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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.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: To be honest, I've gone to 2 games since I've been at MoHo. I heard the fans are great though and always cheer on their friends who are playing. As far as how good they are, it's D3 so I wouldn't expect to see and Lisa Leslies or Mia Hamms on the court or field. But everyone on the athletic teams seem to be good friends which is great if you're the type who views your team as a second family.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: SO DIFFERENT – It's so diverse on campus it's insane. No matter what race you are, there's a slim to no chance of you feeling like the minority which is a great feeling. There aren't really challenges that people have to overcome because everyone's either accepting or just concerned with themselves. Either way, anyone and everyone fits in here. As far as wealth, there are obviously people who have nice things and those damn Longchamp bags that cost too damn much but there are just as many people who either don't have the means or just aren't concerned with having expensive things. Politics aren't really my thing which is great because I rarely hear people talking about them. Any sexual orientation is accepted.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not Really Existent – It's not really off-campus friendly because it's a small school so they try to keep everyone on campus for financial reasons. There are a few apartments slightly off-campus that seniors can get into which are okay.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Don't Be So Quick to Judge – The obvious thing that sets us apart is the fact that it's a women's college. Most people shy away from that but I personally always forget that it's only girls. The social scene is fine if you have a group of friends who have the same interests and expectations as you as far as how you want to spend your free time and weekends. We have alot of interesting events every week on campus which bring in a decent crowd. The CDC is amazing as far as helping upperclassmen with summer opportunities. Freshman aren't really a priority but that's to be expected so don't take it personally. You can always find some menial labor back home.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: So Tame – The only drug I've seen on campus is weed but that's kept fairly quiet if you're not into that stuff. Alcohol is definitely prevalent on campus but there's never any pressure to drink.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Kendade is probably my favorite place on campus. Now I don't necessarily work out every day but when I do, I love it because I love walking into the building. It's very well constructed and inviting with tons of windows in front of the machines in case Sex and the City isn't on tv. Blanchard is also really nice. It's almost always full of people eating or just hanging out and you're guaranteed to see a familiar face every time you go. The library is fine. I don't go there much myself but when I have I enjoyed it and actually got work done. Behind the health center are the 'cultural' houses where the cultural student orgs meet like MHACASA (which everyone who's anyone joins or wishes they could join).

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Definitely Doable If You're Willing to Put in the Work – Nightlife at MoHo is fairly quiet. There's usually always a party in one of the dorms around the green but unless you live there or have a friend who lives there or is throwing it, you won't hear about it until later. That being said, most people hop on the PVTA for their weekend festivities. Without fail, the PVTA will roll around the stops on campus (usually 5-15 minutes late) and hoards of half-dressed girls will pile on, stumbling and teetering in their highest heels. But don't worry, there are the token girls who dress as though they're not trying to smash heading to the same parties. After making the seemingly endless ride that includes 2 stops at the Eric Carl Museum that always seems to be closed, you arrive in Amherst/the land of dreams. Most girls hop off at Amherst because of the proximity and hopes that they'll find their new boyfriend or husband. Then there are the more adventurous girls who head on down to UMass for the real fun. The downside of going to Amherst is obvious: Amherst girls don't want non-Amherst girls on their territory and most of the boys aren't looking to date or work too hard to interact with girls from other schools because they have enough of their own right at home. But MoHo girls love competition.

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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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