Smith & Northampton
Smith College is proud to be a vital part of Northampton and a partner in its success. This information attempts to capture the extent of the college’s economic, civic and cultural participation in the life of a city we value and celebrate.
Contributing to the Local Economy
Annual payroll (wages and benefits), fiscal year 2018: $138,045,442
Annual payroll (wages only), fiscal year 2018: $106,162,412
United Way contributions by employees in 2018–19: $117,287
Smith College employees combined are the largest donors to United Way of Hampshire County.
Grants from federal and private sources support research, teaching and outreach: $7,897,583
External grants to Smith faculty and administrators—from charitable foundations, corporations, and federal and state agencies—support research, teaching and outreach projects at the college. These grants create jobs, support local educational partnerships and have other direct and indirect impacts on the local economy. This funding also helps Smith College make its resources—the museum, botanic garden, libraries, theater, and research facilities as well as the expertise of faculty and staff—available to community members and the general public.
Construction spending from 2013 to 2017: $169,810,984
Spending by Students and Visitors
Admission visitors: 7,081
Estimated expenditures by students and visitors: $3,700,000
The college’s OneCard ID system allows students to make purchases at participating Northampton businesses using a debit feature associated with their Smith ID cards. In 2018–19 Smith students made 1,030 purchases for a total of $9,731.23 with Northampton merchants through this program.
City of Northampton
FY18 Water, Sewer and Storm Water Charges: $914,683
Real estate taxes: $664,615
All information was updated in September 2019 (based on 2018–19 figures)
News from the Grécourt Gate
Heard on Campus
“I am writing to express my sincere thanks for an incredible experience this year as a community auditor at Smith College. This program, that allows community members like myself to access world-class education at an affordable price, is like nothing I have ever heard of or experienced before.”