% of degrees in fine arts
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% of degrees in liberal arts
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Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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