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Smith College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1871
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 2,634
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $1,156,349,636
Admissions Address

7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 4.0
Send application by: January 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Debra Shaver
Admissions office telephone: (413) 585-2500
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 15
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.smith.edu/admission Tuition deposit: $100 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $300 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A 3
Foreign language N/A 3
Social studies N/A N/A
History N/A 2
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A 16

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 1
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 53%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 78%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 51%
Total applicants: 3,427
Total acceptances: 1,819
Total freshman enrollment: 674
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

Male applicants: 0
Male acceptances: 0
Male freshman enrollment: 0
Female applicants: 3,427
Female acceptances: 1,819
Female freshman enrollment: 674
Out-of-state freshmen: 82%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 546
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 286
Students enrolled from waiting list: 18

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 61%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 91%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 53%
Average high school GPA: 4.0
First-year students submitting GPA: 76%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 95%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 580 – 700
Math: 560 – 670
Combined: 1140 – 1370

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 29.5% 14.9%
600-699 41.2% 46.6%
500-599 19.6% 29.5%
400-499 8.3% 8.8%
300-399 1.4% 0.3%
200-299 N/A N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 29%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 25 – 32
Math: 23 – 28
Composite: 25 – 29

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 24.2% 38.7% 19.1%
24-29 61.3% 45.4% 54.1%
18-23 14.4% 13.9% 23.7%
12-17 N/A 2.1% 3.1%
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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