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Smith College

Smith College

Since its founding in 1871, Smith College has provided women of high ability and promise an education of uncompromising quality.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

At Smith, your individual exploration and education come first. The focus is on making the most of who you are and what you want to become. Your education is one of the most personal endeavors in your life, and through it you will discover what empowers and inspires you. You’ll be free to pursue your intellectual passions and be supported on your own terms. Your learning experience will include faculty advisers and mentors and independent study opportunities, small class sizes and an open curriculum of exceptional breadth and depth. Your friends and classmates will be diverse individuals, and each woman’s unique experiences contribute toward creating a vibrant community.

At Smith, the world is your campus: preparing you to live, work and lead across global borders. You’ll delve deeply into the world of ideas and perspectives as you explore the rich offerings of Smith’s comprehensive curriculum. You’ll live and study with women from around the world. You’ll have the opportunity for far-reaching experiences off campus. You’ll build the skills to lead a truly international life. You’ll gain a network of connections—cultural, intellectual, personal and professional.

At Smith, exceptional young women like you gain the knowledge and skills to excel. You’ll be among a diverse group of students from many nationalities and backgrounds who together will form an extraordinary intellectual community. You’ll be grounded in the fundamentals of leadership skills. You’ll be empowered to take on the challenges of the 21st century and to become an agent of change in your community.


Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. A college of and for the world, Smith links the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, developing leaders for society's challenges.


Convocation, the formal beginning of the college year, is the entering student's first chance to experience Smith College's tradition and spirit. The evening before classes begin, all members of the Smith community (including the faculty, dressed in caps and gowns) gather in John M. Greene Hall to listen to an opening address and a performance by the Glee Club.

Mountain Day is a welcome surprise break from classes. The president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces the holiday by ringing the college bells. The first Mountain Day was held in 1877.

Otelia Cromwell Day is an annual slate of workshops, lectures, films and entertainment designed to honor Smith's first known African-American graduate. Afternoon and evening classes are canceled so students may attend the events. The symposium continues the college's efforts to combat racism and to create a diverse and multicultural community.

Rally Day is highlighted by an all-college gathering in Sweeney Concert Hall at which distinguished alumnae are awarded Smith College Medals by the president, non-tenured and tenured faculty awards are presented by the SGA Curriculum Committee, and the Elizabeth B. Wyandt Gavel Award is presented to outstanding staff members by the SGA. A carnival for students is held in the Campus Center the evening before Rally Day.

Ivy Day and Illumination Night are traditional parts of Commencement Weekend. On the day before commencement, alumnae escort the seniors in a parade around campus. Then the seniors plant ivy to symbolize the connection between the college and its graduates. On Illumination Night, the campus is lit only by colored paper lanterns. The college basks in a soft glow, perfect for reminiscing on four years of Smith education and escapades.

Commencement Weekend culminates on Sunday when parents, friends and seniors gather in the Quad to hear a distinguished speaker and observe the awarding of diplomas.

Student Life:

At Smith, you’ll live in a house on campus that will be your social and residential home base; there are no dormitories or sororities here. Your living options are varied. Smith’s 37 houses each have a distinct character and range in size and architectural style from old Gothic to Victorian to thoroughly modern.

All Smith students are members of the Student Government Association, which supports the projects and programs of more than 100 organizations catering to students with interests ranging from ethnic dance to community service. You can join — or lead — any of these organizations.

Students participate in 12 varsity sports and extensive intramural and club sport programs.



Smith Pioneers
Smith's athletic teams have been known as the Pioneers since 1986. The name expresses the spirit of Smith's students and our leadership role in women's athletics (the first women's basketball game was played at Smith in 1893).

Smith College today:

If you want intellectual challenge, you are free to choose from more than 1,000 course offerings in more than 50 areas of study in the social sciences and history, the arts, languages, literature, mathematics and the natural sciences.


Smith's enrollment is about 2,500 undergraduates in Northampton and 260 studying elsewhere.

Famous graduates:

Julia Child (born August 15, 1912) was a popular TV chef and author. In 1948, she moved to France where she developed a penchant for French cuisine. With a goal of adapting sophisticated French cuisine for mainstream Americans, she collaborated on a two-volume cookbook called Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which was considered groundbreaking, and has since become a standard guide for the culinary community. She also become a television icon with her popular cooking shows such as The French Chef. Julia Child was also the inspiration behind the 2009 film Julie & Julia, which was based on a cooking blog by Julie Powell.

Nancy Reagan (born July 6, 1921) was a former first lady of the United States and the widow of President Ronald Reagan. She was a Hollywood actress in the 1940s and '50s and married then-actor Reagan in 1952. Acting as a significant adviser to her husband, she served as first lady of California before eventually moving into the White House. Her major initiative was the "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign. After her husband contracted Alzheimer's disease, she became a strong advocate for finding a cure. Nancy Reagan died on March 6, 2016 at the age of 94.

Interesting facts about Smith College:

Smith College opened in 1875 with 14 students.

Smith College is home of the oldest all-female a cappella group in the nation, The Smiffenpoofs, founded in 1936.