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Reviews 668 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Dry Campus – They are pretty strict about drinking or drug use. It's a dry campus, so no alcohol is permitted unless it is permitted by the school (student org parties, etc). It's not a part school, and most students are pretty good about following the rules.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It's a Women's College – It is an all women's college, and you won't find many guys on campus or in classrooms. However, there are few from neighboring colleges (UMass, Amherst, Hampshire) that take classes at MHC.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not a Big Deal – The school generally takes a lax stance about enforcing drug and alcohol stuff. The priority is making sure that students are safe, instead of punishing you for mistakes.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Its So-So – Although there are parties at the college, they tend to get boring after a while.Most would probably go off campus to nearby colleges to party or have fun as the bus runs quite late into the night.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Incredibly Diverse – I wouldn't be very far off mark if I said that almost every nation worldwide is represented through the girls at Mount Holyoke.Though the College is widely accepting irrespective of background,political beliefs,religion and/or sexual orientation, some subtle tension does exist in the student body.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Sweet, and Quite a Variety. Boys, on the Other Hand . . . I have made wonderful friends here, and I truly believe there is a group of girls for everyone. However, boys are not readily available, so you need to be okay spending a lot of girl time wih your friends.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Entertainment Is There If You Go Looking – South Hadley is awful, but the five college area provides things to do if you're willing to search for them.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Always Available – i've never had a problem finding a computer to use

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – honestly, the majority of the people i've met are either international students or of ethnic descent.
i've met people from all different economic, religious, and political backgrounds. most people tend to be liberal and open to discussion.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't seen a lot of drug use on campus. go to hampshire to smoke.

alcohol is pretty common for most students, and is accepted.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Safford or Bust – safford is definitely the best dorm, though porter and wilder are close seconds. i love being in the center of campus and having a very small close knit community within my hall.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's my first year and i live in Safford ! so many people have told me how lucky i am, and i really agree. i'm in love with our beautiful kitchen, huge separate common room and warm fireplace. i'm also very happy with my huge corner room with four window and two walk-in closets. my roomie and i have plenty of room :)

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's my first year and i live in Safford ! so many people have told me how lucky i am, and i really agree. i'm in love with our beautiful kitchen, huge separate common room and warm fireplace. i'm also very happy with my huge corner room with four window and two walk-in closets. my roomie and i have plenty of room :)

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love the gym on campus, i regularly attend the rumba and kickboxing classes, and borrow equipment to play tennis and racquetball!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – i've never heard of an incident of anything getting stolen or anything that made me feel unsafe on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Decent, but Only Off-Campus – There is essentially no club/bar scene in South Hadley. There are occassional parties on campus, but they aren't often wild parties like you might find off-campus.
The PVTA bus runs between the 5 colleges, is free and runs relatively late. It's only about 15 min. between colleges. Amherst and Smith have pretty good nightlifes--fun bars and good restaurants. They can be strict about fake IDs, though. There are a good amount of parties at the other schools, so once you have friends there you're all set.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Amazing Professors – The professors at MHC are absolutely incredible. They are inspiring and inspired, demanding but fair. The curriculum is made even better by the fact that you can take classes at Hampshire, UMass, Amherst or Smith--so you have tons of courses available to you.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I wish I were awarded more financial aid... but generally, make sure to always check that your financial aid seems reasonable. You could always go to the office.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: If You Have a Car, You're Set – Being that I'm from NYC, the local atmosphere of Mount Holyoke (in South Hadley, aka the middle of no where) is a bit dry. Most social events are in campus and there are some off campus but the city buses that run through our campus and nearby towns aren't frequent enough. But like I said, if you have car, you'll be fine... that is until gas prices go up.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not Sure – I am not very sure but the school gives good financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty good choices if you want something fast like a sandwich, or a pizza. The allowed spending limit is $7.25. totally worth it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining Halls- Buffet Style – Pretty good variety and every dining hall has a great salad bar.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: MHC does a phenomenal job of providing both need-based and merit-based aid to the majority of students. This can be especially nice for those who fall in the "cursed middle class" category, as there are a wide variety of scholarships rewarding leadership and academics which can nearly cover an entire tuition.

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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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