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Reviews 902 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

College Junior

Greek Life: If Mount Holyoke has any soroities at all, they are a very well-kept secret that this student of three years has never even heard of. There are plenty of other social activities for students to get involved in, such as clubs in pretty much any interest (even a science fiction club!)

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.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: New Dorm or No Dorm – Best dorm is New Dorm. Although it's not at all soundproof, so if you want to sleep at an unusual hour or at weekends, this is not a good place. Wilder and Mead are both good dining halls. The rest are dirty or old. The best place for food is Blanchard or Wilder. Changing rooms in the middle of the semester is difficult, and near impossible. But between semester moves are easily arranged.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Adventurous Nights – There is always something to do in this area because it is a college town. Very fun and entertaining. You never get bored.

4 College Senior

Diversity: A Diverse Campus – A very diverse campus. Even in such a small town, you get a good feel of the diversity.

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4 College Senior

Academics: A Great Learning Environment – At Mount Holyoke the staff is really suportive and are there for you when ever you need help. It's a great learning environment that encourages everyone to succeed.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Some people are nuts – People here are nuts, but some of them are good and nuts.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Rain, Snow, and Sleet, Oh My! I'm from the Northwest, so the only striking thing about winter in Massachusetts for me was how well the city took care of the roads. As a result, ice is rarely an issue when crossing streets and the college cares well for the sidewalks in bad weather. The most important thing for any incoming student who is not from New England is to invest in a good pair of rain boots. During the fall and spring there will be downpours and rain boots will save you miserable hours in class with wet feet. Additionally, umbrellas work quite well because rain in Massachusetts is rarely accompanied by heavy rain.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: PVTA nice for students without a car – I spent half my time at MHC with a car and half of my time without. I must admit that having a car is much more convenient. It is a bit more expensive because of gas costs and parking expenses. If you travel outside South Hadley, you will likely have to pay for parking. Despite that, if you have a car and can afford to bring it to Mount Holyoke, do. That being said, the Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority (PVTA) provides buses for students between the five area colleges and the mall for free, which is a nice alternative for students without cars. Additionally, the college provides transportation for a reasonable price for trips to Boston and New York and once a week to an area grocery store. Students can also get their fleet license and take trips with college cars with student organizations.

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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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is available but not really worth it. Housing is guaranteed all four years, and the dorms are lovely, so there's really no reason to move off campus. If you want, you have the option to live in apartments nearby, but there aren't many because South Hadley is a small town. Like I said, though, why would you want to live off campus?

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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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