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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2014

Smith was the first collegiate level institution founded and funded by a woman for the purpose of womens education at the level of Ivy Leagues, rather than for womens domestic training. Heady, nervy and intellectually exciting were the first words I saw about Smith College on their website in 2009. Nestled in the aptly named Happy Valley of Western Massachusetts, Smith College felt like home as soon I stepped on campus: a place full of young, smart, athletic women who cared about what they were doing and how they could help others. The most important aspect of Smith College, in my opinion, is that is by women for women: a place where women are presidents, captains and leaders without question. This legacy of leadership floods into all aspects of the institution. The academia stems from a deep institutional desire to change the destructive paths of patriarchal society where women are considered lesser. From the hard sciences to my major, sociology, or to the arts, Smith academia works hard to value and share the too often unrecognized voices of women in history. The classes are small, challenging and exceptional focusing on the impact individuals can have in the world and sharing opportunities to do that together. As a liberal arts college, Smith provides a holistic education that allows each and every attendee the opportunity to discover what she is truly passionate about and thrive in that arena. Since the founding, the opportunities at Smith are unparalleled and I had the opportunity to partake in some of the opportunities by being a Praxis intern at a local community farm and doing a senior thesis project deconstructing United Nations policies on international development with a Buddhist lens. During my thesis studies, Smith College even set up a dinner meeting and campus speaking opportunity with one of the world's leading female Buddhist leaders. In short, Smith College did all it could for me to succeed in the classroom as it has done for their students since the founding. Today, Smith College prides itself on being globally minded, individually tailored and exceptionally well- rounded. During my time, I participated in varsity athletics at Smith, which is a D-III school. The same tenants of the classroom hold true for athletics: attention to detail and the individual, emphasis of womens achievement and space to grow. As a leading academic and tri-varsity athlete I had the honor of representing Smith in and out of the classroom and on and off the field. The importance of Smith College is deep and strong; Smith continues to weave a network of smart, accomplished and generous women of all kinds throughout the world to grow the power of women all over. Smith College is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life and I highly recommend it to any woman seeking a challenging yet inclusive environment to grow for the rest of their lives.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Political Science and Government, General
Graduation Year: 2014

Smith College located in the Valley of Massachusetts in Northampton, MA. It is part of a 5-college consortium, allowing students to register for courses in any of the 5 colleges in Western Massachusetts, including Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. A free of charge bus (for students) travels to and from each campus, providing a large array of courses, professors, clubs, and events available to all students. Smith College also provides an extensive alumnae network and career development program. Students have access to an ever-growing network of professionals all over the world, which is particularly useful when applying for internships or jobs. The career development office also offers career advising, application review, and an internship/job posting website. Classes at Smith are often small and intensive. Professors are almost always available during office hours or after to class to help with assignments or questions. Students are often encourages to utilize class materials to explore topics of personal interest. Smith College is a fantastic institution if you wish to explore your personal academic and intellectual interests. There are professors in all disciplines excited to work with you to dig deeper and discover more about yourself and your interests. This often leads to working toward advancing society in some aspect. My favorite thing about Smith College is the encouragement to be inclusive and collaborate not only in the classroom, but also in your house (Smith dorms), on your team, club, or job. Smith prides itself on prestigious inclusivity. Created for women, by women, Smith cherishes this womens environment to cultivate a future of women leaders. Whether you like to sing, play hockey, write for the paper, or lead student government, you will be encouraged to work together and be a leader. You will graduate from Smith College believing that you can become President, CEO, or whatever it is you dream of achieving. So, if you wish to spend four years deconstructing, analyzing, and creating with a network of ambitious and collaborative individuals, Smith College is the place for you!

4 out of 5
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Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2012

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.

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5 out of 5
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Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2005

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.

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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2004

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.

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Degree: Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Graduation Year: 2005

I thought my college had excellent students and teachers

4 out of 5
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2001

It was a powerful educational experience with a stimulating academic environment and a vibrant community.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Biochemistry
Graduation Year: 2009

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.

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Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2005

The campus and the town are beautiful. Smith is a unique experience and great for a liberal arts degree

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Degree: Neuroscience
Graduation Year: 2010

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.

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