Smith does not have official Greek life, but there are more than 30 houses on campus, each with their own distinctive personalities, traditions, histories, and rivalries. Each house fosters the same sense of community that one would expect to get from a sorority, and many of the houses also reach out to the larger community and participate in service events, just like traditional Greek organizations.
The housing system at Smith allows each student the feeling of acceptance and group participation, as well as a continuation of Smith history and tradition. Like a fraternity or sorority, once placed in a house, most students opt not to leave. This makes for very strong friendships and connections to the house, evidenced by the large number of alumnae who return to their houses for events. The Smith administration correctly advertises the housing system as supportive and essential to each student’s experience.