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5 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic facility is very new and updated.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Great Title IV protections, beautiful facilities that are accessible to athletes, non athletes and the at-large community.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are not the central focus at Mount Holyoke, but they are greatly supported by students, staff, the administration, and even the faculty. There's never a shortage of involvement on and off the field for student athletes, whose teams of choice are treated equally and respectfully. The athletics facility is well-maintained, and offers high-quality equipment for teams. The school prides itself on its equestrian center, which is ranked as one of the best facilities in the country. Fans support both varsity and club sports with the same level of enthusiasm. As a rider for Mount Holyoke, I have found that the attention given to sports teams is more than adequate without taking away from the other parts of campus culture that deserve to be regarded with great care.

4 College Student

Athletics: We have a lot of sports here. Horsemanship, golf and a lot of other games.

5 College Student

Athletics: It's welcoming and athletes and non athletes can workout together happily

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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 73 responses

  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 5% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 74% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 16% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 72 responses

  • 22% 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.
  • 57% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 7% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 73 responses

  • 11% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 77% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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