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Career Outcomes

Smithies are proof that a liberal arts degree can take you anywhere. From a career in a STEM field to a life immersed in the humanities, see where a Smith degree can take you and find some resources to help you get there.

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Impressively Smith

Within 6 months after graduation, 97% of Smith alums are employed or studying in graduate/professional school. Use the interactive dashboard to see where our most recent graduates have gone to next.

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Lifelong Learners

73%

of alums have engaged in grad or professional studies within 10 years

75%

admit rate to law school, 5-year average

80%

admit rate for qualified applicants to medical school, 5-year average

Career Planning Support for Students

  • Ten career advisers are available to Smith students from the moment they arrive on campus
  • 94% of students who used Lazarus Center resources report that they would recommend the programming to a peer
  • 95% of students who used Lazarus Center resources report that the programming advanced their career education

  • Smith students have access to 53,000 alums in more than 130 countries and a network of over 600 companies recruiting virtually and on campus
  • Over 100,000 internships, jobs, volunteer opportunities and fellowships are posted annually in Handshake, Smith's online database of professional opportunities

  • More than 400 students per year receive Praxis grants of up to $4,500 to support unpaid internships taking place all over the world
  • 130+ students received funding through the Universal Conference Fund to attend academic and professional conferences in FY ’23. Conference funding had been doubled by the Lazarus Center this year in order to improve access and address rising travel costs

  • Smith has been a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for the past two decades. In 2023, eight students and one alum were awarded Fulbrights.
  • Our fellowships advisers have supported over 500 student applications for over 50 different fellowship opportunities since 2017. Learn more about the diverse fellowship opportunities available to our students

Forging Career Paths

  • Top industries for Smith graduates include education, healthcare, business/management, science/research, law/policy, and social service/nonprofit
  • Top employers include Bank of America, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, EF - Education First, Epic, Goldman Sachs, Google, Massachusetts General Hospital, Microsoft
  • At 5 years post-graduation, 90% of Smith alums report that their current employment is a part of their intended career path

Smith in My Life

Lori Tharps ’94 was inspired by conversations at her 25th Smith reunion to completely—and boldly—change her life. Discovering that weekend that she wasn’t the only one feeling like she was in limbo, she and her family packed up and moved abroad, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Learn About Lori

Lives of Distinction

On Banned Books

Psychologist and author Marietta Harvey Collins ’79, M.S.W. ’83, weighs in on book banning.

Behind the Mouse

Disney CFO Christine McCarthy ’77 on her childhood, career, and finding her voice at Smith.

Film and Justice

Garrett Bradley ’07’s award-winning films interrogate capitalism, culture, and the quest for justice.