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3 College Senior

Parking: Just like most college campuses students have to pay for their permits to have a car on campus. It's a $100 at the beginning of the semester for the parking decal. The price generally falls as the semester goes on. I think the price is quite reasonable.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really do not like it here. I do not fit in and am transferring next year because it is too small and I do not enjoy being at a women's college due to drama.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This is a super safe campus. I feel totally comfortable walking around at night by myself.

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1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's a women's college, therefore there are very few to none guys on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's D3 so that explains itself. The field hockey team and equestrian teams are excellent.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's very "live and let live" at this school. There is little partying though.

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1 College Freshman

Local Area: I hate it here. It's very boring. There is absolutely nothing to do.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are few parking lots and some are far from dorms.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received no financial aid or scholarship money and the school is very expensive.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is absolutely no nightlife at my school. You have to go off campus.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are awesome, some are bad. The rules are very lenient.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is good but repetitive. They have some weird choices.

1 College Freshman

Weather: It's extremely hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's pretty average. The apartments are relatively close to the campus. Bad parking.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is very diverse. I really enjoy the diversity

1 College Freshman

Local Area: The school can feel isolated at times. However, there is a free bus to the other four colleges in the five college consortium so that is a good thing, it always students to leave campus when they want or need to. The town of South Hadley is not a very vibrant place, but again, it is relatively easy to visit the surrounding towns and the other schools.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: There is some strictness. For example, they don't seem to be extremely strict about visitors or about who is on campus; there are a limited number of video surveillance cameras and many people from the town like to walk the campus with their dogs. However, they are VERY strict about parking. There is a variety. Supposedly the school is strict with the honor code but that doesn't seem to stop people from violating it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As far as I am aware, there is not a lot of pressure to use drugs or alcohol. It really depends on what your group of friends is interested.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: What is there is pretty good, but there aren't that many options.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Its in the middle of no where and there is not really a social life. But I like my friends and I don't dislike it enough to transfer. Academically its great.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Mount Holyoke really puts in the effort to create an environment in which all students feel comfortable. No matter your sexuality, ethnicity, or financial background the institution establishes a living space of respectability. If there is any issue with acceptance, the only area in which their might be a few arguments is the matter of sexuality. As long as students stay respectful of other people's preferences, then there shouldn't be a problem.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student life on campus is vibrant. The athletic center has everything that you can imagine. A gigantic pool to the standard equipment to do some work out. During the week there are also free exercise classes such as Zumba and yoga. Along with Mount Holyoke traditions, every class year has something to look forward to. There are also amazing speakers that come and visit the school. This past semester alone we've had Rebecca Eaton to even America Ferrera. There is always something to do on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: No matter what academic building you go into, there are always enough computers to use. During the day, students take the opportunity to rush to a computer new class and finish an assignment or catch up on some reading. Also, students can use academic buildings and their classrooms to practice a presentation or even get together with a study group.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety on campus is not an issue. Students should keep in mind to lock their rooms when they leave and make sure to pick up their laundry after its done. The issue that has been the biggest problem is theft, but other than that the campus is very safe. From dusk to dawn there are lights and buzzers every few feet. Incase a student doesn't feel safe they can then press the alarm and a campus police will come and help the student.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Mount Holyoke is located in the small town of South Hadley. If you are coming from a big city, like I did, be prepared for a shock for your first visit. Although it's different from the hustle and bustle of city life, there is much to do in the surrounding towns where Smith College is located - Northampton. If you have a car, rent one, or just take a bus to the surrounding states there is much to do. There is no one big attraction, but a bit of research can fix that.

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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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