South Hadley, MA
Mount Holyoke College


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Recent Reviews

Sasha
What is your overall opinion of this school?

MHC is a great school. The academics are great. The campus is BEAUTIFUL. There are enough students that I don't know every si...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

MHC is a great school. The academics are great. The campus is BEAUTIFUL. There are enough students that I don't know every single person I see, but whenever I go into the student center I always run into a friend. The library is gorgeous. I fell in love with it when I was a prospective student!. I spend time there in between classes, but most of my time is spent in Pratt music hall or in Kendade sports complex.

Describe the students at your school.

MHC is a very liberal school, and very accepting of everyone despite race, religion, sexual orientation, and/or socio-economic status. I have friends from all over the country and even all over the world. We have a little bit of everyone here, and I think it would be very hard to come here and not find someone that you get along with.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

MHC is a really amazing school and I think most students here are very happy!

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not for the majority of the student body.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics at MHC are great (as I mentioned before). Professors really push you to be your best, especially in seminars. Every professor I have had so far has been thought provoking. People here study a lot. The library is the place to be during finals week. We aren't really competitive with each other at MHC. People are competitive with themselves, but no one really competes with anyone else. We're all willing to help each other out! I think the academics at MHC are geared towards learning to appreciate education. We take the skills we learn in class and use them to go out and DO something. MHC is all about challenging women to change the world, and I truly think most women who come here want to make an impact.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There is so much to do on campus. There are endless amounts of service orgs, sports teams, singing groups, theater opportunities etc... and if you don't find something you like at MHC you can take advantage of the 5 college consortium! I have met my closest friends in my dorm and at chorale. In terms of social life, I love just chilling on campus with friends on weekends, or going into Amherst for dinner. Before I got here I thought I'd be spending all my time over at Amherst, but I enjoy staying on campus so much more!

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

We're all either feminist lesbians who want to escape "the real world" or we're man starved skanks who spend every spare moment partying at UMASS and Amherst.

Claire
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A finishing school for world-saving superwomen..

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A finishing school for world-saving superwomen..

Describe the students at your school.

Brilliant, accomplished, dedicated and friendly.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When selecting the right college, ignore rankings, ignore perceptions of prestige - find the college that's right for you. Look through course catalogs and viewbooks and take note of which makes you feel more excited for the years to come. If you're not sure what major or career path you want to pursue, find a school which offers a wide range of academics and provides opportunities to explore your other interests, be it sports or music or volunteering. Visit campuses if you can. At the end of the day, ignore what everyone else thinks and go with your gut!

Rosemary
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visiting a campus and staying overnight is essential. Every college community is incredibly different and you will truly fin...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visiting a campus and staying overnight is essential. Every college community is incredibly different and you will truly find the best fit for you by experiencing what it is to live, eat, and sleep in a place. Additionally, and I cannot stress this enough, don't be fooled by a school's name or "rank." The happiest students are those who followed their hearts, not the USA Today lists. I am a sophomore and I still have to learn this lesson over and over again. Competition among schools continues when you're in school, so it's best to simply love the place you're in and work on satisfying your own needs, rather than the expectations of others.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Education is unbelievably expensive. You will be the poorest you have ever been while in school. Be very careful with your money, and cut out all non-necessary expenditures (or be forced to, through utter depletion of funds.) Save your money for travelling, not coffee.

What's unique about your campus?

Mount Holyoke is empowering to women. One may enter the school wary about the all-female environment, yet are sure to leave with newfound respect, admiration and enthusiasm for the incredible brilliance and power of women in the world. They will leave enlightened, and inspired to radiate the strength Mount Holyoke awakened within them.

Lauren
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It was all womens and it was the best liberal arts school I applied to.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It was all womens and it was the best liberal arts school I applied to.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't rule anything out! And don't be afraid to change schools if you were wrong about the first one.

Marisa
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

This school is so competitive and I feel very unhealthy. If you had a different view from the majority of woman there, then y...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

This school is so competitive and I feel very unhealthy. If you had a different view from the majority of woman there, then you did not fit in.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is outgoing with a great personality, who is fun and loves adventure and different things on a day to dat basis.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do an overnight! I learned and saw so much about each school by doing an overnight and spending a full day with someone while they did classes on a Friday and then their day Saturday.

Sally
Describe the students at your school.

They are interested and engaged in the world around them, well-rounded with various interests and hobbies, and eager to meet ...

Describe the students at your school.

They are interested and engaged in the world around them, well-rounded with various interests and hobbies, and eager to meet new people and explore new things.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students should know whether they want a small or large school, liberal arts or technical, and how important the surroundings and environment is to them.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The location of the school in a valley that has beautiful landscapes, two hip towns/cities, cultural events, and 4 other schools.

Katherine
What kind of person should attend this school?

The female that would attend this school is very bright and really very dedicated to her education. She has big plans for the...

What kind of person should attend this school?

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.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I think that it is a bit too academically focused sometimes and doesn't have enough of a social life. That is a large part of the college experience, and I feel that the social aspect can be quite lacking.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Definitely think about actually living at the college that you are considering. Also reconsider why you are going to college. What is it you are looking for? What will make or break your college career? Then make sure that the colleges you are looking for have those components. And remember, you can always transfer and don't hesitate to if it's not a right fit.

Lena
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Mount Holyoke is a school that encourages women to be loud, intelligent, vivacious, and to take up space in the world; as suc...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Mount Holyoke is a school that encourages women to be loud, intelligent, vivacious, and to take up space in the world; as such, the campus is full of interesting, motivated, enthusiastic women who are motivated to make a difference in the world.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Too many students search for colleges by thinking about what will best prepare them for "the real world" - and in doing so, they forget that they are already a part of a world that is rich with possibilities. The most important thing to do when trying to find the right college is to ask yourself not where you would like to go to school, but how you would like to spend the next four years of your life. What type of work do you find interesting? What types of people do you want to be surrounded by? What activities or hobbies couldn't you live without. Choose a school where you can see yourself immersed in a community that shares your vision but which will challenge you to push yourself even further - academically, socially, or politically. Then, make the most of your college experience by actually taking advantage of the services and opportunities that drew you there, as well as ones you hadn't anticipated trying. Find the right balance between enjoying the things you know you love, and taking a risk. You can take classes in subjects you'd never heard of or simply make new friends!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Women who are excited about learning and who enjoy a challenge should attend Mount Holyoke. Students here tend to be social justice oriented and to think critically about the world. Driven students who are involved in their schools would enjoy being at Mount Holyoke.

c
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

visit the college, stay over night, talk to students, sit in on classes, talk to professors, visit twice, make a pro-con list

Liana
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

MHC is best known for its equestrian and golf team. It has a reputation of excellent academics that preceeds itself.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

MHC is best known for its equestrian and golf team. It has a reputation of excellent academics that preceeds itself.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is an important time in all students' lives where they learn to grow and develop new social skills. For students looking to go to college, the best advice that you could get is to go visit the schools, stay there over night, and sit in on classes. These three things are the only way that you can decide if the schools you are looking at are truly right for you. For parents, don't push your kids to go to school. Let them make the decision on their own and aid them in any way you can if they decide they want to go. Help you children with the financial aspect of school in terms of seeing how much financial aid they can receive and what they can do to make up the rest of the aid that isn't included because you have experience in this field that your children have yet to encounter.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how hard the faculty and staff work against their students instead of trying to help them. I also wish that I knew that many professors here are teaching while doing research or are still here because of tenure and that their classes are tedious tasks that they have to deal with.

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