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Reviews 655 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are more than 100 years old, poorly maintained and not well-heated. During winter, icy layers will be seen glazing over windows in dorm rooms, making it impossibly cold to live in; what's more ridiculous is that even under these circumstances, personal heaters are not allowed. The only good dorm is Creighton, the newest dorm (built in 2008).

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: very average dining off campus experience

getting there is a hassle if you don't have a car

3 College Senior

Administration: i've personally never had any problem besides with having male guest over. I was told that i must walk them up and down the stairs so that other students don't feel uncomfortable which is ridiculous if my guest needs to run to the car to pick up a toothbrush...

other than that for me no issues, but I've heard some horror stories from other students

1 College Senior

Party Scene: no social life on campus if you're not connect to a specific type of mount holyoke group ...

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1 College Senior

Scholarships: they really don't provide financial aid support for those who need it. my family contribution was no where near realistic which is why i now have thousands of dollars in debt. they also should make it VERY clear to student who have a sibling in an undergrad that your financial aid will decrease if you sibling graduates. the financial aid process seems very sneaky and I have warned prospective students to weigh all of their options before coming to this school especially if financial aid is an important factor. they don't seem to care if you're struggling financially as student and it's a shame that I had to pay so much money for "an education"

total B.S.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: the food gets repetivie and there as not that many options really. each dining hall practically serves the same food but on different days

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: for maximum integration into the school community, living on campus would be a great step towards achieving that goal

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym has basic equipment.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are not off campus dining options...?

4 College Freshman

Administration: Mount Holyoke is a very understanding community.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There aren't many parties here.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had to take out a few loans, so of course I'm not completely happy about that.


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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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