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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus Is Very Safe! The only safety issues that ever come up are girls bringing sketchy boyfriends around (especially on major event/party nights) or girls being stupid and leaving GPS units/iPods on their dashboards and then getting their cars broken into. South Hadley as a whole and especially the MHC campus are VERY safe. Walking on campus at night isn't an issue and PubSafe is always a very visible but comforting presence. We have a blue light system (better than most I've seen in terms of how many stations exist) and we also do safe rides at night if you want one. All residential halls require you to use a card to swipe in; day students get limited access. Girls tend to be good about not letting strangers in, but obviously, always be careful.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking Scene, but Drugs Are Limited – It's not as bad as it was in the '80s (ever seen the infamous "Simpsons" depiction of a sloppy drunk MoHo?), but alcohol is certainly available at MHC. Fortunately, it's generally contained to weekend parties on the Green (especially in the Rockies) and it's not at all socially forced onto you.

As far as drugs go, there's marijuana if you seek it out, but it's rarely out in the open unless you're in certain circles. PubSafe is pretty good about enforcing the anti-drug policy, and they also work hard at keeping students of legal age safe when they're drinking. Students who get caught drinking underage are spoken to and given private warnings, but they don't get expelled or anything, which is the right thing to do.

9 times out of 10, if a MoHo is doing drugs, she's doing prescription pills, not street drugs. Such is life at a $50k-a-year school for ladies. But again, it's not widespread.

2 College Senior

Athletics: Fun for Participants; No One Else Cares – Even though we've had some nice recent successes in athletics, the general student body doesn't really follow any of it. However, a lot of people participate, especially on the novice crew teams. It's a great place if you like to be active and involved, but not if you plan on winning any championships. But that's okay, because we don't feel like we need them!

Equestrian, of course, is its own beast and has an intensely dedicated following. If you're not already nationally-ranked by the time you are admitted, you'll have a hard time breaking into the top ranks of the eqs. You can learn while you're enrolled, though, and the staff at the eq center (one of the country's best) will be more than happy to introduce you to the sport and get you good grounding in it. Eq is a big status thing at MoHo, so if you want that to be your scene, take a class early on.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Beautiful, but Choose Wisely – Almost all of the buildings are gorgeous from the outside and most are very nice inside. Most are from the 1800s, so there are sometimes issues with silverfish and mice, but nothing horrible. Everyone tries to get brownstone housing on the Green, but more modern places like Ham and MacGregor can be great because they have their own special perks (like window seats!). Dickinson is a great option if you're not into partying. Athletes live in Torrey. The Rockies are where it's at socially. If you want the best of all worlds, try Abbey or Buckland -- on the Green, but at the far end of it. Word of warning: Be prepared to layer due to the heating system being a bit...off.

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3 College Senior

Weather: It is cold here! Even when there is lots of snow class is never cancelled.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Library Is Amazing! The library at Mt. Holyoke is wonderful. The librarians are very helpful with reasearch, there are textbooks on hold for most of the classes I take, and the actual building is beautiful.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Independent Styles – There are tons of student-run organizations and groups or clubs that you can become a part of. Really anything you have an interest in, there's something for it; or you can create your own. It is very easy to make friends with people and have an active social life and very easy to find a party if you're looking for one. Don't want to party with all girls? Take the bus to Amherst, UMASS, or Hampshire and find a party there. The school offers great science labs, there is a wonderful greenhouse, an art museum, even a Japanese Tea Garden available to students. The school provides a multiple places to get work done as well. It also offers tons of chances for internships, studying abroad, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Awesome Place – The community is one of the best I've ever experienced. The students are great and willing to help anyone and easy to get along with. The dorm buildings are overall very nice. There is certainly no lack of food there. A wide variety of classes and extra curricular activities and plenty of opportunities and accessibility to other colleges part of the consortium. I would definitely choose Mount Holyoke all over. It's academically challenging but there is a real desire to help students succeed.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are designated lots for students to park in, though depending on where your dorm is, it could be quite a distance. A car is not necessary at all on campus. Tickets are rare but if you're parked in a no parking zone, expect one. You can take it to public safety, though, and argue not to pay it.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Not much going on at night in a small town like South Hadley. However, take the PVTA bus and you have four other colleges, including party-loving-Umass.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Girl Time Rocks, but Sometimes Male Attention Is in Want – Being at an all woman's college definitely has its pros and cons. PROS- great time with the girls. CONS- need to get to Amherst or Umass to see 'em boys.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Professors Are AMAZING – Being in the psychology and education department has so many positive perks. The professors really like to get to know you, the classes are extremely engaging and the students are intelligent (overall) to be around. Workload is not overwhelming and there are so many ways to get involved in independent studies or research with professors.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The free bus that runs the five colleges are very helpful if you want to get off campus during the semester but has terrible hours of services or none at all during breaks.

