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Reviews 671 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I usually go off campus for frat parties and house parties because on campus people call campus police too often to break up a party (even during weekends).

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The school is selectively strict on aspects that roll in money, especially parking.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received the best financial aid package from this college, which allows me to graduate almost debt-free. The school also approved my appeal for more aid. Financial aid is the main reason I choose MHC.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food gets really repetitive and open hours are too limited, causing crowding and long lines in most dining halls when most students are rushing to classes.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are more than 100 years old, poorly maintained and not well-heated. During winter, icy layers will be seen glazing over windows in dorm rooms, making it impossibly cold to live in; what's more ridiculous is that even under these circumstances, personal heaters are not allowed. The only good dorm is Creighton, the newest dorm (built in 2008).

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: very average dining off campus experience

getting there is a hassle if you don't have a car

3 College Senior

Administration: i've personally never had any problem besides with having male guest over. I was told that i must walk them up and down the stairs so that other students don't feel uncomfortable which is ridiculous if my guest needs to run to the car to pick up a toothbrush...

other than that for me no issues, but I've heard some horror stories from other students

1 College Senior

Party Scene: no social life on campus if you're not connect to a specific type of mount holyoke group ...

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1 College Senior

Scholarships: they really don't provide financial aid support for those who need it. my family contribution was no where near realistic which is why i now have thousands of dollars in debt. they also should make it VERY clear to student who have a sibling in an undergrad that your financial aid will decrease if you sibling graduates. the financial aid process seems very sneaky and I have warned prospective students to weigh all of their options before coming to this school especially if financial aid is an important factor. they don't seem to care if you're struggling financially as student and it's a shame that I had to pay so much money for "an education"

total B.S.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: the food gets repetivie and there as not that many options really. each dining hall practically serves the same food but on different days

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: for maximum integration into the school community, living on campus would be a great step towards achieving that goal

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym has basic equipment.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are not off campus dining options...?

4 College Freshman

Administration: Mount Holyoke is a very understanding community.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There aren't many parties here.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had to take out a few loans, so of course I'm not completely happy about that.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I would like more spice options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus is beautiful! It was designed by the same guy who designed central park.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Mount Holyoke has great academics

4 College Freshman

Local Area: South Hadley, MA is a very small quiet town with not much in it. Fortunately, Mount Holyoke is part of the 5-college consortium along with Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College and UMass Amherst. All these colleges are connected by an easy-to-navigate bus system. It's a very vibrant cultural area and there is always something going on at one of the 5 colleges. Amherst and Umass are located in Amherst, which is a bustling little town with a lot to offer. Smith is located in Northampton, which is much the same. If South Hadley is too quiet for you it's super-easy to hop on the bus and go to one of the other towns for the day.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys: Mount Holyoke is a women's college so there are no (cis) guys who go here. If you're looking for a man you have your pick of Hampshire boys (hippies), Amherst boys (prepsters) and UMass boys (hit or miss. A melting pot.)

Girls: Mount Holyoke has a collection of the most brilliant, beautiful, diverse, artistic, creative, sporty, hard-working women in the country. 10/10

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Mount Holyoke is a wonderful college! I would recommend it to any woman who is ambitious and academically-minded.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great liberal arts school, strong in so many areas. Professors are incredible, classes are great.

Class sizes range from small seminars (8-10 students) to large lecture classes (110ish students).

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Career Development Center (CDC) on campus is very helpful in helping students find jobs and internships.

As with most women's colleges there is a truly excellent alumni network.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: MHC campus is very safe. I do not feel threatened by anyone here. I feel safe while walking around day and night.

Thefts have occurred, so keep valuables nearby or inside a locker while at the gym. Don't leave shoes/boots lying out in the halls.

Sometimes during Chapin parties a lot of strange people (students and townies) come on campus from the surrounding towns and 5-college area. Sometimes they'll wander around campus and try to get into dorms, but no incidents have occurred.


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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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