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  • 07/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 1 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Many international, religious, LGBT, athletic, artistic women but you don't have to fit a type to fit in. Just be driven and be ready to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, talk to your college advisor, and apply!

    Bang for the buck

    Education is definitely what you make it, but the opportunity to study at 4 acclaimed neighboring colleges and university, as well other study programs in the New England area, makes this education worthy of its asking price.

    Am enjoying being here

    Overall a friendly, fun, interesting, and diverse group of women. When you need to get away, local transportation is completely free. Also not far from New York or Boston. Amtrak station is located in Amherst ( a free bus ride away) and Peter Pan bus line ticket sell right in the Village Commons, the local shopping center.

    Am learning a lot

    Mount Holyoke is a great school with great facilities. There is also a great 5 College consortium that allows you to further expand your depth of knowledge and connections with students/professors in your field. The small class sizes give students a greater opportunity to engage professors and try your hand at holding a discussion. There are many opportunities on-campus and off-campus to seek help in writing, public speaking, critical analysis etc. The work is tough but so rewarding!

  • 01/23/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 2 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Strong women who are looking to be leaders and are prepared for a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely check it out first! And even though it's an all women's college, don't scratch it off your list! It's Five College Consortium gives you plenty of chances to meet other people!

    Bang for the buck

    Mount Holyoke definitely isn't as cheap as some schools but i believe every dollar invested here will be worth it. The opportunities it provides you with are endless.

    Will enjoy being here

    I actually did an overnight and i loved it! The dorms are very reasonably sized and comfortably fit the residents. There was so much to do on campus i couldn't decide, and everyone was willing to hang out and chat with me like i already went there instead of treating me as some random high school kid. Everyone made me feel as if I was already apart of the school.

    Will learn a lot

    I've visited the school twice and all the students I had met are driven and excited about the academics! They told me how approachable the faculty is and how each one of their professors is excited about the subjects they teach. I definitely felt the connection between the students and professors when i saw them at campus activities.

  • 07/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 3 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Mount Holyoke is really great for students who want a small town feel, but would still like to be able to go off campus and have fun. Prospective students should be very academically dedicated and prepared to face day to day life with very little male interaction and open to a mostly liberal campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    While it is an incredible place to be, Mount Holyoke is very academically challenging. Be prepared to have your mind expanded, but keep in mind how challenging it is so that you don't spread yourself too thin. Even if you are valedictorian of your class, make sure that you balance your course load, or at least attempt to. This will give you the best chance for success.

    Bang for the buck

    With small class sizes and great professors (and great food) Mount Holyoke really is worth the money. If that's not enough though, Mount Holyoke is one member of a 5 college consortium. What this means for the students is that instead of just having one college, with all of it's resources and classes, they have 5. Students within the consortium can attend classes at any of the other 4 colleges at no extra cost!

    Am enjoying being here

    Mount Holyoke campus is absolutely stunning, with beautiful landscaping and architecture. Don't let its old style look fool you though, the campus is very eco-friendly and technologically advanced. Everyone on campus, from the students, to the cooks, to the janitors, to the professors, is friendly. At Mount Holyoke, or MoHome as we like to call it, you feel right at home.

    Am learning a lot

    It is almost impossible not to be inundated with knowledge at Mount Holyoke. The class sizes are small and the professors are top notch. They are always willing to explain topics in depth and meet with students outside of class. Mount Holyoke also offers an incredibly diverse range of classes which allows everyone to find something they are interested in and explore many areas students may not have been exposed to before. Plus, even if you feel there is a little something missing, there are four other colleges where you can take classes at no extra cost!

