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May 15, 2008

Smith College Class of 2008, By the Numbers

The following statistics offer a glimpse of the students who make up the Smith College Class of 2008. They graduate during Smith's 130th commencement ceremony Sunday, May 18, at 10 a.m. in the Quadrangle at the corner of Elm Street and Paradise Road. Should the ceremony need to be shifted inside because of inclement weather, it will be held in the Indoor Track & Tennis Facility (ITT) on West Street.

704 Baccalaureate Degree Recipients

691 bachelor of arts degrees

13 bachelor of science degrees

141 undergraduate degree recipients are double-majors

41 states are represented

29 countries are represented

5 most popular majors in descending order: government; psychology; art (includes art history, art studio, architecture and urbanism); economics; English.

56 are Ada Comstock Scholars (women of nontraditional age)
Read about one Ada Scholar's journey to Smith.

24-years-old, the youngest Ada student graduating

68-years-old, the oldest Ada student graduating

7 double-majors

1 Ada student published a book of poetry this semester

4 Ada students wrote honors theses

2 Adas are also Smith College employees: Maria Vallejo, assistant for administration, Office of Institutional Diversity; Rene Heavlow, assistant director, Women & Financial Independence program.

7 most popular majors in descending order: education and English language and literature (tied); anthropology; American studies, economics, government and psychology (four-way tie).

Fellowship recipients

17 Smith women have been offered Fulbright Fellowships

50 percent of Smith applicants for Fulbright Fellowships were accepted -- more than double the national average
22 percent -- the national average

33 additional Smith women (both graduating seniors and undergraduates) have been offered fellowships: Beckman Fellows, 2; Blumberg Traveling Fellows, 6; Boren Scholars, 3; Critical Language Scholars, 2; DAAD Fellow, 1; DAAD Undergraduate Scholars, 2; Ecole Normale Superieure Fellow, 1; French Government Teaching Assistantships, 5; Goldman Sachs Global Leader, 1; Goldwater Scholars, 2; Humanity in Action Fellow, 1; Killam Fellow, 1; Luce Junior Fellow, 1; Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows, 5.

70 Advanced Degree Candidates

49  master’s degrees

15  diplomas in American Studies

6   certificiates of graduate study

Smith received a record number of applications for entrance into the Class of 2012.

3,771 first-year applications
Read about two local students who will be in the class.

13 percent increase in number of first-year applications over last year’s numbers

23 percent increase in applications from international students

11 full-time Admission Office staff who reviewed the 3,771 applications.

44 percent, the admit rate this year

75 percent -- a record for the percentage of admitted students who were in the top ten percent of their graduating classes.

640 students, the expected size of the Class of 2012

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. By linking the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, Smith is developing leaders for society’s challenges. Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country, enrolling 2,600 students from nearly every state and 61 other countries.



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