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Reviews 769 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

5 College Senior

Academics: The quality of academics make up for the fact that the school is all girls. Still some would like more of a balance between fun and books for the heavy tuition price tag.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: Ok but Limited – The food in the dining halls is good, however there are no convenient options for eating off campus or satisfying late night cravings. Most students order delivery from Amherst, although that is not always available because of the isolated location of the campus.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The heavy workload and rigorous courses at Mount Holyoke will absolutely prepare you to succeed wherever you go during and after college. Employers will know that you are getting a competitive and well-earned degree with the Mount Holyoke name, and you will emerge a strong thinker, writer, and communicator with sure skill sets. The sciences are for sure the strongest. Recently MHC had the most professors of all schools on the Princeton Review list of 300 best professors in the nation.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus, and there are some pretty sketchy neighborhoods nearby too. There are blue light phones across campus and Campus Police presence is certainly felt. I'm not afraid to walk back across campus to my dorm from the library at 2 in the morning.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We Are NOT Unattractive – While not everyone may be considered "hot", with so much diversity, it's not surprising that there are a variety of beautiful girls at Mount Holyoke.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Lots of Variety – With around 6-7 dining halls in the campus, there is a lot of variety food wise. Prospect, Wilder and Blanchard are the favorite dining halls. Menus can seem repetitive sometimes but they do region themed dining sometimes like Chines Food, Italian Food, etc which I really like. Meal plan is your best bet since there aren't lot of restaurants nearby.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: PVTA Buses Are Great! PVTA buses that run in the five college are free and they run very regularly. Public Transportation is best way to travel around the pioneer valley and it is cheap. Peterpan bus lines and Megabus would be best for going to Boston, NYC or Washington DC.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Each dorm has its own computer room and free printing. There are lots of computers in library and academic buildings. So not having your own laptop wont be such a huge problem.Printing is not free in the library but you get printing money in your one card during the start of each semester and it usually sufficient. Wifi is pretty reliable except for few parts of the campus. You can go to library technology office if you have any problems with your Mac/PC.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a Great Campus!! Mount Holyoke is a beautiful campus. South Hadley is a sleepy town but you can always head to North Hampton, Amherst, Boston and New York if you are feeling the blues. If you are a party person, this is not the college for you. But if you like studying in a tight knit community with a lot of diversity among the student body, lots of traditions, beautiful campus, AWESOME professors then this is definitely the college for you.

4 College Junior

Diversity: So Many Students from Different Places – We dont have guys, but we do have a lot of women from different countries, religion, sexual orientation, race and ethnic background. It is a very diverse campus. Students are respectful of others background and cultural life style. Students from the USA are encouraged to learn about the international students cultural background. My first roommate was from Pakistan, and i learned a lot about her religion and traditions. it was a interesting experience.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: South Hadley Area in Expensive – I have never lived off campus but i have heard from several students that renting a home in the South Hadley area is a bit expensive. I would prefer living in the school dorms because it is the easiest way to meet friends and be closer to class.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Resort Living With Everyday Challenges to Your Cranium – I enjoyed my 3 years here as the campus was beautiful, you can be as active or studious as you want with other colleges close by if you ever needed a mental break or distraction. The honor system on campus made the campus feel like home because i never felt the need or worry to lock my door or think my computer may randomly go missing, or bike, or any other object of value for that matter. Cultural houses were a home away from home and the car borrowing system really made this campus convenient.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Old Beauty, Beauty, Everywhere – MHC has been rated as having one of the most beautiful campuses...and it does! I was lucky enough to live in the best dorm, Pearsons, my first two years. The historic beauty gives firsties an idyllic, Hogwarts feel. In contrast, some of the others were a bit drab, but the rest of the campus makes up for it. However, due to its quaint nature, facilities are not as up-to-date (unless you are in the brand new, eco-friendly dorm that was built right after I left). For example, to do laundry, you usually have to go down to a creepy basement that used to be servants quarters in olden times. Milk & Cookies were a long standing tradition from ages ago where students would come down to the dorm kitchens to get a study snack. These and other traditions in the dorms make for bonding with other firsties, and friends at MHC tend to stick.


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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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