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Reviews 667 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Facilities are pretty good! Blanchard is pretty modern and it's very functional. It's not a hub of student life or anything but it's a nice place to meet friends for a meal, get mail or just sit and work. Kendall (the gym) is fantastic. The library is also wonderful.

5 College Junior

Majors: I just filled out a form declaring my major, got the signature of the department head, and bam! I was a part of the department.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: People definitely drink and there's some marijuana usage, and some people say drinking is out of hand here but I personally haven't seen that. I don't think there's a lot of pressure to drink but there are definitely heavy drinkers. Many go to one of the other four colleges to drink or do drugs... But really I don't think there's much of a drug presence at MHC.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: Sadly there's no meal plan - there's only one option - but dining is very good, especially compared to other schools. The meals are very repetitive, but you have many dining halls to choose from, and Blanchard, too. Blanchard has a bad rep for being unhealthy which is somewhat deserved, but there are some healthier options, too. It's helpful that Blanchard is open until midnight as well. And all dorms have continental breakfast which is super nice.

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4 College Junior

Administration: It's not strict at all. Sometimes there's a crackdown if there are drugs and the drugs are reported, but otherwise there's really no police presence on campus, but there really doesn't need to be. I wish there were less theft and people actually took the Honor Code to heart, but that's not really the responsibility of the college - that's on us.

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3 College Junior

Majors: The classes we have are pretty good in the Sociology department, though I wish they were more varied. We're very lucky to also have the other 4 colleges as resources. There aren't many Sociology events within the department but the professors are great for the most part.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking kind of sucks. Public safety is incredibly strict (if you don't believe it, see for yourself) and inflexible. If you live on the outskirts of campus you're home free but if you're in the middle of campus or want to park in the middle of campus, you are actually screwed. However, the parking lots are okay and there are always spaces.

4 College Senior

Diversity: There are a lot of students from across the globe. The school is engaged in exposing these diversities to other students through events, classes, programs etc. It is very acceptable and open minded on how to help those students that are having trouble in campus.

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.

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).

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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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