Let me share with you some “aha moments” from my April 2015 college road trip to nine schools in the Northeast. Here you go… Smith College – Aha!
You can’t tell if an all women’s school is for you unless you go visit.
Both the admissions officer and our tour guide had no interest in a woman’s school until visiting. Why do they say an all women’s college is a plus? Building confidence [even if you didn’t know it needed building] “…because there are no dynamics in class to drown out women’s voices.” Seems to be a valid point particularly in STEM related fields – and Smith is the only women’s college with an engineering degree. The quality of education is strong particularly given the high acceptance rate of 43%. (48% for ED)
Other points of note at Smith: Students live in one of 25 houses, not dorms, ranging in size from 16 to 106 students. The houses most definitely feel different than dorms…more like home! 91% stay in their house all 4 years and 98% stay on campus all 4 years. Like Amherst, there are plenty of options for off-campus housing in the Pioneer Valley.
Consider it: Particularly if you are a women engineer. At least worth a visit.