Office of Student Affairs

Smith College

Northampton, MA 01063
(413) 584-2700

With an on-campus enrollment of 2,600 students, Smith College is one of the largest independent liberal arts colleges for women in the United States. Founded in 1871 with the purpose of giving young women the same strong education that had been, until that time, provided only to young men, Smith remains committed to educating women of promise for lives of distinction. The student body is diverse: 27 percent of the undergraduates identify as students of color, and 7 percent are international students.

The college’s faculty, resources and facilities aid students in pursuing their interests wherever they may lead and in preparing them for a full range of careers. Smith’s Picker Engineering Program, established in 1999, graduated the country’s first all-female class of engineers in 2004. The Smith College libraries house 1 million items, and the Sophia Smith Collection, one of two major women’s history archives in the United States, contains the personal papers of many pioneering American women. The Smith College Museum of Art holds one of the nation’s finest working collections of art. 

Campus life features a unique, self-governing house system. Members of all four classes live in residential houses with anywhere from 12 to 100 housemates. Two recent additions to the campus are the architecturally dramatic Campus Center and the state-of-the-art Olin Fitness Center. Ford Hall, new home to the Picker Engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and computer science programs, opened its doors in fall 2009. The overall diversity of architectural style of the campus is complemented by its landscape, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and established as a botanical garden for study and research as well as for its aesthetic value.