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Reviews 888 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Mount Holyoke is a mix of buildings that are really old and newer ones. Some of the older buildings need some renovations. But for the most part there all pretty good. The student center and the gym are both really nice.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is good, but can get pretty boring. You have more than 5 dining halls to choose from, so there's a pretty good chance everyone can find something. Most are open for dinner from 5:00 to 7:00, but if you can't make that, there is one "cafeteria" styled dining option open until 12:00am.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Mount Holyoke has a very strict honor code that applies to studies and overall life on campus. They don't interfere very much, but expect you to be respectful and follow the rules for your own safety. Most people here want to keep that freedom, and follow the rules (or go off campus to party). For that reason, MHC is much safer!

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather isn't necessarily bad, but it can be very unpredictable! The college is very aware of the students' and professors' safety, so if there is a definite severe weather warning, they will close the school (for example: during the 2012 blizzard).

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is definitely a diversity of students at MHC. From international students, to girls of all different beliefs and backgrounds, Mount Holyoke is not only an accepting "home," but also one that promotes independence and self awareness of your personal opinions (and to share them with others)!

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Although its a small town with not much to do, the surrounding towns and colleges are good places to escape into another world. The campus is absolutely breathtaking in all season and completely inviting, as are the people. Not a huge party school but when there are, they're very decent.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Rarely seen and if seen at some parties but not usually done by mount holyoke students but rather other college students from the local area.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms are pretty good. However, some of the wood floors could use a change due to the excessive creaking.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a variety of dining campus options at Mount Holyoke which allows everyone to have a good meals when away from home.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation is almost always on time, and it is a great way to get off campus and experience something different.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few restaurants directly across from the campus which is where most students go if they want a change. There is also Amherst town which has a large variety.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got pretty good financial aid. Almost as good as I would have got from UMASS, as an instate student.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Its a liberal arts college, so it has very typical liberal arts majors. I am a history major, but I know the science department is very good. I was a little disappointed that they didn't have things like business.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is extremely safe and I never felt like I was in any danger while I was on campus at Mount Holyoke. Campus Security is always there when concerning a problem but they are not overbearing and in your face.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs at Mount Holyoke College are always accessible and there are computers in each dorms as well. Though there are an excess of computers on campus, I believe that it will be helpful to have your own laptop for use but if you don't have one there really shouldn't be a problem finding one. The WiFi on campus is very reliable and almost never had a problem with it.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am not from the area so I don't have a lot of experience with housing in the Western Massachusetts area but I do know that it is a mainly residential campus. Most students besides the Francis Perkins Scholars live on campus and it will be more expensive to try find off-campus housing.

4 College Junior

Administration: Policies Are Lax – In general, students are not punished for drinking in the dorms and random room searches are not never conducted. An RA may ask you to quiet down if a party is getting too loud but thats usually the extent of it.

4 College Junior

Majors: I got a great summer internship that is very applicable to my career goals. I found this internship on my own but Mount Holyoke provides great resources for finding internships as well. I received a $3,000 award from Mount Holyoke to conduct the un-paid internship.

5 College Junior

Majors: I am very happy with the environmental studies program and the environmental policy concentration. Students have a chance to really connect with their professors. Students learn real world skills in the classroom and through research and often have the opportunity to conduct additional research with professors.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I have had an excellent experience with the environmental studies department at Mount Holyoke. The professors are very knowledgeable and dedicated to the students. The workload is heavy but doable and there is a wide range of courses to choose from. You learn real world skills in the classroom and through field work that will be applicable for future careers.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a lot of different options but the process of getting new dorm every year is kinda complicated. The best dorms are Safford, Brigham, Mead the worst are Dickinson, 1837. Although the worst dorms here are pretty good compared to other schools better dorms.

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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Its a womens college so the quality of guys is very poor, but the girls are pretty average I guess.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: You have to pay for parking but there are enough spots. The parking lots aren't on the outskirts of campus. It would be really helpful to have a car here, or at least have a friend with a car.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a history major so that was pretty easy to find and the program is good. I am also interested in business and they have a minor for that so thats good.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: When I was there, there was a particularly large international population, especially from India & Pakistan (In the 19th century, missionaries from Mt. Holyoke often went to India and other parts of the world). I thought the African-American representation was on the small side when I was there, but then, I graduated in 1992. Things may have changed. Most students were middle-class.

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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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