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Reviews 793 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Being a dance major allows me to do what I love while freeing up space in my class schedule for all the classes I need to take to go to medical school.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think we have a very diverse school but there is a bit of a gap in understanding one another and I would like to work towards unifying us as a whole within those differences through more acceptance

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm very excited to be looking around the internet at different medical internships that I can take up which I plan to do next summer.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: While I haven't done a program yet I am excitedly looking forward to doing an internship in my field to solidify my passion for it.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Being on campus you almost forget that cisgendered guys exist and I can't say it's a bad thing most often.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're a division 3 school and it's clear that sports are important to those who play them but overall are not a huge deal.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our school is consistently rated as one of the most beautiful schools in the country and there is a reason!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I think the overall culture of our school in its attempts to seek out equality and understanding between students is one of the most important aspects.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The majority of dorms on campus are gorgeous and have very comfortable sizing with dining halls nearby or within them.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few apartment options near the school but for the most part all students live on campus and are mostly required to do so.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Our administration is not naive about what goes on campus but they prefer that everyone trust them and the policies reflect that emphasizing student safety over punishment, granted with violations there is always a disciplinary aspect.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: As an all-womens college there is a huge feminist movement on campus and a majority of students believe in destroying the rape culture that seems to be a part of so many colleges but fortunately is not a part of ours.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I absolutely adore my professors and the classes I get to take, there's an abundance of options!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a dance major is like being a part of a huge family and it seriously deflates my stress level with all of the required classes I'm taking to be pre-med.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It can get expensive nearby school and it isn't always worth it to take a bus to find something else.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very good but of course in this era of college expenses you can always use more aid.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall the financial aid given by the school is great it's just slightly less than what I truly need.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love my school and its location as a student but as a graduate it would be far too rural and isolated for me.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We have seven dining halls one that is completely kosher and halal and there are vegetarian and vegan options served at every meal the food is amazing.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Mount Holyoke doesn't have sororities on campus and the only one applicable to students is at UMass and I have no experience with it whatsoever so I can't definitively say what the experience is like.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Great classes. Great professors who are available. My academic adviser is very helpful. It's very easy to take whatever classes you want at Mount Holyoke or any of the 5 Colleges.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a heavy workload everywhere you go. But everyone's studying all the time, so it's an easy place to jump into the fun and study too!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus police are responsive and are there all the time. People drink, but they are strict about having alcohol in public.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not that many people participate, but the team members do get to know each other well. Sports is not a big thing and our teams aren't that strong.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is frozen yogurt and sushi across the street, as well as a few other restaurants and a nice sandwich place with vegetarian and vegan options and great salads.


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Alessandra Hickson
Philadelphia, PA
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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