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As I was posting on the "downsides to Smith" thread, it occurred to me that some aspects of Smith are well-known: the quality of the academics, the all-women's environment, the openly gay segment of the community. These issues continue to be discussed every year -- and even then, several times a year. I thought that, since the fall is fast approaching when students must decide where to apply, it might be instructive to supply some details about Smith that perhaps are not as well known as the above broad topics.
Just off the top of my head:
-- A "green" environment. Smith was named one of the top "green universities" a few years ago and may still top that list, for its approach to recycling, energy usage, and general environmental consciousness.
-- Strong support for women in the sciences.
-- Commitment to creating an economically diverse campus. Smith has a comparatively large number of Pell Grant students. The result seems to be less frequent flaunting of wealth from those who have it.
-- Smith consistently ranks high in the number of Fulbright Scholars awarded each year, outstripping and competing with much larger universities.