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FAQ


What are Smith's policies on standardized testing?

Is there a minimum SAT score for the eligibility of Financial Aid?

What are the average TOEFL and IELTS scores?

What is the average financial aid package for international students?

How diverse is Smith?

How many majors are offered? What are the most popular majors at Smith?

Can you tell me more about the Five College Consortium?

What is it like to live at Smith?

Tell me about the housing facilities.

Will I be able to adjust to life in the United States?

What can I do with a Smith degree?

Will I be able to study abroad while in Smith?

How should I obtain a visa to study in USA?

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?


What are Smith's policies on standardized testing?

Standardized tests (SAT I, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS) are required for international citizens. The SAT I or ACT is required for students being instructed in English. The TOEFL or IELTS is required for students being instructed in a language other than English. SAT II subject tests are optional.

International students who are attending high school in the U.S. must submit SAT I or ACT scores.

We accept official scores that are listed on the secondary school transcript or sent from the testing agency.

Is there a minimum SAT score for the eligibility of Financial Aid?

No, need-based financial aid does not take SAT scores into consideration.

What are the average TOEFL and IELTS scores?

The average TOEFL score for admitted students is 98. We recommend that students attain a total band score of 7.0 on the IELTS

What is the average financial aid package for international students?

The average financial aid package that Smith awards to International First-Year students is $41,288, which includes scholarships, loans and work study. However, it is extremely competitive because of limited funds.

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

How many majors are offered? What are the most popular majors at Smith?

Smith offers 46 majors, over 50 minors and 12 concentrations. The most popular majors include Government, Psychology, Art, English, Economics and Biology.

Can you tell me more about the Five College Consortium?

In addition to Smith, the other institutions in the area are Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After the first semester of their first year, students in good standing are eligible to take a course at any of the other institutions at no additional cost if the course is appropriate to her educational plan. For more information about The Five College Consortium see their website at www.fivecolleges.edu.

What is it like to live at Smith?

Smith is an East Coast college, located two hours west of Boston, Massachusetts, and three hours' drive from New York City. Massachusetts is famous for its brilliantly colored fall leaves, but it's great in other seasons, too. Winter means skiing, ice skating and snowball fights; spring brings the flower-laden campus to full bloom. Average temperatures range from 52 Fahrenheit (11 Celsius) in fall and 28 F (-2 C) in winter to 47 F (9 C) in spring.

Smith has a particularly beautiful campus, set in a river valley flanked by mountains. The college is a five-minute walk from vibrant downtown Northampton, home to 30,000 people. Yet it feels like the countryside with its towering trees, flower beds, open fields and Paradise Pond. Although Northampton has a small-town feel, it's not hard to reach. International flights arrive in Boston and at Bradley International Airport (45 minutes away). Rental cars, shuttle buses and taxis are available at the airports.

Tell me about the housing facilities.

Our 35 houses range in style from modern to Gothic to classic revival. Each has a sense of community at its core. A student may have between 12 and 100 housemates. Within each house you'll find women from varied backgrounds with a wide range of interests and experience. Each house is self-governing, which gives the students in the house the opportunity to decide on their own rules and their own methods for holding each other accountable.

Some wonderful traditions are associated with Smith housing, including Thursday night dinner (candle light, family style) and Friday afternoon tea. Nineteen of our houses have their own dining rooms so students either eat in their house or in a nearby house. In any case, students never eat with more than 200 students. Typically students live in a double their first year. After that, depending on their house, they may move into a single their sophomore or junior year. Residential living is an integral part of students' education. In keeping with this philosophy, traditional undergraduates are expected to live on campus for four years.

Will I be able to adjust to life in the United States?

To help you make a smooth transition to college life in America, Smith offers you your own support services on campus. Staff at the international student office can give you information and advice on personal, academic, immigration and even financial concerns. They also organize a free five-day preorientation program to welcome international students arriving at Smith for the first time.

The International Students Organization (ISO) is an active cultural group that holds weekly meetings for friendship and support. The ISO sponsors films, lectures, trips, dances and other activities. Religious services in the Jewish, Buddhist, Protestant and Catholic traditions are held weekly at Smith. Hindu and Muslim student organizations also sponsor gatherings on campus and in nearby towns for worship and special religious festivals.

What can I do with a Smith degree?

Smith graduates hold positions of importance and responsibility in more than 100 countries. The majority of international students begin graduate study after Smith in any of a wide variety of fields. Smith graduates are accepted at the finest graduate schools. Among them are Harvard Divinity School, Yale, Columbia, Gallaudet, Duke and Carnegie Mellon universities and many other top graduate (post-bachelor's degree) and professional schools.

While applicants to law and medical schools in the United States face fierce competition for admissions, our strong academic programs and faculty advisers for pre-law and pre-medicine studies help Smith graduates with the complex process of applying to these highly selective professional schools. To be worthy contenders in a large national pool of applicants for these schools, Smith applicants who are non-U.S. citizens should have completed their undergraduate work with strong credentials: an average grade point average of 3.5 and (for medical school) an average MCAT total score of 30.

Will I be able to study abroad while in Smith?

Smith offers a wide range of study abroad programs, from the Smith-run programs in Western Europe to Smith-affiliated and Smith-approved programs all over the world. Smith faculty direct programs in Florence, Hamburg, Geneva and Paris. Each of these programs is for a full academic year. Smith also has a formal affiliation with programs in Japan, China, Rome, Spain, South India and Russia. Students may also arrange to study abroad on one of over 100 additional programs that have been approved by Smith.

How should I obtain a visa to study in USA?

Upon your acceptance to Smith College you will be issued an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility) by Smith which will enable you to apply for a student visa at a U.S. Embassy in your country. Detailed information about visa application is available at the U.S. Department of State Web site.

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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