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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing Is Great, Adjusting Is Hard – Mount Holyoke is a unique university atmosphere because it is a small, beautiful campus with a super high concentration of young women who are sometimes too smart for their own good. Anxieties and drama can run high because the work load and isolation is intense. The only compensation for this is that academically it's an incredible experience.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Snows Like Crazy Sometimes – It can be really cold in Massachusetts during the winter, but the dorms at Mount Holyoke are super-heated (to the point of wastefulness), snow days still happen in college if you live in MA.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I Would Do It Again, but Looking Forward to Journalism School – My Mount Holyoke experience has been special, it has taught me that anything I want to know I can go out and learn which I think is the true purpose of a liberal arts education. I'm looking forward to concentrating on journalism though as opposed to film theory and english classes.

3 College Senior

Majors: Fairly Easy – Both Mount Holyoke and the Film Studies department were welcoming and not terribly complicated to get in to.

5 College Senior

Majors: Professors Are the Highlight – The most rewarding part of my program has been the professors. I have maintained relationships with all of the professors I've taken classes with from my department and they continue to guide me and collaborate with me. I'm really lucky to have a group of brilliant people supporting me in getting my degree.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's such a sweet town! And there are other colleges near by too. Think Gilmore Girls with thousands of intelligent women and leaders of tomorrow!

5 College Junior

Technology: Fast Internet – The Labs are not too crowded. the internet service its very fast.

4 College Junior

Academics: The Academic Climate Is Rigorous – If you like being academically challenge, then MHC is the right school for you. The courses are often compelling and professor demand a high level of engagement with subjects. Professors can also be flexible with assignment dates if students are having social problems or are having difficulties with classes. They are also available during their office hours.
The workload is moderate but it is manageable; only if the student doesn't procrastinate. the classes are worth going to because they encourage students to explore and be adventurous.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: One Great Spot – The Blanchard Campus Center Grill has great food, grab and go sandwiches are pretty good too. However most of the other dining halls are sort of so so when it comes to quality.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There is tons of diversity around Mount Holyoke. I have been placed with three different roommates throughout my years at this school and each has been from a different country and had different views than I have. This does however make it a bit more difficult to find people to connect with that have lots in common with you. There are also no men at Mount Holyoke so I would say this takes away from the diversity of the school a bit.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Straight Girls Can Make It Work – I was initially hesitant to go to a woman's college and it wasnt easy for me at first. Eventually you realize the lack of guys makes the atmosphere better for both learning and friendships. It is easy to meet guys at parties but the challenge is meeting nice, decent ones. Plenty of girls get boyfriends nonetheless. "Boy crazy" girls should not come here. They will feel unhappy during the week when you see few guys your age around campus. Ultimately for me, it doesnt matter. There are cool guys at the different schools and fun guys come to Chapin parties at MHC.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great Food-After a While Leaves You Craving More Variety – Food is great at Moho. Lots of different dining halls so you are not restricted. Late night options could be better. Everything closes at 11 on weekdays so bring snacks! M & Cs is a great way to unwind at the end of the day..Sometimes the options are not great but everyone really appreciates cupcake nights. Lots of options for vegetarians and different religious groups. If you are willing to walk, getting something you like is always a possibility.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: "Dorms Like Palaces" – I lived in Buckland last year as a firstie and loved it! Met tons of cool people had a big room with lots of storage. Buckland isnt even one of the most coveted dorms but is still far superior to the housing of other schools. You can have a guest over without having to deal with the "signing in process." It never gets too ridiculously loud but people tend to make more noise on the weekends. Studying on weekdays isnt a problem. Common rooms are a great place to study. Every dorm has a computer room. In fact, most of the dorms are very beautiful and feel more like homes than college dorms. Great housing situation.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't drive at school but when I am with friends they always manage to find a spot. Park in the lot behind Abbey/Buck. My friend once got a ticket for parking in an area that was not designated for long term parking so just go to the lot. Might be a long walk if you don't live near Abbey Buck though.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Not for Everyone- but a Very Empowering Experience – If you go to Mount Holyoke you will regularly be surrounded by intelligent, hardworking women who love to discuss their well informed views. Food is considerably better than average and the dorms are fantastic. The all women's environment is not without its flaws. As the years progress you learn to either be content with the very strong relationships you forge on campus or become outgoing enough to make friends with guys on surrounding campuses. Plenty of girls have boyfriends and meet men but it depends on your personality. Nonetheless, even the shyest of girls will have to contend with the drunken men at MHC parties. Classes are great, work is hard but thought provoking. Come here for an experience like no other.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Beautiful Dorms – The dorms at Mount Holyoke are beautiful. Even the dorms that are considered the worst on campus are nice. The rooms are all pretty spacious as well. Every dorm houses first years through seniors, so the community is well balanced.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Pretty Good – The food is pretty good, especially compared other colleges. It can sometimes get repetitive, but if you look at the menus online you can find what suits you each day. If nothing looks good, you can go to Blanchard Campus Center where the food is cooked to order. The only super annoying thing is that there is only one dining option if you are living in the dorms (21 meals a week).

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Not Too Diverse – ...but it seems to work. The student body is not in ANY way homogeneous but diversity isn't overwhelming. Our reputation as a school of primarily white, feminine girls is actually quite accurate. That's not to say there aren't all kinds of people, and it's very inclusive when that's the case. It's simply a non-issue.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safe, Except from Within – MHC is undoubtedly very safe in that there are rarely shifty people on campus who really shouldn't be there, but if there are, public safety takes care of it with lightning speed - I've seen it happen and it was remarkably handled. Public safety is wonderful in general though. They are always there and nice, too, if you need them. The worst thing is theft. MHC students steal from each other all the time, things from money to laptops to bikes to iPods and everything in between. Lock up your property and don't leave it alone. Most people even lock their doors to go to the bathroom. It's sad but true. Look out for your things.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Lost in the Shuffle – I am not from a family below the poverty level, but I am from a family that certainly cannot afford MHC, but MHC has given me zero help. Zero. They see my family's financial situation and I suppose they don't view me as worthy even though I have an amazing GPA. I am still able to go thanks to loans but they have completely failed me and my family in this way. I feel betrayed and utterly forgotten by Student Financial Services here. If you don't initially receive aid, approach MHC with caution. It's a great school but seriously, a lot of people get entirely lost in the shuffle, and the department is surprisingly cold about it. Sad.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Wouldn't Change It for the World – Every school is going to have its misgivings. And every college experience is going to have its ups and downs. That said, I wouldn't change a thing about Mount Holyoke. It's a great place to call (Mo)home.

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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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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