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Reviews 772 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Transportation isn't needed on campus, and there's a shopping area across the street. To go to the mall, to Amherst, or Northampton, there's a free bus. From Amherst, you can also catch a bus to just about anywhere (fast/cheap bus to NYC, for example, for about $30 RT). If you bring a car, parking is plentiful on campus. In contrast, for example, the parking at UMASS is difficult and usually very distant.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Facilities and aesthetics are terrific, but social life can be dowdy. With two all-women's colleges in the 5-college area, attending parties at Amherst or UMASS can be unpleasant. Women at those colleges aren't exactly welcoming. Parties at MHC, unless it's your own with your own invited guests, are dull indeed. For me, it was ok. I had a boyfriend in Boston, and I was very focused on academics.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Mt. Holyoke's campus has charm and history. Dorms are mostly on the small size, classrooms are well-equipped. The library is amazing, in part due to the age of the college.

5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Keep in mind that I graduated in 1992. I'm sure things have changed, but Mt. Holyoke was providing free access to computers early in the game.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Early in the fall semester and late in the spring semester there are lots of beautiful days where all you want to do is hang out on the green. It does rain a good amount during the fall and spring. Last winter we had lots of snow, but that is to be expected in New England.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A few scholarships available for academic achievement. Financial aid is better than many of the other schools that are on the same level as Mount Holyoke.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are all really nice and even the farthest away dorms are not actually that far away. It usually takes me about 5 to 7 minutes to get to class. The housing process is a little out dated and time consuming but none of the dorms are terrible so no matter where you end up you'll be happy.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very few off campus options, but living on campus is great!

5 College Junior

Technology: Computers are everywhere, the trouble though are the printers. But there's at least one computer lab in every academic building, and each dorm has at least three to four computers for student use.

4 College Junior

Weather: I'm from New England, so the weather doesn't bother me at all. Though this past winter was particularly cold, which can be annoying and uncomfortable when walking to classes. Definitely bundle up for the beginning of Spring Semester!

4 College Junior

Technology: There are plenty of computers available for student use. Dorms have computer labs, libraries have computer labs or allow you to rent a laptop, etc... internet speed is a little slow though.

4 College Junior

Academics: Stellar professors who are always willing to help.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are great and there are a lot of opportunities to get involved in research or clubs outside of the classroom.

3 College Junior

Administration: The campus is strict for some things, but for the most part is pretty laid back.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: I am not a fan of our night life, at all, I am not a party person and the parties aren't the best. There are 4 kinds of parties at Mount Holyoke.

The Network:
The network is an org on campus that hosts black light parties and plays house music.

MHACASA - Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Student Association
They have very popular parties that draw out guys from all of the colleges and people off campus. They play a lot of African and Caribbean Music. (there will be a LOT of guys there)

Their parties are similar MHACASA....but not really. MHACASA draws more people. They mainly play "black culture" music.(there will be guys there...but not as many guys as there would be at MHACASA parties.)

Academic buildings
Very grungy parties in academic buildings. People get wasted and make a mess of themselves.(you will not meet ANY guys at these parties)

There are dorm room parties and those can be cool...but there are also parties that are hosted in some of the common rooms and those parties are...interesting. People drink-non-stop and smoke up a chimney. By far the grosses parties, ever. (you will not meet any guys at these parties... the guys there, there might be one or two, are probably with someone.

The nightlife is my least favorite part about the school. I do not attend this parties. I have only attended these parties long enough to decide it wasn't my thing. Some people really enjoy the parties.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities are fine, its an old school so somethings could use some updating, but for the most part they're fine.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the academics. The professors here are amazing, seriously, the professors are my favorite part about the campus. Mount Holyoke is not a party school but we sure do study hard. Classes are amazing and professors are approachable, dedicated to their work and more than willing to help you succeed. What I love most about Mount Holyoke is that professors are fair, they will grade you for your hard work, everyone can get an A. If you work hard, your work will be rewarded. That being said, do not expect good grades if you do not work hard. I also love that everyone is more than willing to help you out, we have a lot of study groups and a writing center where you work with fellow students on papers.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have the most beautiful campus ever! It is a very concentrated campus so nothing is more than an 8 minute walk from your dorm. Our library is beautiful I love studying there because it is beautiful, clean, organized and well-kept. We also have a golf course, an equestrian center, a green house, amphitheater and a lot of trees and scenic views. The people who work here and the students do a great job of maintaing the campus because the Fac people are always on call for times when you the heating is not on in your room, or a shower head is broken, and we the students love our campus and take care of it.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am majoring in international relations and maybe also Theater Arts. The only form you have to fill out is the declaration form. When a student applies to Mount Holyoke they apply to the school and then decide what they will major in once they are in school.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are computers, both mac and pc in the library and you can borrow a laptop from the library like a book.

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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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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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