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Reviews 667 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The issues I take with Mount Holyoke are not in the school itself. The campus is stunning, the kind of place you'd be proud to point to and say, "that's where I go." The professors take the time to know their students--I took an Anthro lecture my first semester and the professor made a point of meeting with each of the 40+ students individually and talking with us about our interests.

That being said, I don't know if it's the administration or the other students driving this, but the environment there is incredibly isolating if you do not subscribe to a very specific set of beliefs. I came from a small town, where I considered myself politically liberal and a feminist. Upon attending Mount Holyoke, I was unsure what to think. At Convocation, it was announced that Mount Holyoke would begin accepting applications from transwomen and anyone who identified as a woman or non-binary, etc. I didn't exactly know what this meant but, as the school year had not begun yet, I didn't think too much of it.

As the semester progressed, I began to realize what this meant for me. I was constantly being asked what my preferred gender pronouns were, and told to check my cis privilege. At various org meetings, I learned that in a certain light, discussing menstruation could be transphobic. I was called a kink-shamer for my controversial belief that BDSM is abuse. I finished out the semester feeling alone and more out of place than I had ever felt in my life. Then it was announced that the student body would cease to perform 'The Vagina Monologues' on V-Day because 'not all women have vaginas.' That's when I decided I would not be returning.

Mount Holyoke is a beautiful school, but it is extremely disheartening that America's first women's college is no longer a safe space for women to speak freely as women. If you're not 100% on board with queer theory or identity politics, maybe reconsider attending.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It has been beyond wonderful. Mount Holyoke College fulfills every single one of my wants and needs-- social, intellectual, academic, athletic, and competitive. I am a varsity runner at the school, and that outlet and the team have been increasingly amazing. Mount Holyoke is a women's college, and though that is not the main reason I chose it, nor the first thing I say to people when I describe it, the single-gender community fostered by my college affects comfort level, attracts a certain type of woman, and subtly shifts the community mind and classroom attitude.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Mount Holyoke is a great undergraduate college. The campus is beautiful, the professors are available and willing to help, and the student body is extremely enthusiastic and spirited.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Mount Holyoke College promotes the development and growth of women. The school has the best community who foster women education. You are taught to question opinions and carry on your curiosity. There is somebody to look up to or ask for help when you need help.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: So far Mount Holyoke has been a really good fit and I am happy where I am. Mount Holyoke is different in every good possible way.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I absolutely LOVE the food at Mount Holyoke. Since I actually worked at a dining hall this year, I saw first hand the whole process of making our food and I can vouch for both its cleanliness and tastiness! The food at all the dining halls are prepared by professionals with local ingredients. Every food is labeled with the ingredients and calories to inform students that may have allergies, etc. There are many options for dining so if you don't like the food at one dining hall you can go to another. There are so many options to choose from and they usually are all great. Not to mention free Milk and Cookies every week night in your dorm!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Although off-campus housing is available it is hard to get. Usually upperclassmen gain access to the few houses close to campus that are available. It's best to stay on campus because it is hard to get a place if you don't have connections.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I love the party scene at Mount Holyoke, mainly because there are 4 other colleges close by to party at so things never really get old. There are many options as long as you have the price range of about $10 you can gain access to any school event. Other parties such as dorm parties are usually free and you can get all the party favors you want, usually for free too.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Right across the street from campus are the Village Commons which include a frozen yogurt place, sushi, coffee shop, movie theater, Chinese cuisine, bar, and Mexican food. If you want other options you can always go to Amherst for small restaurants, or drive to local fast-food spots.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: Mount Holyoke is a very safe campus so there aren't many disturbances that need to be taken care of by the police. Usually they involve someone getting too drunk and they are trying to break into the dining hall to get icecream. I also heard of a time someone called campus police because there was a bug in the shower which turned out to be a hair ball. But anyway, as you can see the campus is pretty safe. I have never felt threatened or concerned about my well being, EVER here.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Mount Holyoke's financial aid process is determined by need based students. During my process, I filled out FASFA and the profile along with it. After that, you wait! The school comes up with a detailed sheet of expenses and where the money is going. I was awarded many grants and aid just for being a low income student and I only ended up having to pay for health insurance since state laws are different for healthcare in Massachusetts. I was able to work with the financial aid office to move around some Federal Loan money to my insurance and then it was all taken care of. The financial aid office is very informative and helps out all students during the process with ease.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing at Mount Holyoke can be best described as an endless sleepover. Being at an all women's college such as Mount Holyoke does have its perks! Imagine having a spacious room with hardwood floors and a rustic feel. Not to mention the walk-in closets and full length mirrors on every floor, it's every girls dream. Every floor has its own kitchen space with a sink and microwave, maybe even a stove! Almost every dorm (except a select few), has a dining hall right downstairs! Imagine waking up and not wanting to change from your pjs to grab some breakfast, well then just go downstairs and have a wide range of selections to choose from. Let's not forget the amazing roommate policy where each person is matched together by hand by a professional who sits at a coffee shop and reviews EVERYONE'S extensive surveys that are filled out to match the best candidates together as roommates. They have a 99% success rate and for those that do wish to change their roommate are just looking for a single room to themselves. Singles and suites are available to upperclassmen and are given out by first come-first served basis. Housing costs and food are both included in room and board which isn't that bad considering you get 3 meals a day PLUS spending money for snacks and etc.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Kendall Gym is well-equipped, and there are almost always available machines for students to use even at the busiest times.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not many people live off-campus. Only upperclassmen are eligible.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can find some great parties on campus every now and then. You can also go to the other four colleges to switch it up a bit and meet new people.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some really good restaurants around. The only problem is that there are too few of them.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It is difficult to have an event in the dorms without registering it.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid was generous, which was one of the main reasons I chose to attend.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is decent. However, it would be great if they used fresher ingredients without as many preservatives etc, and if the menus were more varied.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The school only allows a small number of upperclassmen to live off campus each year to maintain their full room and board earning.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's just the few places: Iya, Johnny's and the Froyo place.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I usually go off campus for frat parties and house parties because on campus people call campus police too often to break up a party (even during weekends).

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The school is selectively strict on aspects that roll in money, especially parking.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received the best financial aid package from this college, which allows me to graduate almost debt-free. The school also approved my appeal for more aid. Financial aid is the main reason I choose MHC.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food gets really repetitive and open hours are too limited, causing crowding and long lines in most dining halls when most students are rushing to classes.

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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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