College Sophomore 2013-08-22T10:05:38Z
I would recommend having your own laptop and printer.
College Senior 2013-07-29T15:38:43Z
Not always reliable, but does provide transportation to the other 5 colleges
College Sophomore 2013-07-26T13:52:04Z
Great, small town with a lot to do. Safe and fun.
College Sophomore 2013-07-24T14:28:15Z
It gets very cold starting november and up until the end of march. But is is not unbearable. The academics and extracurriculars keep you distracted. just be sure to go home or something during winter vacation... take a break.
College Sophomore 2013-07-24T14:25:12Z
I don't know my major yet. But there are plenty of research opportunities to get involved in whatever you like.. .especially in research projects with most of the science faculty. They have no problem on letting you into their labs.
College Sophomore 2013-07-24T14:23:14Z
Dorm room sizes and capacities here can vary. There are singles, doubles and triples... and seniors can apply to live in apartments owned by the school. Overal dorms are spacious and clean. I The housing method puts you into a closely assembled community... but it can get suffocating from time to time.
College Sophomore 2013-07-24T14:20:58Z
Don't live off campus. Almost nobody does because it is super expensive, places are hard to find, and you are guaranteed 4 years of on-campus housing anyways.
College Sophomore 2013-07-24T14:18:34Z
The curriculum is extremely flexible. You don't really need to fulfill any general education requirements, except for a writing intensive course or a first year seminar during your first year. So far my professors have been really helpful, except for one. I like it here so far... but I just don't love it, and I would prefer a more intellectual place where all students feel motivated and eager to learn... I just haven't found that here.
College Sophomore 2013-07-01T20:59:20Z
Smith pays for all the students to have free access to the local bus service, the PVTA. There is also an amtrak station in Amherst which is easy enough to get to, which makes travel to places further away easier. Northampton is right off of I-91 which is nice as well.
College Sophomore 2013-07-01T20:54:37Z
Smith is absolutely gorgeous. Every time I come back to Smith I remember how beautiful it is. The entire campus is a botanical garden. The facilities are well kept, and although the architecture style varies, everything is nice.
College Sophomore 2013-07-01T20:52:05Z
It's a lottery to get a parking pass or not, and upperclassmen get priority. There aren't a ton of parking spaces on campus, and most are out of the way. That said, you don't really need a car in town at all, so the out of the way parking isn't that much of a problem if you only use it to go out.
College Sophomore 2013-06-21T20:07:02Z
Health & Safety:
This is an extremely safe campus with public safety always willing to help. Though honestly, this campus is safe, trusting, open to the community and I have never had anything bad happen here even when walking home on multiple occasions in the dead of night.
College Sophomore 2013-06-21T20:05:36Z
Pretty chill about most things, the police are friendly people patrolling around. Just don't be obvious about alcohol in the houses and nobody will say anything.
College Sophomore 2013-06-21T20:03:30Z
There's always a lot to do in Northampton or the surrounding 5 College area. Free public transportation, there's always something to do. Though on weekdays, most of downtown closes early.
College Sophomore 2013-06-13T14:49:41Z
It really depends on what you like. Northampton is a stellar college town, particularly cool because of the prevalence of locally owned businesses downtown instead of chains. It's a really funky area with tons of cool stuff for the queer community and a pretty decent music scene. The 5 college area is also stellar because, well, there are 5 colleges, all of which have different events and parties going on constantly. Another thing I really like about Noho is that residents genuinely seem to like Smithies and don't resent the college, which I've heard can be a big problem from my friends at other schools.
However, if you're more of a city person like me, you will definitely start to suffocate after a while. Don't believe what they say about the accessibility of Boston and New York-- they are hours and hours away by bus, and I don't know a single person who's ever done the trip just for fun. I'm from the Boston area and the ride is so long I only go home on breaks. Western Mass certainly gets tiresome, especially during the looonnnngggg winter, but the Smith community is generally awesome enough to pull you through.
College Sophomore 2013-06-13T14:45:01Z
I'm not really sure how to grade this question, because I don't know if the heaviest drug scene would merit an A or an F?
