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Reviews 904 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The number of dining halls allows you to plenty of choices in menus and there's a meal fit for everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It! Mount Holyoke gives an absolutely amazing college experience. The professors are amazing, with small class sizes. The academics are a lot of work, but when properly managed, there is plenty of time for the numerous events which are taking place on campus. The other students are absolutely wonderful as well, giving me pride in my ability to call myself a "MoHo."

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.


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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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