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FAQ


Are SAT or ACT scores required?

Who comes to Smith?

How diverse is Smith?

What's the total enrollment?

What's the application procedure for entering first year students? What are the deadlines?

What are the requirements for admission to Smith?

What are the average SAT scores for entering first year students?

Is an interview required? Can I interview with an alumna in my area?

Can I apply without a high school diploma?

What is your policy on AP classes, IB classes and college classes prior to coming to Smith?

How does Smith consider applications from undocumented students?

How are students evaluated?

What is Early Decision?

Can I defer my entrance to Smith?

How does Smith consider applications from transgender students?


Are SAT or ACT scores required?

SAT I or ACT scores are optional for U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents. International students who are attending high school in the U.S. must submit SAT I or ACT scores. SAT II subject tests are optional for any applicant.

We accept official scores that are listed on the high school transcript or sent from the testing agency. Scores listed on the Common Application are considered self-reported and will be reviewed by the admission committee.

Who comes to Smith?

Most students choose Smith because of its academic reputation. Smith attracts students from all 50 states and more than 60 different countries. We have students from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds, political affiliations and socio-economic levels. We value diversity at Smith and define it in the true sense of the word.

How diverse is Smith?

Many colleges talk about the importance of diversity to a campus community, but Smith has gone beyond words, opening as many doors as possible to welcome a broad and diverse population of outstanding students. Bright young women from almost every racial, ethnic, political, social, economic, religious and cultural background, come to Smith to challenge themselves intellectually. The community at Smith includes more than 30 percent student of color population; of the total student body approximately 5 percent are African American, 9 percent Latina, 12 percent Asian-American/Pacific Islander and 1 percent Native American; 12 percent are international students and 5 percent are nontraditional students. Nearly 17 percent of students are the first in their families to attend college and the student body is socioeconomically diverse

What's the total enrollment?

2,500 undergraduates on campus, with about another 150 undergraduates studying off campus.

What's the application procedure for entering first year students? What are the deadlines?

Students can apply to Smith under one of three decision plans: Early Decision Fall, Early Decision Winter and Regular Decision. By applying Early Decision, a student makes a commitment that if she is admitted she will enroll. Students accepted under Early Decision plan have one month after being notified to inform Smith of their plans to enroll. The Requirement and Deadlines page contains more information.

What are the requirements for admission to Smith?

Students must complete an application by the application deadline and submit the application fee or fee waiver. There is no typical applicant to Smith and no typical academic program, but it is strongly recommended that a student prepare for Smith by taking the strongest courses offered by her high school. Where possible this should include: four years of English composition and literature, three years of a foreign language (or two years each of two languages), three years of mathematics, three years of lab science, and two years of history. Beyond meeting the normal requirements, we expect each candidate to pursue in greater depth academic interests of special importance to her.

What are the average SAT scores for entering first year students?

The middle 50 percent of Smith students fall between 1830 and 2150.

Is an interview required? Can I interview with an alumna in my area?

A personal interview is highly recommended. It gives a student the opportunity to highlight information about herself that she feels her application does not adequately reflect. It also provides an opportunity to ask specific questions about Smith. A student may interview with an admission officer in the Office of Admission or with an alumna in her area. We recommend that those students living or attending school within 200 miles of Smith schedule an on-campus interview if at all possible. To schedule an interview, call the Office of Admission at (413) 585-2500 or send us an email. Or, if you cannot make the trip to campus, please use the lookup to find a Smith Alumna in your area.

Can I apply without a high school diploma?

Yes. Occasionally students will apply to Smith before completing high school, or they may have been schooled in a non-traditional way, such as home schooled. In either case, they may not have a diploma.

What is your policy on AP classes, IB classes and college classes prior to coming to Smith?

A maximum of one semester (16 credits) earned through any combination of AP, IB and college credit may be used for application toward the Smith degree. Credit may be used only (1) to make up a shortage of credits incurred through failure; (2) with the approval of the administrative board, to make up a shortage of credit incurred as a result of dropping a course for reasons of health; or (3) to undertake an accelerated course program.

Credits are recorded for scores of 4 or 5 on most Advanced Placement examinations. The credits to be recorded for each examination are determined by the individual department.

Smith will award up to a semester's worth of credit for students who have taken part in an International Baccalaureate program. The exact amount of credit will be determined once an official copy of results has been sent to the registrar's office.

How does Smith consider applications from undocumented students?

An application from an undocumented student is treated no differently from other applications: every application Smith receives is considered on a case-by-case basis. Undocumented students apply to Smith as international citizens residing in the U.S. and follow the international admission and financial aid procedures. Financial aid for international students is highly competitive. Please be in touch with the Admission Office if you have further questions.

How are students evaluated?

We carefully consider your high school program, performance, experiences and potential for success at Smith. Most applications are read by two members of the admission staff and every part of your folder reveals another facet of your life. When we evaluate your transcript and read your recommendations, we look for evidence of success in a rigorous curriculum. Your essay tells us how you think and write and what you care about. Extracurricular activities give us a window on what you might contribute to our vibrant community. At Smith, we take a holistic and individual approach to each application. After all, we're choosing students, not statistical profiles.

What is Early Decision?

Early Decision is a binding commitment and is intended for students who have determined that Smith is their first choice. An Early Decision candidate may be admitted, deferred to Regular Decision or denied. If a student is admitted under the Early Decision plan, she must enroll at Smith and withdraw all other college applications.

In accordance with National Association of College Admission Counseling policy: "Should a student who applies for financial aid not be offered an award that makes attendance possible, the student may decline the offer of admission and be released from the Early Decision commitment."

Can I defer my entrance to Smith?

Admitted students wishing to defer their offer of admission should send a letter to Debra Shaver, Dean of Admission, or e-mail her through the admission office account. We must have your request in our office by June 1. In your letter, please state the reasons why you wish to defer your admission and what your plans are for next year. First-year students may defer their admission for one year only -- we do not allow first-year students to enroll in January -- and you must pay your enrollment deposit by the published deadline to hold your space in next year's class.

Enrollment deadlines
Early Decision I - January 15
Early Decision II - February 15
Regular Decision - May 1

How does Smith consider applications from transgender students?

An application from a transgender student is treated no differently from other applications: every application Smith receives is considered on a case-by-case basis. Like most women's colleges, Smith expects that, to be eligible for review, a student's application and supporting documentation (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) will reflect her identity as a woman. For more information go to Gender Identity and Expression.

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