History and Mission

The year was 1881 and members of the class of 1880 gathered on campus to celebrate their first Reunion. As they watched the new group of graduates, the young alumnae were overcome with a sense of pride in Smith’s educational legacy and immediately felt responsible for instilling those same feelings in future classes.

Before the end of that Reunion weekend, the idea was hatched to found an association that would continually revitalize the connection alumnae felt to Smith and to one another. The class of 1880 invited the new graduates, as well as the class of 1879, to join them in their venture, and together they drew up a constitution that laid the groundwork for a world-class organization. Their purpose was simple: “To further the well-being of the college and its graduates by increasing the interest of members in the college and in each other.”

Forty-seven alumnae first pledged to uphold that mission, and to this day the Alumnae Association of Smith College, which was officially incorporated in 1931, has never strayed from it. Originally conceived as a dues-paying organization, the association is now all-inclusive and boasts a worldwide membership of more than 40,000 alumnae. It has grown and prospered into a vital organization that continually meets the needs of alumnae and the Smith College community.

Contact Us

33 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: 413-585-2020 or 800-526-2023
Alumnae Association fax: 413-585-2073
Alumnae Outreach fax: 413-585-2015
Email: alumnae@smith.edu