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Reviews 671 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's cold. I'm from Texas and my first winter was brutal (and it was a warm winter). I think the worst part is the lack of sunshine during the winter months. However, come spring I had never been happier to see flowers. Yeah the weather stinks, but the school is worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: You Will Get a Great Education – You will be challenged and pushed, but you will learn something new every day. I could not have asked for anything better.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Critical Social Thought – Our CST program is a main reason why I decided to come to Mount Holyoke. Thy program is unique to our undergraduate degree, and is a little similar to a masters in Critical Studies. I would look on the website for a good description of it. 

We have wonderful professors who are all faulty of other departments. My two CST advisors are economics and chemistry professors and are advising me on a health and anthropology related project. The professors are committed to put small program and care so much for their students. The program isn't particularly well funded by the college, but we do so much with so little. 

A lot of students on campus can't even articulate what it is that CST majors do, and many who have looked into it have turned the program away because of the work load. It is a lot of hard work and the classes are challenging, but I wouldn't trade that for the world. I have been challenged in my beliefs and my methods of thinking; my major has rocked my world in the best way possible. This is for dedicated students that can draw connections between the academic, theoretical world and the society in which we live.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: less drugs than most colleges – if you want drugs, you'll find them. if not, you may never even see or hear about them.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Small Town – South Hadley is a small town. A vast majority of the students stay on campus. However, there are rooms available for rent nearby and proximity varies.

Rooms on campus provide a wide variety of styles and architecture for you to choose from. Its dorm has its own attractiveness, pros and cons. Most pros fall on the category of spacious, new rooms; dorms have dining hall or not. Most cons fall on the location (depending on your major, your preference of being near a certain place). There is always a trade off, but overall the living accommodation is good!

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Food Paradise – The school feeds you 24/7. Seriously. They have milk and cookies from 9:30 to 10:30, and other grill food too.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: High-Class Equipment – All classes are well equipped. There is at least a Mac/PC, sound system, projector and screen in each classroom. Other accommodation varies by department. The gym complex and pool are spacious and clean. Dining halls have wonderful food. Library definitely will make you think of Harry Potter (because of its beautiful decoration)

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Can Find Affordable Housing in Nearby Towns – Since Mount Holyoke is located in the small town of South Hadley, there may be a little difficulty finding off campus housing there but I know many students who live in nearby towns. This may be a problem though if you do not have a car and have to rely on the PVTA since it is not the most frequent and varied form of transportation.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer Labs in Every Building – There are computer labs in every building for student use, for work and printing that are very convenient. Also the WiFi on campus is widespread and pretty reliable.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: No Place Like Mohome – The overall academic experience at Mount Holyoke is not to be overlooked. Students here are compassionate, confident, creative individuals who are bound to make a difference in the world. The professors are amazing. The Princeton Review recently released a list of the 300 best professors, and 14 were from Mount Holyoke!

The campus is beautiful. There are two lakes, an abundance of trees and squirrels, and classic New England style brick buildings. Some say the library is like something out of Hogwarts. Environmentally-minded students will be pleased to find several LEED certified buildings, including the newest residence hall. The "New Dorm" (officially called Creighton Hall) is gorgeous and many say it reminds them of a hotel.

What really stands out about Mount Holyoke, however, are the unique traditions, including M&Cs (a snack provided in the dorms each weeknight), Elfing, Mountain Day, and Pangy Day. These are what make the Mount Holyoke experience truly unique.

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2 College Senior

Athletics: Students Are Not Crazy About Sports – Unfortunately, varsity athletes often do not get the credit they deserve and games are not well-attended. Our athletics teams are average at best. The Equestrian team is competitive. Oddly for a women's college there is no softball team. Lacrosse, field hockey and crew are popular as is the rugby team (club sport). There are no intramural sports and limited offerings for club sports. Overall we have an ok program for women's athletics, but if you're looking for a more competitive athletics scene and one where students show up to the games, I suggest looking elsewhere.

4 College Junior

Academics: Working Closely With Professors – Throughout my sophomore and junior years, I learned how important it is to develop close ties with professors within my major and minor departments. Working so closely with my history professors has helped me to develop my writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills in ways that I would not have been able to, if I hadn't made the effort.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: The Student Body – While Mount Holyoke makes an incredible effort to welcome all individuals within a wide range of economic backgrounds, political beliefs, religions, sexual orientations, and ethnic/racial backgrounds, the student body is where attempts at accepting diverse individuals fail. Unfortunately, many students remain judgmental towards others and isolate them based on these differences. There are efforts on campus to eliminate these problems, but it will take time.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Mount holyoke is in a small town so I have not felt unsafe yet do to any scketchy people around, for the most part there are just friendly people walking thier dogs during the day. I also feel safe when walking around at night alone.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Almost Always a Spot Open – As a freshman if you park by mistake in the wrong area or did not put the sticker on your car they will most likely give you a ticket, but they are very understanding and will take them away if you explain that you are a freshman and didn't know.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Most Beautiful Campus – We're frequently ranked on lists that talk about the most beautiful campuses in the U.S. - and it's easy to see why. Not only is our campus beautiful but we have a state of the art science center and a newly renovated gym. The facilities here are fantastic!

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Changing the World – Every single person at Mount Holyoke is doing something amazing and wonderful, this is apparent in where our students go to graduate school, law school and med school. The number of students who win national fellowships and the number who are passionate about truly care about what they do.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Get Out of South Hadley – There are a couple nice restaurants in South Hadley, but to really get some great off campus dining options head to Northampton or Amherst. There is much more variety both in type of cuisine and cost. Antonio's Pizza in Amherst is one of my favorite places to hit late at night, they do all kinds of crazy things including tortellini pizza. Northampton is positively crawling with great restaurants, India House is great! If you're staying in South Hadley Johnny's and Yarde House can't do you wrong.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: MHC has students from across the US and across the world. Which means we have students that represent a multitude of different races, ethnicities, socioeconomic, cultural, religious, and sexual orientations. While no school is perfect MHC is definitely one of the best when it comes to diversity.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: With around 25% of the population international, diversity at mt holyoke is amazing. You can meet people from all over the world (and the country) and learn about so many cultures. The professors themselves are very diverse, coming from all sorts of backgrounds.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It Depends Who You Are – For me, I found great friends here and met wonderful professors. However, the location of the school doesn't work out for me, as well as the lack of males. However, I am aware of many people here who thrive and love it. I think it all depends on the type of person you are and what kind of college experience you're looking for.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are Sweet – The professors here are really interested in helping their students succeed and is willing to go out of their way to help you. However, classes are few and there is usually only 1 or 2 sections of each class, making registration frustrating at times.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Can Be Great – Housing is great in some dorms, such as Creighton Hall or Safford Hall. However, there are dorms that NO ONE wants, such as Mandelles or Prospect. Everything is up to chance. You could get the worst dorms for 4 years and someone could live in the best dorms for 4 years. You never know.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are Understanding – Professors here really try to understand you and try to work with you. If you feel overwhelmed, they try to accomodate to your needs and give you many options.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Strictness Is Increasing – While dorm parties in SUITES are common, they are not out in the open. Although public safety is pretty lenient, underage drinking is punished. starting in the fall of 2012, mt holyoke plans on implementing more rules and punishments.


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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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