  • 07/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for women who prefer a quiet environment to study, who are driven to expand their knowledge, who have an open mind, and who enjoy the environment that a small, liberal arts women's college can provide.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring or buy some weather-proof shoes! Snowy, icy winters seem to be sandwiched between periods of rain. The weather isn't usually too bad, but trust me, cold, wet feet can ruin anyone's day. Explore clubs and orgs! You might find your passion or your best friend.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is really high. There's no doubt about that. But here's what you're getting out of it: a beautiful campus, close relationships to faculty and staff, small class sizes, great dorms, an amazing selection of food (including kosher/halal/vegetarian options), a Hogwarts-esque library, the 5 College Consortium, the occasional foam pit/rock climbing wall/concert, a wonderful gym, and an endless supply of hot showers. Did I mention the beautiful campus?

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this school. It did take a while to get used to the isolated feel of the campus, but it's easy to go on an adventure and get around to the other colleges and experience different kinds of environments. Having a great group of friends really helps you get through anything

    Am learning a lot

    Like any school, your learning experience is influenced by the professors, so as long as you research your professors, you can get what you want out of your classroom experience. The 5 College Consortium expands your options in terms of what classes or what kind of learning environment you want to experience. The downside to that is that it is a bit difficult to schedule your classes when they're on different campuses and take into account the sometimes-early-sometimes-late-but-always-free buses that get you from college to college and some to yourself to grab something to eat.

  • 09/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    You don't have to be gay to come here. Although, you do have to be a woman. (sorry) You don't have to be a flaming liberal to come here. You don't have to be a tree-hugger, or someone who just likes to sit in the library and study. It is true, MHC is a place that is academically challenging. And it is a quiet campus. And it does lean more toward the liberal side of things. And we do have quite a few quirky traditions. But for those who want to liven things up a bit, there are free buses that take you to any of the other four colleges in the area (UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and Smith College). And you can take classes at any of the other colleges, too. But to come to Mount Holyoke, what you really need to have a fire in your heart. You need to have passion for what you're doing. You don't need to have a plan for your life, you just need to have the courage that a school like MHC will get you where you need to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    As of last year, I didn't see myself going to an all-woman's college. And, to be honest, I applied to MHC on a whim. But what really got me excited about the campus was coming to the campus in the spring (just a few weeks before the dreaded D(ecision)-Day). I fell in love with the campus, and everyone was very nice to me - answering all my questions and pointing me in the right direction if they didn't know the answer. I decided to go to MHC, and so far, I'm loving it. It was the perfect fit for me and so many others. So, if there is any advice that I can give to a student who is thinking about coming to MoHo, it would be to come and experience what everyone is so excited about! :D

    Bang for the buck

    MHC is very good about making sure that if you want to come here, you can. They give financial aid, scholarships, and plenty of work-study. And if all that doesn't cover the cost, they can help point you in the right direction to find other scholarships, or jobs.

    Am enjoying being here

    We love diversity here! We love that we can walk across campus and hear five different languages spoken along the way. We love to talk and listen to others who have different opinions, and come from different backgrounds.

    Am learning a lot

    I have to say, you have to work hard at your studies. The classes are demanding, but worth it. They're interesting and all taught by amazing professors. MHC likes to keep the classes on the small side, so that students have more opportunity to ask questions and learn. That's not to say that by showing up you can just get a degree. You have to work hard, and earn every grade you get. But it's so worth it!

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People looking for a liberal arts education who are generally open minded.

    Bang for the buck

    Mt Holyoke gave me incredible Financial Aid (more than the FAFSA told us we needed) on Merit Aid, so for someone on Aid, it's definitely an excellent value.

    Will enjoy being here

    Closer than home than I wanted to be, but a gorgeous setting with an excellent campus.

    Will learn a lot

    I will learn a lot wherever I go, so I don't feel that this is really relevant...

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Motivated scholars, enthusiastic students, unique women

    Tips for prospective students

    Visiting the college is a must! I fell in love with the beautiful campus, friendly people, and interesting classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is rather costly to attend, Mount Holyoke has a fantastic financial aid program, and some wonderful scholarships. It is definitely worth it to come here.

