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Smith at a Glance

Founded in 1871, Smith College opened in 1875 with 14 students. Today, Smith is among the largest women’s colleges in the United States, with students from 49 states and 72 countries. An independent, nondenominational college, Smith remains strongly committed to the education of women at the undergraduate level, but admits both men and women as graduate students.

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More than 2,100 undergraduates in Northampton 

Tuition and Fees, 2021–22

  • Tuition: $55,830
  • Room and Board: $19,420
  • Student Activities Fee: $284

Financial Aid to the Class of 2025

  • Recipients of need-based gift aid from Smith: 63%
  • Smith grant range: $1,120-$81,000
  • Average need-based grant: $51,500

  • Smith guarantees to meet the full documented need, as determined by college policy, of all admitted students who apply for aid by the published admission and financial aid deadlines, with a combination of grants, loans and .


Kathleen McCartney is Smith’s president.


295 professors in more than 50 academic departments and programs; student-faculty ratio of 9:1 in most years

Courses of Study

About 1,000 courses in more than 50 areas of study.

International Study

Each year 40% of Smith juniors study abroad in Smith programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris, or in programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and English-speaking countries in both hemispheres.

Library Holdings

More than 1 million items. Special-subject libraries for the fine and performing arts and the sciences; distinguished collection of women’s history manuscripts; nationally prominent rare book collection.

Residential Life

41 self-governing house communities accommodate between 10 and 100 students; most houses include women from all four classes.


11 varsity sports and extensive intramural and club sport programs.

Success After Smith

Two years after graduation, 90 percent of alumnae are employed and 41 percent have enrolled in graduate studies. 

Five College Consortium

Student and faculty exchanges, joint faculty appointments, joint course offerings, doctoral programs, combined library catalogues and borrowing privileges between Smith and nearby Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire colleges and the University of Massachusetts.


More than 45,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate degree recipients in all 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Support for Smith

In 2016 Smith concluded the Women for the World campaign, raising a total of $486 million for the college’s key priorities. It was the largest and most successful campaign ever undertaken by a women’s college.

Graduation Rates

Smith’s six-year undergraduate graduation rate is 89 percent.