4 College Junior

Administration: Not Very Heavy – Not many people are around campus other than students after 5pm. Sometimes the student assistants who are in charge of residential life can get you in trouble

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not Too Much Around – Although not too expensive, there aren't too many around since a majority of students live on campus

2 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: South Hadley – Although they're are choices-chinese take out, mexican, subs and grills- there are only a handful of restaurants located locally across the street from campus. After a while it gets repetitive and boring.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Overall? Not Bad! Some dining halls are better than others, but most of the halls boast food that is better than the best at other nearby colleges (i.e., Smith and Amherst). Some halls have excellent salad bars and while hot foods tend to be a bit repetitive, there are monthly showcases that have unique foods (one day, lobster was served!) and different halls serve different things (including one Kosher/Halal dining hall.) Furthermore, the dining services crew are very friendly.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: It's the first all womens seminary. The science department is fabolous. We have a Career development center to help students find internships and jobs by helping them build their resumes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Kendall Is Great – Kendall has well improved over years, the workout rooms are great, there is entertainment to keep you up beat to stay in shape. The track and field are well manicured!The library is well organized and the staff are very helpful when in time of need.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Delivery Places – There are plenty of delicious restaurants in Northampton and Amherst to visit by bus (Osaka, Arugato, Spoletto, Siam Garden) but the trick is finding restaurants that will deliver to the school for when you're hungry and it's past dining hours. The best restaurants that will do this are: El Guanaco(Mexican), Ichiban (Chinese/Japanese), and Family Pizza. Other than that there's the Main Moon, but their Chinese food is variable/questionable.

4 College Junior

Administration: Depends on Your SA – It really depends on your SA (Student Adviser, our version of a Residential Adviser). Most ResLife staff tell you to "take your apple juice where I can't see it" and leave it at that.

We're also not a party school, which helps.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: Best Mashed Potatoes Ever – Relatively healthy, balanced meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sad that they got rid of made-to-order breakfast. That said, North and South Rockefeller halls have the best mashed potatoes in the world.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not That Big a Deal – We have some really top notch teams, especially the equestrian team. They've gone to nationals a bunch of times and the facilities are some of the best in the country. But that doesn't mean anyone comes out to watch the games. Mount Holyoke just isn't a sports oriented school. There are a few club sports as well, but attendance at games for club and varsity sports is generally low.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Gorse, Girls – It's $160 to park your car for a year. Most students park their cars in Gorse, but it can be a hike to the rest of campus. There's always a spot at Gorse although it's only convenient if you live in New Dorm. There's a small parking lot that is usually full near Pearson's. Plus a large one near Ham MacGregor, although one again it's only near one Residential Hall.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's Hidden, but Not Invisible – A few women get away with smoking pot in the dorms, or in front of the dorms. Others prefer a little more privacy, like near Upper Lake. Alcohol can usually be seen in private rooms or at parties during the weekends. Other drugs are there, but it's a little harder to find them.

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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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