    Am enjoying being here

    Apart from the cold winters, I love being on campus, surrounded by all these wonderful women.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are fabulous, the professors enthusiastic and engaging.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Bluelights every couple yards. Safety and security (and the workings of Pub Safety) is a big deal on campus. Mount Holyoke goes through quite a bit of effort to make sure we keep everyone safe!

    Greek Life

    none to speak of, thank goodness!

    Clubs and Activities

    if we dont have it, make it! it's pretty simple.

    Great for these types of students

    Intellectual, Hard Working, Community-oriented, Lots of love

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Soooo many... Mountain Day is probably the most famous -- classes canceled and lets climb to the top of (which mt?) and eat icecream! Graduation is filled with traditions too... the Laurel Parade is quite amazing!

    Bang for the buck

    Well, is any education work 57 k a year? I am likely going to be in debt for the rest of my life. But, yes it was worth it. Not everything is money.

    What to do for fun

    hang on the green during warm weather, slide down prospect hill with lunch trays from blanchard, howl at the moon, mountain day, walk around stony brook stream, jump in upper lake, canoe sing, acapella, gardening, hanging with your buds, lectures, movie screenings :)

    Food and Dining

    Wilder was my personal favorite :) Sit-down dining comfort food in abundance... fast food too if you want it. Flavor is great but food and dining ethics and health are lacking a bit. I worked on the Dining Services Committee, sat on the Food Justice Society (student org) and did my final senior project on the conventional meat system and food on campus. Although we are making progress towards creating a more sustainable food system on campus via composting, sourcing food from our student garden and other locals, and somewhat encourage student participation and involvement, we still have a very long way to go.

    Dorm Life

    If you are looking for parties, there are a few big ones. There are a few party animals too, but not many. Most of us find enjoyment sharing meals, studying together, and doing community service.

    Academic Rigor

    It's about as rigorous as it gets.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about Mount Holyoke consider this: we are a small, private, liberal arts all women (or at-least-all-initially-identifying-as-women) college culture which prides itself on developing leaders of the world... This implies alot -- think about it! Mount Holyoke is definitely a great enough school -- you'll make life-long friends and your world will change in profound ways after coming to school here.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke has great programs in life and human sciences. If you are a student here you will find many opportunities to get involved with your community on campus and beyond. Prepare to study, study, study -- lots of homework folks!!!

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    mount holyoke is a very safe campus. the campus police pubsafe as they're affectionately known are constantly patrolling the grounds to make sure everyone is okay. they are also available instantly if someone gets hurt or becomes sick.

    Greek Life

    there are no sororities on campus, but when you are around 2,200 other strong, young women, there is no need for them.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is so much to do here. crew, theater, knitting, russian language, orienteering and journalism are just naming a few. there is something for everyone, and if you don't see anything you like, it is fairly common to start your own club...and the college will even fund it!

    Great for these types of students

    mount holyoke is perfect for women who love academics, but who also know how to relate what they love to the real world. we play just as hard as we work here, whether it be through social events, or school clubs. mount holyoke women take charge of their education, yet are not competitive amoung each other. they realize that intelligence and education is something every woman should possess, and what to see this dream achieved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    mountain day! one day in the fall, our president decides to give all the students a day off! the bell tower chimes at 7 am to give girls time to sleep in, finish up homework, or eat ice cream, get a free hat and climb mount holyoke ( the actual mountain) !

    Bang for the buck

    mount holyoke gives wonderful financial aid packages( most of which are grant-based....yay for free money!) , so don't let the price tag scare you away. it was one of the reasons i chose to come here. the quality of education is well worth the amount of money which you pay.

