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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 48 states and 68 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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About 2,450 undergraduates in Northampton and 150 studying elsewhere

Tuition and Fees, 2018–19

Tuition: $52,120
Room and Board: $17,520
Student Activities Fee: $284

Financial Aid to the Class of 2022

Recipients of need-based gift aid from Smith: 58%
Recipients of aid from any source: 59%
Smith grant range: $1,665–$67,052
Average need-based grant: $46,307

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.


Kathleen McCartney is Smith’s president.


293 professors in 58 academic departments and programs; student-faculty ratio of 9:1.

Courses of Study

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

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.

International Study

Each year nearly half 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.

Residential Life

37 self-governing houses accommodate between 12 and 100 students; most houses include women from all four classes.


11 varsity sports and extensive intramural and club sport programs.

Success After Smith

Almost 70 percent of each year’s senior class step from graduation right into good jobs, while 25 percent go directly to graduate school.

Five College Consortium

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


More than 48,000 undergraduate and 7,000 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

In accordance with the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act, the average graduation rate as of 2014 for students who enter Smith College as first-year students is 86 percent. The period covered is equal to 150 percent of the normal time for graduation.