Anyway, to be honest, Smith is really not particularly druggy at all (coming from someone who did quite a lot of drugs in high school). Weed is quite easy to find (it is a private liberal arts college, after all) as is alcohol and perhaps Ritalin/Adderall, but anything other than that is basically impossible to find at Smith. That's why Hampshire exists!
College Sophomore 2013-06-13T14:42:05Z
Smith's housing system, as I'm sure everyone has heard by now, is incredibly unique and awesome. It's a great way to have a true sense of community and bond with people, and the friends you make in your house are generally some of your tightest friends. When I go visit friends at UMass or hear friends from home talking about their giant dorms, I can't imagine living in a huge, anonymous tower, or somewhere where people are so disrespectful that they puke in the sinks or break the lights. Smith's housing is particularly great because the 4 different housing areas are each quite different, meaning that everyone can find a place they fit in. Green street is the quitest and most studious, Quad is the wildest and most into partying, Elm Street is hip or weird people (depending on what you're into), and Center is a good mix.
College Sophomore 2013-06-13T14:38:31Z
Health & Safety:
Campus police can be seen around frequently, which is good because Smith has an open campus (meaning non-students frequently walk through it and use the facilities). They're basically there to help you whenever you need it, and don't want to bust you for drinking or smoking. Even if you get caught, they tend to just make you dispose of the substances and go home rather than getting you in trouble. Pubsafe even comes to house teas so that students can get to know them and feel comfortable calling them when necessary. They're more or less universally beloved around Smith.
College Sophomore 2013-05-16T15:13:45Z
Guys & Girls:
The 'guys and girls' situation at Smith is ideal if you love women. There is a healthy mix of queer women on campus as well as non-queer identified women who may still be interested. We supposedly have a greater percentage of masculine of center ladies than Mount Holyoke. Even high femmes here tend to have a rough edge. Most people are flexible and fluid; people find themselves here.
We do have some men on campus but as trans men at a women's college they are definitely a minority. Straight female students often meet men through the 5-college consortium.
College Sophomore 2013-05-16T15:07:04Z
Northampton is an adorable town that considers itself a "small city." It's a queer d**ey hipster liberal haven. It is a little small but its a great college town. It's much more 3-dimensional and quirky than nearby college town Amherst, but it's nice to have the entire 5 college consortium nearby.
College Sophomore 2013-05-16T14:57:50Z
There isn't an admissions process for specific majors because this is a liberal arts college. To declare a major, ask a professor to be your advisor. Choose someone you like or respect or one with relevant interests. Some majors like psychology may have advisors assigned automatically based on class year (I believe).
I have a self-designed major which means I asked two faculty members to be my advisors and to approve a plan for a major the school doesn't offer. This process is just a little more complicated but it is the exception.
College Sophomore 2013-05-16T14:51:24Z
The drinking and drug culture at Smith is small compared to public universities and party schools. Most of the students who have some fun on the weekends are serious students during the week and the school and housing try to make sure there are lots of things to do sober. One area of campus has inappropriately strict penalties for marijuana use but they're not enforced by student staff.
College Junior 2013-02-26T22:21:33Z
The local bus is free for college students, which is really nice. It has its flaws, though. It is known for not being very reliable, but it's not like you should expect to miss the bus every day. It also runs very infrequently on weekends. You can also sign up to be a Zipcar University member, which means you can rent a Zipcar even if you're under 21 (as long as you are a student). This costs money, but it's surprisingly cheap unless you want to go very far away. I use them for dental appointments and nearby concerts, but some people can afford to use them for all of their errands or for trips to big cities like Boston. Don't bother with the local cabs; they're WAY too expensive.
If you want to go to a big city, you can use Peter Pan or Megabus. Peter Pan is godawful but it's the only way I know how to get to Boston. It's expensive and always late. Megabus is pretty good and can get you to New York City; the prices are reasonable, and if you buy your ticket early it's dirt cheap. You have to take the public bus to the mall first, but that's free. Unfortunately, it runs at somewhat inconvenient times on some days.
College Junior 2013-02-26T22:15:46Z
The gym facilities are amazing, and the gym is free for every student. There are a lot of sports here and I know quite a few students who are on a team. However, more people like to play sports than watch them.
College Junior 2013-02-23T21:48:23Z
The academics are great, but we could use more majors.
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