    What to do for fun

    the pioneer valley is full of things to do! exploring the old buildings on campus will never get old, as well as hiking through the woods behind mcgregor, partying at chapin or umass, seeing movies at the tower theaters, meeting with friends for coffee at the thirsty mind and heading to northampton for shopping or a concerts is fun, too. one great thing, is the mount holyoke is associated with 4 other schools (smith, hampshire, amherst and umass amerherst) with free transportation between them...so the possibilities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    some dining halls are simply better than others. consistently, prospect has the best food, followed by the rockies and wilder (though there is like no space in the wilder dining room). it is helpful that mount holyoke puts the menu up online at least a week in advance for each of the dining halls. there are so many options, so you can always find something you will like.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life at mount holyoke is what you make of it. some of the halls are simply in a better location on campus than others, so if you are in one of the halls on the outskirts (ham/mcgregor, dickinson, 1837, the delles,etc) it can be frustrating. however, all the dorm restrooms and common spaces are kept up with by housekeeping. the hall presidents and advisers are always on hand to help handle problems as they arise.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes here are great. the distribution requirements invite students to take things a little bit outside their comfort zone. for example, i am a prospective english major who took a geology class and ended up loving it! the 100 level classes are really great at introducing students to the kind of work they are expected to complete at mount holyoke. professors aim to nurture students' pre-existing talents, and help them to become even better in their areas of expertise. you will work hard, but you will enjoy each moment of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't stress too much about standardized tests! mount holyoke doesn't even require the sat. instead, put your attention on constructing the best high school transcript that you can. in subjects which interest you, take the ap level. demonstrate leadership skills by actively participating in a few clubs at school. get a job and work regularly, and volunteer in your community. overall, just be yourself in high school. excel in the things you love, and mount holyoke will notice.

    In three sentences

    mount holyoke is a vibrant, accepting and challenging community. students are encouraged to take a variety of exciting and interesting classes, participate in extracurricular activities which complement their pre-existing interests, and also discover new passions. lifelong friendships are formed daily and the social aspects of campus tie in beautifully with the academic.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus police are always prowling around and there are tons of blue light emergency buttons in case you need help with something. i haven't been here too long, but i haven't heard of any problems. also, pretty much no one locks their dorm room door. the students are super honest and honorable here. if you accidentally leave your stuff in the library or lose it on the ground, if you have your name on it expect someone to contact you on facebook telling you they found it and took it to the lost and found for you. it's so wonderful here!!!

    Greek Life

    none! yippee!! there are no popularity contests here. everyone is on common ground and free to be themselves without fear of judgement.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many. so well funded. so diverse. so much fun. i don't even know where to start with these. hahaha.

    Great for these types of students

    lovers of thinking, in any way. :) you do not have to think one particular way to fit in here, you just have to think and speak and listen and think!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    elfing. it's a secret. but you'll love it. there are mysterious presents involved. each class also has it's own mascot (they rotate through 4), and they're really cool. and m&c's is the best. and you have to visit the octogon room, if you can find it! ;) there's also a giant sloth skeleton somewhere on campus if you can find it. haha. and so much more, but you have to visit to find out!

    Bang for the buck

    first of all, amazing financial aid. mount holyoke is super committed to focusing on academics first, and is need-blind to domestic students. in focusing on academics first too, the education is top-notch. we were even ranked higher than harvard in academic rigor last year. the professors are super happy here and they love teaching! never be afraid to talk to them as they're also super kind and will always help a struggling student in addition to being really cool individuals. also, there are so many amenities available to you! we have a nutritionist and physical therapists (even for strained shoulders!) and if you get the pre-paid health plan (very very cheap) you don't have to pay another dollar out of pocket for anything in-clinic! we also have incredible state-of-the-art basically everything. gym, art museum, library, science labs, music building... and not to mention there is a writing center where you can get help with your essays before they're due, very easily accessible math and science tutoring, and did i mention that the library is open until 2 am every night except fridays and saturdays? oh, and the clubs are also extremely well funded. and then don't even get me started on how great your career outlook is once you graduate from here and things like that... mount holyoke is worth what you take advantage of. it offers so much to you, but of course you have to be the one to actively go for it!

