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4 College Freshman

Weather: Its New England, so its cold in the winter, but its not too bad, just be prepared.

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: There are buses that take you to all the other 5 colleges on a regular bases. But they take a long time to get everywhere. Its about a 45 minute bus ride to get anywhere. Its better to have a car/ be friends with someone with a car.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mount Holyoke truly is good about diversity even given the lack of men. Racial diversity is pretty good. Mount Holyoke isn't without its problems but we do pretty well on that one. Obviously we're good about LGBT stuff (actually, some issues on the T part related to the women's college thing, but we're working on it). Very accepting and there's a lot of economic diversity. Religious diversity is pretty good. The only thing you're likely to run into issues with at all is political beliefs- people aren't generally judgmental but people definitely lean liberal and if you're against certain things like same-sex marriage I can't imagine you'd feel very supported in that.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's pretty good for college food. Vegan and vegetarian options are plentiful. Every dining hall has multiple vegan options for every meal and it's not hard. Everything is well labeled.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: South Hadley is a very small town; there are limited amount of attractions, sport centers, and shopping malls. There is not much that South Hadley can offer to the students of Mount Holyoke and that is why we are offered services that take us to other towns, such as Amherst and Holyoke.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The dining options near my campus are very diverse! Across, the street we have The Village Commons; there is a lovely coffee shop, two burger/bar restaurants, one Chinese food restaurant, a deli/grocery, a frozen yogurt store, and a new sushi restaurant! It's all affordable and delicious.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Its pretty good compared to other campuses. However they serve a lot of carbs and only a few vegetable options at every meal.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Were a D3 school and a lot of people participate in athletics, but not many people go to games or care about how the other teams at our school do. I would saw that only athletes go to other sport competition, other students don't care very much.

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4 College Junior

Academics: There's a fair variety of courses, but the Core Requirements can be a real burden. I wish we would do away with them, as Smith has done. The school is struggling financially so I think the variety of courses is lacking for that reason. Professors are typically very good and passionate about their fields. Courses range from easy to incredibly difficult and this all depends on the professor.

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1 College Junior

Local Area: NONE. None... None. South Hadley is literally a ghost town. There's nothing to do, especially if you don't have a car or if you don't feel like using it very often. Thankfully, we have the PVTA - a bus which takes students to the other campuses for free (though getting to Smith is very annoying) - so you can travel to Amherst if you need proof that stores, culture, other humans, brand-name companies, etc. DO STILL EXIST. Long story short: if you're a city girl, stay far away from Mount Holyoke, or get used to isolation, and lots of it. At least you can see the stars every night!

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1 College Junior

Weather: Oh So Dreary – We're right in the midst of the Pioneer Valley... that means it's going to get brutally cold almost on cue just after Halloween. The snow isn't even the biggest concern, it's just the bitter frigidity and wind. You'll be shivering even in your dorms so BRING A COMFORTER... then bring an extra (or two). It's funny to see students from the south suffering so much because they've never experienced such cold weather.

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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.

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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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