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Location
South Hadley, MA
Undergrads
2,290
Tuition
$41,456
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse -- great for all.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Everyone at Mount Holyoke is very friendly. We have a lot of diversity of campus.

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

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student body is very diverse. But sometimes people don't mix their groups

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.

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  • 19th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 51st
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1375th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alessandra Hickson
Hometown
Philadelphia, PA
Major
Art History
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Whether or not you see Mount Holyoke as diverse depends largely on where you’ve lived before. The school has a high percentage of international students, which creates many opportunities for those who haven’t experienced a taste of many different cultures. However, not everyone chooses to take advantage, and sometimes the cultural shows meant to showcase important aspects of those cultures are poorly attended. It seems that some students are comfortable where they are and can’t be bothered to learn about things that don’t directly impact their studies and immediate social life—although this can sometimes be understandable, given the often overwhelming array of events and activities there are on any given weekend. Students need to choose their priorities, and they won’t automatically learn about other cultures just because they’re represented on campus.

On the other hand, some students have felt immersed in diversity ever since they first set foot on campus, through experiences such as being placed with a roommate from another country, one who practices a religion they may never have heard of, or one who has a different sexual orientation. In general, this campus is very welcoming of differences. Most students have an attitude of, “Okay, I don’t necessarily understand this, but I’m willing to learn about it.” In fact, some lifestyle and political choices that are generally viewed by society at large as “different” actually seem to be the norm on campus, leading some to say that it is a “bubble” and not what the real world will be like. Liberal-leaning students find this to be a relief—that for a change, their opinions are in the majority, although this same atmosphere can cause more conservative students to feel alienated. In spite of this, those who need to speak up about their views will find they have the space to do so. It’s up to the students whether or not they will be heard.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
7%
Hispanic
8%
International
24%
Native American
0%
White
47%
Unknown
5%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
84%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 41%
20-21: 43%
22-24: 10%
25+: 4%
Female Faculty
55%
Male Faculty
45%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 8%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There are numerous â_oout and proudâ__ lesbians on campus, though by no means is the college comprised solely of lesbians. The Jeannette Marks house, located across the street near Dickinson Hall, is the designated safe space and community center for LGBTQQA (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied) students. Its events are open to everyone. True Colors is the student organization allied to the House. In general, there is open acceptance of all forms of sexuality on campus.
Political Activity
Mount Holyoke is well known as a liberal campus, although there is also a vocal minority of conservative groups. There are regular rallies held on the steps of Blanchard for such causes as solidarity with labor issues and anti-war speak-outs. The Student Coalition for Action, among other liberal groups, is quite vocal, often running information campaigns that include placing flyers in bathroom stalls or on tables in Blanchard and sometimes other more theatrical displays.
Economic Status
One's economic class is generally not talked about. There is a whole range of students at Mount Holyoke, from those who are paying their own way, to those whose full tuition is paid by their parents. Most people don't think about class, which can lead some for whom class issues are very important to feel like a silenced minority.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism boasts the highest representation on campus, but campus religious life has a distinctly multifaith flavor. Those who don’t prefer this atmosphere (and there are definitely some who don’t) can select from many area churches and religious groups. Those who do prefer it will quickly find themselves involved with Eliot House, the center of campus religious life. From weekly interfaith prayer lunches to services in Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary, most campus religious activities, if they don’t already include an offering from each of the nine active faith groups, are open to anyone who’s curious, even if they have never experienced that tradition before. Those who join the “Eliot House community” often remain loyal for all four years, citing the warmth and support as reasons for coming back.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a wide variety of cultural organizations on campus, ranging from AASIA (Asian American Sisters in Action) to the Bulgarian Club to the Hawaiâ_Ti Club to Liga Filipina (Philippine students) to MHACASA (Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Student Association), with many more besides. These clubs are quite active, and some are also attached to cultural houses that provide a safe space for groups to get together. The Betty Shabazz House is cultural space for those of African descent; the Eliana Ortega House is space for students of Latin heritage; the Zowie Banteah Center, on the top floor of the Ortega House, is space for students with Native American ancestry; the Asian Center for Empowerment, otherwise known as the ACE House, serves the needs of those who are Asian or Asian American. All are open and welcoming to those who are not of that particular heritage, provided they want to learn and are respectful.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 47 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 2% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 43% Liberal
  • 28% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 47 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 11% Moderate
  • 2% Not sure
  • 38% Liberal
  • 47% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 47 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 46 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 47 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 17% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 81% Very accepting.

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