    What to do for fun

    so, so, so, so, so much. i just had a mud fight the other night for example. there are dances almost every weekend it feels like, culture nights every month, movie nights basically every week, one event or another every day, and a very stephen king-esq library that's easy to get lost in (but oh so much fun to do so). there's a movie theater across the street, and almost everything on campus is open until about 2am. there are free drop in classes at the gym most days of the week, language tables at dinner time, and people. so many interesting people. oh, and the stars are actually really nice here so i like to go outside to one of the darker areas and just stargaze for an hour or so with friends (it's also very safe here). there are parties almost every night too if you know who to talk to, but of course they're easy to avoid if you don't care about that. there are something like over 100 clubs as well, and most of them hold really cool events at least twice a semester. seriously, there is so much to do on campus that i'm just way too busy to know what's going on outside. haha.

    Food and Dining

    go to the interfaith lunch every wednesday. you always learn something new and the food is beyond amazing there. i actually really like most of the dining hall's food, there are always a ton of choices and at least something super delicious, but there are days too where i'm just like ... i need emergency salt and a few people bring their own spices to dinner interestingly enough i just recently noticed... hahaha. but overall it's wonderful, and if it's not (like my emergency salt days), that's probably because you were forced to eat in a dining hall you didn't want to by your friends who like that dining hall because it has halal meat that night even though you're a vegetarian and this means your choices will be extremely reduced. xd

    Dorm Life

    i walk in through the kitchen and i grab an orange or cookie from last night's m&c's (milk and cookies are served every night!!) when i get back from classes, then plop into a homey chair in the living room and turn on the tv (we have basically every channel) or grab a book and just take a few to relax. other residents walk in and it's like a family member coming home. we're all sisters here. my dorm is actually really big, and i have a great view of a forest and field. the beds are not rock hard like i expected, and the bathrooms are very clean and nice. we even have baths! i did not expect that at all. sometimes someone will be in the living room with a big pot of tea and a bunch of cups and just invite anyone who walks by for a cup or a conversation. sometimes someone will put on a movie for everyone to watch together. there is always laughter coming from one place or another. and if anything ever needs fixing, just give a call to facilities and it'll be perfect the next day. the dorms are really pretty too, and all have something special to offer whether it's location or history or a special dining hall, or just the amazing residents. i can't stress enough how homey this place is.

    Academic Rigor

    you cannot be stupid here. give it up. your days of passively going through your classes are over. there are no easy classes at mount holyoke. each class will challenge you and make you work. it's the best thing ever.

    Tips for prospective students

    the instant i stepped on campus for the first time (day of orientation, i did not visit the school beforehand), i realized i'd found my home. but, if you visit, please talk to some of the students! we love prospective students and first years and always want to encourage you to apply and attend. also, be prepared to feel the most comfortable and accepted ever and to have a mind blowing amount of eye opening and thought provoking conversations with everyone and anyone. :)

    In three sentences

    (first of all, sorry about lack of capitalization, somehow it's not working every time i submit it!) mount holyoke is mohome, an intellectual, comforting, and aesthetic paradise, full of incredible people with incredible dreams, drive, and determination. this is the best atmosphere possible because unlike at my high school, you are not looked down upon for wanting to do well and work hard! it's extremely easy to be involved or go for or speak up about whatever you want here.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    PubSafe is polite and attentive, and rarely have enough to do, hence them wandering through our very small campus all the time. We now share a police force with three neighbouring schools, but it never feels like we're low on safety. The campus is extremely well-lit, and there are emergency switches every hundred feet or so. No problems whatsoever.

    Greek Life

    We live in a giant sorority. Why have Greek life when we're all in one big sorority?

