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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Kendall Gym is well-equipped, and there are almost always available machines for students to use even at the busiest times.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym has basic equipment.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Mount Holyoke athletics are very good. We have some great teams and lots of school spirit. Thankfully our campus culture does not revolve around sports (probably because we don't have a football team) but we support our peers and often attend games.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is really nice actually, the only down side is that sometimes the athletes take over most of the equipment which leaves little for us to use

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of students participate in both variety and intramural sports. Our Field Hockey team is ranked very high in the NCAA, our Rowing team is also very strong and completive, and many of our other sports have been on a rise in the past decade. Our sports facilities are great and include many squash courts, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, indoor/outdoor track, 2 gyms with plenty of machines, a basketball/volleyball court, a 25 yard swimming pool and large diving well, an erg room, and the option to rent out things like tennis rackets and snow shoes. There is a good amount of school spirit and friends of friends go to support teams.

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Let’s just say Mount Holyoke isn’t a sports-oriented campus. There are students who faithfully participate in a sport all four years, but those who don’t probably won’t even come out to watch the games. It’s not that you can’t find sports if you’re looking for them, but the latest basketball statistics probably won’t be a hot topic of conversation around the dinner table (unless one of your friends is on the basketball team). That said, the facilities are there for some sports to really shine. Kendall is well equipped, and the Equestrian Center is a reason some students come here—not every campus has a barn and extensive indoor and outdoor riding areas, nor a famous golf course.

From the proliferation of club sports, it would seem that Mount Holyoke women play sports more for the fun of it than for the competition. Not that club sports and the few intramurals that are offered need to be any less strenuous than intercollegiate sports, but they offer a chance to participate without as much external pressure to perform. Club sports differ widely in the level of commitment involved—since they are run through Student Programs, they are largely what the students who participate make of them. They are a good way to get involved in something new and exciting, such as cheerleading, water polo, or hiking, while getting physically fit at the same time. Unfortunately, club sports don’t always get the funding they need, since the student government, which provides the funding to all clubs, rarely has enough money to give every club what it asks for.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
255 - 11%
Men's Varsity Sports
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Riding
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Boots and Saddles (equestrian club)
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Dragonboat racing
  • Dressage
  • Fencing
  • Ice hockey
  • Ice skating
  • Karate
  • Outing club (hiking and camping)
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Equestrian Center
  • Kendall Sports and Dance Complex
  • Orchards Golf Course
Most Popular Sports
Rugby, crew, equestrian, dressage
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis, basketball, track
School Spirit
Mount Holyoke students have plenty of school spirit. Most of the time, it's not of the variety you'd find at large coed school football games, with people waving banners, cheering, and painting their faces with the school colors. It's more of a low-key, but constant, presence. MHC is unique in so many ways, and those who aren't turned off by it come to love the school with a passion. Loyalty runs strong. (This also applies to alumnae.) You'll see students actually buying and wearing items from the school store that have the school name on them. Even when criticizing aspects of the school, students are doing it because they love it and want it to be the best it can be.
Getting Tickets
There is no need to get tickets. Anyone can come to watch a home event.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The paths around Upper Lake are the best places to walk. Also, try the cross-country course.
Did You Know?
Orchards Golf Course became famous in the summer of 2004, when Mount Holyoke hosted the U.S. Women's Open.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 5% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 72% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 19% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 57 responses

  • 18% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 14% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 60% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 9% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 58 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 76% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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