Founded in 1871 with a $400,000 bequest from Sophia Smith, the college opened in 1875. The campus today consists of 147 contiguous acres with more than 100 academic, administrative, residential and maintenance buildings. The college’s MacLeish Field Station, a 240-acre environmental research site, is located in nearby West Whately, Massachusetts.
Smith’s campus is an environment where simple physical beauty — the flaming hues of New England’s fall, the architecture of the buildings, seasonal colors reflected in Paradise Pond — is a constant source of pleasure. Every season in New England has a mood, and each brings its own activities: fall hikes in the nearby Holyoke Range; winter skating, snowshoeing and skiing; spring rowing and picnics or studying outdoors under a willow tree. At Smith, you'll quickly acquire a distinct sense of place and a feeling of belonging in the heart of New England.
The Smith campus is a beautiful natural setting, but our academic environment is equally impressive. Smith's ample resources are always accessible to you.