Smith College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (9)
I couldn't have asked for a better college experience. Being from a small, rural town in the West, I was nervous about attending a private school on the east coast but it turns out I had nothing to fear. What I found here was a diverse student body and peers who are committed not only to their personal education but their communities. Unlike other schools where professors are at the university to do research, professors take their responsibilities as teachers very seriously. In almost every class I felt that the professor was invested in me and my education. I am always proud to say I'm a Smith College graduate.
Smith College is one of the Seven Sisters, a group of women's colleges formed in the late 1800s in New England to enable women to learn in institutions comparable to the Ivy League schools, which at that point only admitted men. The legacy of women's empowerment endures today at Smith, both on campus and in the alum network. Classes are small, interesting, and encourage active participation. The campus is beautiful, as are the dormitories (called "houses"). The school continues to review its impact in the world, to innovate to ensure it is preparing its students as best as possible, and to consciously break down barriers that women of all backgrounds continue to face in education. I wouldn't trade my years at Smith for anything - it was an experience that continues to shape my life today.
Smith is an excellent place to find your voice, but it is easy to get lost if you don't know what future career you want.
I thought my college had excellent students and teachers
It was a powerful educational experience with a stimulating academic environment and a vibrant community.
Smith is an empowering place that encourages you to find what makes you happy in life and to pursue it, even if it may be unconventional. You are surrounded by a group of women who are passionate and driven and the alumna community continues that sense of community after graduation.
The campus and the town are beautiful. Smith is a unique experience and great for a liberal arts degree
Smith college is a great school academic-wise, students have the advantage of a low student to faculty ratio, and faculty are very accessible and supportive. However, the academic environment was super cut throat and suffocating at times, as I was a pre-med student. The student body was mostly rich, upper class white female students with very idealist views of the world. If you are poor, a minority or an immigrant student, it's pretty easy to feel isolated. Smith's idea of diversity was to attract "women of color" from all over the world who lives a Western life style, all of whom went to international schools at their home country and couldn't speak a word of what the natives there spoke. So yes, Smith had diversity in terms of skin color, but definitely not life experiences or point of views. Go to Smith if you want to learn how to think, but not if you want to learn any actual life skills. So Smith would prepare you well for graduate school, but not for an actual job. Northampton is a cool little town in the rural western mass, where nothing happens, so social life can be...some what lacking.
It was a bit of a culture shock because I went to a conservative Catholic undergrad. I remember the dorms being hit during the summer. The Campus is beautiful and the food was good. Their program is very, very strong clinically and very well known in the field. The administration is also receptive to student feedback.