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Smith College Data & Information Overview

8 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
30% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Smith College Ranked?

#238 Best Colleges in Nation
#19 Best Colleges in MA
General Dance Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Smith College was awarded 8 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general dance.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Smith is ranked #238 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Smith also holds the #19 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Smith?

30% Acceptance Rate
100% Of Accepted Are Women
34% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Smith College has a very low acceptance rate of 30%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Smith just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 34% of students accepted to Smith submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 690 and 760. Math scores were between 680 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Smith College  ( 690 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Smith College  ( 680 to 770 )
Smith received ACT scores from 20% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Smith College  ( 31 to 34 )

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Smith College Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
85% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Smith is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Smith College is 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Smith College

95% Freshmen Retention
83% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 95% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Smith College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  95 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Smith the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 83%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  83 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Smith College.

Smith College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,160 Full-Time Undergraduates
36.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
100.0% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,183 undergraduates at Smith with 2,160 being full-time and 23 being part-time.

How Much Does Smith College Cost?

$29,615 Net Price
39% Take Out Loans
$17,076 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Smith is $29,615. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Smith

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,215 $9,672 $16,427 $21,748 $46,873

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Smith, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Smith, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $4,269 a year. That adds up to $17,076 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Smith is 1.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Smith Graduates Make?

$56,419 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Smith with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $56,419 in their early years. That's great news for Smith students since it is 33% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Smith College make the most money.

Location of Smith College

Massachusetts State
2,160 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in Northampton, Massachusetts, Smith College is a private not-for-profit institution. Smith is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for Smith are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: 413-584-2700

Smith College Majors

40 Majors With Completions
704 Undergraduate Degrees
149 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 40 majors graduated from Smith College. Of these students, 704 received undergraduate degrees and 149 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Child Development & Psychology 57 $29,006
Political Science & Government 55 $40,776
General Biology 52 $20,283
Economics 52 NA
Area Studies 34 $30,077
Computer Science 34 $76,588
Romance Languages 33 $26,954
History 33 $32,447
General English Literature 30 $27,516
Mathematics 29 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Smith College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

This is a decrease from the 2,504 students who took online classes the previous year.

Learn more about online learning at Smith College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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