For Students Older than the Usual Undergraduates
Have you been thinking about starting or going back to school but thought you might be too old? You may want to rethink that notion when you hear about Smith College, a women's liberal arts college located in Northampton, Massachusetts. At Smith, the adage—it's never too late—is in fact the very foundation of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. This unique program enables women of nontraditional college age to complete a bachelor of arts degree at a realistic pace, either part time or full time. What's more, Smith honors older students as strong motivators who are not only committed to their own success, but are welcomed for the diversity of their life experience and for providing an outstanding example for students of traditional college age.
Options for Reduced Course Loads and Special Academic Advising
According to the Smith website, "Each Ada Comstock student attends the same classes and fulflls the same requirements as all other Smith students. The Program combines the rigorous academic challenges of Smith with fexibility for women beyond the traditional college age by providing options for reduced course loads, special academic advising, career counseling and diverse housing options."
Smith is the largest member of the Seven Sisters' schools, as well as a member of the Five Colleges consortium, which allows its students to attend classes at Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Largest Privately Endowed College for Women in the Country
Smith opened its doors in 1875 with 14 students and six faculty. Today, Smith is the largest privately endowed college for women in the country. The campus was planned and planted in the 1890s as a botanical garden and arboretum, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The pastoral campus now incorporates 147 acres, including hundreds of varieties of trees and shrubs.
At Smith, students follow in the footsteps of women who chose to make a difference. Alumni include congresswomen and journalists, forensic pathologists and bankers, and professors and engineers. Smith considers itself "heady, nervy, and intellectually exciting. "Smith students are "public-spirited, supportive of one another, and passionately interested in the world, from village to globe."
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