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Once you've found a college that looks good on paper, it's time to assess whether your daughter will be happy there. The best way to discover if a college really fits your daughter--and your expectations--is to visit the campus. Look around. Are people friendly or indifferent? Are there many sorts of students, or do they look like clones? Are new students welcomed? Do you feel upbeat or downbeat on the campus?

Applicants and new students frequently comment on Smith's inviting atmosphere, and many say they fell in love with the place during a campus visit. As soon as new students arrive on campus, Smith's pre-orientation and orientation programs help them feel at home by letting them get to know one another and where to go with questions or problems.

Smith endeavors to provide an environment of tolerance and acceptance where students from different religions, philosophies, disciplines, geographic regions and cultures can live, learn and work together. In an effort to help new arrivals become respectful and responsible members of their environment, the orientation program includes discussions about what it means to live in a diverse residential and learning community.

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