Smith College Admissions Facts

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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Admissions at Smith College are selective, with an acceptance rate of 37 percent. Students will need strong grades and an impressive application to be admitted to the school. Since Smith is test-optional, the admissions office looks at a student's academic background, extracurricular activities, work or volunteer experience, and writing skills. An interview, while not required, is strongly encouraged for all applicants. For more information about applying, be sure to visit Smith's website. 

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Admissions Data (2016)

Smith College Description

Smith College is one of the "Seven Sisters"; it's a private women's college in Northampton, Massachusetts. Smith is also a member of the five college consortium along with AmherstMount HolyokeHampshire, and UMass Amherst. Students at any of these five colleges can easily take classes at the other member institutions. First opened in 1875, Smith has a beautiful and historic campus that includes the 12,000 square foot Lyman Conservatory and the Botanic Garden with about 10,000 different plant species.

The college can boast of many famous alumnae including Sylvia Plath, Julia Child, and Gloria Steinem. On the athletic front, Smith College competes in the NCAA Division III New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The school fields twelve varsity sports. Smith consistently ranks among the nation's top women's colleges, and it also made the list of top Massachusetts colleges and top New England colleges. And with test-optional admissions, Smith College is an excellent choice for strong students who don't perform well on standardized tests.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 2,896 (2,514 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 100 percent female
  • 100 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $47,904
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $16,010
  • Other Expenses: $1,933
  • Total Cost: $66,647

Smith College Financial Aid (2015 -16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 72 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 65 percent
    • Loans: 53 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $40,225
    • Loans: $4,641

Academic Programs and Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: American Studies, Art History, Biology, Economics, Engineering, English, Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 9 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 86 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 89 percent

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics