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Reviews 888 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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?

College Student

Athletics: I'm not terribly aware of sports ever, but my impression is that we always have some very good individual athletes in every sport, but not an exceptional sports program overall. We have an excellent golf course and equestrian center. Although we're generally not the most impressive teams in the country, all of the dedicated sportswomen I know here have seemed to love their teams and feel accomplished in their sports. I think if personal growth and team love are more important to an athlete than division prestige, our sports programs are pretty solid.

College Student

Parking: Parking on campus is inconvenient but not horrible. Any student may bring a car, but the parking lots are not always conveniently located. Guest parking is terrible.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is often difficult because the school prefers most people to live on campus. Mount Holyoke prides itself on the community feeling on campus. Seniors and freshmen all live in the same dorms.

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Niche User

Off-Campus Dining: The Village Commons, right across the street, has Chinese, a few American restaurants, a deli, and a coffeeshop. If you have a car, about a mile and a half down the street in South Hadley is a Friendly's, Subway, and a few pizza places. Chicopee also has a number of restaurants, including fast food and sit-down places. And, of course, Amherst and Northampton are both a short bus ride away and have a wide variety of restaurants.
I recommend Ichiban in Chicopee for Japanese and Chinese, Antonio's in Amherst for pizza by the slice, Viva in Northampton for fresh pasta, and Haymarket in Northampton for coffee or juice.

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It's much better to live on campus. Off-campus housing is hard to find and get approved for. MHC is very much a residential community, and the vast majority of students live in the dorms all four years.

College Student

Party Scene: Parties are a little hard to find at times. There are campus-wide parties throughout the year, but they can be a little sketchy and under-attended. If you want an active party life, your best bet is to visit UMass or Amherst or host one of your own.

College Student

Athletics: Varsity sports aren't that huge of a deal here. The rugby team, which is a club sport, is fairly popular, and the squash and basketball teams have done quite well recently on both a regional and national level. The equestrian and dressage teams are always contenders at national competitions and have both won the national championship in recent years. However, not many students turn out to support athletics, unless they're friends with people on the teams.

College Student

Administration: Public safety's strictness seems to vary depending on which officers are working and how well you know them. However, if you do get caught doing something illegal, it's bad news-you can end up on social or academic probation, get kicked off campus, or lose a variety of privileges. In general, people take the Honor Code pretty seriously. If you do plan on doing something illegal or against the Honor Code, be careful!

College Student

Parking: Parking is fairly reliable, unless you come back late and end up in the very back of one of the lots.

College Student

Diversity: MHC is fairly diverse racially, religiously, ethnically, and in terms of sexuality. However, we are not very politically diverse-most of the campus is fairly liberal. Also, the College is not very diverse socioeconomically and has become less so throughout my time here. It seems as though the majority of the student population is upper-middle to upper class.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life on campus, and I love it that way. At times, the entire campus feels like a sorority with the close-knit bonds and fun traditions.

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College Freshman

Health & Safety: Mount Holyoke has the safest campus. The biggest crimes are petty theft. Public Safety patrols constantly, and I feel very safe walking around the campus late at night.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Across the street from the school is the Village Commons, which has a number of restaurants, including Autentica, which is a pretty good Mexican place, as well as Tailgate, which has great sandwiches. A short drive or bus ride-20 to 30 minutes-takes you to Amherst or Northampton, where there are lots of restaurants. My favorites in Northampton are Thai Corner, an inexpensive and delicious Thai place, and Spoleto, a pricey but well-worth-it Italian place. In Northampton, you can find cuisine from every corner of the globe, which is great.

College Freshman

Parking: Freshman can have a car. There is no assigned parking by year, just general student parking lots. Parking is not a problem.

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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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