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Reviews 902 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: MHC doesn't have a Greek life. Over four years, your friends will become your sisters. If you meet someone after college who went to MHC, it will be just like they were in your sorority- it's definitely a special bond.

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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.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: No One "Type" – Girls at MHC tend to either be very pretty or very ugly. There aren't many in between. However, when it comes to personality and interests, you can find someone in every category you can think of. It is near impossible to fit the women of Mt. Holyoke into a type. Some of them love to go to the frat parties at Umass, some prefer to stay in and read a book, some go out to dinner with friends, some go dancing at the local gay clubs. My main reason for giving the grade of A is that no matter what, you can find friends here because of the diverse personalities and groups on campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Amazing Students, Annoying Administration – Students at Mt. Holyoke are very accepting and always interested in meeting someone with different cultural and life experiences. The problem is that the administration tries to force diversity down everyone's throats. If you brush aside the institutional push for perceived diversity and focus on expanding your own experiences and being open to learning from others, you will meet amazing people from every walk of life.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: The options we have at Mount Holyoke for dining is better than most schools, so i've heard. We have several different dining halls that all offer different foods each night. Many meals are carb loaded, though. Blanchard center has a wide variety of snacks, sandwiches and burgers. And it closes at midnight. Each semester we get $30 to either use on a guest during dining or at the coffee shop, Uncommon Grounds.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: At Mount Holyoke CollegeThey Gym is top notch. It has a competition sized pool and a smaller sized diving pool. The exercise room has the latest machines and is always clean and not busy. The Student Center, known as Blanchard, is new and conveniently located. Great student store with everything you will need (paper, college spirit clothes and gym wear, shampoo, kleenex, etc.). Library is beautiful. Not always quiet but a lot of comfortable places to sit and many tables to do work. Campus activities are abundant. There are a lot of clubs on campus and several host parties and carnivals. The campus itself is gorgeous. It's historic looking and the grounds are absolutely beautiful. Spacious so there's a lot of walking to get around.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not for Everyone, but Superior School – MHC will always have a special place in my heart, whether I transfer at some point or I don't. Coming from a city, I was truly astonished by the overall demeanor of everyone - the students, the professors, other faculty/staff, and administration. This school has an absolutely, unforgettably enormous heart. It is a very happy place - students are truly joyful to be here. Yes, it is a small school. Courses are limited, but there's the immense benefit of the five college consortium - how many colleges can boast such an amazing asset? That's an incredible perk. MHC is very isolated, however. Even Amherst, Northampton and Springfield - and even Worcester (the closest cities) don't offer the sort of culture and incredible experiences that larger cities in the area would (NYC, Boston, Hartford, Providence), and that's hard. You are in a small town. If you're not used to that... it can be an incredibly hard adjustment. MHC is such an amazing school. It is one of the seven sisters, yes, and certainly has well-deserved prestige. However, for some students here, it's too much, and for others, it's too little. Some transfer to schools that are a little less of a challenge, or on the contrary, others transfer to Ivies. MHC is what you make of it, in essence. It can be your home for four years, or a phenomenal launching pad that's bound to give you strength and self-confidence to continue with your studies elsewhere. Either way... it is undoubtedly a solid A.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: There is none, but that's okay. The sorts of people who come to MHC are not very interested in joining sororities for the most part. If you're seeking sorority/frat parties, look no further than UMass Amherst - you can just jump onto the PVTA most nights of the week and find one for yourself. At MHC though, you don't have to be in a sorority to build sisterhoods and strong bonds with your classmates.

5 Parent

Campus Housing: 1837 Gets a Bad Rap – The dorms I lived in during my years at MHC were: Mead (2 yrs.), 1837 and Pearsons.
I have to say that despite what everyone is saying about 1837 not being desirable, I loved it. Yes, I adore old and quaint, but it's the people that make the dorm experience, and I had so much fun there.
Also - no one points out that all the rooms face only in one direction - West. And the window in your room takes up almost the entire wall, so sunsets are simply spectacular. My roommate and I would turn out all the lights in our room and just sit on our beds and watch the sun set some days. It was worth the longer walk to get to classes, and it's good exercise - a good way to combat the Freshmen 10!

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4 College Senior

Transportation: Tiny Campus, 5-College Consortium – Mount Holyoke's campus is small enough to walk everywhere on foot. To get to the other 5 schools, or into town, buses run all day and late into the night, arriving at multiple stops around campus every 10-15 minutes.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking More Visible – Many people smoke, especially on smoking holidays. Harder drugs are less visible. Drinking is definitely the dominant social recreation.

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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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