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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.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: You have to go to UMass Amherst for nightlife activities.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: I know sports exist here solely because I occasionally read about them in our school paper. I don't think people come here to play sports though. There are plenty of schools in the area where one can do that. School events have dismally low turnouts, I've heard, too. The only plus is we have an okay gym, with very good exercise machines for those who like working out.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The nightlife in South Hadley in non-existent. You have to either have a car or take the bus to Amherst or Northampton. My best nights were parties in friends' rooms, Las Vegas Night, or other things on campus. We would go to ABC or Monkey Bar every now and then, but these are definitely not great bars/clubs. They're just the only ones there. NoHo has some really great restaurants, though. Overall, most people party in the dorms with their friends or go to school-organized parties, either at MHC or one of the other 5 colleges.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: The campus is almost completely wireless, which is really great. Most people use their own laptops. I rarely used computer labs while at MHC. If I did, it was probably to look up the dining options before I went to dinner. Printing is pretty straight forward. Swipe your card- print.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Bad, but Not the Worst – Mt. Holyoke is a pretty small campus, so parking is probably not that bad compared to large schools, but it costs too much and you often get stuck parking in the lots that are far away. I've always been able to find a spot- just not a spot I really want. They're serious about their tickets. Once I parked in a delivery truck spot that was near my dorm because there was a blizzard and still got a ticket the next morning, despite several other service vehicle spots being open. I think they tickets are $25. If you get a certain amount, you can no longer park on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Mind Your Own Business and Public Safety Will Mind Theirs – As long as you are respectful and not being crazy obnoxious, you can pretty much do whatever you want on campus. Keep your parties to the weekends, don't barf all over, and you're fine. Public safety never gives the impression of really wanting to ruin your night and will only respond if they think someone is in danger or they get several calls. The one thing they are strict about is parking. Don't ever think you can get away with parking in a restricted space.

As for academics, MHC is on the honor code. Final exams are usually self-scheduled, which is one of the best things ever. You can choose when and where you want to take your exam. I'm not a morning person AT ALL, so I loved being able to take my exams in the afternoon or evening. The rooms are totally unmonitored, which I liked because it made me feel much more relaxed. MHC really trusts their students.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Definitely Not a Jock School – Being a women's college, there is definitely not a prevailing team spirit that might be found at Big 10 schools or large state schools. There are a variety of teams to become involved with, and some of them are quite good, but no one comes to MHC for the athletics. They would come because of the balance they can achieve between athletics and academics. All of the sports at Div III, except for horseback riding, which is Div I and taken very seriously. Riders tend to form a clique. Other teams definitely do provide a great bonding and social experience without being cliquey. Another great thing is that there are intramural sports and 5-college teams, which are a great way to meet people from the Five College Consortium and even score a date or two. Overall, athletics are definitely in the background.

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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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