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Reviews 719 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not the Best, Definitely Not the Worst – MHC is an interesting place to live in terms of dorms. The best dorms are obviously on the green but Ham/MacGregor aren't totally ugly either. Then there are some like 1837 and the Mandelles that nobody wants to live in because they're kind of tucked away from everything but they're pretty nice on the inside. As far as social atmosphere, there's definitely a sense of community but that's about it. Anywhere you go on campus, you'll see a familiar face or people around you greeting friends they haven't seen in a while which is comforting. Everyone on campus is pretty nice except when it comes to the housing lottery but that's a tough time for everyone who has any number higher than 150. The housing lottery is probably the most stressful thing besides exam weeks because if you get a high number you're almost guaranteed a spot in one of the most inconvenient dorms on campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A Bus Ride Away, but Well Worth It – There are only a few restaurants within walking distance of MHC, and only two of them are relatively cheap. However, there is a wealth of restaurants in Amherst and Northampton that are easily accessible on the PVTA. So that's great. Take advantage of them.

5 College Freshman

Technology: I don't have a bad thing to say about the computers at MHC. The wireless network is flawless (at least in my experience), there are tons of computers in the library and even some in Blanchard. That's not to say you don't need your own computer. You do. You ABSOLUTELY do. You don't necessarily need a printer though because most - if not all - residence halls have them, plus you can use the ones in the library for a very small fee.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: PVTA Is Your Overlord – The campus itself is quite small, so there isn't really a need for anything beyond bikes and your own two feet. Locally, everything of note is either just across the street from the campus (the local coffeehouse, a few restaurants, a small theater, and a bookshop) or a bus ride away via the PVTA. The PVTA is free for students and stops at all the other colleges in the consortium, so it's easy to stop by Northampton or Amherst if you want a more urban setting and more shopping, food, and partying options. There are also buses going to the Hampshire Mall and the local Y-Mart, which are also free.

The main problem with the PVTA is its schedule. It's extremely difficult to take Five College classes if you don't have large chunks of your schedule open, since the bus only arrives at 30 minute

2 College Freshman

Administration: Like Living in a Convent – Although the police are incredibly nice here, they are at every major campus event, just waiting for any trouble. They will be called for anything and everything and are usually quick to respond. I've never heard of anyone getting punished for partying at Mount Holyoke, but if you want to party while in college, Mount Holyoke is not the place for you.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Pretty Great – Mount Holyoke students can be treated like princesses at times. The dorms are one of those times. You won't find cinder block walls and old cups of beer on the stairwells here. Every dorm, even the worst, has big windows, nice sized rooms, a piano and a grandfather clock (a long-standing tradition), a game room with a television, at least one large living room, a computer room, and some form of dining hall (although some only serve breakfast). Some of the dorms are awkwardly located so it will take you a while to walk to class, but the campus isn't too big so this isn't much of a problem. The options for upperclassmen are fantastic but firsties should stick to the larger, more social dorms.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Completely Safe – I have never felt unsafe on Mount Holyoke's campus. Public Safety is incredibly friendly and patrols the campus both during the day and at night when most people are asleep. The level of trust on campus is incredibly high so getting anything stolen is very rare. Dorm parties rarely get busted but you can find police outside of every major campus party, waiting for any trouble.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: All Women's College – The thing that makes Mount Holyoke College unique is that it is an all womens' college educating and fostering a sense of pride and independence in women from all social/cultural/ethnic backgrounds. It is an experience beyond measure.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It gets pretty cold up here. However, the weather is rarely a dependent factor on our school curriculum. Everyone keeps functioning normally and positively through it all.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: My Opinion. There is a lot more alcohol abuse at Mount Holyoke College compared to other hard drugs. Every party serves alcohol and most of the parties are filled with underage drinkers who pay others to buy them drinks from the bar. However, hard drugs are rarely to be seen or heard of on the campus. It is therefore beneficial in it's own way. Many communities have been set up to help those who feel pressured to drink and associate with drugs beyond their means.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Go Girls! Well, this IS a women's college but most people I've spoken to don't seem to mind, since we're so close to UMass and Amherst College (no one cares about Hampshire). If students here want to find a guy elsewhere, it's not difficult to do. The girls here are great though. Honestly, it's a very preppy (in the good sense of the word) student body overall. We're not Smith so we actually look like women.

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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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