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Founded in 1837, Mount Holyoke College. is a Private college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,199 full time undergraduate students, and 128 full time graduate students.
The Mount Holyoke College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 227 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Mount Holyoke College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at MHC are considered Selective, with ,38% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 17 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
97% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 82% were in the top quarter, and 56% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Mount Holyoke College.
100 Students rated on-campus housing 4.2 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.
66 Students rated off-campus housing 2.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
104 Students rated campus food 4.1 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
103 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.
103 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.
99 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.
103 Students rated local services 3.2 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.
105 Students rated academics 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.
32 Students rated Mount Holyoke College
I like the school; most students are friendly and it creates a safe environment for everyone. The main issue with the school is the administration, who very frequently makes deisions that do not benefit their 2200 students. For example, their last payment increase was nearly $8,000, and because of the backlash they decided to give students free laundry (as if that makes up for it). There was also an incident where a queer poc living-learning community had an infestation of bugs and rodents and they were told to handle it themselves (once the LLC went public with it the school then cracked down on the infestation).
Mount Holyoke is best described as a tight-knit, dynamic, and wonderful bubble. It's a campus for reading in the grass in a hoop skirt and flower crown, running around in the res hall basements with your friends in the middle of the night looking for ghost sightings, and taking long walks in the ample acres of woods to dream about making the world better. The classic MoHo arrives as an overachieving, stressy, introverted teenager with twenty different passions who feels different from their peers, and they graduate as a confident (but still existentially-prone) adult who has ample connections, a wealth of vital ideas and solutions, and the potential to pursue whatever paths they want in life. Many go on to academia, politics/ social justice, the nonprofit sector, law, and healthcare.
Mount Holyoke is a women's and gender minority college that, like all of the 7 Sisters Colleges, hosts a vibrant LGBTQ community, a spread of cult-like annual traditions, a green full of elite 1800's brick buildings, and very supportive professors and staff. While there are towns nearby with a good amount of weekend activities, the campus life overall has a strong student-run and homey country vibe due to the relative remoteness. Students work hard and stress a lot about their academics, but there's also a focus on leading a fulfilling and well-rounded life. It is not a perfect fit for everyone and your time here will definitely have its big ups and downs and its monotonous seasons, but ultimately it is a special and wild ride that you'll never forget.
Overall Mount Holyoke College is a very welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds. I feel accepted, safe, and I learn a lot about different subjects and cultures from both staff and fellow students. Everyone I have met is very kind and willing to help you. I don't feel too stressed over the workload, but there is enough to keep me busy after class. The campus is beautiful and a great place to walk in between classes. Making friends is easy this way, you may make some by seeing them outside every day!
It is nearly impossible to compare a Mount Holyoke college experience to an experience from a large, co-ed university. Mount Holyoke students are focused and driven to do their best, and campus can often seem quiet and empty, because most students are studying in groups, in the library, or other buildings.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Mount Holyoke College is 52%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Most of my fellow students are passionate, intelligent, very progressive-minded, and competitive.
Don't mind the ranking, think about what is really important to you
Well some of us, but some of us aren't, and we get stuck with these names.
Mount Holyoke definitely has a lot of school pride, on and off campus. But other then alums and a few people, no one has heard of the school. It is really annoying to me. South Hadley isn't really a "college town". The Village Common is the closest we get to that. It is really hard not having a town around the school, especially growning up in a "college town" (Ann Arbor). I really love the MHC "bubble" we live in. I like feeling safe, secure, and free to say whatever the hell I like. However, sometimes I wish there was less of a "bubble", so we could have more of the 'real world' in play.
Most of the professors learn my name, either by talking to them or they learn the names of everyone. There is definitely a lot of class participation, not as much in lectures, but still some. I love having the liberal eductation because I am not stuck taking one subject for my entire college years. I think I'd go insane if I had to do that. One of my favourite classes so far was my acting class (THEAT 106(?)). It was so much fun and it had a great atmosphere. I felt comfortable acting out my pieces in front of my classmates.
I am involved with the ice hockey team and the chorale. I love both of them! I do lock my door when I leave the dorm, but I know a lot of people who don't. The traditions that happen every year are elfing, big/little sisiter, dis-o, pangy day, etc. What I did last weekend was play 3 hockey games, participate in Relay-For-Life, hem my dress for my upcoming chorale concert, practice my pieces for the concert, and my homework. That weekend was a particularly crazy one for me.
The main focuse of this school is to create strong articulate young women who are capable of speaking on a variety of subjects no matter their training. MoHos are always prepared to articulate a point on Social Justice or politics and feel free standing up for themselves when they are called upon to do so. It's commonly understood that graduates of women's colleges go on to become greats in their field. This is true of Mount Holyoke especially. Women who graduate from here are passionate and have a bright future in front of them.
Inclusive and accepting.
Its isolation. South Hadley is a very picturesque town, but it is far removed from the other universities and major towns and the bus system can be a hassel when you just want to make a quick trip to the grocery store. Coupled with an intensive homework load, the difficulty of getting off campus to socialize really has impeded my social experience of college.
The amount of work that was required of me- sometimes I feel as though I am attending a graduate institution. Also, I wish thta I could have known the increase in tuition over time- it has gone up a ridiculous amount each year.
boy-crazy, pampered city girl
The location of the school in a valley that has beautiful landscapes, two hip towns/cities, cultural events, and 4 other schools.
Being an all women's college.
The people. They are diverse in EVERY meaning of the word, and incredibly engaged with the world. They are intelligent, knowledgeable, thoughtful, open-minded and committed, and that applies to students, staff and faculty alike. The people are what make the dining halls lively (students and staff), the discussions thought-provoking, and the campus activities so widely-varied. They constantly redefine what excellence means and looks like, and are nurturing of those around in ways that I have never seen or heard of at any other college. The people are the reason I am so in love with Mt. Holyoke.
It can be difficult to be a white middle class straight woman here. You are often white washed and painted as a type of person based on the color of your skin. While this is an important learning opportunity as an ally it can be hurtful when peers and friends refuse to acknowledge that they are doing something that hurts you.
The female that would attend this school is very bright and really very dedicated to her education. She has big plans for the future, even though they may not be finalized quite yet. She is very intelligent but also very social and good at communicating and knows how to use resources that are given to her. Despite the academic pressure, she knows how to have fun while succeeding.
A student describes her decision to come to Mt. Holyoke.
Many of them are excellent! The rooms aren't usually too small and are often quite spacious. Furthermore, many of the dorms and/ or bathrooms have been renovated recently, so nothing is too old. It's also great having dining halls in your hall!
Students hanging out and eating at a Mt. Holyoke cafeteria.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
81% of students
attending Mount Holyoke College receive some sort of financial aid.
16% were awarded federal grants.
While 46% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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Total On Campus
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