school spotlight: smith college

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Smith College
Northampton, MA

Smith College alumnae have gone on to pursue nearly every career imaginable. From authors to aviators, senators to scientists, Smith women embrace a future that is wide open. It all begins with an open curriculum that allows 2,500 undergraduates the flexibility to explore their academic interests. While students are required to take at least one writing-intensive course, they select electives from across seven broad disciplines (including the arts, literature, and mathematics) to hone their unique passions. The College offers nearly 50 majors, including an accredited B.S. in engineering – the first program of its kind at a women’s college. Smithies are a diverse group, hailing from 48 states and 68 countries. And thanks to its generous financial aid packages, Smith is a leader in providing first generation and low income students access to a top undergraduate education. Leadership opportunities are abundant here. Whether learning negotiation tactics in the January Leadership Intensive or developing entrepreneurial skills through the Center for Women & Financial Independence, Smithies are well-prepared to work and lead after graduation. Fun fact: Julia Child ’34 and her love of food is honored annually on Julia Child Day, celebrated each November.

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.