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5 College Junior

Diversity: Very diverse along every dimension except politically, although if your party is inherently exclusive to minorities I don't really think it should count.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Great diversity as far as nationality/identity goes. Very liberal campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: In one of my classes, international students made up 99% of the class. People have varying religious, political, sexual and gendered views but everyone is accepted, except when some people try to pretend to be very "woke".

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is of huge importance to Mount Holyoke and it shows within the student body.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's a very diverse campus with around 25-35% of the student population as international students. We all treat each other how we want to be treated and it is very rare that there is intolerance of race, sexuality, or identity.

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Whether or not you see Mount Holyoke as diverse depends largely on where you’ve lived before. The school has a high percentage of international students, which creates many opportunities for those who haven’t experienced a taste of many different cultures. However, not everyone chooses to take advantage, and sometimes the cultural shows meant to showcase important aspects of those cultures are poorly attended. It seems that some students are comfortable where they are and can’t be bothered to learn about things that don’t directly impact their studies and immediate social life—although this can sometimes be understandable, given the often overwhelming array of events and activities there are on any given weekend. Students need to choose their priorities, and they won’t automatically learn about other cultures just because they’re represented on campus.

On the other hand, some students have felt immersed in diversity ever since they first set foot on campus, through experiences such as being placed with a roommate from another country, one who practices a religion they may never have heard of, or one who has a different sexual orientation. In general, this campus is very welcoming of differences. Most students have an attitude of, “Okay, I don’t necessarily understand this, but I’m willing to learn about it.” In fact, some lifestyle and political choices that are generally viewed by society at large as “different” actually seem to be the norm on campus, leading some to say that it is a “bubble” and not what the real world will be like. Liberal-leaning students find this to be a relief—that for a change, their opinions are in the majority, although this same atmosphere can cause more conservative students to feel alienated. In spite of this, those who need to speak up about their views will find they have the space to do so. It’s up to the students whether or not they will be heard.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 41%
20-21: 43%
22-24: 10%
25+: 4%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 8%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There are numerous â_oout and proudâ__ lesbians on campus, though by no means is the college comprised solely of lesbians. The Jeannette Marks house, located across the street near Dickinson Hall, is the designated safe space and community center for LGBTQQA (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied) students. Its events are open to everyone. True Colors is the student organization allied to the House. In general, there is open acceptance of all forms of sexuality on campus.
Political Activity
Mount Holyoke is well known as a liberal campus, although there is also a vocal minority of conservative groups. There are regular rallies held on the steps of Blanchard for such causes as solidarity with labor issues and anti-war speak-outs. The Student Coalition for Action, among other liberal groups, is quite vocal, often running information campaigns that include placing flyers in bathroom stalls or on tables in Blanchard and sometimes other more theatrical displays.
Economic Status
One's economic class is generally not talked about. There is a whole range of students at Mount Holyoke, from those who are paying their own way, to those whose full tuition is paid by their parents. Most people don't think about class, which can lead some for whom class issues are very important to feel like a silenced minority.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism boasts the highest representation on campus, but campus religious life has a distinctly multifaith flavor. Those who don’t prefer this atmosphere (and there are definitely some who don’t) can select from many area churches and religious groups. Those who do prefer it will quickly find themselves involved with Eliot House, the center of campus religious life. From weekly interfaith prayer lunches to services in Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary, most campus religious activities, if they don’t already include an offering from each of the nine active faith groups, are open to anyone who’s curious, even if they have never experienced that tradition before. Those who join the “Eliot House community” often remain loyal for all four years, citing the warmth and support as reasons for coming back.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a wide variety of cultural organizations on campus, ranging from AASIA (Asian American Sisters in Action) to the Bulgarian Club to the Hawaiâ_Ti Club to Liga Filipina (Philippine students) to MHACASA (Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Student Association), with many more besides. These clubs are quite active, and some are also attached to cultural houses that provide a safe space for groups to get together. The Betty Shabazz House is cultural space for those of African descent; the Eliana Ortega House is space for students of Latin heritage; the Zowie Banteah Center, on the top floor of the Ortega House, is space for students with Native American ancestry; the Asian Center for Empowerment, otherwise known as the ACE House, serves the needs of those who are Asian or Asian American. All are open and welcoming to those who are not of that particular heritage, provided they want to learn and are respectful.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 55 responses

  • 27% Progressive/very liberal
  • 44% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 2% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 63 responses

  • 52% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 11% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 2% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 63 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% Republican
  • 62% Democratic
  • 10% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 24% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 71% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 29% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 81% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 19% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 55 responses

  • 76% Very accepting.
  • 22% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.



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