Early Editorial Opinions About Smith College
The scheme which the board of trustees have adopted is a large one. The study of Greek and Latin is to be pursued as extensively as in colleges for young men; no less attention will be paid to modern languages; more time will be devoted to English literature and to aesthetics; physical sciences will be taught so as to keep pace with the scientific and material progress of the age; probably less attention than in other colleges will be given to mathematics; ... and to sum up, the system of training will be such as to fit young women to become teachers, not only in our Sabbath schools, Bible classes and mission stations, but also in our highest institutions of learning; to become writers also, not only of articles for the daily and weekly press, but also of standard books. This is a grand scheme.
--Anon., Hampshire Gazette and Northampton Courier, 22 October 1872
The founding of Smith College is doubtless the greatest educational movement of the age. It is a fair and honest attempt to give our young women advantages, under the most favorable cvircumstances, which will open every field of scientific and literary honor and usefulness. When we remember what education does for women, it increases her capabilities and multiplies her opportunities, and that in Massachusetts alone there are sixty-five thousand more women and girls than men and boys, it would seem that every woman in the state would stretch forth a helping hand to the new college.
--Anon., Lowell Daily Courier, 23 October 1872
The college is situated at one end of the village, on an eminence commanding a fine view of the surrounding country. The buildings are well constructed, though unpretentious in comparison to some of the larger American universities. But the whole place is wonderfully attractive and homelike. It has more the appearance of a group of well kept private dwellings than that of a seat of learning, a place for work and study. And they do study, the daughters of "Fair Smith," in a manner that would put the average college man to shame.
--Douglas Z. Doty, "Life at a Girls' College," Munsey's Magazine, September 1897