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Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. Located in Massachusetts, USA, Smith is one of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, enrolling 2,700 students from more than 60 countries.

Smith’s graduates hold prominent leadership positions around the world including Laura D’Andrea Tyson, the first woman to chair the White House Council of Economic Advisers and first female dean of the London Business School; Pearl Yau Toy, chief of the University of California San Francisco Blood Bank and Donor Center; Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chair of the Carlson Companies; Hoon Eng Khoo, faculty at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore; Pamela Craig, chief financial officer for Accenture, the world’s largest management information consulting firm; Carol Rodley, former United States Ambassador to Cambodia; Carolyn Kuan, first female (and youngest) conductor of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Farah Pandith, U.S. Department of State special representative to Muslim communities; Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker; Shaharzad Akbar, Foundation for Free and Fair Elections in Afghanistan; and the late Xie Xide, physicist and president of Fudan University in China.

The Women in Public Service Project is a partnership of the U.S. Department of State and Smith, Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke and Wellesley colleges. The project works to advance women’s leadership in politics and governance worldwide.

Students are often attracted to Smith’s vibrant and highly diverse student body and its strong academic programs, including strong programs in mathematics, science and engineering. Smith, along with Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is a member of the Five Colleges, one of the oldest and most highly regarded consortiums in American higher education. Students may take courses at any of the institutions, greatly expanding their academic choices.