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Reviews 655 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not Much – There are a few restaurants across from the school, but you really have to go to Northampton or Amherst for variety.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: New England – Weather in New England is unpredictable. It snows, it rains, it sleets, it's gorgeous and sunny. For the months of November, December, January, February, and March, it can get pretty cold here. But boy is it beautiful in the fall and spring!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Great Buildings – MHC has a newly renovated gym, it's very nice and great to take drop-in classes at. The campus center is wonderful, the library is beautiful. All the facilities on campus are gorgeous and easily accessible.

3 College Junior

Technology: Plenty of Availability – There is a computer lab with a printer in every dorm. There are also labs and printers in most academic buildings. In academic areas, the labs are usually intended for specific majors. However, there are large labs in the library and elsewhere that are easily accessible, though the printers in some areas are not always functional. The wireless network occasionally has problems, and the strength varies depending on your location within buildings, but the network space for saving your personal files is easily available anywhere on campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: Opportunities Abound – The college itself is very small, but this allows students and professors to interact more. Many professors are very helpful, understanding and willing to stick their neck out for you. What really stands out about the academics is the openness to go out to the other four colleges in the consortium. The consortium allows you to vary your classroom experiences and take classes that are not offered at Mount Holyoke.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: For being a Division III school there are some very strong programs on campus. However there are some other programs that definitely have room for improvement in terms of how challenging they can be.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I think that it is extremely well organized. We have some experienced professors who make their respective topics extremely interesting and they always get excited about the information they are going to teach.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Very Popular – There are drugs if you really want to find them but they're on the down low. Alcohol sometimes appears before parties but no one pressures you and it's not something people really talk about in day-to-day life.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Limited Variety – The Village Commons are right across the street but unfortunately, there aren't many places toe at off campus. There's a Mexican restaurant, a sports bar (which is really good), an expensive restaurant, and there's a Friendly's and a Greek restaurant about a mile up the main road.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Dry Campus – Not a big drug scene. Most people head up the road to umass to score.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Plenty of Options – In about half of the dorms on campus there is a dining hall located within, and the other half contains a kitchen, allowing students to eat, buffet style, at any location depending on what is on the menu or cook for themselves if they so choose. The dining hours vary for those in dorms, but there is the campus center which is central to campus and offers more flexible hours as well as a huge variety of salads, sandwiches, and grilled items.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Easily Accessible – In every dorm there are a few public computers, and plenty more in the library as well as in other academic buildings. Finding a working printer in dorms is rare, but there's always the library. Speed and reliability are always great, and a personal computer is handy but not completely necessary.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Educational Utopia – Studying at Mount Holyoke College has allowed me to experience engaging, exciting, and knowledgeable professors. Even in a classroom with many others, which is rare, the professors encourage class discussion in a smaller group setting. They are always there if you need help or would just like to continue a discussion or ask further questions after class. However, the workload is especially difficult and constantly time consuming.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Generous Amount of Scholarship and Aid – The school is very generous in giving out financial help to students in needs. All you need to do is submitting the FAFSA form in the application process.

2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Dry Campus – They are pretty strict about drinking or drug use. It's a dry campus, so no alcohol is permitted unless it is permitted by the school (student org parties, etc). It's not a part school, and most students are pretty good about following the rules.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It's a Women's College – It is an all women's college, and you won't find many guys on campus or in classrooms. However, there are few from neighboring colleges (UMass, Amherst, Hampshire) that take classes at MHC.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not a Big Deal – The school generally takes a lax stance about enforcing drug and alcohol stuff. The priority is making sure that students are safe, instead of punishing you for mistakes.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Its So-So – Although there are parties at the college, they tend to get boring after a while.Most would probably go off campus to nearby colleges to party or have fun as the bus runs quite late into the night.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Incredibly Diverse – I wouldn't be very far off mark if I said that almost every nation worldwide is represented through the girls at Mount Holyoke.Though the College is widely accepting irrespective of background,political beliefs,religion and/or sexual orientation, some subtle tension does exist in the student body.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Sweet, and Quite a Variety. Boys, on the Other Hand . . . I have made wonderful friends here, and I truly believe there is a group of girls for everyone. However, boys are not readily available, so you need to be okay spending a lot of girl time wih your friends.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Entertainment Is There If You Go Looking – South Hadley is awful, but the five college area provides things to do if you're willing to search for them.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Always Available – i've never had a problem finding a computer to use

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – honestly, the majority of the people i've met are either international students or of ethnic descent.
i've met people from all different economic, religious, and political backgrounds. most people tend to be liberal and open to discussion.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't seen a lot of drug use on campus. go to hampshire to smoke.

alcohol is pretty common for most students, and is accepted.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Safford or Bust – safford is definitely the best dorm, though porter and wilder are close seconds. i love being in the center of campus and having a very small close knit community within my hall.

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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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