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Reviews 662 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Small Amounts – Drugs aren't really big on campus, although you will sometimes catch people smoking around campus. Drinking is much bigger, but its done in a responsible way, even if the participants are occasionally under-age.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is absolutely beautiful, with gorgeous architecture and landscaping. The student center is brand new and a great place to study or just hang out. The library has a great old-time feel, with lots of computers and hidden places to study. The science facilities are also amazing, especially with all of the opportunities students have to use them.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Go to Noho – The dining options in South Hadley aren't great. The Thirsty Mind wine and coffee bar is fantastic, but the traditional restaurants are too expensive for most college students. But a quick bus ride to Northampton or Amherst opens up hundreds of possibilities. Try Local Burger and The Haymarket in Northampton, and Osaka Sushi and Moti in Amherst.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: No Need – The campus is so small that you don't need a car to get to class, and buses run every half hour to surrounding towns. Parking lots are mostly around the outside, so if you're moving in and caring furniture it can be difficult.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Minor Theft – MHC doesn't seem to have have kind of violent crime, and theft is pretty rare. My door was always unlocked and I never had anything stolen, but don't leave your laptop unattended during moving season!

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Fancy and New – All of the Mount Holyoke computers are new and gorgeous! There are many available computer labs all over campus with a wide variety of atmospheres. I personally love the library that could probably pass off as part of Hogwarts. The only huge computer rush is in the science building during lunch when everyone seems to need to print their lab reports at the same time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Small Town – South Hadley is a very small affluent town with a tiny, but adorable town center right next to campus. It has a lovely coffee shop where many people go to hang out, write an essay, or read a book. There is also a small movie theater that has a few recently released films playing. In general there isn't a lot to do unless you hop on the 5 college bus system and go to one of the nearby towns such as Amherst or Northampton. These towns have tons of stuff to do and you could waste hours there. You just have to be ready for a 30-40 minute bus ride to get there.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Not to Shabby but Could Be Better – Mount Holyoke isn't cheep but financial aid does try to make it affordable for every student. They have been great and super helpful every time I've had to talk to them. It is true that I will be going into the world with about $ -40,000 to my name which isn't an ideal situation but it's worth it for the education.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Lots to Find – There is so much to explore at Mount Holyoke. Whether you want to get lost in the library (it's like Hogwarts, it even has a floor 2 1/2), or try to find the giant sloth skeleton, or find the path that connects one side of campus to the other via the woods there's always something to do.
We also have M&C's a bedtime snack in every dorm at 9:30 on school nights which is always a great place to socialize with friends and hallmates. Mount Holyoke is filled with traditions some as old as the school and some much more recent.
There's also a party every weekend, although sometimes they can be lame. The best ones like FCMUN and Vegas Night are in Chapin.

4 College Junior

Academics: Good Place If You Like Learning – Mount Holyoke is as challenging as you want it to be. It is possible to get away with taking only easy classes, but it takes more effort to find them. Most students do some sort of thesis project. The professors are fantastic. The vast majority of them are willing to go out of there way to help students, all you have to do is ask. People at Mount Holyoke tend to take academics very seriously, which is easy to do when you are in the middle of suburban nowhere.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Beautiful Campus – Large greens, beautiful old dorms and academic buildings. The dorms are spacious and many have bay windows and hardwood floors. A lot of the buildings look like castles! Rolling hills, plenty of trees, equestrian center, two lakes, BEAUTIFUL in the wintertime. It's great.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Varsity Sports – If you're serious about sports, probably not the best school for you. It's Division C and there's not a huge following and support from the school at sporting events and games. It's more of an academic environment. If you want to join a club team, there are limited existing groups, though you can always create one. Physical Education is good though- there's plenty of dance and PE courses, and there's even an equestrian center for riding classes!

4 College Junior

Academics: This is a small close-knit environment. Everyone greets you with a smile and when you're a new or prospective student, the others are eager to help you feel comfortable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Difficult but Great Class Room Experience – My professors thus far have been great and of course expect a lot. It's difficult keeping up with the workload, especially in my Japanese class! But I love the support from the community and great communication with the faculty and professors.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic teams are all really dedicated, even the terrible ones like soccer. The equestrian teams (we have three) are some of the very best in the country. Some of the club sports like rugby are also good. However, people don't go out and watch MHC games. We perform, but we're not a sports school.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Classroom Experience – Almost all of the professors I've worked with have been excellent. The workload is heavy, but most of the students manage to juggle academics with athletics (sometimes multiple teams), and social life. MHC is currently rated by Princeton Review is #1 in classroom experience and I haven't seen anything to contradict that.

2 College Junior

Weather: Snow ! Snows a lot cold during winter. They aren't so good at keeping the ground ice free, so it sucks getting to class when it's snowy or icy.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Food Is Good, but Repetitive – Lots of variety, there's 7 dining halls, and they rotate menus, each one serving different things at any given time. It is very vegetarian friendly, but the same exact menus are used over and over, so it can be repetitive.

4 College Junior

Academics: My biochemistry major is a lot of work, especially because I am pre-med and also majoring in Italian as well. There's always plenty of work, and there are many biology and chemistry courses required for the major. One must also past the comprehensive test for the biochemistry major, and do a presentation for the senior symposium during the spring of your last year. Opportunities for this major are good.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: It Was Great! I'm a senior now, and I've loved my experience! It's a great community founded on tradition, acceptance, and high academic standing.

3 College Senior

Local Area: South Hadley – The town is very small, but the school also makes the town and we form our own strong community. There are few area attractions, but it's safe and it's a town based on the student population.

4 College Senior

Academics: The academics are wonderful. They are challenging and always pushing you to do more than you think you can. Additionally the professors and the institution support students in achieving their goals both personal and academic. It's a wonderful learning environment.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Amazing, amazing, amazing. Don't look at the price and think that you can't go here, because they give away so much money. If you get into Mount Holyoke, it's because they want you here. And if they want you here, they'll help make sure you can get and stay here.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Women of the World – As a women's college, there are of course, no boys. However, there's a huge range of girls. There are people from countries I've never heard of, and walking around campus you can hear different languages being spoken all the time. Everyone's incredibly unique, which is part of what makes this school so special.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Indecision Has Its Rewards – It's hard. Don't come here if you don't expect to work. But you learn a lot too, and it's really rewarding. I'm Undecided, and my advisor has let me take my time in figuring out what I want to study. I've taken classes from almost every department and am far more well-rounded for it.

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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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