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Smith College Admissions

If you want to apply to Smith College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee costs $0. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 30.

Applying Early to Smith College?

Smith College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Smith College is 61%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 37%. In 2021, Smith College admitted 307 of the 501 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Smith College?

Getting into Smith College is very difficult. Smith College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Smith College **accepted 37% of students, around 1,917 of the 5,249 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Smith College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult. In 2021, Smith College waitlisted 1,155 students. Of those, 684 eventually got in.

What's Most Important to Get In to Smith College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Smith College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Smith College Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Smith College must submit the following items. Double check with Smith College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Smith College?

Students admitted to Smith College have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 30.5% submitted a class rank. At Smith College 72% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 96% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Smith College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 30.5%
3.75 and 3.99 17%
3.50 and 3.74 13%
3.25 and 3.49 2%
3.00 and 3.24 1%
2.50 and 2.9 0%
2.00 and 2.49 0%
Smith College does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Smith College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 54% of Smith College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 26% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Smith College?

To be competitive with other Smith College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1350 and 1490 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Smith College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1490 and 25% of scored lower than 1350, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Smith College student is 1415.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Smith College students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 670 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Smith College students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 670 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Smith College?

To be most competitive at Smith College, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Smith College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Smith College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Smith College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Smith College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is May 15. Applicants should hear back by June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Smith College during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Smith College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Smith College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Smith College.

Does Smith College accept transfer credits?

Smith College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Smith College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Smith College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Smith College?

Smith College. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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Smith College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

37%

How hard is it to get into Smith College? Smith College is a very selective institution. The Smith College acceptance rate is 37%. This means that the institution accepts 36 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

Smith College ACT Scores

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ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above

Good

31 to 34

Avg

31 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

1350 - 1490

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Math SAT Range

655 - 770

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Reading SAT Range

670 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1490 and Above

Good

1350 to 1490

Avg

1350 and Less

Low

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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

4.0

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Smith College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.0. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,504

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

37%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$56,114

Out-of-State

$56,114

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Application Deadline

Jan 15
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