Admission Rates

<p>So, what's the deal with Smith's comparatively high admission rate? (53% overall, 80-something % ED)</p>

<p>I understand that Smith has a self-selecting pool, what with being a women's college, but it's admission rate is still quite a bit higher than that of Wellesley, Barnard, or Bryn Mawr... any reason for this?</p>

<p>It's not that the higher admission rate will deter me, I just don't want to be missing out on something vital like fine print that says "only apply if you have a raisin allergy" or something like that.</p>

<p>Smith has many more students than the other schools you mentioned (about 2800; Wellesley has about 2300 and Bryn Mawr has about 1300), so it can take more people to fill their class. It doesn't get a proportionally larger applicant pool, so the admissions rate is higher.</p>

<p>It's a similar reason to why Yale Law School is more selective than Harvard Law School...the students are similarly qualified but there are more spaces at Harvard.</p>

<p>That makes sense, thanks!</p>