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"As an educator, I applaud your decision and I hope to see that Smith is in the lead in a national trend among American colleges and universities. Standardized testing has become an incontrollable monster in the lives of American school students and teachers. Thank you for your vision and courage to step away from the pack and to judge your prospective students on the basis of factors other than their performance on this impersonal and overused method of selection."

Howard Wornek, counselor, Rancho Bueno Vista High School in Vista California, responding to the recent announcement about Smith's adoption of an SAT–optional admission policy

"Whether 19 or 99, all Smithies are fiery, and it's beautiful. Giving back helps guarantee a continuation of that fire. Our passion for living, learning and fighting for change is incomparable. Where else do the professors encourage controversial and passionate dialogue and push you to venture into the unknown and truly embrace the liberal arts? The answer for me is Smith."

Graduating senior Kasmin Holt delivering the student speech at Smith' Ivy Day celebration

"They have the most fantastic greenhouse of all the colleges I visited. They have a different section of selected plants from each continent. There was a gigantic display of the banana plant and its role in Latin America, which is exactly the kind of studies I want to do."

Incoming first–year student Hanna Kegley of Lyme, Connecticut, describing to The Lyme Times her first tour of Smith College and how she fell in love with the botanic garden and its greenhouses

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