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Reviews 902 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The PVTA gets you to the other schools and towns. The trips are a bit long and on bad weather days they're schedules get messed up, but otherwise, they always run on time

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are only a few possibilities to live off campus

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Northampton has so many restaurants to choose from it's fantastic! The only problem is that it's 40 min away by bus! I think it's worth the trip though.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a lot of financial aid, and being an international student that is hard to come across. I had to fill some forms, and there was no hassle.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Moho Review – I love Mount Holyoke! It's awesome. Most of the classes are small sizes, but the only disadvantage is that some classes are not offered every semester. Also the campus is beautiful, the professors are amazing, the dorms are awesome, and the dining options are a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, so I can't say much about that. My friends who have cars don't complain, so I guess it's alright.

College Senior

Greek Life: We have no Greek life at Mount Holyoke. Thank God!!

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5 College Senior

Athletics: I have never being one with sports. Some of my friends even tell me I lack school spirit. Regardless of that I know that the athletic facilities are amazing!!! They were just remodeled last year and everything is state of the art. The only reason I go to the gym now is to catch up on my daily dose of tv trash. I can run and watch tv at the same time. Unlike me, I know a lot of students who feel strongly about sports and if not involve in a team are fans cheering at the sidelines!

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.

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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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