Smith College is one of the largest independent women's liberal arts college in the United States and is committed to educating women of promise for lives of distinction. Smith links the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, developing leaders for society's contemporary challenges. Smith educates women to understand the complexity of human history and the variety of the world's cultures through engagement with social, political, aesthetic and scientific issues. At Smith, this ideal involves both breadth and depth in a student's course of study as well as obtaining critical skills such as writing, public speaking, quantitative reasoning and problem solving. Students are given the freedom to design their own education with the unlimited choices that Smith's open curriculum provides. Students are encouraged to personalize the Smith experience in the classroom and beyond, with internships, community service and study-away experiences. Smith students see the challenges of the 21st century and feel the call to action. They expect their education to prepare them to create, to contribute and to lead in a swiftly changing, increasingly complex world. To meet this need Smith has created an array of transformative programs, integrating work inside and outside the classroom. Among the many unique ways a Smith student can explore an area of interest is through an academic concentration. A concentration offers a way to organize intellectual and practical experiences-such as internships, service learning and independent research-and combine them with an individualized academic program. It is uniquely suited for those who are eager to dive deeper, gain practical experience, and test their knowledge in a specific area of interest. Concentrations range in topic from biomathematical science, book studies and community engagement and social change to museums and women's education. Each concentration offers one or more gateway courses to introduce a student to the major questions or methods that define her topic. She will also choose four or five classes from a number of courses at Smith or through the Five College Consortium relative to the topic. A partnership with the Tuck School of Business provides college women--and especially Smith students--with the essential skills needed for success in business careers. The Smith Tuck Fast Track to Business is an intense, two-week program that offers immersive courses in finance and accounting. The program, run at Smith during Interterm and led by Tuck faculty, aims to provide critical career and networking skills to help students prepare for internships and opportunities in the business sector. The goal is to give Smith students the skills they need to compete successfully after graduation.Another new initiative recently launched is the Design Thinking Initiative, developed to incorporate design thinking into interdisciplinary work across new and existing classes, and to support student- and faculty-led design projects, including campuswide design challenges to rethink Smith working and learning spaces. The program also brings eminent design thinkers to campus to facilitate dialogue about how gender, power and ability shape design. Smith students interested in the emerging field of data science-which deals with the extraction of knowledge from big data-now have an opportunity to study the topic in depth through the Statistical & Data Sciences (SDS) Program that links faculty and students from across the college interested in learning things from data. At Smith, students learn statistics by doing -- class time emphasizes problem-solving and hands-on contact with data. Many courses employ student-driven projects that allow students to pursue their interest in fields such as economics, psychology, political science, sociology, engineering, biology, environmental science, neuroscience, and geology.