Smith College Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

63%

Very Good

28%

Average

7%

Poor

1%

Terrible

1%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

13%

Average

29%

Poor

16%

Terrible

42%

Campus Food
Excellent

29%

Very Good

31%

Average

19%

Poor

10%

Terrible

12%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

51%

Very Good

34%

Average

9%

Poor

4%

Terrible

2%

Class Size
Excellent

64%

Very Good

28%

Average

3%

Poor

4%

Terrible

0%

Activities
Excellent

39%

Very Good

45%

Average

9%

Poor

3%

Terrible

4%

Local Services
Excellent

53%

Very Good

23%

Average

13%

Poor

8%

Terrible

3%

Academics
Excellent

50%

Very Good

28%

Average

14%

Poor

4%

Terrible

3%

Overall Review for Smith College

Excellent

33%

Very Good

37%

Average

23%

Poor

7%

Terrible

0%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

Ingrid

Do not go to Smith. My experience with this college was hellish. They do not care about student experience. Their concern is solely with the image and funding of the college. They gatekeep resources from students, disregard student concerns, and blame them for issues. Optics is the only concern. Professors are hit or miss, and many take themselves/the college far too seriously. Elitism and condescension are rampant, both within the student body and from the administration. Communication between offices is abysmal. It seems like nobody actually knows college policy until the damage is done and there’s a way to put the onus of an issue on the student. You fend for yourself, and god forbid you have mental health issues. The college sees you as a liability and will work as hard as they can to push you away rather than help you. The students are vitriolic towards each other and play the “oppression olympics” for social status. Do not attend this institution. Definitely not worth going into crippling debt for an insular, holier-than-thou institution working just towards profit. They treat staff terribly too.

Nina

Smith is the best place in the world. Anyone would be lucky to go here. I never expected to find a college that felt like home, but I find myself getting "home"-sick during breaks. The people and houses are AMAZING and I love all of my professors. Every department seems to care about each individual student.

Louise

good

Alexandrea

It's small, which prevents a lot of variety in class offerings, but what's offered is good and you can always take classes in the Five College System. Class sizes are usually small and you can get to know your professors. Most students are very friendly.

Noelle

I love Smith College. Smith College provides many opportunities to programs to try new activities an interests. This school fosters the idea of becoming who you are or who you will be. The positive an friendly atmosphere of the school encourages every student to break glass ceilings.

Melissa

I think it provides a high level of education, with plenty of opportunities for student activism. Smith is academically stressful, but the community here is invaluable. And the community of alums is the same. I feel so incredibly lucky to have so many connections quite literally all over the world because of Smith.

Bri

The academics are amazing at Smith. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The social scene isn't really what I hoped for, though. There are a lot of cliques and it's hard to make friends because EVERYONE is either too busy, doesn't like you, or already has their group which you CAN'T join without a struggle. It's even more like the stereotypical "high school" experience than high school was, for me at least. The food is great also. Another downside though is that because of the cost of the school, there's lots of really mean wealthy elite girls who laugh in your face if you're on scholarship. They aren't too hard to avoid, though. Overall, Smith is a beautiful school which can provide any girl a great education.

Meghan

Smith is a truly distinct college. Every student here is motivated and engaged in the campus community and people are striving for academic excellence. Although there is a lot of stress put on working hard both in and out of class, the weekends give students a chance to relax and unwind. Although there are no blowout parties on campus, there are small parties. Being within 30 minutes of University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire College does give students at Smith the unique option to take classes and participate in social events at other schools.

Annaka

Smith is a beautiful school located in a gorgeous area. Professors are always there when you need them, friends and intellectual convos are plentiful.

Peri

Smith College gives it's students a small yet highly diverse environment in which to learn a plethora of new skills - the variety of which is up to the individual student because of the open curriculum. Opportunities range from sports, academics, and cultural to travel, study with professors, and innovation in a certain field. All the while students have access to pretty spacious (as college dorms go) rooms, good food, and all that the town of Northampton has to offer.

Paige

Within academia, Smith College does an excellent job. There are many resources for one to thrive here. If you are someone that's determined to excel academically, please come here. It's an all women's school by the way. Smith's abundance or resources have allowed me to better my learning.

Denise

My first year was amazing. Then my mother got sick and I took a break. When I returned everything seemed different and college was unwilling to work with me on things.

Khue

Campus is pretty, faculty are good, facilities are good, and Smith provides a lot of financial aid. The college as an institution is great. But the students here are the worst. I write from the perspective of a woman of color who attended Smith on financial aid because my parents were poor. My classmates were mostly white women from middle class/wealthy backgrounds who were extremely angry, militant, and bullish for no reason. If your opinions don't fit under the extreme left progressive umbrella, don't bother expressing them, because you will get shouted down and called racist, ignorant, ableist, or whatever epithet is convenient. While students claim to embrace diversity, there is no diversity of thought or of politics on campus. Everyone mostly parrots each others' radical views. When not talking politics, students mostly talked about themselves. "I got into Harvard but decided to come here." "I scored xxx on the SATs and got into all the Ivies." Students here are very self-centered and entitled.

