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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining Options – There are about 5 different Dining halls all offer a variety of food. There is also Blanchard Cafe which is the main food court on campus. The food is great but may get tired of having the same thing on the menu every other week or so.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great Dorms – The dorms are pretty good. Each has it's own pros and cons and it depends on an individuals preferences. Either way a person goes, they can find things that they like and dislike about each option. However Dickinson is a walk away from campus and most people don't willingly choose it.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Slow and Dead – Mount Holyoke is located in a town where most businesses close at 9. There are few places that stay open a little later, however if you want a little more excitement, you have to go about two towns over into Amherst.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have the PVTA which has a bus that is free. Unfortunately, because students drive the bus, it can sometimes be late and I've instances where the bus has not shown up at all. Fortunately, this I have not had an experience where the bus failed to arrive, but I have still had instances where it arrived late.

5 College Junior

Weather: Well, It's New England – We deal with it like other New Englanders. We rarely cancel classes, simply because we have such a small minority of commuter students. Winter can be long, but man, the campus is beautiful in the spring!

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Decent, but Sometimes Difficult – Dining Services usually works out well-- unfortunately, the meal times don't extend past 715, so it's often difficult to eat if you're an athlete. Blanchard is always an option, but there's a significant decline in the healthy food options if you constantly go to Blanchard. Blanchard is great for the sake that it's open until midnight every night, but it's often hard eat healthy there, so dining halls are the best bet. All dorms have continental breakfast, but hot breakfast in dining halls goes to 9am, but even then it's not always the best food. The best meal of the week is definitely sunday brunch! Even if the meal hours tend to suck, the food's usually pretty fresh and good, and we've got identifiable substances, not weird things!

4 College Junior

Academics: A World of Opportunity – The great thing with MHC is that there are legitimately so many opportunities to succeed that it's really hard to fall behind anything. All the professors are willing to help you make it to grad school, the career development center is constantly sending out information on recruiting and job opportunities, and the funding available for summer research is an invaluable opportunity. MHC has so may options to make their graduates more competitive, not to mention an alumnae network that provides more connections that a typical college.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Small Department – As a geology major at a liberal arts school I had to take many classes outside my major. I would do it all over again because I loved learning news things I would not have learned at a public university. I took Latin, Art and a class on Africa.
My career goals are to become a Volcanologist and work with the USGS or teach at a college or university. I worry about finding a job in my field because it is very specialized but I can't see myself being happy doing anything else.

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: All Girl's School – There are a variety of personalities at Mount Holyoke and there are a lot of international students. It's almost like going to school in a different country sometimes. It's interesting to learn and see all the different cultures which everyone is welcome to participate in.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There is almost no off-campus dining options in the vicinity of the school. One has to take the college bus to Amherst or North Hampton in order to find casual and affordable dining.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus Living – I enjoy living on campus. It makes my life easy and the common rooms are spacious and good for studying. I do not enjoy, however, living with other people. So having a roommate, at least for me, is not a good thing. Besides that the dorms are unique. I've lived in Mead and Rocky. Rocky has a good heating system and a dining hall. Major plus! And it is not very far from Blanchard or classes. Mead is also very nice. The common and living room is great. When I lived there it didn't have an elevator but since then one has been installed. I hear that Safford is very nice and its very close to Blanch and classes so it is very popular. If you're into the modern feel New Dorm is a great way to go.

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.

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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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