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1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Unless you have a compelling reason (your want to live with your parents or spouse) you are unlikely to get permission to live off campus. There are a few houses near campus that are available and are generally nice and more affordable than living on campus, but parking is limited.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: A Great School for Serious Academics Who Want to Change the World – I loved my Mount Holyoke experience, my only regret is not taking more classes outside my field (I transferred to MHC). Students are very serious about academics, but they are equally serious about their pursuits outside the classroom. Vegas Night is always a fun way to relax (and to enjoy the police reports afterwards, usually there are reports of boys found sleeping under the stairs or in the bushes). Mostly what made Mount Holyoke amazing was the students and the faculty, both of whom were supportive and helpful through the course of a serious illness and helping me get caught up when I got better. Mount Holyoke women may seem a bit standoffish at the beginning, but they are a family.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Mount Holyoke takes pride in the diversity of its' student body, and diversity certainly exists on campus in terms of race. International students abound as do students from nearly every state, but you are not going to find a great deal of socioeconomic diversity. Students from the lower classes cannot afford to attend MHC because the financial aid is not there for them. As a result, there are a number of upper class students whose parents could really afford to buy their grades if they wanted to. Finding a date is challenging for straight students, but not impossible with the proximity of UMass, Amherst and Hampshire; however, it seems like the male to female ratio in the pioneer valley is about 3 to 1.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: A Few Gems in a Tiny Town – South Hadley is a tiny town, but there are some real gems that students encounter. The first gem is The Thirsty Mind Coffee and Wine Bar. It is a great place to have some of the deep conversations Mount Holyoke is known for, or just complete your homework. Another of South Hadley's gems is Bookpeople. Not only is book people and independently owned bookstore, it is also full of fun and interesting products worthy of browsing. Unfortunately, if you want more shopping or culture you really need to travel to Amherst, but it is only a half hour bus ride away.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Could Sleep Outside Probably...If It Was Warm Enough – I feel SO safe on campus here. Its well lit in most places. I wouldn't go jogging around the lake at 3 am, but I wouldn't mind walking back to my dorm at that hour through the center of campus at all.

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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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