Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
African American: 6%
Asian American: 8%
Native American: 0%
The gay community is one of the most vocal and visible groups on campus. Although there are incidents of homophobia on campus, they are isolated and do not reflect the student body as a whole. Some students, however, complain that Smith is too centered around the gay community, saying that the focus of Smith politics and social life is too often on the gay students.
Most students here are politically and socially liberal, and conservative students can feel silenced by the strong wave of liberal discourse. However, while campus has its share of protests, students are generally not politically active, and many consider the student body to be generally apathetic. However, the Smith Democrats was recently voted the best chapter in the nation.
Smith students reflect the economic bell curve of the country. There is a small number of extremely upper- and lower-class students, with most students falling somewhere in between.
Most Common Religions
The most present religion on campus is Christianity, as evidenced by the numerous Christian groups. These include the Radical Catholic Feminists of Smith and the Ecumenical Christian Church. There are a fair number of Jewish students, and many participate in the Smith/Amherst Hillel group. There is also a large Muslim population on campus. However, a large portion of the student body does not practice any religion.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Many of the cultural heritage groups on campus sponsor dances, dinners, and concerts. They include: Asian Students Association, Black Students Alliance, Ekta (for students of South Asian heritage), Indigenous Smith Students and Allies, International Students Organization, KASS (Korean-American Students of Smith), Nosotras (Latina organization), Prism (Queer Students of Color), SACSA (Smith African and Caribbean Students Association), and Vietnamese Students Association.