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Smith vs. ???

TheDadTheDad Registered User, ! Posts: 10,225 Senior Member
edited April 2007 in Smith College
So, is anyone besides ECW debating Smith vs. another college?

Or are all the prospect readers here committed one way or another?
Post edited by TheDad on

Replies to: Smith vs. ???

  • theothermusetheothermuse Registered User Posts: 229 Junior Member
    I sent my deposit to Smith last week :)
  • kilgallon_kkilgallon_k Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    I spose I'll share... I'm debating between Smith, University of Washington, NYU and University of San Francisco. All very different schools, that offer completely different experiences. At the moment, I'm probably leaning towards Smith ... I'm visiting in a week, so I should have a better idea by then. I'm hoping that Smith makes a really strong impression on me, one way or the other...
  • BJM8BJM8 Registered User Posts: 1,279 Senior Member
    Something tells me it will!! ;)
  • cameliasinensiscameliasinensis Registered User Posts: 2,294 Senior Member
    My friend is deciding between Smith (with some sort of honors program/scholarship, I think) and Brown. She likes Smith's size and the amount of student-professor interaction, but she's also considering a Linguistics major, which Smith apparently doesn't offer. She'll visit both next week, so hopefully that will help her make a decision.
  • ieparentieparent Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    My daughter is deciding between Smith and Mcgill but I think it will be Smith! What are your hesitations?
  • kilgallon_kkilgallon_k Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    I'd prefer to be in a big city, but I'm torn because I want to go to a small LAC...
  • dananaamaddananaamad Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Smith vs. MHC
    I'm having a lot of trouble deciding because they seem so very similar. . . can anybody help me with a comprehensive list of the differences between the two?
  • TheDadTheDad Registered User, ! Posts: 10,225 Senior Member
    D liked big cities but found NoHo to be hip enough, with restaurants, music, art, etc. to pass muster.

    South Hadley, otoh, is where you go to watch puddles dry up.
  • re-nuhre-nuh Registered User Posts: 115 Junior Member
    Smith vs. Ohio State University. I'm praying that Smith will give me better financial aid than OSU (they have horrible aid), however, since I'm in-state I'd still be paying much less than what I would at Smith. I'm not really into the state school vibe and though OSU has its perks, I couldn't see myself there for more than a year. Although I have yet to visit Smith (and I can't make it to Discovery Days :-( ) I know it's a waaay better match. My only concern is the social life (I go to an all girls school now, with minimal interaction with boys/coed schools.)

    I hope to visit soon!
  • SailorGuySailorGuy Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    This is the week D decides between Smith & Wellesley. Spring Open Campus @ W on Wed/Thurs. Wife & I will be there most of the day Wed. Going to alumnae reception tomorrow.

    This is a very difficult choice, academically & financially.

  • InvertedCommasInvertedCommas Registered User Posts: 203 Junior Member
    Smith v. USC v. UCLA v. UCB
    (v. Sarah Lawrence v. BU v. UCSB v. UCSC, but it'll probably be one of the first four)

    I'd like to get out of state - I'm from California, obviously - but Smith is going to end up costing twice as much as any of the other three, since I'm in-state for the UC's and USC is giving me a half-tuition scholarship. Smith? Nada.
  • TheDadTheDad Registered User, ! Posts: 10,225 Senior Member
    Good luck, SG.

    IC, that's a tough one. D was offered a minimum of half-tuition scholarship at USC if she'd apply, never gave it a third thought. Smith gives us enough FinAid that it costs more or less what UC would have cost, assuming D didn't get a Regent's Scholarship.

    But I'll tell you this: TheMom has worked for UCLA for more than 25 years. We both agree that D is getting some things at Smith that just wouldn't happen in the UC's. Enough of a bonus that we'd choke hard and pay the difference if we had to, the gifts-of-a-lifetime kind of thing.

    Okay, I wouldn't necessarily make that choice for every student. But it's the choice I'd make for someone like our D, who is taking advantage of opportunities.
  • bad1017bad1017 Registered User Posts: 360 Member
    Smith v. Barnard v. UVA v. W&M

    Not going to lie. Right now I'm leaning away from Smith based on location and lack of boys. I'm a city girl. I also need boys and they'll be plenty at both Barnard and UVA. Smith, not so much. For the record, I'm also leaning away from UVA because it's a huge party school and I'm not a big party person. I want a school that's more academically focused.
  • arianneagarianneag Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    dananaamad: I looked at both Smith and MHC. I applied only to Smith and I recently was admitted. I don't know if you've visited or not, but here's some help:

    - LOCATION: MHC is a fairly isolated school, much more so than Smith. Smith is in Northampton, which is a fairly bustling large town or small city. It's pretty easy to walk to the main area of Northampton from campus. MHC is in South Hadley, which is pretty pathetic as far as college towns go. However, this gives MHC a more suburban and quiet feel, which some people like. There is also a bus from Northampton to MHC.
    - LOOKS: MHC is a gorgeous campus. Pretty much all the buildings are in the classic New England brick/ gothic style. Smith has more diversity in architecture. I frankly think MHC has a prettier campus, but Smith's is a bit more interesting.
    - Size: smith is bigger (Smith is like 2600 students and MHC is like 2000 --- not sure on the exact numbers).
    - Curriculum: Smith has a fairy open curriculum while MHC has distribution requirements.
    - reputation: Smith is probably a bit better known than MHC, but don't make that a huge issue. Reputation = shallow reason to pick a college, especially when the difference isn't huge (as is the case with Smith vs. MHC).
    - Diversity: MHC has a higher percentage of international students as Smith.
    - Other factors: if you have an idea on what you're going to major in, I'd look up and compare Smith and MHC's respective programs. One school may be stronger in a certain thing compared to the other. The obvious example in my mind is Engineering, which Smith has an MHC doesn't offer.

    As for me, it's primarily between Smith and Bryn Mawr. I just came back from overnight visits, and they were both awesome (which makes my decision harder).
  • SmithieandProudSmithieandProud Registered User Posts: 3,038 Senior Member
    Oooh, bad1017, I was a Smith v. Barnard too. I guess I chose Smith because while I love NYC and I am also a city girl, I wasn't sure it was a place I could see myself studying. Still your right, a big city and a place with lots of boys are twp things Smith doesn't have.
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