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Smith College

Private women's liberal arts college in Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S. / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Smith College is a private liberal arts women's college in Northampton, Massachusetts. It was chartered in 1871 by Sophia Smith and opened in 1875. It is the largest member of the historic Seven Sisters colleges, a group of women's colleges in the Northeastern United States. Smith is also a member of the Five College Consortium,[5] along with four other nearby institutions in the Pioneer Valley: Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst;[6] students of each college are allowed to attend classes at any other member institution. On campus are Smith's Museum of Art and Botanic Garden, the latter designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

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Smith College
MottoἘν τῇ ἀρετῇ τὴν γνῶσιν (Greek)
Motto in English
In Virtue [One Gains] Knowledge
TypePrivate liberal arts women's college
Established1871; 152 years ago (1871) (opened 1875; 148 years ago (1875))
Academic affiliation
Seven Sisters
Endowment$2.56 billion (2021)[1]
PresidentKathleen McCartney
Academic staff
Students2,903 (fall 2018)[3]
Undergraduates2,502 (fall 2018)[3]
Postgraduates401 (fall 2018)[3]

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Colors   Blue with gold trim[4]
Sporting affiliations

Smith has 41 academic departments and programs and is structured around an open curriculum, lacking course requirements and scheduled final exams. Undergraduate admissions is exclusively restricted to women, although Smith announced a trans-inclusive admissions policy in 2015.[7][8] Smith offers several graduate degrees, all of which accept applicants regardless of gender, and co-administers programs alongside other Five College Consortium members. The college was the first historically women's college to offer an undergraduate engineering degree.[9] Admissions is considered selective. It was the first women's college to join the NCAA, and its sports teams are known as the Pioneers.

Smith alumnae include notable authors, journalists, activists, feminists, politicians, philanthropists, actresses, filmmakers, academics, businesswomen, CEOs, two First Ladies of the United States, and recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, Rhodes Scholarship, Academy Award, Emmy Award, MacArthur Grant, Peabody Award, Tony Award and most recently the Jazz Master Award by the NEA.