Mount Holyoke College Summary

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The old science building

Basic Statistics

South Hadley, MA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
42 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The beauty of the campus
  • The sense of community
  • The inspiring and warm professors
  • The rigorous academics

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Widespread academic burnout
  • The length of the winters
  • That almost everything closes at 9 p.m.
  • The lack of guys

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Mount Holyoke Student Reviews

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors care so much about your experience! They want you to succeed, to understand, and they will always answer your questions. Academic advisors are also amazing -- they only want the best for each and every student. As with any competitive, top college, there are some academic rivalries -- as in, many students are quite serious about their grades and how they rank. It's all healthy competition -- we just want to do well in school! That's always balanced by the fun spots to hit during the weekend. Workload is always manageable, and the professors are willing to understand most circumstances if you're unable to turn something in on time. Great school with a great academia program.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Economics is a fantastic major at Mount Holyoke. With Lynk, the career connection program, there are endless opportunities for summer internships and interview opportunities. The department is filled with wonderful professors and students alike. The workload is manageable, but sometimes ramping up for all the tests is quite overwhelming. But with the resources available, everything comes into place.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: With Northampton just around the corner, food is great, local, AND delicious!

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: As in any school, it's a tricky process. But most students are quite happy.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Kind of a sleepy town.


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