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Admission Criteria

Smith doesn't rely solely on grades and test scores to select new students; we choose people, not statistical profiles. Just like your daughter, each Smith student has unique strengths and some weaknesses. The Admission Committee reads every part of your daughter's file and carefully considers her high school program, performance, experiences and potential for success at Smith.

Each part of the admission folder reveals another facet of your daughter's life. The admission essay shows how she thinks and writes and what she cares about. To add a personal dimension to her paper profile, we recommend campus or alumnae interviews. Smith's 24-person admission staff is here to answer any of your family's questions while selecting a college.

The College Selection Process

Smith's admission officers read in tandem and read geographically. They take a holistic view of each individual, and they also consider how to best shape the class. The following factors are considered in each application.

The Academic Transcript

  • The transcript is by far the most important document in the application.
  • Greatest weight is given to a student’s academic preparation and achievement.

Letters of Reference

  • The guidance counselor recommendation puts the student in the context of the school.
  • The teacher recommendation puts the student in the context of the classroom.

The Essay

  • Provides evidence of a student’s ability to express herself in writing with nuance, creativity and a distinctive voice. Can the student form a thesis, provide detail and prove her point?

Standardized Testing

  • Smith is test optional for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Standardized tests (SAT I, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) are required for international citizens. Learn more about our standardized testing policy.

Other Factors

  • Extracurricular activities are important—Smith values quality of involvement over quantity.

Deferred applicants are reconsidered with regular decision applications in the spring. Decision mailings are sent mid-December.

Early Decision Agreement   November 15
Common Application or 
Coalition Application
  November 15
Smith Writing Supplement   November 15
Secondary School Report   November 15
Counselor Recommendation   November 15
Two Teacher Evaluations   November 15
Standardized Test Scores (optional)   November 15
Interview (recommended)   November 15
Financial Aid Materials   See Tuition & Financial Aid for deadlines
Enrollment Decision   January 15

 

Where to Send Forms

You can send your documents to us through the mail or via fax. Please make copies of all documents submitted.

Office of Admission
Smith College
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063

Fax: 413-585-2527

Deferred applicants are reconsidered with regular decision applications in the spring. Decision mailings are sent in late January.

Early Decision Agreement   January 1
Common Application or 
Coalition Application
  January 1
Smith Writing Supplement   January 1
Secondary School Report   January 1
Counselor Recommendation   January 1
Two Teacher Evaluations   January 1
Midyear School Report (if available)   January 1
Two Teacher Evaluations   January 1
Standardized Test Scores (optional)   January 1
Interview (recommended)   January 1
Financial Aid Materials   See Tuition & Financial Aid for deadlines
Enrollment Decision   February 15

 

Where to Send Forms

You can send your documents to us through the mail or via fax. Please make copies of all documents submitted.

Office of Admission
Smith College
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063

Fax: 413-585-2527

Decision mailings are sent in late March.

Common Application or 
Coalition Application
  January 15
Smith Writing Supplement   January 15
Secondary School Report   January 15
Counselor Recommendation   January 15
Two Teacher Evaluations   January 15
Midyear School Report   February 2
Standardized Test Scores (optional)   January 15
Interview (recommended)   January 15
Financial Aid Materials   See Tuition & Financial Aid for deadlines
Enrollment Decision   May 1

 

Where to Send Forms

You can send your documents to us through the mail or via fax. Please make copies of all documents submitted.

Office of Admission
Smith College
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063

Fax: 413-585-2527