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Reviews 662 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Senior

Academics: Classroom Experience – The classes are small and the discussions insightful. The professors are there to guide you, not hammer their own beliefs into you. Like in any other school, you will have your easy professors and hard professors. The difference is that unlike other "easy" professors, the ones in Mount Holyoke actually help you grow inside and outside of the classroom.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Cool Beans. student faculties are good, resorces such as computer avalability and lybrary resorces are great.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is alright but then you find that there are fees coming up. Sometimes hard.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Make What You Want of It – You like having night life, you will have it! If you dont, its still great

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Small Town, Little to Do – South Hadley is a very small town, and students who don't want to ride the bus to a more lively place might not find much to do. There is a theater right across the street from MHC, but it's very small and only shows two movies at a time. However, since it's small, it's very safe, but it's difficult to get a read on how others see the students. If you're willing to use the buses provided, though, you can travel to Amherst and the Hampshire Mall, which open up a lot of entertainment possibilities.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers are new and fast. They just aren't 100% updated to the newest downloads, but they're just one download behind. My only complaint is there not as clean as they could be. I blame that on the students however. The wifi is pretty good and there are many different wifi streams to choose from.

3 College Junior

Technology: Qulity of Computer Lab – computer lab is accsesable to students. students with finacual issues could not compeat without this resorce.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Consortium, Etc. The 5 College Consortium, the outstanding kindness of the people, the amazing food and all the unique traditions that are followed since most students have such strong spirit.

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4 College Senior

Administration: We Take the Honor Code Seriously – If you break the rules, there are consequences. Academic honesty, social responsibility (respect quiet and courtesy hours, don't take other people's stuff). Deans are very friendly and understanding. If you get busted once you meet with the dean but nothing happens. If you get busted for the same thing again you get suspended and it comes up on your transcript. Third time, you are out!

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Beautiful Campus - Lakes, Hills, Greens, Gothic Architecture, It Has It All – The campus is beautiful throughout the year - the Gothic architecture makes it feel timeless. Its small enough for you to get around easily by walking or riding a bike. State of the art gym, majestic looking library with great collections and a fair trade coffee shop in the lobby. The gym was just redone and they have all new machines with TVs and i-pod plug-ins. Pool, tennis courts, a riding center, even a golf course!

4 College Senior

Academics: A Liberal Arts College That Gives You Freedom – Students are encouraged to engage actively with their education and pursue their interests, no matter how obscure. The workload is generally heavy but it works out well since professors are understanding and there are offices and organizations on campus that help you with anything ranging from math and chemistry tutoring to writing papers and preparing for presentations. There are lots of internship opportunities and funding is available if you have an independent project you want to pursue during the summer. If you are persistent, the job search process is easy but generally its a bit challenging because you need to make the effort to make it to the career center. Otherwise, the center is really good at informing you about the opportunities out there - jobs or graduate school - you just have to make the effort.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: The school is screwing me over. They charge me every month for ridiculous amounts

3 College Junior

Local Area: We are located in a really quiet and dull place. Since it is all women it is difficult to have a social life off of campus

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid, yet paying for college is still a struggle for my family. Most of the aid is need based. The office gets pretty busy at the beginning of the semester so make sure you have everything straightened out before then.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: While the Thirsty Mind is a must visit coffee place with a cozy atmosphere (great for studying or dates), the rest of the restaurants at the Village Commons are used mainly for when parents come to visit. For the most part they are too pricey for a typical college student (though most MHC students can afford to go to Johnn's Bar and Grille a few times a semester). Main Moon is not very good, but it is cheap. If you are going to eat off campus, you should probably go to Northampton.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Campus Food – There is always a great variety in food between all of the dining halls. However, most meals contain a lot of carbs (pasta is at every meal), and this gets boring. The food is never bad, but it is not usually wonderful either. It is easy to be a vegetarian, and the chefs are very friendly. Blanchard Campus Center has wonderful salads, though the grill station is rather unhealthy. By the end of each semester you are pretty bored with the food but it is good for the most part. Also, Gracious Dinner meals are wonderfully delicious and elegant.

