By the Numbers: Class of 2012
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.— For the third consecutive
year, Smith College received a record
number of applications and will enroll the most selective class in its history,
according to the Admission Office.
The college received 3,771 first-year applications for
the Class of 2012, a 13 percent surge over last year’s number, and 647 first-year
students will enter in the fall.
In addition to those new undergraduates, 47 Ada Comstock
Scholars -- or students of nontraditional age -- selected from 210 applicants,
and 69 transfer students, selected from 265 applicants, and four visiting junior-year math scholars, will increase the size of
the entering class to 763.
Although statistics cannot fully describe the incoming
class of vibrant, high-achieving and talented women, here are a few numbers that
provide a glimpse of the first-year students. (Statistics as of release date.):
- Twenty-seven percent of the class identifies as a student of color. The ethnic
breakdown: 14 percent Asian American; 6 percent African American; 6 percent Latina;
and 1 percent Native American.
- Of the students whose high schools report class rank, 66 percent are in the top
10 percent of their classes.
- The top five areas of study in which they indicate interest are biological sciences,
English language and literature, psychology, engineering and government.
- The top five states of origin are Massachusetts, New York, California, Connecticut
and New Jersey.
- International students represent 26 countries and make up about 8 percent of
the first-year class. Korea is the top country of origin, followed by China, India,
Canada and Greece and Pakistan (both tied in fifth place.)
- Eight percent of the incoming students are legacies, meaning the student has
a sister, mother or grandmother who is a Smith alumna.
- Seventeen percent of the class are first-generation students – those for
whom neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree.
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 2,800
students from nearly every state and 61 other countries.