South Hadley, MA
Mount Holyoke College


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Recent Reviews

Nicole
Describe the students at your school.

They tend to be either really outgoing or really reserved. People are really friendly and easy to talk to. Everyone cares abo...

Describe the students at your school.

They tend to be either really outgoing or really reserved. People are really friendly and easy to talk to. Everyone cares about their grades but they're not too competetive about it. There is an extreme amount of diversity in race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender presentation, and even what country they live in. You can pretty much be who you are and find somewhere to fit in. They are all women, which can seem wierd but once you get here it's a really cool community to be a part of.

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

The most important thing is to remember that you will be potentially spending the next four years of your life there. Everybody knows how to find out about academics, internships, and study abroad. All of those things are important when making your choice but a school can be perfect on paper and still make you miserable when you get there. You definitely should visit before you enroll to check out the people and the general vibe. It may seem silly to choose a college based on a vibe but it really is important. If you're not happy at your college you won't be able to perform your best academically either. You are not just choosing a school, you are choosing your home for the next four years of your life. That can be a very long time if you are not happy. Get to know what the students and professors are like before you decide. You will be spending more time with them during this time than anyone else in your life. It basically comes down to one question: Can I picture myself here? If the answer is yes, go for it. If it's no, keep looking.

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

Don't mind the ranking, think about what is really important to you

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

Don't mind the ranking, think about what is really important to you

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

that financial aid is not as good as they advertise it to look like

What kind of person should not attend this school?

straight, conservative, super upperclass, privileged white girls

Shandra
Describe the students at your school.

They are engaged and interested in what we're learning.

Describe the students at your school.

They are engaged and interested in what we're learning.

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

How pretty the campus is, what I do with my friends, interesting things I've learned in class.

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

Visting the campus is extremely important. Base your college on gut reactions rather than pro/con lists or on of research.

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

All strong, powerful, amazing women. It's really cold and in the middle of nowhere. It encourages difference of opinion and b...

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

All strong, powerful, amazing women. It's really cold and in the middle of nowhere. It encourages difference of opinion and belief and discussion.

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

It's best to have a feel for what you're interested in. Sometimes a school that is perfect in every way may not end up having the best facilities for the topic that you end up finding yourself sticking with.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I was a theatre major, and the theatre facilities left something to be desired.

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

A women's college prepared to support you in any way you need

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

A women's college prepared to support you in any way you need

What's unique about your campus?

We're incredibly accepting. though MHC is a challenginging college, it is also encouraging and responsive to your needs

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

Pay attention to extra-curriculars, but don't make them the reason you choose your top school. Pay attention to majors and programs that interest you. Dorm life is extraordinarily important... without a supportive staff in Res Life, you may not be as successful as your full potential.

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

Location- it is a great get away, and Boston and NYC are accessible, but it would be nice to be a tad closer to a city. Also...

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

Location- it is a great get away, and Boston and NYC are accessible, but it would be nice to be a tad closer to a city. Also, the competitive nature between the students is unbelievable. Otherwise- I love it.

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

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.

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

The advice I would give parents and students would be- follow your heart. Mount Holyoke was not my first choice school, I visited and I knew something was different about it. After going through the application process and recieving my acceptances, I didn't have to think about it- I knew in my heart that it was the place for me. You have to remember not to worry about the money, it will always figure itself out- just make sure the college you chose is comfortable- make sure it offers a lot of choices because your major will change- and your interests will too. And NEVER follow any of your highschool friends, boyfriends, or girlfriends- it never works out and you won't be happy. Once in college, try all different classes, you never know what will spark your interest, go to lectures and programs, join clubs and sports- if your occupied you won't get homesick and your brain will stay stimulated. Don't waste your life away in the library or in bars- you will regret it, find a happy medium and you should be happy. Good Luck!

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

I am unsure, overall, of what I want to do with my life, but I know I will do something important to help the world.

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

I am unsure, overall, of what I want to do with my life, but I know I will do something important to help the world.

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

Do not allow anything to be set in stone. I began as an International Relations major and ended up in Psychology instead. Parents need to be supportive of their college-age children, because this is a confusing period in life. Students need to feel support from those they deem important in their lives, or else they might lose hope in their future.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who is boy crazy and will miss guys in classes should not attend this school. If you can deal with seeing guys in party situations, or make male friends in Amherst that you go to see, you'll be fine.

Stefanie
Describe the students at your school.

Most of my fellow students are passionate, intelligent, very progressive-minded, and competitive.

Describe the students at your school.

Most of my fellow students are passionate, intelligent, very progressive-minded, and competitive.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Mount Holyoke College is an ultra-liberal campus and a women's college. Students from other colleges often tease Mt. Holyoke students for "becoming lesbians until graduation."

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

Research, research, research! I procrastinated looking into colleges, but it is really important to avoid doing that and get a head-start on available options. Investigate schools that might not sound entirely appealing before you rule them; being open-minded is how I essentially ended up at a women's college, rather than a co-ed school. Think about some characteristics that you are sure you desire: do you want to attend a small school or a large school? What area of the country do you want to be in for school? Private or public institution? These preliminary answers will really help direct your search. Try to do as many college tours, visits, and interviews as possible. Being on-campus for these events is a really good way to get the pulse for a school, meet some members of the student body, and maybe even sit-in on a class. Schools may feel very different from the way they appear on a college website, and experiencing the college culture at a school before you apply is valuable when selecting "top choices." Apply early-decision if possible, and complete the hefty applications bit-by-bit. Do the essays first!

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

A beautiful campus full of bright, curious, strong women.

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

A beautiful campus full of bright, curious, strong women.

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

Go with your gut instinct, with the school you most see yourself at. The experiences is what you make of it.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who need a highly active social life.

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  • 2,199
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $45,866
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