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Parking: The student parking lots are all on outer corners of the campus. While there is always a space available, that space might not be in the parking lot you want. No seniority or preferential parking is given-everyone has an equal shot at the first-come, first-served spaces.

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Diversity: Mount Holyoke takes great care to fill quotas, so, on paper, it is very diverse. However, political, ideological, and sexual diversity is militantly hammered out of existence. There is definitely a Mount Holyoke type.

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Party Scene: The parties are sad, pathetic affairs where scantily clad women pretend that they're okay with the lack of males on campus. And, then, the largest parties attract very sketchy guys who have heard about the wanton, half-dressed females who are desperate for any man. Decent parties really require a free bus trip to nearby UMass Amherst, Hampshire, or Amherst College.

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Campus Quality: The student center has lots of venues for all sorts of student use. The library is flat out amazing. Hogwarts must have been based on the Mount Holyoke library.

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Academics: Mount Holyoke College is a liberal arts school, which I really like because no matter what major you choose, you still have plenty of room to take classes outside your major or to study abroad. The professors are very supportive. They are generally good in the classroom and also very willing to meet outside of class. Introductory science classes are disappointingly large, but eventually you get to have smaller classes. But, even in the larger classes, the professors will make an effort to know you if you do the same.

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Technology: The computer labs are rarely crowded, as most students bring their own laptops. The campus has decent WiFi coverage, although some random academic buildings do not or have patchy coverage. But, there are plenty of dorm computer labs around campus for those without computers to use.

College Junior

Athletics: We have one of, if not the, best horseback riding teams in the country. Our equestrian center is one of the best in the country, and we border a world-class golf course. The only sports that really develope a 'scene' around them are rugby and to a lesser-extent ice hockey and, more recently, ultimate Frisbee.

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Campus Food: Each dining hall has its own distinct characteristics. Blanch is the student center and has mostly grill food. Wilder has kosher/halal, and there are dairy days (so good!) and meat days (not good!). Prospect has a daily 'culinary showcase' with things like 'build your own burger' or 'mediterranean flavors'. It also has the best salad bar and waffles on Sunday. Abby/Buck is not that good, except for crepes on sunday. Torrey is lunch only in a 'grab n go' format. Rockies is small and not too good. Ham/MacGreg has ice cream machines and more gracious dinners than any other hall. Gracious dinners occur a few times every semester. The tables are covered with tableclothes and candles, and you get cloth napkins. The food is particularly good. My favorite is the Thanksgiving gracious, in which everything is locally grown.

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Drug Safety: The Pioneer Valley has a very big drug culture (mostly weed), but MHC itself is a largely untouched. Extremely heavy drinking or drug use usually occurs off campus. There is a very forgiving drug/alcohol policy that focuses on addressing addiction issues, not arresting offenders.

College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms on campus can be roughtly broken up as follows: "Across the Lake"—1837, Prospect, Mandelles. It's a bit of a walk to classes, but the tradeoff is quietness and a lake view. What weed scene there is tends to center around the Dells and nearby Dells hill. "On the Green"—Mead, Wilder, Safford, Porter, Brigham, Rockefellers. They have old, wood floors, and small but unique rooms. They're in the center of campus, so they can be a little loud. "Athletics"—Torrey, Ham, MacGregor. This is where you'll find many athletes, as it is near the gym and Ham/MacG are closest to the equestrian center. Torrey has big rooms, and Ham/MacG are in my opinion the ugliest dorms with little community. "Across the Street"—Dickinson and Pearsons. They are across Route 116. Dickinson is all upperclassmen and the farthest from campus. The tradeoff is your own balcony and a real feeling of independence. Both are old dorms, but Pearsons is a perennial favorite as it is close to the library. The New Dorm is close to the center of campus. It's spacious and modern, but in my opinion, lacks the soul of other dorms and feels very 'state school.' Abbey/Buckland is a bit on the edge of campus but is an easy walk to classes (no hills). Some rooms are carpeted, and there's lots of space. It's quiet except when there are events in Chapin auditorium—like Vegas night—when you will get no sleep.

College Senior

Guys & Girls: Mount holyoke women are really involved with their studies and extracurriculars, and they make great friends for life. Many of them place their studies as their priority. Students can range from really wordly international students to butch, athletic types to studious nerds to party girls to average white New Englanders. In general, Mount Holyoke women are really sweet and very smart and inspiring, but there's an equal number of awkward bookworms and cool kids.

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Party Scene: Nightlife on campus can take a bit of work. You can find people to hang out with who are interested in the same things as you if you look: whether it's room parties on campus, going out to frat parties at Amherst or UMass, going out to local clubs and bars, going out for dinner once a month, or staying in. There isn't any pressure to do one thing or another, which is nice, since there's no dominant social scene, but you may feel constrained if you expect the nightlife to come to you.

