Location
South Hadley, MA
Undergrads
2,290
Tuition
$41,456
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 735 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a great sense of community. The student body is especially welcoming and inclusive. Faculty, and the larger administration is constantly at your disposal. Sure, it can be extremely isolating, and at time very stressful, but the experience is absolutely worth it.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I don't have a declared major yet, but i know that anything in Mount Holyoke includes a heavy workload. I find that students like to be stressed, and discuss their workloads constantly which gets real irritating. And although the workload is heavy, it's manageable if you are responsible and organized. Science/math majors I've found to stress students out the most. Workload and manageability truly depends on your major and the amount of extracurriculars but expect to be busy if you attend this school.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There's a bus system connecting Mount holyoke with the other nearby colleges. A car would be practical, however, because we are very isolated and taking the PVTA (Pioneer Valley transportation) can be a real hassle.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I didn't try to be much of part of the campus' "nightlife". I hear those parties at Chapin can get a bit wild when MCHASA is involved (lol), and are generally good. Most students leave campus to the other four colleges in search of a better night life because there is not a strong party atmosphere at Mount Holyoke.

College Freshman

Parking: I DONT' HAVE A CAR.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe taking a stroll through campus even when its pitch dark out. Campus police patrols the area a lot. If you stay within the limits of the campus i can assure you that you will feel extremely comfortable and safe. Mount Holyoke's campus police is on speed dial.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mount Holyoke does not have an endless variety of choices. The town (the Village Commons) has a couple good restaurants that offer variety but they close early so is not very convenient. Cost is also a considerable issue. Amherst has a great town for eating, but you must be willing to make the trip all the way there.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have never heard a story of a student feeling pressured to drink at gatherings. In fact, most students at Mount Holyoke refrain from the "party atmospheres" that would involve dangerous drugs or too much alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The winters are brutal in Mount Holyoke. But spring and fall NEVER disappoint.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The school is incredibly isolated. Mount Holyoke is part of a five-college consortium with nearby colleges; Smith College, Amherst, UMass Amherst, and Hampshire. Students from each college can easily travel to each of the five college through transportation provided for by the schools. Overall, the local interaction that goes on occurs at social gatherings on the weekends. If you are looking to get out of campus, you must be willing to take a 30 minute bus ride to one of the nearby colleges, which takes up nearly an entire afternoon. But I can assure you that you will be making this sacrifice often because Mount Holyoke's local area is just so isolated.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors will make or break your experience. But if there is one thing to say about Mount Holyoke, is that its faculty is impressive. All professors are more than willing to help you if you are struggling, are insightful, and passionate about their subjects. Professors are not afraid to break the professional "professor-student" relationship which makes the experience all the more special. The classroom experience is really stimulating. It is easy to encounter powerful, intelligent, insightful women in all your courses. The only drawback is that the stimulating, and powerful discussions that go on in the classroom are hard to find beyond this setting.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Academics play a more prominent role in the campus then athletics. Nonetheless, the equestrian team in the school is competitive and a lot of students choose the school to become part of this team.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The school recently had some issues concerning discrimination and bias. I have not experienced any discrimination or bias from peers or the administration but it is an issues that has been discussed in the past couple of weeks. Like any other college, Mount Holyoke could do a better job at making everyone feel included.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school works on a need-based system. Thankfully, the school is paying the majority of my tuition and it is the only reason I am able to attend.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not know anything about the Greek Life.

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't decided on a major yet, so I don't know what the process for declaring that would be like.

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't declared my major an am not yet involved with a specific program as I am only a first year.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The PVTA runs often and connects the 5 colleges in the area. This makes it easy to get to Northhampton, Amherst and many other places.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm more aware of the student orgs. and clubs than I am of the varsity teams.

College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car, and therefore am not familiar with parking.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms have older charm, but rooms tend to be larger and nicer than the typical college dorm.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many places to eat directly off campus, but it is easy to get to Northhampton and Amherst, which have much more variety.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There aren't many things to do close to campus, with the exception of a handful of dining options, small shops and a movie theater. Students choose to go into North Hampton or Amherst for art and music attractions as well as for more vibrant nightlife.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school recommends that students live on campus all 4 years. This isn't a problem as most Seniors and Juniors get singles. There aren't many apartment options for moving off campus, and most students choose to enjoy the wonderful dorms for all 4 years.

College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have Greek Life at Mount Holyoke College. This makes the social scene more open and accessible to all students.

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Alessandra Hickson
Hometown
Philadelphia, PA
Major
Art History
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It seems that students come to Mount Holyoke for the academics and stay for the community. Women who come here either quickly discover that they hate it and transfer out, or fall in love with the school and become unable to imagine going anywhere else. The overall sense students have about the College is that it’s more than just a school, and it’s more than a place to study for four years, get your diploma, and be set free—MHC becomes a second home. Its close-knit environment allows students to explore their own boundaries in safety, perhaps try on a few lifestyle changes, and maybe even find a few that stick. You will undoubtedly be exposed to new influences during your time here, as you would at almost any college, but here, you won’t be afraid to call some of those new influences your friends—especially the ones who scared you at first.

Part of what’s so wonderful and unique about this school is the sense that students are really cared about as individuals. Sure, it’s an institution, and sure, there are the occasional oversights where the Registrar forgets to record a grade or some such thing, but most faculty and staff are exceedingly helpful and willing to assist you with whatever difficulty you may be facing, whether it’s a decision to apply to grad school now or later or a mistake in your transcript. The atmosphere of care is contagious—new students quickly catch it from older students, and so the tradition lives on. Things are changing for this institution, as it strives to keep up with modern times and struggles with budget cuts resulting from a bad economy, but it still remains the school generations of women have known and loved, and alumnae still keep coming back to visit and reminisce.

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