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Reviews 848 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Freshman

Local Area: There is no real social scene in South Hadley outside of the college. Period. There are other colleges we are in close proximity too, obviously, and you can take classes, attend events, and party there. North Hampton, where Smith is located is probably the most "happening" town near here and is pretty far and comparatively difficult to get too by bus. However, Hampshire, Amherst, and Umass are all very easy to get to, even very late at night on the weekends. You can stay trapped on the Mount Holyoke campus, which will get very boring very fast, or you can branch out and visit the other ones. Hampshire always has cool/weird artistic things happening, and UMass attracts a lot of keynote speakers and big names musicians. Amherst parties are frequented by lots of straight Mount Holyoke students.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Winter is truly truly horrible and you have to be prepared. The spring and the summer are gorgeous, and this campus comes alive during those times, but the weather is dismal in the winter.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Stay quiet, and you can do what you want. Make your choices loud and obvious and you will be shut down. Students who do not like noise or smelling weed do not hesitate to narc, and often call campus police directly instead of talking to a CA.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are some apartments off campus available to seniors.

College Freshman

Greek Life: We have no greek life though occasionally this campus can have a very sorority feel to it, in both good ways and bad ways.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Its not that its not fun sometimes, because it is, but its just a little lame. Dorm parties are fairly dull and uniform and are usually either very very gay or are for straight girls to pregame before they go off campus looking for men.

Parties thrown in the campus center almost universally suck, but parties thrown in Chapin auditorium can be somewhat fun. Drag Ball is a good, quirky, queer time and certainly embraces an amazing piece of MHC's unique culture, and the parties thrown by MCHASA have amazing music, a more "party" feel and attract lots of guys.

Just know a couple of things about this place. A: the party scene on campus is predominantly queer, if that doesn't jive with you and you want to meet men, be ready to go off campus. B: Expect no true ragers on this campus. You can find them at other schools, but the few that have happened here have been outliers, rather than the norm.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very comfortable walking alone on campus due to the safety precautions set by the Campus Police.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are very large and each student gets a very large closet to themselves.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Each individual hails from a completely different economic and social background that contributes to the diversity on campus.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The History Department is incredible and the professors are so knowledgeable about their subjects.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are internships available everywhere. However, transportation is the only issue I've found.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: They were willing to match my scholarship that I had from another accredited university!

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a very refined atmosphere here at Mount Holyoke and very few people subject themselves to these influences.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The women here are very supportive of oneanother and the facilities are free and very, very clean.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The PVTA system is free and easily accessible, however, the school is relatively isolated from the other towns.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The guest policy for guests could be a little more lenient, but otherwise it is a fair policy.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From what I've seen, the buildings are gorgeous and people love to live there.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Food is ok. It could be worse.

1 College Senior

Guys & Girls: This is a single-sex institution, so there are little to no guys. Sometimes men from the other campuses come by to take classes that are offered her, but for the most part there are none here.

If you want to meet guys, you can go off campus to Amherst, Hampshire or UMass, but there is no guarantee that you will meet someone you want to be friends with.

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3 College Senior

Local Area: The school is in a very quiet town and sometimes that's really nice. It is pretty easy to get off campus but it is much easier if you know people at the schools located nearby. Unfortunately it is a little tough to meet new people at the other school and tough to meet nice people of the opposite sex. That works for some people, so don't let the remoteness deter you.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The aid I received was pretty decent, but the amount of times I would have to go into the office to talk to Financial Services was a bit annoying. I have also heard several horror stories about people losing some of the aid that they were promised.

4 College Senior

Technology: For the most part the internet and the availability of computers and printers is great. Having your own computer is just convenient so you don't have to rely on the library or the computer labs when you want or need the privacy of your room.

3 College Senior

Diversity: I would say in terms of sexual orientation campus would be rated as 60% homosexual and 40% heterosexual. Since this is a single-sex campus that can be pretty understandable. The politics of the campus leans heavily toward the left. Many of the students are from the U.S. and it is mostly white. The college is trying its best to diversify the student body by reaching out to more diverse regions of the U.S. as well as the world.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I think the Health Center is okay. I think they work well for the minor bumps, bruises and colds. They can however be a little worthless when it comes to things that are much more serious.

College Senior

Greek Life: Mount Holyoke does not have a Greek system. Many students find their friends through clubs, sports teams and the dorms.

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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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