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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Rigorous but Boring – Mount Holyoke is a great school educationally wise. It has potential and it is very rigorous. The only down side to it is that you have to have a car in order to have a social life here. Unless, you are willing to ride on crowded buses to get to parties! There really isn't much to do outside of school so in order to not find oneself bored all the time one really has to be involved inside of school.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Home Cooked – Awsome home cooked food! Absolutely the best hands down!

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Absolutely phenominal... fast, reliable, easy to navigate through, printing is a breeze

3 College Freshman

Parking: Always Available in a Bad Spot – You can always find a spot...on the opposite end of campus than you want to be on.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse and Knows It – MHC prides itself on its diversity...perhaps a little too much. There is a lot of race/class interaction, but sometimes ESL international students like to stick to those who speak their native language.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: New Buildings Perfect, Older Ones Need Work – All of the buildings get the job done, but some of the not recently renovated ones like Carr and Clapp need some work.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: South Hadley Not Great, but Valley Fabulous – South Hadley has only a few restaurants, but they are varied in type. However, by bus, we have access to some of the most diverse restaurants in the area in Amherst and Northampton, though sometimes it can get a bit pricey.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Merit Aid – Merit aid is top notch. Most people here seem to be on some form of it.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Club sports are about equally as popular as varsity.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: PVTA Is Awesome-Ish – The PVTA is free for students and travels between the five colleges. There are some PVTAs that go to other places (Northampton, Hampshire Mall, Holyoke Mall, etc). Make sure you know the schedule if you are going off campus to a party. The last bus usually leaves around 1:00 AM and often times if you miss it you are screwed. Taxi services are sometimes unreliable and expensive, and they are especially sucky if you need them late late at night.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Plentiful Food Options – The food on-campus is amazing, but if you do want to get off campus there are options. I am very familiar with the restaurants in Northampton, and I suggest that you become familiar with them too. They are numerous and very very good! South Hadley also has some great ones- El Guanaco is fantastic and the Egg and I is great for breakfast.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Always Felt Secure – I have never felt unsafe here, even walking alone late at night. There are many events which the Campus Police attend and inform you of the many services they provide, and what to do in risky situations. Everyone I talk to feels the same way, this is a very warm, safe place to live!

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's no bars or clubs around South Hadley. Well that must be a joke. So take PVTA bus and go out to Amherst or Northampton or... visit Boston/NYC during the weekend. There are always parties from student orgs in Blanchard but most of them are lame and underattended. Or you can just have fun drinking and partying with your friends in the dorm or someone's apartment. That will be a decent way to spend weekends.

1 College Sophomore

Local Area: Isolated, Tiny Town – South Hadley has nothing but just Mount Holyoke and few shops in village commons. But there's really nothing to do in this little town.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Where Are They? I honestly have not run into drugs, have never been offered and just don't ever see it. I see a few people smoking but its not illegal smoking.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Literally every building has computers and a printer to go along with it! Printing is easy, you just need paper. Its a fast internet service and its barely never not working. I have my own printer just to make things easier, but I could do without it.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Shopping Not Too Accessable – The only shopping is the Campus Store, but at the Campus Center there are occasional "shops" where you can buy posters or jewelry ect. To get to Holyoke Mall or Hampshire Mall, one must use the PVTA, which is a free bus system.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors Are the Best – I came to Mount Holyoke because I had heard that the professors were amazing and very accessible...and they were right! The professors are all involved and want to get to know you as a whole person....you never just feel like a number. An the academics are rigorous and enlightening.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Great, free. Not available during breaks (or inconvenient schedules, not enough buses during J- term)

3 College Junior

Majors: Biology Department Geared Towards Pre-Med – While the professors in the biology department have been wonderful, it is clear by the course selection and often by the class material that there is a strong emphasis towards pre-med. As a member of the small minority focusing on evolution and ecology, I feel over-looked sometimes. However, I do sense that there is some change in progress.

4 College Junior

Academics: Majority of Professors Are Truly Dedicated – While there are always a few bad apples, the vast, VAST majority of professors are incredible and very willing to help a student in need. To get good grades at Mount Holyoke, you need to work hard; it is definitely an environment for academics. The opportunities offered are incredible.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Surrounded by College Towns – Even though South Hadley is a small town where not much happens, it is 15-20 minutes away from two great college towns, Northampton and Amherst. With free transportation to and from by means of the PVTA, they are easily accessible. One of the perks of being in a small town, however, is the local apple orchards, such as Atkins, which has a great country store as well.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: SUPER SNOWY – It was strange to me to be around so much snow when I moved to South Hadley. I questioned on a daily basis why anyone would willingly choose to live here during the winter. Classes were only cancelled once due to a wild blizzard, which is kind of scary, because on many occasions the walkways and roads were incredibly treacherous and hardly walk-able.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Academic Strictness – The school places a lot of emphasis on trust and honesty. All students are to abide my an honor code, which is a huge part of attending Mount Holyoke. Students have take-home tests and quizzes, and are very good at plainly doing their best without outside help. I think this allows a better relationship between students and professors because of the trust that is required.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Since arriving at Mount Holyoke College it's been made clear to me that there are doors being constantly opened. The school has an incomparable network of alumni that is available to students. This provides students with opportunities for jobs/ internships that they probably would not otherwise have arrived at.

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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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