Founded in 1871, Smith College opened in 1875 with 14 students. Today, it is one of the largest women’s liberal arts colleges in the United States, educating women of promise for lives of distinction and purpose. Located in Northampton, Massachusetts, Smith enrolls 2,600 students from nearly every state and more than 50 other countries, providing opportunities for students to develop their passions and talents to effect meaningful change throughout the world.
Smith has changed much since its founding, but throughout its history there have been certain enduring constants: a dedication to providing both the educational offerings and practical experiences that enable students to make a difference in the world, a belief in the ability of education to address the world’s most pressing problems, and a concern for the rights and privileges of women.
Today the college continues to benefit from a dynamic relationship between innovation and tradition. And while Smith’s basic curriculum of the humanities, arts and sciences still flourishes, the college continues to respond to new and evolving disciplines—offering majors or interdepartmental programs in engineering, the study of women and gender, neuroscience, film and media studies, Middle East studies, statistical and data sciences and other emerging fields. Our students leave Smith to work as policy-makers, researchers, artists, engineers, writers, business leaders and scientists who push the world forward.
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At Smith, students from diverse experiences and backgrounds form an extraordinary intellectual community. Nearly all students live on campus in one of 41 houses ranging in style from modern to Gothic and in size from 10 to 100 students, representing all class years. After graduation, more than 48,000 Smith alums are ready to help students step into internships and careers as graduates join our powerful professional network.
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Chemist and educator Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke College (then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in 1837, nearly a century before women gained the right to vote. As the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke has led the way in women's education.
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Mount Holyoke College’s exploratory education and collaborative community empower students to extend their knowledge and expand possibilities for themselves, their communities and the world. As a women’s college that is gender-diverse, Mount Holyoke inspires students to break through barriers and make change for all. With a vibrant campus in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke is home to 2200 students, who connect with over 180 years of tradition while shaping our shared future.