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Parking: It depends on where you live. There are some bigger lots on the outskirts of campus that almost always have spots like the Ham-MacGregor lot, the Delles-1837 lot, and Gorse lot. The smaller parking areas near other dorms are almost always full.

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Parking: No. No. No. Don't bring your car. Invest in a Vespa.

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Parking: Parking involves walking a lot, as the parking lots are far from most dorms. Overnight guest parking is also something of a pain.

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Athletics: Sports like crew and riding are really popular, and get a lot of support from the school, as well as interest from the students.

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Athletics: Sports, in my experience, aren't that popular on campus. A lot of women play sports, but I do not know about the turnout. I know I've never been to a game.

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Athletics: MHC is not very big on sports. I don't think sports matches are very well attended (although I myself almost never go, so I wouldn't know), and intramural stuff is pretty low-key. The academic workload is intense, and while some people do manage to fit athletics into their schedules, many others can't be bothered.

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Athletics: I don't think sports are that big. Although my roomie was on the volleyball team, and I knew a couple of water polo players, I never went to any of the games, and neither did any of my friends. (I know, I know, I know, I was such a bad roommate.)

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Athletics: While there are some great varsity sports, one can't forget the club sports. One of the most popular sports on campus, rugby, is a club sport. This allows for a lot more diversity in the sports offered, although club sports take a devoted group of students to keep them going. Sports, overall, while they all have their followings, are not especially big on campus, but they are important. So if you're into watching or participating in sports, there's a lot for you, and if you're not, you won't feel left out.

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Athletics: A lot of women play both varsity and intramural sports, and some of the teams are really into it (crew and rugby come to mind), but while playing a sport is a central part of the athlete's life, it's not necessarily a big part of campus life. We do offer a lot of both types of sports, and team members of both groups tend to really enjoy them.

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Athletics: I didn't really participate in sports, as bad knees kept me out of my love of soccer, but I had friends on the swimming and tennis teams. Rugby is very popular.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's quite a selective lottery for off-campus housing, but to relieve the cost of room and board, it's definitely worth it.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is generally not done. The school really, really discourages it. Frankly, even had the option been there, I wouldn't have taken it. MHC is all about community; living in the residence halls really helps you meet your fellow classmates, of all classes. A lot of activities involve your hall, so if you did live off campus, you'd miss out on some of the great traditions.

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Off-Campus Housing: It all depends. If you have a car, living off campus is better than living on campus, because it is cheaper, and you will have the opportunity to get HBO, Showtime, and the other cable movie channels. If you rely on the PVTA (public transportation), then you're screwed in the winter, when the route between South Hadley and Amherst becomes nearly impassible.

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Off-Campus Housing: Guaranteed housing all four years is awesome.

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Off-Campus Housing: Just about no one lives off campus, but there is a lot of housing available in Amherst and Northampton, just a bus ride away, and some in South Hadley, as well. You have to apply to live off campus, and despite the housing crunch, not everyone is allowed.

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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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Health & Safety: Campus is very safe, though the rural atmosphere is unsettling to this city girl. The silence is deafening.

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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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