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Smith College

Northampton, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate23%

Smith College Admissions

Smith College is very difficult to get into. The college admitted 23% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 7,269 students applied to Smith College and 1,662 were admitted.

If you are thinking about applying to Smith College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Smith College for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 30.

Smith College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Smith College's admissions stats.

Smith College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 73%
Mean SAT Score 1415
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 33%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 22%
Waitlist Yes

Smith College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Smith College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 1 January 30
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 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.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before January 30.

The early decision acceptance rate at Smith College is 49%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 23%. Last year, Smith College admitted 348 of the 707 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early to help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Smith College Admissions

Is Smith College Hard To Get Into?

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

In 2022, Smith College accepted 23% of students, about 1,662 of the 7,269 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.

Transferring to Smith College

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Smith College

Smith College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Smith College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Smith College

What does Smith College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Smith College for more information on admission factors.

Smith College Application Requirements

To apply to Smith College, all applicants 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)
Interview – √ – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

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, 29.4% submitted a class rank. At Smith College 73% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 95% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Smith College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 79.3%
3.75 and 3.99 13.2%
3.50 and 3.74 7%
3.25 and 3.49 0.5%
3.00 and 3.24 –
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Smith College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 33% of Smith College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 22% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Smith College?

To be competitive with other Smith College applicants, you should strive to score between 1390 and 1500 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Smith College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1500 and 25% of scored lower than 1390, 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 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Smith College students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.

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.

More Information on 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:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Smith College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Smith College?

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

Does Smith College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Smith College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

βœ… Smith College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Smith College?

❌ No, Smith College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Smith College's acceptance rate?

βœ… Smith College has an acceptance rate of 23%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Smith College?

βœ… Smith College's early decision acceptance rate was 49% in 2021.

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Smith College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Smith College? Smith College is a very selective institution. The Smith College acceptance rate is 23%. This means that the institution accepts 22 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1390 - 1500


Math SAT Range

670 - 760


Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1500 and Above


1390 to 1500


1390 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Smith College students is 1415. Applicants with SAT scores of 1500 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Smith College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1390 to 1500 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1390 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Smith College.

Smith College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Campus Setting

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Application Deadline

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