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Women of Distinction Program

Women of Distinction 2020 postcard

October 14-16 and November 11-13, 2022

The Women of Distinction program for high school seniors highlights the opportunities that Smith College offers for first generation, African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in this program will explore Smith College to determine whether it might be an appropriate college choice for them. Students will attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process, and connect with current Smith students and faculty.

Smith College, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, is a leader among liberal arts colleges. It has the largest and oldest women-only ABET-accredited engineering program in the country. We also offer majors and minors in more than 50 academic departments and programs, as well as about a thousand courses.

Smith students learn to make a difference. Our open curriculum and atmosphere of intellectual and social engagement provide a personalized, individualized education. Students take advantage of internships and myriad opportunities to grow, both in and out of the classroom. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:9; all classes are taught by professors. Many students pursue independent research with the guidance of faculty advisers and enjoy a depth of study unusual at the undergraduate level.

Smith is diverse and globally oriented. The Smith campus has approximately 2,500 students from 49 states and 72 countries. Half of Smith juniors each year expand their knowledge of the world by studying away from Smith on programs abroad or at other institutions. Smith students literally come from and go to every corner of the globe.

Smith students are involved. They participate in more than about 120 different organizations, including several ethnically and culturally affiliated groups. They join clubs in every conceivable activity: they sing in the Glee Club or one of our a cappella groups, they play varsity or club sports, they make a difference through community service or student government.

Tentative Schedule

7 a.m. Early Arrivals
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Registration. Ice-breakers, Attend a Class, Info Session, Campus Tour
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Welcome Meeting
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Community Dinner with Faculty and Staff
7 p.m. Meet your Host!
8 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. What I Like About You: a look into the application and admission process
10 a.m. Great Minds Don't Think Alike: Smith professors on teaching and working with students!
11:15 a.m. Student Panel
12:30 p.m. Lunch; Financial Aid Q&A
2 p.m. Umbrella Sessions: Explore Academic Interests at Smith
  Interviews in Admission Office, free time in Northampton or on Smith campus
5:30 p.m. Dinner with your host
7:30 p.m. Social in the Mwangi Cultural Center
6:30 a.m. - noon Check-out and departures


Smith College is committed to maintaining a diverse community in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation of differences.

Smith College does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or with regard to the basis outlined in the Veterans Readjustment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Smith's admission policies and practices are guided by the same principle, concerning women applying to the undergraduate program and all applications to the graduate programs.

For more information about Smith's nondiscrimination policy, please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 413-585-2141 or visit




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