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Smith College vs. Wellesley College?

Hey everyone, I'm torn between applying to Smith College and Wellesley College as my top choices. Can anyone provide some insights into the key differences between these two schools and tips on how to decide which one to apply to? Thanks in advance!

6 months ago

Hi there! Both Smith and Wellesley are excellent all-women's liberal arts colleges, but they do have some differences that may help you decide which one to apply to.

Location: Smith is located in Northampton, a vibrant college town in western Massachusetts that's part of the Five College Consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and UMass Amherst). This partnership allows students to cross-register for classes and participate in shared clubs and events. Wellesley is in the suburban town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, about 30 minutes outside of Boston. While not a part of a consortium like Smith, Wellesley has an exchange program with MIT and a collaboration with Babson College and Olin College of Engineering.

Academics: Both colleges offer strong programs in the liberal arts, but they have some differences in their academic strengths. Wellesley is particularly well-regarded for its economics, political science, and science programs. On the other hand, Smith is known for its strong programs in engineering, studio arts, and environmental science.

Social Life: Smith has a reputation for being artsy, progressive, and political, whereas Wellesley tends to be more traditional and preppy, with a mix of political opinions.

Alumnae Network: Both colleges boast powerful and extensive alumnae networks, but Wellesley's alumnae network has produced notable politicians, including Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright, while Smith's network includes notable writers, like Sylvia Plath and Betty Friedan.

Visiting the campuses, attending open house events, and connecting with current students and alumni can make a difference as well. These events can give you a better feel for each college's culture and see where you might fit in best. Keep in mind that you don't necessarily have to choose just one, unless you want to apply Early Decision - you can apply to both colleges Regular Decision and make your decision once you receive your admissions decisions.

Best of luck!

6 months ago

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