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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are very nice and well kept, most have hardwood floors and high ceilings with lots of character. The best housing is on Skinner Green and the "worst" dorms are those far from central campus, but even those options are not bad. Social atmosphere is good, you meet a lot of people through your hall, classes, and extracurricular activities as well as the four other colleges near by.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports obviously aren't huge here, but we still have a lot of school spirit and we support our teams! It's easy to get involved if you want to but don't expect glory.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The bus systems are great and the school also runs shuttle buses to CVS during the week. It's pretty easy to get anywhere, though of course having a car is faster than using the PVTA.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: There's always parking available in lots across campus, and it's cheap.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are parties in dorms and academic buildings every Friday and Sunday. If you're looking for boys you have to go off campus but the on campus scene isn't bad, especially if you're queer. There's nothing on Thursdays or other days of the week though, and sometimes it gets quiet on weekends anyway.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is generally good, and I know we have it a lot better than some other campuses. All our food is prepared on site and normally it's pretty fresh! Prospect is the best when it comes to favorites like bread bowl mac & cheese and dessert dilemma. Fruits and veggies are sometimes lacking though, and it would be nice to have non-dining hall options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Windows can be leaky and not being able to control your own room's temperature in some dorms isn't fun, but overall the dorms are clean, spacious, and close to classes.

4 College Freshman

Administration: MHC students don't have many confrontations with campus police

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I currently live in Torrey which is a good location.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: MHC provided me w/ a decent grants

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: We are given a generous amount of food. It's just disappointing to have to accommodate to the weird hours.

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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Amherst and UMass are your best options to party.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: South Hadley is a nice neighborhood however it lacks the convince of having more local stores nearby. It is a isolated location. We have to travel to Holyoke or to Amherst to purchase something.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campo is always around. They are just a button or a phone call away. I feel incredibly safe walking alone.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: Not many people are looking to hire anthropology major students

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's hardly a party scene. Chapin parties are said to be the best but that's only if you pregame in someone's dorm. Parties are best at one of the other Five Colleges

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't heard of any sexual assault incidents on campus but I know that the administration has made a point to ensure safety and support for any victims.

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2 College Freshman

Local Area: South Hadley is a small town and very rural. If you want to go out anywhere you could take the local PVTA bus but I'd recommend bringing your own car. The food in the Village Commons in town is decent but you get bored of it.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The only thing bad about living on campus is getting cabin fever.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: There seems to be a bit of tension between the students and administration, but who wouldn't want their voices to be heard. The strictness is not too bad, no one really breaks any rules

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is awesome and, though I can only speak for the varsity sports, the athletic department is great.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received merit aid from here, but it was still not enough to balance the expensive tuition. The policy here is that your financial aid package does not change for your four years here unless there is some extenuating circumstance (i.e someone loses their job). I came here multiple times in an attempt to receive more aid, but I was denied, and told about more loan options.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Ham, which is farther from the center of campus, but still not more than a 15 minute walk. I live in a double, so I have one roommate and our room is very spacious. We each have our own walk-in closets, we split a 6 shelf cabinet and a vanity with 6 drawers on each side, a mirror, and a light in front of the mirror. We each also have our own beds and desks. Our room has a beautiful bay window above our beds with a scenic view of the lake.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't think there are really any off-campus options.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym here is beautiful, with two swimming pools, a diving tanks and several rooms stocked with an assortment of equipment. Many people participate in varsity sports, although they are very time-consuming. Club sports are definitely not as popular, and it is more likely that someone is taking a gym class for credit than participating in a club sport.

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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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