You’ll choose a college primarily for its academic benefits, but the fun factor is important, too. Smith sponsors an impressive array of concerts, lectures, parties, films and special events right on campus. With casual get-togethers and fancier social occasions, your life outside the classroom can be as busy as you choose. There is so much happening every day that you may have trouble fitting everything you want to do into your spare time.
Social life at Smith is what you choose to make it. Whether you attend a quad party or take a bus trip to the New York City museums, bicycle with friends in the New England countryside or kayak around Smith’s own Paradise Pond, there are always things to do.
Some weekends, it’s hard to believe Smith isn’t a coed college. Weekend parties hosted by campus houses are frequent. Students from the three nearby colleges— Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke—and the University of Massachusetts (nearly 25,000 students nearby to meet!) come to Smith events. You are welcome to attend events on their campuses as well—everything from the Friday afternoon parties at Amherst College to the spectacular performances at the UMass Fine Arts Center.
If it’s a road trip you need, colleges like Yale and Dartmouth are within two hours’ drive from Smith. If you need a big city, both New York and Boston are close enough for day trips or weekend visits.