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March 2017CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

People are friendly. Professors are very helpful and open to questions.

Downers

Poor transportation out of town and limited summer opportunities on campus especially in my field

Comments

Go on a campus tour and talk to recent alumni to decide whether the school is a good fit.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Open curriculum, most majors are about 12 credits, study abroad was v. valuable

Admissions

Has ED, common app, supplement, merit-based grants, don't remember much else

Level

4

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There are no general requirements unless you intend to graduate with Latin Honors. Otherwise, the only thing required of you is that you take a writing intensive course your first year. The major degree requirements vary according to each major but it is required that more than half of your credits must come from courses outside of your major. Professors are very accessible and many undergraduates get research opportunities, including first-years. Students are compelled to work hard and do well but aren't typically competitive with one another. Students also are able to choose their own advisor when declaring a major and are placed with a pre-major advisor their first year to help them figure out what they want to do. I have been told that this is being changed to a "liberal arts advisor" who will focus less on declaring a major and more on branching out in your studies. There are many study abroad opportunities for both the semester and the year and it is very common for juniors to spend an entire year abroad. The workload is demanding, but managing and the courses are interesting.

Quality of Life

The housing system is great and provides a sense of community since most students plan to stay in the same house for all 4 years, where there are strong friendships and traditions. There are many small dining halls, rather than one cafeteria. I think this adds to the sense of community. There is also one main library along with 3 other smaller ones, all providing different types of information. The campus is safe and has a good relationship with the town in which we are located. I think the student body typically seems happy.

Admissions

Common Application + a supplement. Interviews are offered but certainly not required, and the application is SAT/ACT optional. Also, they allow the parents of applicants to write a letter of recommendation. Alumni interviews are also another option.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Smith College does not have a chore curriculum, the only requirement is that you must take a Writing Intensive class during your first year here, which can be met in an easy and enjoyable way. It is offered in a number of subject areas including the sciences and arts as well as in the humanities. Class sizes are small and professors really get to know you well. The advising system is great and helps guide you.

Quality of Life

The Housing System is really key to the Smith Community. Each house is student governed and hosts lots of events to help new students acclimate to college living as well as to create a sense of community within the house.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2013

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Common application, no SAT's required

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

only a writing intensive requirement, major requirements are fair, lots of chances to take classes outside major, professors very accessible, good study abroad opportunities, large workload, good class size, good classroom interactions

Quality of Life

wonderful housing, great community, fantastic resources, low crime, sometimes students are lonely and overwhelmed

Admissions

Used the common application, as well as a supplement with essays. I applied early decision and also had an interview.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Smith does not have any distribution requirements, other than a writing-intensive class in the first year (offered in many departments, not just English). Students are assigned a premajor adviser from day one, until they declare a major and choose a major adviser. All professors are willing to offer advice, even if they do not have a student in their class. Average class size is 17 students, with very few large lectures (which always break into smaller discussion sections). Professors all have office hours and encourage students to come by for help. Students are often involved in the work of their professors, with a big event held every April to highlight their collaborations. Smith students are competitive and high achieving, but grades are rarely discussed. Workload is very substantial, but certainly manageable. Smith has four of its own study abroad programs and many other approved programs that students can attend.

Quality of Life

Very strong house communities. Great, spacious dorms, with many students in singles. Northampton is a great town - lots of shops and restaurants geared toward college students. Feel very safe at school. Food is extremely good - especially weekend brunches.

Admissions

Smith has the unique STRIDE program - a scholarship that includes a substantial amount of money off of tuition, as well as the opportunity to do two years of research with a professor/professors on campus. Accepts Common Application, with a short supplement involving two questions (less than 100 words) about why you choose Smith and how you found out about it. Interviews are optional and two early decision options (but not early action) are available. Very helpful admissions staff.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2013

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There is only 1 general requirement which means that there are a lot of requirements for you major. Thus you really gain knowledge about different areas in your major. The class seizes are great and there is great academic advising. There are many research opportunities and ways to work with the faculty.

Quality of Life

The housing is the best part of Smith. We have great houses that foster a community that provides extra activites and a friend network.

Admissions

I thought the most unique aspect of the admissions process was the letter from the parent. I know that my mom really enjoyed writing it and it was the only school that I applied to and heard of that includes this.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Smith students get a lot of freedom in the academic process. The only requirement outside of major/minor requirements from each individual program is that students must take a writing intensive class within their first year. These classes are offered within every department and the system allows students to pursue either a very broad course load or a very focused course load depending on their interests. Students may also pursue latin honors through completing coursework in seven different subject areas. Class sizes vary, but mine have averaged around 20-30. I was able to have a research opportunity with a professor and Smith has an annual "Collaborations" event in which students present any research and work they have done with professors on and off campus. Smith is a very competitive environment, but it is more that each individual is competitive with themselves to do better rather than an environment where everyone is trying to be the one to be at the top of her class. We are supportive of each other and all want to succeed within ourselves.

Admissions

Smith accepts the common application with writing samples. I applied early decision. Smith does not require SAT/ACT scores as they focus more on GPA and academic work of a student in courses rather than standardized scores. Visiting campus and interviews are strongly recommended.

Level

4

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There is only one requirement at Smith and that is to take a writing intensive course, which are offered in all fields of study. Other than that the academics are open and you can take whatever classes you choose The major degree requirements vary by major, but most fall around 10-12 four credit classes. There are over 50 majors. Each student is assigned a premajor adviser to help with class choices, and then once the major is declared you have a major adviser that you pick. Class sizes are small, generally around 17 students. Professors are very easily accessible with open office hours required and appointments can be made. Also, research opportunities with professors are available, even in your first year. The grading is tough, but good and competitiveness is not a problem.

Quality of Life

The campus is beautiful, the people are friendly and the houses are like livingwith one big family. Crime is virtually nonexistant and out public safety officers do a great job. Plus, downtown Northampton is very lively and there is tons of stuff going on.

Admissions

Financial aid is great because of a huge endowment. Smith provides 90% of aid to students in need. Applications can be sent in early decision or regular decision. I did regular decision and was waitlisted,and then I got in off of the waitlist.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2013

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