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Reviews 757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: You will not find another concentration of people as diverse as the students of MHC. It is a place where anyone and everyone is excepted for who they are. Instead of being shunned as an outcast they are praised for their unique qualities and atributes.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few restaurants across the street, but for the most part they are overpriced and the quality is not too great. There are buses to Amherst and Northampton where there are more options though. However, the meal plan is almost a necessity at MHC.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are computer labs in all dorms, which is amazing. These labs have printers, but you must bring your own paper. Also you have a $15 printing free money per semester which you can use at any library where you can swipe your card. At the main library the services are amazing but you can also contact them from your dorm.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have not yet seen any drug action. Instead, drinking is a much more regular activity. The drug scene is much worse at Hampshire College and UMass.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is beautiful at Mount Holyoke in their own way! Everyone looks different, there is not a norm which is amazing. The style cannot be classified.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My favorite dorm is the 'delles. I lived there my first year in a small triple. The housing situation was a little desperate that year, but it was due to the amount of students admitted, which the college has since fixed. North and South Mandelle are a connected pair of dorms with a castle like exterior and clean, just redone interior. I am looking to live off campus, which has been a bit more difficult of a process than the normal housing process. Mount Holyoke is primarily a residential college with a collection of very decent, clean dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are a decent price. The campus police are for the most part pretty consistent with enforcing tickets and fines. The fines are not outrageous. You do not really need a car on campus, however, as there is the PVTA bus system between the five colleges, giving students free access to Amherst, Northampton, and other neighboring towns. The bus is very reliable and if you are taking a class at one of the other 5 colleges, the PVTA makes it very doable. The other colleges also offer parking permits to students taking classes on their campus for that semester, some of which are free. Parking on MHC's campus is close and easy and unless there is a major event going on, finding spaces is a breeze.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've always felt very safe on campus, even on the biggest party nights. A lot of students I know don't think twice about leaving their dorm room doors unlocked, unless they have prankster friends. The campus police have a visible presence and are friendly to the students, even hosting self-defense class nights.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Police put in a lot of effort to make the students feel safe and comfortable at Mount Holyoke. They often host Meet and Greets with their officers so that the students can go meet them (and snag a few cookies, too). The campus is also dotted with the typical blue lights that you will find at any college. If you feel you are in danger and can't call Campus Police, press one of these buttons and they'll meet you there. However, South Hadley is a pretty safe neighborhood, and I don't ever feel unsafe.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Mount Holyoke has some beautiful living spaces. The most popular dorms on campus tend to be the older ones like Safford, Brigham, Porter, Mead, Wilder, and the Rockies. Not only are these dorms in the center of campus, but they have a timeless beauty to them, and the common areas are gorgeous. The newer dorms are nice as well. The general consensus on the worst dorm is Prospect Hall, but even Prospect isn't too shabby, considering it hosts one of the best dining halls on campus.

93% of students live on campus at Mount Holyoke. Because of this, we have a strong sense of community in our dorms.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: PVTA is my best friend because I don't have a car at school. The 39 to North Hampton kind of has weird times, but for the most part these busses have served me well. If you have a license and are 18, there are also ZipCars on campus, an hourly/daily car rental service we get at a discounted rate.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: We have a bunch of dining halls located in dorm buildings plus the Blanchard cafe in the student center and a Rao's in the library. Blanchard is always good, but mostly consists of grill food so it can get kind of heavy if you always eat there. The dining halls (other than Blanch) have very specific meal hours, which can be inconvenient depending on your schedule. For the most part the food is good and there's a wide variety of cooked dished plus a salad bar.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on campus, even walking around at 3 AM. Pub Safe is always patrolling (but isn't an overbearing presence) and there are emergency blue lights to call them if something is wrong or you want to be escorted. I know some times unwanted guests will be let in to dorms or clothing left on the drying racks in the laundry area will go missing, so make sure you lock your room doors and bikes up and keep an eye on things you leave in public spaces (and don't leave your umbrella in the library entrance :( ). That being said, this isn't the kind of place where you get up to run to the bathroom and your stuff is guaranteed stolen, so just have common sense.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics overall are mediocre, but the Equestrian Program is amazing.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are computer labs in all the dorms and academic buildings. There are also several computer rooms in the Library. You get enough printing money each semester to cover almost all printing, and you can also use the dorm printers if you have your own paper. Sometimes the dorm printers are jammed, but if you call, they'll come fix them very quickly. There's wireless everywhere, but sometimes it's slow. No worse than most other colleges though.

4 College Junior

Diversity: We have just about every possibility in women. There's a large international population which actively participates in sharing cultural events. There are women who's families are wealthy enough to pay full tuition (50,000 a year) and women who pay nothing. Our religious house is active and interfaith, and the queer community is outspoken but not overly aggressive.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Most of the bus routes are free to students at the college, which is nice. The bus can be inconvenient though, because some routes don't run very often and it can take a longer to get somewhere.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Because our college is residential, you have to be approved to be able to live off campus. Otherwise it's not bad, because housing is pretty affordable. It does get cold though, so it'd be best to have a car to get to and from campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: MHC is a small school, but we have everything you need.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I Honestly Don't Know – I don't have alot of experience with the off campus housing. I know it is a little bit of a walk to campus and they are alittle creepy because they are really old but thats all I can say

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It Gets Tiring After a While – This school has many dining halls and each one has different food so you get a variety, but it gets nasty after a while. The food is bland and they have the same type of food alot. They cater more to vegetarians and vegans, which is good for people who eat super healthy. Late night dining is the not the best. Only one this is open til 12 that you don't need a car or a bus to get to.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Generally Open and Nice Environment – They are generally always open except during finals and midterms. During those times, you won't find any available computer or a space to study in the library.I suggest you have your own. They also have multiple types of computers, so you can pick your preference which is nice.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Greatly Improved – Honestly, this is one of the most expensive colleges in the country. Even though my financial aid packet covered half my tuition, it still isn't enough. And they DON'T change your financial aid as the years go by. I know multiple people, including myself, whose income has gone down due to multiple problems. No matter how many times you call or go down to the office to talk to them, they do not care. They keep pushing for you to take the semester off and get a job to save money, which honestly is not a option for many of us. If you are an international student, you have a better chance at getting more money because they pride themselves on having a "diversity of students" and "international community". Domestic students-we are left out of the financial aid decisions.

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1 College Senior

Local Area: Hopefully You Enjoy Being Surrounded by Women – The nightlife at Mount Holyoke is non existent. When students are looking for co-ed fun, and a more relaxed environment, they leave campus on the free bus to the other surrounding colleges.

4 College Senior

Academics: The campus facilities and academics are great. Classes are small and participation is encouraged.


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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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