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July 29, 2008

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.


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