Smith College

Lonely Planet review

Founded 'for the education of the intelligent gentlewoman' in 1875, Smith College is one of the largest women's colleges in the country, with 2600 students. The verdant 125-acre campus holds an eclectic architectural mix of nearly 100 buildings as well as a pretty pond. Notable alums of the college include Sylvia Plath, Julia Child and Gloria Steinem.

While most will be pleased with themselves after a stroll around Paradise Pond with its Japanese tea hut , ambitious others might consider a campus tour arranged by the Office of Admissions at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm Monday to Friday.