Julie

Some people might believe that there is a separation from fun and academics. However, at Smith, there is not! Students can engage in fun discussions with each other about topics they are passionate about. The faculty is extremely helpful, even outside of office hours. Smith was the choice for me, and I do not regret my decision!

Julissa

Smith College in terms of its academics is on par with some of the best colleges and universities in the country. However, it is still a predominantly white institution and while students here tend to be more progressive, that does not mean everyone is and this goes for faculty as well. Smith has yet to divest. That being said, there are many good aspects. The school opened its doors to Puerto Rico relief victims in the aftermath of the natural disaster.

Dambin

My overall opinion of Smith College is that this school is such a great school. The community in this college is respectful, liberal and friendly. Although some courses are extremely challenging, I could easily reach out for help from either professor or peers. With these reasons, I truly enjoy being a smithie!

Emma

Smith College is a top-tier women's college with a beautiful and quiet valley campus just on the edge of Northampton. I had mixed feelings throughout my first semester because though I was always happy to be there I wasn't always happy there. Because the school attracts a niche group of hyper-feminist left-wing students, most students get along well-enough and are very passionate about their school. The academics are good but it is a little tricky to understand how Smith is a top-tier school based on the difficulty level of the classes and student engagement. I am looking forward to applying myself more next semester and getting more involved with the Smith arts scene- it is small but growing! We have a wonderful slam poetry team too.

cotillard

Many very hostile students. The entitled attitude to lecture others is rampant. I could not recommend Smith to anyone who is not a lesbian, and/or extremely liberal with an activist mentality, and/or getting a great scholarship. Anti-male (unless you're one of the many girls here living as a guy?) and you will be lectured on your "white privilege" to no end. This school is not what it was "back in the day". Hard to believe its ranking. It would be much lower if they required SAT scores.

get

Smith is breathtakingly beautiful, but not the place for me. The theatre department is tiny and inadequate. Since Smith is such a huge STEM school, very little funding or focus is given to theatre/the arts in general. The facilities are fine, but the class options are terrible. Theatre history in one form or fashion is essentially the only option. There are some wonderful professors (Len, Kiki G), but the students are unsavory. Most students in theatre classes are engineers looking for an easy A or hobby. As someone set on entering the theatre industry post-graduation, I feel completely alone. Not to mention that the talent level of theatre students is verrrrrrrry minimal, and a certain clique of girls run the department. Everything is student directed so there is a lot of bias in casting. They don't do musicals. They don't even get along with the music department. Speaking of, the music department is small but lovely. Jonathan, Amanda (choir directors), Jerry (pianist), and Kate (voice instructor) are the best, but overall, I feel artistically dead. The students in general are extremely mega super liberal. I thought I wouldn't mind this, but have run into some who are exactly the negative stereotype that conservatives love to boast (man-hating, obnoxiously sensitive, unkind to anyone who doesn't agree with them, entitled). Everyone here is homely and strange in the utmost. The dorky high school outcasts came here en masse, and have made me (a relatively normal person who enjoyed high school) feel like a total outsider. People here are overwhelmingly unfriendly and mannerless. I have no real friends for the first time in my life. The dining staff, for the most part, is wonderful. Northampton is (as Smith is) suuuper gay and beautiful and quaint. Perfect college town. I do not fall on the LGBT+ spectrum, but am an ally, so I thought I wouldn't mind the fact that everyone here is gay, but it really is over-emphasized. Gayness, along with racial oppression (if you do not openly support Black Lives Matter, you will be shunned. There are huge banners on every house) are almost the only things discussed amongst the student body. If you are a gay, mega-liberal, social outcast, non-white STEM major, I imagine you’d be very happy here. I, unfortunately, am not.

Katherine

Smith is a wonderful place full of people who are extremely hardworking, intelligent, and passionate. I've learned so much from my classes (knowledge that actually stuck with me too, not just facts that I forget once the class ends) and from the people around me. The houses are gorgeous and the housing system helps foster a community that helps new students adjust to college life. The food is pretty good too, we have many dining halls that serve different foods at every meal, and students can choose any dining hall they want after checking the online menus. We can also go to multiple for no extra charge; on my first night I went to 3 different houses for dinner to try the different foods they were serving. We are also in a beautiful area with plenty of fun activities to try in our free time. Overall, it is a very inspiring and interesting place to be able to go to school.

