Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts was founded in 1875 upon the idea that women needed educational opportunities equal to those of men, a radical notion at the time. Today, Smith serves 2,500 undergraduate women, providing them the kind of unique and supportive environment and focus that only a women’s college can. Smith offers over 1,000 courses in 50 areas of study, such as medieval studies, anthropology, engineering, theatre and dance. An expansive botanical garden, the Grecourt Bookshop, and the Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning are just some of the wide variety of resources available on-campus. Study-abroad options are extremely popular here; more than half the student body spends at least some time abroad before graduation. Also, the Smith Pioneers compete in 11 NCAA sports, including crew, equestrian, field hockey, and lacrosse. High school counselors even ranked Smith College as the institution with the fifth-best value for the money in the nation in U.S. News & World Report, as of 2016! It’s no wonder such pioneers as Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and Sylvia Plath all call Smith their alma mater.