Founded in 1871, Smith College opened in 1875 with 14 students. Today, Smith is among the largest women’s colleges in the United States, with students from 48 states and 68 countries. An independent, nondenominational college, Smith remains strongly committed to the education of women at the undergraduate level, but admits both men and women as graduate students.
Enrollment: about 2,450 undergraduates in Northampton and 150 studying elsewhere. Almost 70 percent of each year’s senior class step from graduation right into good jobs, while 25 percent go directly to graduate school.
Faculty: 293 professors in 58 academic departments and programs; student-faculty ratio of 9:1.
Courses of Study: 1,000 courses in more than 50 areas of study. Each year nearly half of Smith juniors study abroad in Smith programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris, or in programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and English-speaking countries in both hemispheres.