Amina

I love the academic scene, and the culture of activism of Smith students is both nice that it exists but also brutal and very judgmental. It's a stronghold of white feminism and white women regularly police other women about what is and isn't feminist enough, and smithies seem to have a massive itch to prove that they're the best activist. They say they don't police other women's bodies, but have turned body positivity into a movement of health shaming. Diet is a taboo word and weight loss is a taboo subject, and trying to be healthy there was like asking for undue comments about your plate of food or workout regimen. Unknown people interrupt other people's conversations and shame them if they feel they're more right and I did not have a good experience with the supposed "sisterhood" that I expected from a women's college. Smith also has a huge sexual harassment problem, but students don't take it seriously or get defensive when it's revealed that yes, women can harass and rape other women, and they don't have to be in relationship with their abuser to have this happen to them. I also very much dislike the unwillingness of many of my white peers to listen to other opinions if it doesn't fit their liberal credo. I think that they often start with good ideas and then take it way too far, and are very reactionary and quick to judge anybody different from them. That being said, Smithies have a lot of energy, and do do a lot of good work, as well as being usually very academically smart. I'd give a 10/10 on academics at Smith and a 2/10 for the student culture.

Karena

Smith College is a great place to receive a higher education. It can be comforting and inspirational to be surrounded by people that are like minded and equally as ambitious. I have encountered many genuine people and even more people willing to help.

Isabel

An incredible school with innumerable opportunities. Praxis, for example, pays you to do a summer internship anywhere you choose. Faculty are leaders in their field and love working with students. An accepting and safe community of students who support one another. A strong emphasis on social justice.

Karen

i couldnt have chosen a better college. the only downside i believe is that some students are sjw-y but if you like it it's fine and if you dont you can avoid it. the teachers there are great and the dorms are huge compared to other colleges so there are no complaints in that sense either

J

Smith has its ups and downs. A good thing is that you’re supported by many people to discover who you are and your major, if needed. Something to watch out for is that adminstration can be a bit slow to change, so it’s important to remain persistent in holding them accountable. However, you will have people who will support you, especially with many students.

Maeve

I have had a wonderful first semester and I am looking forward to my many years to come. Smith students are provided with a unique opportunity to explore who they in a safe, diverse environment. The acceptance all students receive on campus is an outstanding aspect of the atmosphere.

Ruth

Smith College is a unique and wonderful institution. The students are very politically engaged, and it is possible to find a great diversity of opinion and life experience anywhere on campus. The classes are small, and the professors are always ready to help with a research idea or just have a conversation one-on-one.

Jiayun

Smith College as an all-women identifying liberal arts college provides students with a well-rounded education in both humanities and STEM. Students are encouraged to explore courses outside of their major requirements. Smith provides an open-curriculum for students to explore their various interests from major, minors, the concentration of studies, and through the Five College Consortium. What makes Smith College unique is the supportive environment between the students themselves and with the professors. Students form study groups and collaborate with others to study and work on projects. Professors are always available in-office hours, after and before classes, and through email to meet with students. My favorite aspect of Smith College is the availability of research opportunities opened for undergraduate students to gain experience in various fields of studies, from the study of women and gender to the sciences. These unique opportunities allow students to gain experience through research, which provides a different aspect of learning outside of traditional classroom settings.

C

If you want a small school with a tight knit community and a vast range of opportunities, Smith might be the place for you. I didn't really know what I wanted to do when I came here (except that I didn't want to take STEM classes), but thanks to the open curriculum I've gotten to explore a lot of interesting subjects (including a physics class that's now one of my faves lol). There's not a lot to do here on the weekends (the nearby town is really cute but it's expensive and spans roughly 3 blocks), but if you're into bigger parties you could always hit up Umass with other Smithies. The academics can vary, but all professors are accessible and are good, helpful people, if not always fantastic educators. The house systems and all the school run activities make it easy to make friends, but it's easy to feel entrapped in the "Smith bubble" sometimes. I think the best thing about Smith, though, is how easy it is to access so many great resources. There's tons of grants you can apply to for summer language study or for travelling to attend conferences or even to buy winter clothes if you're from a warmer climate. The writing center and work centers always have people to help you with your essay or resume, and people in your house are great resources. Granted, there are still problems (the counselling services are understaffed and some students have strong opinions on certain people who ARE on the staff), campus police can be unhelpful or unfriendly, and like any school Smith has its flaws. Overall though, I think it's a good school that has the potential to be whatever you make of it.

Ayla

I love it! At Smith, I am given the freedom to be myself and to explore whatever interests (academic or not) that I might have. Most professors are incredibly nice and knowledgeable and are willing to speak to students one-on-one. It is a lot of work, but the things I have been learning have made it all worth it.