Smith College - Black Enterprise

Smith College

Mailing Address: 10 Elm Street Northampton, MA 01063

Rank on 2008 List: 37

Rank on 2006 List: 15

Average GPA: 3.9

Matriculation Rate of African Americans: 88%

Total Enrollment: 2,598

African American Enrollment: 186

Acceptance Rates: 52%

*Average SAT Scores: Reading: 590-710; Math: 560-670; Writing: 590-700

Black Student Group: Black Students’ Alliance, Smith African and Caribbean Students Association (SACSA)

Summer Program(s): Pre-Bridge Orientation Program during 1st week of school.

Application Deadline(s): January 15

Early Admissions Deadline(s): November 15

Start Sending Acceptance Letters: Regular admission: April 1; Early Admission: December 15

Financial Aid Option/Deadline(s): Feb. 15

Costs: Tuition: $38,112; Housing: $12,050; Books: $800

*25th Percentile-75th Percentile


Karen Kristof, Senior Associate Director of Admission

What does Smith look for in a successful candidate?

We look for students who have demonstrated in their academic work and their contributions outside the classroom that they would make an excellent student at Smith. We’re looking for students whose academic achievement and academic potential are high. They’ve taken challenging courses in high school to demonstrate that they are ready for the type of rigor they’ll encounter at Smith. We like to see students who have solid grades and have taken  Advanced Placement or honors courses.

How does the university weigh G.P.A., SAT, extracurricular activities, college essays, and recommendations during the application process?

We look carefully at a student’s essay and what her guidance counselor and teachers say about her. We’re interested in what she’s done outside of classes and any leadership positions she may have held. While we don’t require interviews, we strongly recommend them as a way of getting to know a student beyond the numbers. We take a holistic approach to our review and look at a lot of factors, the most important of which is the student’s academic performance. We don’t require standardized test scores and we feel very strongly that there is a much better way to measure a student’s achievement and potential.

What advice do you have for students who fall short of the minimum requirements but still want to attend your school?

We are a highly selective institution and academic performance is really critical to us. If we feel that there might be some extenuating circumstances that would put a transcript in context such as an illness or if the student was struggling with family problems, we try to take that into consideration. But very honestly we want students who have achieved at a fairly high level. For students whose potential hasn’t been realized in high school, we often suggest a year of college elsewhere, including community colleges.

What is the housing situation like? Is it difficult for freshmen and sophomores to get housing?

We require students to live on campus freshman through senior year. It is a really important part of the whole