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Local Area: South Hadley is a small, rural town, but we are fortunate enough to be close to very vibrant small cities (Amherst and Northampton, plus the entire area is nice). If you want to get off campus or have a bite to eat without going far, Thirsty Mind, Johnnys, and The Yardehouse in the Village Commons are all nice. The free bus can take you to Amherst and Northampton if you want a day and night out. Mount Holyok is also really conveniently connected to major cities by Peter Pan bus and Amtrak. Boston is 1.5 hours and NYC is three. Everything in New England is really close, especially if you have a car. South Hadley is idyllic but can feel constraining, so the main goal to making the most of the area is to make sure that you don't get overwhelmed by your academics and take the initiative to go different places.

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Overall Experience: I love MHC. While every now and then I did wonder about what life might've been like elsewhere, I never, ever would've switched. I loved the sense of community, diversity, and all the traditions.

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Academics: Professors always kept class stimulating and interesting. With very few exceptions, I always found them well-prepared and knowledgeable in their field.

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Academics: I think the teachers are probably different for each department. I'm studying art history, so I'll discuss those teachers: I find them to be engaging and passionate about their subjects. Sometimes they can be traditionalists in their opinions, but I think that is a general trend in art history. There are only five or six full-time art history professors, but all of them are interesting, intelligent people.

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Academics: The teachers are awesome; they generally facilitate class discussion rather than talking to the class, and they really know the material. Academics are really challenging, but there are also a lot of really interesting classes; for one class I read a variety of legends about King Arthur and Joan of Arc, and for another I worked in a preschool twice a week. The teachers are really open and easy to talk to, and they're really open to listening to ideas about alternative paper topics or just alternative ideas, in general. All my teachers were readily available if I needed to contact them, especially via e-mail. Of course, I loved the classes for my majors, but a lot of the classes I took as distribution requirements were a lot of fun. I'm glad that we had the distribution requirements, because they really introduced me to areas that otherwise I might not have made time for, and they ended up being fun classes. Doing a double major was difficult because, after the requirements for both my majors and the distribution requirements, I didn't have very many classes free to take for fun.

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Academics: The teachers have been great. I didn't enjoy the FYS (First-Year Seminar) I took. I didn't enjoy the professor. But, other than that, the teachers are always understanding and great. They always make sure that you understand the material, and they're always willing to go out of their way to help you.

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Academics: The visiting professors are usually pretty great, since they're young and eager to please. The problem is that it's hard to form a relationship with a teacher when you know they aren't going to be there next year. The existing staff is wonderful, and for the most part, really want to be doing what they're doing.

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Academics: Like any college, MHC has its boring and frustrating professors. But I've found it also has more than its share of truly inspiring ones. All the faculty members I've worked with are very concerned about the student's experience and willing to go far out of their way to make sure you're getting what you need-you only need to ask. But more importantly, you can't have a good class unless your fellow students get involved, too, and MHC is packed with enthusiastic and interesting women that make seminars thought-provoking and enjoyable.

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Academics: Professors at Mount Holyoke are very personable-they try to get to know their students, whether it's by something as simple as making themselves available after office hours or inviting students to their homes. I find that the professors are extremely passionate about the subjects they teach, thus making classes engaging. I know that I had the hardest time choosing a major, because after my first semester at Mount Holyoke, I loved my French, Italian, and politics courses, and I couldn't choose. Eventually, I became an English major, because Professor Berek made Intro to Lit. inviting and comfortable, encouraging me to talk (when I was pretty shy about it), being interested in what I said, and pushing me to work my hardest. He is now my adviser and still pushing me to do my best!

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Academics: Of course, the qualities of teachers varied. I had some great ones, as well as some that weren't so great-but overall, my teachers were wonderful. They really listened to the students, and they're all really accessible. Classes vary; there are those you just have to bear with, of course, but for the most part, I enjoyed my classes. Teachers usually try to do more than just lecture to make classes interesting.

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Academics: The teachers are amazing. They're willing to take time out of their schedules and lives to sit and talk with their students over lunch at Blanchard and the dining halls.

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Local Area: The actual town is small, but pleasant. I find that a lot of students complain that there's nothing going on in South Hadley, but the real issue is that the students don't bother going to the activities in the town, such as music concerts, book readings, plant and bake sales. Most students go to Amherst or Northampton when they get off campus. These towns offer an endless variety of activities for the college student, such as bars, caf├ęs, used bookshops, and live music.

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Local Area: In the immediate town, there is nothing to do, unless you like to go to Subway for pleasure. However, if you have a car, there is a lot of stuff to do on Route 33 down the road. Of course, there is always Amherst and Northampton. But, if you are looking for something to do around Mount Holyoke, expect to spend money to do it.

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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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