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May 13, 2009

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The following statistics offer a glimpse of the students who make up the Smith College Class of 2009. They graduate during Smith's 131st commencement ceremony Sunday, May 17, 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.

682 Baccalaureate Degree Recipients

662 bachelor of arts degrees

20 bachelor of science degrees

131 undergraduate degree recipients are double-majors

49 states are represented

25 countries are represented

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

55 are Ada Comstock Scholars (women of nontraditional age)

        25-year-old Kara Vicalvi is the youngest Ada student graduating

        57-year-old Cheryl Feeney is the oldest Ada student graduating

Fellowship recipients

12 Smith women have been offered Fulbright Fellowships

26 additional Smith women (both graduating seniors and undergraduates) have been offered fellowships: Blumberg Traveling Fellows, 4; Boren Scholars, 3; Critical Language Scholars, 1; DAAD Fellow, 2; DAAD Undergraduate Scholars, 2; Ecole Normale Superieure Fellow, 1; French Government Teaching Assistantships, 2; Goldman Sachs Global Leader, 1; Goldwater Scholars, 1; Hellenic American Education Foundation Teaching Fellowship, 1; Killam Fellow, 2; Luce Junior Fellow, 1; Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows, 5.

64 Advanced Degree Candidates

46  master’s degrees

11  diplomas in American Studies

7   certificiates of graduate study

Looking Ahead: Smith College Class of 2013

Smith received a record number of applications for entrance into the Class of 2013: 4,008 first-year applications.
Four local students who will be in the class.

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

9 percent increase in applications from international students

670 students, the expected size of the Class of 2013

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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