Northampton, MA
Smith College


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Recent Reviews

Melissa
What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

People are overly-PC/liberal at times, sometimes to the point of stifling free speech.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For finding the right college... Are you conservative? Liberal? Try to match a college to your political beliefs, or be prepared to defend them. What type of weather do you like? Do you mind the cold? Once you decide upon a college and go, do as much as you can when you get to college. Go to tons of clubs, participate in various activities around campus... Just get involved. You can drop down to a few events after you've tried lots of things out.

Delia
Describe the students at your school.

Pseudo intellectuals who tried to hard.

Describe the students at your school.

Pseudo intellectuals who tried to hard.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You may never know what the "right" college is so go with whatever takes you outside of your comfort zone and challenges you to be the most amazing person you can.

Sonya
What kind of person should not attend this school?

It's a great College but very academically challenging. Someone who doesn't enjoy a high stress environment might want to rec...

What kind of person should not attend this school?

It's a great College but very academically challenging. Someone who doesn't enjoy a high stress environment might want to reconsider going to College here, that said, there are plenty of opportunities to blow off steam by particpiating in amazing dance classes, sports, or equestrain.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choose carefully and visit the campus before you make your final decision. Smith is an amazing College, but not located in a large urban center. It is academically rigorous and has a very vocal gay/lesbian community. It is very liberal and you might feel out of place at first if you have more conservative/republican leaning , however there is defintiely an active republican contingent at Smith and you will feel welcomed by them as well . All in all, it has a small, friendly albeit competitive atmosphere with amazing women goading, pushing and challenging you to do your very best. Good luck!

Diana
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

1. If you are burned out from high school (after being valedictorian and president of everything) I know I was---TAKE TIME OF...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

1. If you are burned out from high school (after being valedictorian and president of everything) I know I was---TAKE TIME OFF. explore, volunteer, you'll be better equipped to understand and experience college 2. If you are a woman, consider all-women's colleges (especially the 7-Sisters). Cornell, Harvard etc. might sound great but I think it was priceless for me to have four years to myself in a healthy, supportive (still competitive), non-judgemental, progressive, inspiring space to make real true friendships and to become the person I am today . GO TO SMITH COLLEGE! Now that I am in graduate school at University of Pennsylvania, I appreciate that experience so much more, and know that it has shaped me into a better, me.

Rachel
Describe the students at your school.

Smith students are driven, academically-focused, liberal, and involved in the world around them. On weekends, students genera...

Describe the students at your school.

Smith students are driven, academically-focused, liberal, and involved in the world around them. On weekends, students generally have movie parties with their friends, explore Northampton, do homework, hang out with friends, and go to the local colleges. It is not a commuter college where people go home on weekends. While some students can be described as intense, generally students worry about doing well and completing their homework without going overboard and are not competitive (only with themselves).

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Smith is not only unique in that its a women's college, but its dorm system is as well. It is a close community, set in a cute little town in Western MA, yet with all the opportunities of a small city - thanks to the local colleges and fairly short distance to Boston (only one hour).

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't let others dictate what college you would like, and certainly don't choose a school just for its name. Figure out what type of person you are, and where you feel most comfortable and go for it.

Chris
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choose a college that will challenge you to think new ways. If you pick a school that has little diversity of opinion on cam...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choose a college that will challenge you to think new ways. If you pick a school that has little diversity of opinion on campus, then constructive conversation about differing points of view is hard to find. If you pick a campus with diversity of people and opinion, then we can move together as a society to help understand one another. Respectful conversation between students is a must. Join the clubs on your campus?at least one! Usually, clubs and societies are an instant network of friends, and also something spectacular to put on your resume once you start looking for jobs upon graduation. If you hold a leadership position in your club, not only will it give you experience in supervision, but also it is an experience from which you can draw during job interviews. Because four-year degrees are more accessible than in our parents? age, it?s crucial that you have an idea of where you want to go after college. Use your university as a tool to make yourself look the best to possible employers by utilizing the programs your campus has to offer. The job market is hard to enter with only your degree?trust me!!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Relax! D's=Degrees. People are too uptight about grades.

capitola
What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is uncomfortable with women, dependant on male company. Someone who is uncomfortable around liberal ideas.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is uncomfortable with women, dependant on male company. Someone who is uncomfortable around liberal ideas.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How expensive it would be to pay back the loans.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look at the school before you decide. visiting is the best way to get a feel for how you'll fit in and feel living there.

Jen
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you feel right about the place. You'll be there for four (or more) years, and there's nothing worse than being stu...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you feel right about the place. You'll be there for four (or more) years, and there's nothing worse than being stuck somewhere that you don't want to be. Being comfortable in a place can make your experiences there 100x more worthwhile than being at a world class college that you feel uncomfortable at. When it comes to making this choice, trust your instincts, and don't let anyone talk you out of it, if you feel uncomfortable someplace. Good luck!

What's unique about your campus?

The staff. While the faculty are great, it's really the staff that are amazing. Whether it's a department secretary or one of the cooks in your house, they're definitely the people you go to and can be a real help when you need it.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The Smith bubble. It really shields you from the outside world, and you lose track of things that actually matter, as compared to the petty things that go on at school. You forget how good you actually have it.

Kai
Describe the students at your school.

The majority of my classmates come from all walks of life in terms of race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, relig...

Describe the students at your school.

The majority of my classmates come from all walks of life in terms of race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and political views.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Smith College is best known for its status as a women's college, as well as its incredible social sciences.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students should look for a school that fits well with their personality and academic aand social interests. Parents should allow their children to explore all options.

Carly
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Smith is liberal, active, exciting and demanding.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Smith is liberal, active, exciting and demanding.

What's unique about your campus?

Everyone at Smith is friendly, encouraging and inclusive.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Research the range of academic and extracurricular offerings on campus, as well as various aspects of daily life. Talk to as many current students and alums as you can. Above all, be open-minded!

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  • Tuition & Fees
  • $47,904
  • Acceptance rate
  • 37%

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