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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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2 College Freshman

Academics: I found that the math and science classes were very challenging because the professors relied heavily on our previous knowledge which was minimal because they were 100 level classes. Then the majority of our grade was based on the tests which provoked not only previous knowledge but complete understanding and application of complex ideas introduced in class. Students should know going into the class that it is more self taught rather than professor taught.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I dont know of any off-campus housing unless you are a part time student.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: You will not find another concentration of people as diverse as the students of MHC. It is a place where anyone and everyone is excepted for who they are. Instead of being shunned as an outcast they are praised for their unique qualities and atributes.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few restaurants across the street, but for the most part they are overpriced and the quality is not too great. There are buses to Amherst and Northampton where there are more options though. However, the meal plan is almost a necessity at MHC.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are computer labs in all dorms, which is amazing. These labs have printers, but you must bring your own paper. Also you have a $15 printing free money per semester which you can use at any library where you can swipe your card. At the main library the services are amazing but you can also contact them from your dorm.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have not yet seen any drug action. Instead, drinking is a much more regular activity. The drug scene is much worse at Hampshire College and UMass.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is beautiful at Mount Holyoke in their own way! Everyone looks different, there is not a norm which is amazing. The style cannot be classified.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My favorite dorm is the 'delles. I lived there my first year in a small triple. The housing situation was a little desperate that year, but it was due to the amount of students admitted, which the college has since fixed. North and South Mandelle are a connected pair of dorms with a castle like exterior and clean, just redone interior. I am looking to live off campus, which has been a bit more difficult of a process than the normal housing process. Mount Holyoke is primarily a residential college with a collection of very decent, clean dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are a decent price. The campus police are for the most part pretty consistent with enforcing tickets and fines. The fines are not outrageous. You do not really need a car on campus, however, as there is the PVTA bus system between the five colleges, giving students free access to Amherst, Northampton, and other neighboring towns. The bus is very reliable and if you are taking a class at one of the other 5 colleges, the PVTA makes it very doable. The other colleges also offer parking permits to students taking classes on their campus for that semester, some of which are free. Parking on MHC's campus is close and easy and unless there is a major event going on, finding spaces is a breeze.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've always felt very safe on campus, even on the biggest party nights. A lot of students I know don't think twice about leaving their dorm room doors unlocked, unless they have prankster friends. The campus police have a visible presence and are friendly to the students, even hosting self-defense class nights.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Police put in a lot of effort to make the students feel safe and comfortable at Mount Holyoke. They often host Meet and Greets with their officers so that the students can go meet them (and snag a few cookies, too). The campus is also dotted with the typical blue lights that you will find at any college. If you feel you are in danger and can't call Campus Police, press one of these buttons and they'll meet you there. However, South Hadley is a pretty safe neighborhood, and I don't ever feel unsafe.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Mount Holyoke has some beautiful living spaces. The most popular dorms on campus tend to be the older ones like Safford, Brigham, Porter, Mead, Wilder, and the Rockies. Not only are these dorms in the center of campus, but they have a timeless beauty to them, and the common areas are gorgeous. The newer dorms are nice as well. The general consensus on the worst dorm is Prospect Hall, but even Prospect isn't too shabby, considering it hosts one of the best dining halls on campus.

93% of students live on campus at Mount Holyoke. Because of this, we have a strong sense of community in our dorms.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: PVTA is my best friend because I don't have a car at school. The 39 to North Hampton kind of has weird times, but for the most part these busses have served me well. If you have a license and are 18, there are also ZipCars on campus, an hourly/daily car rental service we get at a discounted rate.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: We have a bunch of dining halls located in dorm buildings plus the Blanchard cafe in the student center and a Rao's in the library. Blanchard is always good, but mostly consists of grill food so it can get kind of heavy if you always eat there. The dining halls (other than Blanch) have very specific meal hours, which can be inconvenient depending on your schedule. For the most part the food is good and there's a wide variety of cooked dished plus a salad bar.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on campus, even walking around at 3 AM. Pub Safe is always patrolling (but isn't an overbearing presence) and there are emergency blue lights to call them if something is wrong or you want to be escorted. I know some times unwanted guests will be let in to dorms or clothing left on the drying racks in the laundry area will go missing, so make sure you lock your room doors and bikes up and keep an eye on things you leave in public spaces (and don't leave your umbrella in the library entrance :( ). That being said, this isn't the kind of place where you get up to run to the bathroom and your stuff is guaranteed stolen, so just have common sense.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics overall are mediocre, but the Equestrian Program is amazing.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are computer labs in all the dorms and academic buildings. There are also several computer rooms in the Library. You get enough printing money each semester to cover almost all printing, and you can also use the dorm printers if you have your own paper. Sometimes the dorm printers are jammed, but if you call, they'll come fix them very quickly. There's wireless everywhere, but sometimes it's slow. No worse than most other colleges though.

4 College Junior

Diversity: We have just about every possibility in women. There's a large international population which actively participates in sharing cultural events. There are women who's families are wealthy enough to pay full tuition (50,000 a year) and women who pay nothing. Our religious house is active and interfaith, and the queer community is outspoken but not overly aggressive.

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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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