I remember reading Lauren Pople's book "Colleges that Change Lives" several years ago when my oldest son applied to college. One enlightening concept for me was the notion of "value-added education" which considers how much learning is acquired while in college. Some of the schools that he mentioned took students that were B and C students, and prepared them well for graduate and professional school and the working world. Although Smith attracts some of the best and the brighrest women, I do think the education there also is value-added as some student truly find their own place while there. It is a place where women are challenged to do their best, and also to explore all areas even (or perhaps particularly) those traditionally pursued by men. My daughter is a sophomore and I have seen her blossom intellectually and socailly during her short time there. She also has received tremondous support from faculty and other students. We received the good news that she is a finalist for a major fellowship. She received help from her advisor and also students who previously had won fellowships. One of them is even coaching her on the interview. Anyways, like many parents on this board, I am very appreciative of the education my daughter has received.