Smith at a Glance

About Smith

Smith College opened in 1875 with 14 students. Today, Smith is among the largest women’s colleges in the United States, with students from every state and 60 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.


About 2,500 undergraduates in Northampton and 150 studying elsewhere

Tuition and Fees,

Tuition: $46,010
Room and Board: $15,470
Student Activities Fee: $278

Financial Aid to the Class of 2017

Recipients of need-based gift aid from Smith: 56%
Recipients of aid from any source: 65%
Smith grant range: $1,000-$61,984
Average need-based grant: $36,851

Smith guarantees to meet the full financial need, as calculated by the college, of all admitted students who meet the published admission and financial aid deadlines.


Kathleen McCartney is Smith’s president.


285 professors in 41 academic departments and programs; student-faculty ratio of 9:1.

Academic Opportunities

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

Library Holdings

More than 1 million items. Special-subject libraries for the fine arts, the 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, participating in Smith’s programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris, or in programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and English-speaking countries in both hemispheres.


13 varsity sports and extensive intramural and club sport programs.

Residential Life

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

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 Cooperation

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 100 countries.

Support for Smith

Gifts and pledges to Smith in 2012-13 totaled $62.1 million, including $5.9 million received as corporate, foundation and government grants.


Smith College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Membership in the association indicates that the institution has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.