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Administration: They aren't ridiculously strict, but if you make it easy for them to catch you, they will. Partying is pretty popular but not as huge as it is at other schools. Public safety is great, and the disciplinary system is always educational versus punitive.

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Local Area: South Hadley is a small town, but it offers a lot for busy students, like good restaurants and nice movie theater. Also in the area are Smith, Amherst, Hampshire and UMass-Amherst. There are lots of students, so lots to do. I have made connections with other schools but had to work for it. There's lots of good art in the area and the Berkshires offer a lot to do, as well-it's only a half-hour away and has great museums and spas.

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Transportation: Public transportation is fantastic. There is a bus that runs once a week for super cheap to the grocery store, if you need groceries. The PVTA also runs to the other nearby college campuses, and also has multiple stops along the way, so you can essentially get anything you want from using the bus. The PVTA runs about every half-hour, and it's also a good way to meet other 5 College students!

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Health & Safety: I feel completely safe at Mount Holyoke. Campus Safety has a strong presence on campus, and you will get to know them well. Students are taken advantage of sometimes if they leave their wallet out in the library. We had an issue of a male guest stealing wallets from people's bags outside of the dining halls-you aren't allowed to bring your bag in and must leave it outside, unattended. He took several credit cards, but Public Safety caught him, and he's now being charged with multiple felonies. That, however, is extremely rare. If you are sensible, you will be fine.

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Party Scene: Parties sponsored by groups on campus are mediocre. Good parties happen in student rooms, but it is tricky because if someone complains about the noise, you could get into trouble with your hall president, However, I once had a party with 15 guys in 175 square feet, and it was fine. The closest bars and clubs worth going to are in Amherst, like Charlie's, and McMurphy's but they are all 21-plus. Northampton has more dance clubs like Tully's, which is fun but a little sketchy because you get some strange locals there, too. If you want to meet UMass guys, Amherst bars are a good place to go. If you want to meet Amherst College guys, they usually only have parties in their dorms, which are fun. But beware: Mount Holyoke women are not looked highly upon by Amherst College women. The guys, on the other hand, are much nicer.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is an incredibly difficult task. You must complete a form to be submitted to Residential Life, which may or may not be approved. If it is not approved and you are still determined to live off campus, you will have to pay your apartment fees, as well as room and board at the College. Because housing is guaranteed all four years, students usually do not seek this route. Additionally, the College does offer apartment housing off campus-old faculty housing converted into four-student apartments-but it is limited and generally only available to seniors because they have first pick.

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Greek Life: There is no official Greek life on campus. There are, however, more underground, secret groups that are formed but dissipate somewhat easily because they are not official. Also, if you are on an athletic team, that is a sort of pseudo-sorority. The field hockey team, for example, will often have formals with the football team at Amherst.

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Parking: There are a couple large parking lots where most students park that are close to some of the dorms on the edge of campus, plus some other spots near other dorms. If you come back to campus late at night, you can end up in the farthest parking lot but even that is not so bad. First-year students can bring cars and have access to the same parking as the rest of the students. There is also special commuter parking.

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Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe walking across campus at all, and I've never locked my door in my four years here. That said, there have been thefts or people who feel unsafe, but, in general, Mount Holyoke is a pretty safe place.

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Party Scene: There's an official party in the campus center probably just about every weekend, and they're often free or cheap to get into. As far as off-campus nightlife goes, there's not much in South Hadley. But, there are some bars and clubs in Northampton and Amherst, and the bus runs until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Diva's in Noho is a popular spot.

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Local Area: South Hadley is a pretty quiet town, though there are a couple restaurants just across the street in the Village Commons. Northampton and Amherst are a free bus ride away, and there's a lot to do in those towns. Smith, Amherst, Hampshire, and UMass are all also a free bus ride away, so there's always something fun going on.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a couple of restaurants across the street from the College, but most of them are outside of a student's budget. The free PVTA bus goes to both Amherst and Northampton, however, for better food choices.

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Campus Food: At first I didn't appreciate our food, but it is much better than the food at most other colleges. The dining halls are very nice, and the dining hall staff is friendly. There are always different options at the different dining halls. The major drawback is that they are only open at specified meal times.

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Administration: As long as you don't drink until you are sick or have a disturbingly loud party that goes on late into the night, you won't get in trouble.

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Administration: The College is most strict about Honor Code violations; other crimes are forgivable. When it comes to anything drug or alcohol related, the priority is for students' safety and rehabilitation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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