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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.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The only complaint here is that MHC is a public campus, so it's open to the public 24/7. Some of MHC's buildings also border main roads, so seeing cars driving through late at night is not uncommon. I have not personally heard of any sexual assaults on campus, and I have not been afraid that I would be sexually assaulted at any point. MHC also has a strict policy in terms of alcohol stating that, "Agreement given while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is not considered consent" and "if you have not consented to sexual intercourse, it is rape."

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The scenery is amazing because the campus is absolutely stunning throughout the year. There is the Village Commons, which is close by campus and has a hair salon, restaurants, a movie theater, and other options. However, going to Holyoke Mall, which has a lot more variety, takes 45-60 minutes. In order to get there, you have to take a bus that is $1.50 each way, and the bus only comes a few times a day. On Saturdays, the bus running to Holyoke Mall leaves at 9:30 a.m, 11:35 a.m, 1:30 p.m, and 3:30 p.m. The bus returning to Mount Holyoke College directly leaves at 3:30 p.m. The bus drivers are extremely unhelpful, and if the last bus has already left, you have to call a cab service, which runs at least $20. There is a Domino's for late night food.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are amazing -- they hold consistent office hours and definitely make time if you don't understand something. There is a great course variety in the Fall, although it dwindles down in the Spring because many Spring courses are continuations of Fall ones. Class sizes are wonderful; my largest class has 40 people in it and still feels relatively small. My smallest class has 14 people and is discussion-based, which makes for some very interesting discussions.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: MHC has a program called 'The Lynk' which helps you find internships. One particularly helpful aspect of the program is that it provides you with a stipend if you are completing an unpaid internship. However, you can only apply for a stipend as a sophomore or junior. The Career services here are very helpful, offering walk-in appointments throughout the day and scheduled appointments. In the Career Development Center, you can look over your resume, practice interviewing, and conduct other helpful exercises.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Very small, but still enjoyable.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities for any sort of athletics are amazing for such a small school. Gym access is open to all, and they even offer Zumba and kickboxing classes, amongst other things.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: For the most part, the dorms are great. There are one or two buildings that are less than desirable, but for the most part they have good lighting, great community atmosphere, they are close to most buildings on campus (as the school is not tremendously large), and they are fairly clean.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: In town, there are only a couple of restaurants, and of those only a handful that students will regularly eat at. Take out is not bad if you know where to get it from, and if you really want to go out, Northampton and Amherst are only a short bus ride away.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors care so much about your experience! They want you to succeed, to understand, and they will always answer your questions. Academic advisors are also amazing -- they only want the best for each and every student. As with any competitive, top college, there are some academic rivalries -- as in, many students are quite serious about their grades and how they rank. It's all healthy competition -- we just want to do well in school! That's always balanced by the fun spots to hit during the weekend. Workload is always manageable, and the professors are willing to understand most circumstances if you're unable to turn something in on time. Great school with a great academia program.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Economics is a fantastic major at Mount Holyoke. With Lynk, the career connection program, there are endless opportunities for summer internships and interview opportunities. The department is filled with wonderful professors and students alike. The workload is manageable, but sometimes ramping up for all the tests is quite overwhelming. But with the resources available, everything comes into place.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: With Northampton just around the corner, food is great, local, AND delicious!

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: As in any school, it's a tricky process. But most students are quite happy.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Kind of a sleepy town.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: SO MANY OPTIONS. The dining system is great!

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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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