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Reviews 662 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Mount Holyoke athletics are very good. We have some great teams and lots of school spirit. Thankfully our campus culture does not revolve around sports (probably because we don't have a football team) but we support our peers and often attend games.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: No one really lives off-campus here. Mount Holyoke housing is good enough that no one really feels any need/desire to live off-campus, but if you do want to there are a couple of houses/options nearby.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: South Hadley is a very small town. In the Village Commons there is a coffee shop, a Japanes sushi restaurant and a froyo store. There's also a Chinese place and an expensive-ish grill/tavern thing. And that is pretty much it. Mount Holyoke students go to the coffee shop and the sushi restaurant pretty often, but for the most part students eat on campus.

Amherst and Northampton are only a short bus ride away and they have lots of restaurants.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Mount Holyoke is very supportive of student protests/demonstrations.

Underage drinking/drug use is not supported and possession is punishable, but it's not really enforced. For example, if you get caught in possession of alcohol and you're underage you will obviously be punished, but no one ever checks your room to see if you have any, and campus police don't show up patrolling dorm parties on weekends unless someone calls in a complaint.

Visitors are allowed to stay in dorms but there are certain rules for safety reasons, for example they can only stay for a certain amount of time, and they have to be accompanied by the student who is hosting them when they are walking around inside the dorm.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are a variety of different parties on MHC campus depending on what you're looking for. Parties in Chapin Auditorium offer the big, loud, bumping & grinding mosh-pit kind of party scene. Different student-orgs on campus often bring in musicians and DJs for Chapin parties. Students from all over the 5-college area come to these and it's monitored by campus security.

There are dorm parties too, but they are much harder to find and invitations are usually extended to certain friend-groups only. For example, a group of ladies sipping wine and singing karaoke in someone's dorm room.

It's pretty common to get on the bus and go to another campus for a party, especially if you're looking for boys. It's very easy to get to another campus on the bus. The Amherst party scene is always good. UMass frats are sketchy, so use good judgement.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did a tuition exchange with the college my parent works at, and the paperwork went smoothly and successfully.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Mount Holyoke has 5 different official dining halls that are connected to dorms, 1 cafe area (Blanchard) where you can get sandwiches and grilled stuff, and then the grab-and-go bag lunch area in the Kendade science building. It's wonderful having a range of different places because each dining hall has a different menu so you can choose which place to eat at based on what you want to eat. For example, if you see on the menu that the Rockefeller dining hall isn't serving something that looks good to you, it's easy to just walk to Prospect and eat something else. Wilder offers Kosher/Halal food and there are vegetarian/vegan options pretty much everywhere.

My only complaint is that the array of fresh fruits and vegetables could be better. The veggies served in the dining halls are often from cans and the fruits the do serve (bananas, apples, etc.) are often bruised and go brown quickly. But this is true for most colleges.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The majority of students (93%) live on campus, and that is fine because Mount Holyoke's campus is so beautiful! There are lots of different dorm options to choose from: near to the center of campus or farther away, dorms with dining halls attached or ones with kitchens that students can cook their own food in. There are beautiful old dorms that were built in the 1800s and newer ones with more modern amenities. There is a quiet dorm, several substance-free floors, some language floors and a couple floors dedicated to living-learning communities. You can choose a dorm that is close to academic buildings, close to the Green, close to dining halls, close to the lake, close to the gym, or close to the Village Commons, depending on your preference.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very good health center they take great care of students

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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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