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Smith Success Stories

Collage of Smith alumnae

For more than 140 years, Smith women have gone on to interesting lives and outstanding achievements. Early graduates became doctors, lawyers and scientists at a time when some believed women to be incapable of higher learning. Today the answer to “What can I do with a liberal arts degree?” is still “Anything you want!”

Smith helps students like you pursue meaningful careers and leadership positions, not just get a job. Companies value liberal arts graduates for their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are applicable in any field. Smith’s liberal arts foundation prepares you for life, while a flexible curriculum teaches you how to adapt to and succeed in an ever-changing work landscape.

Careers & Networking

Smith students have access to 48,000 alumnae in more than 120 countries, a network of hundreds of companies recruiting both on and off campus, and funding to make real-world connections through internships.

  • Twenty years after graduation, 9 percent of Smith alumnae report holding chief executive positions and an additional 8 percent report being in executive-level positions.
  • Approximately 400 students per year receive Praxis grants of up to $3,000 to support unpaid internships globally.
  • A total of 38,000 internships, jobs, volunteer opportunities and fellowships are posted annually in Handshake, Smith's online database of professional opportunities.
  • More than 200 companies recruit virtually and on campus each year.
  • Six career advisers are available to Smith students from the moment they arrive on campus.

How I Got That Job

In this video series, alumnae talk about the real-world value of the academic depth and breadth of a Smith education, and how a liberal arts degree can take you almost anywhere.

Education After Smith

The top five most attended graduate schools by Smith alumnae are: 1) Columbia University 2) Harvard University 3) New York University 4) Smith College 5) Boston University

Within two years, 42 percent of Smith alumnae are engaged in graduate studies. Others defer graduate study until after a year or more of employment.

  • Admit rate to law school, 2015–16: 82 percent
  • Admit rate to medical school, 2015–16: 80 percent of qualified applicants (applicants who graduated with science GPAs of 3.3 or higher and MCAT scores of 28 or higher)
  • While admission rates to business and other graduate school fields are not available, 77 percent of alumnae 10 years post-graduation enrolled in some kind of graduate or professional school.
Learn About Advanced Degrees After Smith


Throughout their college career, Smith students with high academic achievement and strong community involvement are encouraged to apply for international and domestic fellowships. For undergraduates, the college facilitates international opportunities such as the Truman, Killam and Udall fellowships. Seniors and alumnae may apply for post-baccalaureate fellowships such as the Fulbright Fellowship to one of 160 countries with 350 opportunities to choose from, or to study for a master’s degree at a European university via several fellowships.

188 Fulbright Fellowships were won by Smith students over the past 12 years; more than any other liberal arts college in the U.S.


  • Smith has been a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for the past decade and maintains a higher Fulbright success rate than peer institution groups.
  • Sixteen of Smith’s applicants were awarded Fulbrights in 2019–20.
Learn About Fellowships