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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Lots of Variety – With around 6-7 dining halls in the campus, there is a lot of variety food wise. Prospect, Wilder and Blanchard are the favorite dining halls. Menus can seem repetitive sometimes but they do region themed dining sometimes like Chines Food, Italian Food, etc which I really like. Meal plan is your best bet since there aren't lot of restaurants nearby.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: PVTA Buses Are Great! PVTA buses that run in the five college are free and they run very regularly. Public Transportation is best way to travel around the pioneer valley and it is cheap. Peterpan bus lines and Megabus would be best for going to Boston, NYC or Washington DC.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Each dorm has its own computer room and free printing. There are lots of computers in library and academic buildings. So not having your own laptop wont be such a huge problem.Printing is not free in the library but you get printing money in your one card during the start of each semester and it usually sufficient. Wifi is pretty reliable except for few parts of the campus. You can go to library technology office if you have any problems with your Mac/PC.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a Great Campus!! Mount Holyoke is a beautiful campus. South Hadley is a sleepy town but you can always head to North Hampton, Amherst, Boston and New York if you are feeling the blues. If you are a party person, this is not the college for you. But if you like studying in a tight knit community with a lot of diversity among the student body, lots of traditions, beautiful campus, AWESOME professors then this is definitely the college for you.

4 College Junior

Diversity: So Many Students from Different Places – We dont have guys, but we do have a lot of women from different countries, religion, sexual orientation, race and ethnic background. It is a very diverse campus. Students are respectful of others background and cultural life style. Students from the USA are encouraged to learn about the international students cultural background. My first roommate was from Pakistan, and i learned a lot about her religion and traditions. it was a interesting experience.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: South Hadley Area in Expensive – I have never lived off campus but i have heard from several students that renting a home in the South Hadley area is a bit expensive. I would prefer living in the school dorms because it is the easiest way to meet friends and be closer to class.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Resort Living With Everyday Challenges to Your Cranium – I enjoyed my 3 years here as the campus was beautiful, you can be as active or studious as you want with other colleges close by if you ever needed a mental break or distraction. The honor system on campus made the campus feel like home because i never felt the need or worry to lock my door or think my computer may randomly go missing, or bike, or any other object of value for that matter. Cultural houses were a home away from home and the car borrowing system really made this campus convenient.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Old Beauty, Beauty, Everywhere – MHC has been rated as having one of the most beautiful campuses...and it does! I was lucky enough to live in the best dorm, Pearsons, my first two years. The historic beauty gives firsties an idyllic, Hogwarts feel. In contrast, some of the others were a bit drab, but the rest of the campus makes up for it. However, due to its quaint nature, facilities are not as up-to-date (unless you are in the brand new, eco-friendly dorm that was built right after I left). For example, to do laundry, you usually have to go down to a creepy basement that used to be servants quarters in olden times. Milk & Cookies were a long standing tradition from ages ago where students would come down to the dorm kitchens to get a study snack. These and other traditions in the dorms make for bonding with other firsties, and friends at MHC tend to stick.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Little Need, Little Supply – MHC is such a small and cozy community that eveything is in good walking distance. There is not a lot of access to transportation, other than the PVTA bus, because there is not a lot of use for it since most students do not go off campus that much. When one does leave campus it can be a pain, but one does not experience it that often.

3 College Junior

Majors: Great If You Know What You're Looking for – Mount Holyoke has great majors to choose from if you know exactly what you want to study when you leave high school, provided that it's offered at Mount Holyoke.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Super safe campus. You might hear a story about a guy who was walking around by himself the night of a party but PubSafe is always around.

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.

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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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