#8 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts

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Smith College overview
Location Northampton, Massachusetts
Online smith.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Smith College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Smith College, established in 1871, is a private liberal arts women's college in Northampton, Massachusetts, part of the historic Seven Sisters colleges. Located in the Connecticut River Valley, just a short drive from Springfield, the campus is prominent for its landscape-designed grounds and Neo-Classical and Victorian architecture. Smith's rigorous academic programs, with a notable strength in STEM fields and social sciences, attract a diverse student body prioritizing an inclusive academic environment. The college maintains a highly selective admissions process and offers a variety of degree programs, including a renowned engineering program unique among women's colleges. With a commitment to sustainability and innovation, Smith College provides housing to all undergraduates, fostering a residential college experience. The campus has a distinct absence of Greek life, focusing instead on house communities, which include dining and social events. While not primarily celebrated for athletics, Smith offers intercollegiate, club, and recreational sports, competing in the NCAA Division III as the Pioneers.

In the most recent statistical year 7,269 prospective students applied, and 1,662 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 619 enrolled in the school.  2,835 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 38 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $58,480 plus fees of $288. Smith College is ranked 68 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Smith College is rated within the top 16% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

Smith College overview
SAT 1370/1520
ACT 31/34
GPA 4.0

Applications Accepted

Smith College overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Smith College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$288
Room and Board $20,340
Budget for Other Expenses$2,226
Total One Year Cost$82,134

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

85% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Smith College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 22%
Foreign Languages 12%
Biology 10%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
Ethnic Studies 9%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=167835 IPEDS survey data for Smith College.

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Last updated February 24, 2024