There was a time when you didn't need to ask, but parents today want reasonable assurance that their daughters will be safe at college. Smith has an extremely safe campus, and students come and go on campus and downtown at all hours of the day and night. Smith and Northampton are not entirely crime-free, but they're significantly safer than any medium- or large-sized city.
The campus is kept secure without being made to feel like a prison. Our safety-consciousness makes us extremely cautious: our students are briefed on personal safety, have access to self-defense courses and, upon request, are issued whistles to summon help in an emergency. Houses are always locked and have intercoms for identifying visitors. The college provides nighttime escorts and shuttle buses are available for students, emergency alarm boxes are set up throughout campus and the college's security officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day. More detailed information is available by request.
Read about the Jeanne Clery Disclosure and published crime statistics here.