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About Smith College

Smith College is a private, nonprofit school in an small town setting in Northampton, Massachusetts. Smith College was founded in 1871 and now enrolls around 2,504 students a year, including 2,183 undergrads.

Smith College offers housing for up to 0 students. Most students live off campus,.

There are 7 undergraduate students for every full-time Smith College professor.

2021 Smith College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 37%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 61%
Average GPA 4.0
Mean ACT score 32
Mean SAT score 1415
Tuition $55,830

Smith College Regular Decision Deadline 2022

The deadline to apply regular decision to Smith College for Fall 2022 is January 30. All regular decision applicants should hear back from Smith College by March 30.

Early Admission at Smith College

Smith College offers early decision but does not offer early action.

61% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Smith College.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Smith College

It is very difficult to get into Smith College. Around 37% of applicants get into Smith College each year. In 2021, 1,917 out of 5,249 total applicants were accepted.

Smith College Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 1,155 applicants were waitlisted and 67 waitlisted students got accepted.

How Do I Get Into Smith College?

Smith College is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Smith College, applicants must submit the following items.

Smith College Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Smith College

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 4.0 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 1415. The mean ACT score for Smith College students is 32.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Smith College.

Is Smith College Test Optional?

Smith College is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 54% submitted the SAT. 26% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Smith College

Yes! Smith College provides on-campus housing for students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Smith College.

Financial Aid at Smith College

Smith College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $40,765 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Smith College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Smith College

About 77% of students who start at Smith College return for their second year of college. Out of the 616 students who started at Smith College as first-time freshman, 508 graduate within four years.

Smith College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 87%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Smith College Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $22,162 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Smith College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Smith College a good school for you?

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Where is Smith College Located?

Smith College is located in the small town setting of Northampton, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Hartford.

If you want to see Smith College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 91 to Northampton, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Bradley International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Smith College and Northampton are like without leaving home.

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College Info

7 College Lane Northampton, MA 01063

Campus Setting: Small Town

Smith College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

May 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Smith College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Smith College is May 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Smith College ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Smith College is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Smith College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Smith College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1350 - 1490


Math SAT Range

655 - 770


Reading SAT Range

670 - 740

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Smith College students is 1415. Applicants with SAT scores of 1490 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Smith College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1350 to 1490 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1350 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Smith College.

Smith College Tuition & Fees

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