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: dead campus – Moho is certainly not the typical college experience and is dead on weekends. For the over 21, there are some bars in Amherst and Northampton, but most girls tend to trek out to Hampshire, Amherst or UMass. Even Smith has more stuff going on around campus than we do (they have quad parties every weekend, which is a good option for lesbians). Most of my guy friends go to Amherst, but considering the incestuous nature of Amherst-Mount Holyoke relationships, I tend to party at UMass (freshmen girls seem to party almost exclusively at ZBT, but the guys at Phi Sig are much nicer). Taking the PVTA is not fun, so befriend someone with a car.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not Totally Satisfied. I was disappointed to see the portion of student loans and student employment in my financial package. The school gave me Leadership Award, some kind of scholarship but it was just part of the grant I received, not an extra scholarship. With or without scholarship, the amount of aid would have been same. What is this?

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Make an Effort to See the Bigger World – This college indeed provides students awesome education and environment. Great professors, classes (also you can take classes at other 5-colleges), library, resources. Also it has beautiful campus, dorm, dining halls. However, the school is tiny, has only 2200 students (you'll see same people everywhere) and very much isolated. While you struggle to use plentiful resources from the college, you should make an effort to take yourself out of this small world.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Accepting – One of the most appealing things about this school is the diversity. There are many students of color, and of course international students who constitute 25 % of population. School always provides strong support to initiate diversity-friendly campus and indeed it is. Although most of students seem to be liberal Democrats in this Massachusetts school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Fall in Love With the PVTA – The Pioneer Vally Transit will become your best friend. They are busses that run between the 5 colleges. Most of what you'll want to do off campus will be in Amherst or in South Hampton, and the buses will take you there will a decent amount of frequency, so for the most part, you are good to go! AND, they are free!!! BUT pay attention to the last bus home--most head back to MHC around 1 or 2 AM, so dont get left stranded at a party. The other big local attractions are the grocery store--you are pretty much out of luck without a car--- and the Holyoke Mall. You can take a greyhound to the mall for around $5. Still pretty inconvienent without your own car. But..it could be worse!

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2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There are 3 main parking lots, and all are located close to dorms. The problem is they are very small so if you dont get a spot next to YOUR dorm, you are out of luck and will be walking quite a distance. Parking on the weekends is never a problem since so many girls leave campus, but during the week, if you've moved your car, you will be hunting for parking. And there is VERY limited guest parking.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Duh..Girls School Mean Girls Only! If you think that attending a girls school wont hinder your ability to meet boys...then you are sorely mistaken! Most girls were single, or if they had boyfriends, had kept them from high school. It was extreamly difficult for a MHC heterosexual to meet men. There are tons of guys in the pioneer vally...but none of them want to make the trek out of Amherst to South Hadley. So if you want to socialize, be prepared to leave campus EVERY weekend. As far as girls go--if you like 'em, there are plenty to be found. There are also a LOT of girls who "go-gay" for a while simply due to the fact there are no men around. I have more than 1 friend who found themselves as a lesbian after 3 years at MHC, who upon graduating said "well...I guess I DO like guys after all. Huh." The girls on campus? Actually, most of them ARE pretty decent looking---BUT you wouldnt know it mid-week. Since there are no boys, most girls dont wear make-up during the week. They wear PJ's to class, and sometimes dont even brust their hair. However, there are 3 big parties each year-- and EVERY time, I would go in and think "wow--that girl is really pretty!" and then realize it was the same girl I had sat next to in Spanish class all semester. So-- conclusion. Pretty girls, who dont make an effort. We dont make an effort, because there are no boys.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: A New Room Every Year – Where at other schools you may have the option to keep your same dorm room year after year, at Mount Holyoke, every year you enter the housing lottery and wind up in a new place. And since there is practically zero off-campus housing, ALL students participate. It's kinda a big social activity on campus to strategize the best places to live. The houses "on the green" are the prettiest, oldest, and closest to most classes. They are also the smallest and some have few dining options. "uglier" buildings like Ham/Macgreggor look more like typical dorms but have nice features like window-seats and adjoining singles to make your own suites with your friends. They also have their own parking lot which is great if you have a car. Prospect is ugly and small and there is nothing nice about it except that it's by the lake. The Mandells are a FAR walk from classes/library/everything...but the common rooms are beautiful, and you really feel like you live in a glorious old mansion...I would recomend living in a smaller dorm as a firstie to be able to get to know the other new girls easier. As each year past, and I already had my core group of gals, I personally became more concerned with convience and amendities and less about the "look" of the dorm.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Super Safe – MHC's campus is very safe. Doors can be kept unlocked at night for the most part and public safety is always just a phone call away.

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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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