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Reviews 848 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: In the winter, we get a lot of snow, so if you're not used to the North, it can be a pain. But other than that, the weather is really not too bad.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty diverse. Mount Holyoke is very international.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a free bus system available to students, but it only runs every hour or so.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation around the Pioneer Valley is not very good. You often times have to wait 30 minutes for a bus during the week. Thus, if you have a class off campus, you need to time it very well. On the weekends waiting time can go up to 45 mins.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: The local atmosphere of Mount Holyoke Colleges has something to offer everyone. I think that having the towns of Amherst and Northampton nearby definitely help to keep things fresh so that if you feel like venturing out you can. South Hadley itself is very quiet and definitely is starting to bring in more restaurants that are geared towards college students.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There is not much that goes on in terms of nightlife. There are occasional parties but for the most part many students go off campus to have a good time and even then it often is not great. You can have a good time! Just surround yourself with great people and you'll be fine.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: PVTA buses run everywhere, but they can take a while and you have to work around their schedule.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not had to look for off-campus housing or known anyone who has, so I don't know.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of international students and many people of different sexual orientations and religious backgrounds. Diversity is defiantly something that is valued here.

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are only women here and I am heterosexual so I don't look at the women here.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: We have a great gym, one in which everyone can utilize; not just the athletes. The dorms as well as the education buildings are also very nice, it just gets a bit cold. Overall Mount Holyoke's campus is beautiful and the facilities and residential halls are really great.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very quite. Excellent for studying. Not a great community in my dorm but others there are.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I come from a very diverse area (the DC-Maryland Metropolitan area), so diversity was something that I was definitely looking for in a college environment. We have a very diverse campus because we have a lot of international students as well as students that come from all over the United States. We are ethnically, racially, religiously, and lingually diverse, just to name a few ways. It is not hard to find people that come from very different backgrounds that have a lot in common.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics aren't a huge part of the social scene. Within the athletic department, athletics are popular, but they aren't really well recognized by the other students. Certain sports do attract more fans and attention than others, but there isn't a huge athletic following.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Mount Holyoke is in South Hadley, MA, not Holyoke, MA like you may be led to think initially. With that said, there is some major adjusting involved when it comes to living here in South Hadley. I'm from New York, a bustling city that never sleeps. On the other hand you have South Hadley, a town that starts closing down stores as early as 6pm! Anybody looking to have some fun off-campus would have to go to the next town--literally. The Village Commons is across the street with some restaurants and The Odyssey Bookshop...yeah. However, the local community is very friendly. The area itself is very suburban and beautiful throughout the year, especially in the fall.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers are very supportive and accessible. I like the fact that I can always reach my professor when necessary, either via email or walk-in. The curriculum and workload are pretty rigorous and really help develop good organization skills, or at least make you realize what you need to work better at. Sometimes the workload can be overbearing, but that's partly because a lot of students come in as overachievers trying to do too much too soon. There is a great support system on campus, ranging from teachers, deans and students themselves. That has been very helpful for me.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is pretty good and there are a lot of options. However it is required to have a dining plan, which can be inconvenient for some students.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Great options! With so many dinning halls to choose from I never have trouble finding a menu I like. The food is great and you can have as much as you want (with the exception of Blanchard where you pay for each food item).

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The only way you are going to find the nightlife is if you look for it! If you don't put some effort into finding parties, you aren't going to find them, its as simple as that! Put in what you want out.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: While you'll have to travel a bit (15 minutes to Amherst, 20 to Northampton and there is a free bus!) once you get there the food options are plentiful - Try Fresh Side for their tea roles or Jude's.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: So the women at Mount Holyoke are fantastic: beautiful, smart, funny and strong. They are the kind of women you want to be around. As it's an all women's campus there aren't many men around, but you can easily go to one of the neighboring schools if you wish.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: They will give you all the contracts you need and professors and advisors are more than willing to meet with you and help you along your way, however if you are really interested in engineering there is a five year program through UMASS and you get a dual degree and you come out as an accredited engineer which can be well worth your while.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: They're aren't a lot of options for real dining that is easy to walk to if you dont have a sold amount of money on you, but there are some good places to snack.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you are 21 you can go to bars that arn't that far away but since it is a woman's college the parties are mostly off campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There isn't always a huge spread but they will give you a menu so you know what is where and then you can plan accordingly. The food is generally very good and often very healthy

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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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