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5 College Freshman

Administration: Campus police are meant to protect students from harm. Thankfully there are no major threats in the small town of South Hadley to cause these policemen and women to worry and so they lounge around campus and mostly help students get back into their dorms when locked out. Drugs and alcohol usage are strictly forbidden. Also the honor code is also a big deal on campus. At the beginning of the semester, freshmen take an oath to follow the code and if they are caught cheating on self-scheduled finals or plagiarizing the punishment may be costly.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would choose attending Mount Holyoke all over again for several reasons. First, I was determined to attend an institution that would feed me a ready-to-work degree such as a field in Communications, but attending a liberal arts school has opened my eyes to the tools applicable to any field that separate a single woman from the herd. Also, Mount Holyoke isn't your average liberal arts institution. Attending an all-women's college, despite getting teased about the matter over the summer before my first semester, is a unique experience. After four years the world will not be divided into a single, all-female bubble. These women come from all walks of life and are extremely intelligent. Every student, according to some of the discussions from the admissions staff during the welcome week, was top ten in their high school class. Thinking as though you'll instantly be number one among your peers is a dream. The challenge, though, makes victory that much sweeter.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no peer-pressure. Students find their group of friends within the first month of school. Switching out of groups is easy, because Mount Holyoke students are friendly and welcoming. Drug usage is not popular on campus. When parties occur, alcohol is brought and offered but not socially forced.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Despite having prolific writers graduate from Mount Holyoke, such as Emily Dickinson and Wendy Wasserstein, to major in English is always overshadowed with job prospects and the cliche of wanting to become an English teacher. What you can receive from this major and the reputable English department, is quality writing that can go beyond teaching in a classroom. From Creative Writing classes to Journalism-themed courses, this department well-prepares you to analyze, critique and write exceptionally well.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are among the best. From those who have taught at Ivies to some that have worked for The New York Times, the connections and work that you will receive from these professors is exceptional. You trust that every professor is not only passionate about what they teach, but also that they will force you to learn and grow with every revision. In reference to the English department, if you plan on double majoring in English prepare to only get through the requirements. If you want a more in depth, writing intensive not just literature based taste of this major, consider to double major in something else that does not have as many requirements such as International Relations. In general, the professors care about every individual student and put forth as much effort as they do. If you stay in contact through email, office hours, and try in class they will intend to help you through any difficult material.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most, if not all, students live on campus. Those that commute, live with their families nearby and use the Valley Transporter - a public bus system driven by UMass Amherst students and free for 5 College students - to get to school.

College Freshman

Party Scene: To start off I am under the legal drinking age and avoid any parties that have alcohol beverages. In general there is no big party scene and Mount Holyoke students pride themselves on their late-nights spent studying, not drinking.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Being aware that northeast schools are affected by the four seasons, you'll be glad to know that the weather at Mount Holyoke College is not as harsh as other northeastern schools and, when compared to the local 5 College system, we get least snow.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Mt. Holyoke is a nationally recognized all women's college that was the first member of the Seven Sisters and a member of the Pioneer Valley's five college consortium. The college offers a non-traditional student program through the Frances Perkins Scholarship program that offers a full tuition expense paid scholarship.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I will be attending in the Spring 2014 semester.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The most important criteria for admission is having a firm grasp on your goals and a good plan on implementing them.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan to apply to Harvard after graduating and obtain a Master's in Education degree.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't live on campus.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: This is a women's college

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: We do not have Greek life.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I have heard internships are great--but I have not yet had one.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I have not picked a program yet.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity here is tremendous and plenteous.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I am receiving great financial aid in the form of grants--however, they are very bad about providing the necessary loans to cover tuition.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Eh, without football sports are not paid attention to that much by the student body. However, a large percentage of students participate in them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: All of the facilities are really nice--however, the gym is extremely far away from the dorms.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: This school is really pretty.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is very difficult to get off-campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman are able to have cars, and it isn't excessively expensive to do so.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is incredibly safe--I have never felt unsafe on this campus.

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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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