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't have a lot of knowledge about clubs and activities, but Mount Holyoke has a large amount of them for its small size. There are several exciting dance groups (including a bhangra team), several acapella groups, an improvisational comedy group, and many academic and sport clubs as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy intense, thorough academics, and thrive on learning. Stress tends to run high here sometimes, so students with a laid-back attitude towards stress tend to excel. Students who really want the full college package (academics, a job and/or a social life with lots of friends) are encouraged to consider Mount Holyoke carefully, because jobs are scarce and a social-life is something you must actively pursue - the party does not come to your door here. If you are a self-motivated person who wants all that, and you are intent enough on it, it is possible, but not as easy as at other universities. That being said, you will learn about reaching for goals that way!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have M&Cs (Milk & Cookies) which occurs at 10pm Sunday-Thursday. At M&C's, late-night snacks are made available to all, to help assuage all of the frantic studying occurring in the dorms. We also have Elfing, where first-years are gifted anonymous gifts every night for a week by their sophomore elder sisters. We also have Mountain Day! Mountain Day occurs during the fall semester, on a glorious day. The college president selects a beautiful day and the bells ring, signaling that there will be no classes, and instead an annual hike up Mount Skinner in the nearby hiking range. Or, you can go back to sleep if you feel like you've been missing your bed lately.

    Bang for the buck

    Academically, it is entirely worth it. But you will be surrounded by students who conscientiously choose to make studying and academics their entire lives, which means that they don't always have a lot of practice dealing with the outside world. That doesn't mean that they aren't friendly, but it can be hard to find someone who is used to communicating with men or other human beings, and doesn't get flustered. It can also get a bit boring if you don't have a car on campus. But it is beautiful here and the smallness of the campus means that you WILL find someone with your interests to be friends with. The professors are one in a million - I have only had one terrible professor here, and I think that was more a matter of personal taste than anything else.

    What to do for fun

    If you like to study and relax outside, Mount Holyoke is the place to be, during the early fall and late spring. The entire campus is well manicured and beautiful. There is a lot of room to run/jog, and we have an art museum on campus. There's a rather expensive movie theater across the street. If you really want to get out, there is a bus line that runs students to Northampton and Amherst every half-hour or so. There you can go shopping and explore a more urban area.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not sure what happened. In my first year the food was brilliant. Then it all changed. Mount Holyoke operates on about five different rotating menus, so you know that the same thing you had in one dining hall the previous night will be in a different one for dinner tonight. There is also a central dining hall, but the food is unhealthy and gets boring incredibly fast, and the cafe is not set up well to handle the large volume of students trying to get lunch or dinner.

    Dorm Life

    Excellent atmosphere for studying. God forbid if you need to take a break from studying, however. Being an all-female campus, there is either no social events, or very immature ones, where excessive drinking is the norm. If you want to hang out with friends and maybe have one drink in a fun, but not insane atmosphere, be prepared to go off campus, or stay in a small dorm room.

    Academic Rigor

    You can find the easier classes without a lot of difficulty, but there are a lot of professors who will even that up and work you to the bone. Most professors expect a lot from you, but they are fun and interesting people and make studying under them not so much of a chore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend a lot of time here, in the winter, when students are going about every day life. Make sure that an academic career here is something that you really want and will enjoy immensely, because you don't want to regret college. Mount Holyoke is a place that appears one way, but when you live there it becomes entirely a different phenomenon.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is a fantastic academic college, with excellent professors. It is not necessarily a good college for someone who does not want to actively seek out a social life. All of the hard work is entirely worth it.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus and feel comfortable to walk across campus late at night without any worries. However, if you are ever in a sticky situation Campus Police are only a call away.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at Mount Holyoke but we could be considered the largest sorority on Earth. Saying that, sororities were banned in the early part of the 20th century to create a stronger community among all of the students. Thus far, this strategy seems to have worked.

    Clubs and Activities

    With more the 150 student organization, there is something for everyone. Mount Holyoke is secular, but there is a thriving faith-based community with tons of inter-faith cooperation. While Mount Holyoke is not known for its rabid sports fans, there are thriving sports teams, both club and varsity, that allow student-athletes to maintain a good balance between sports and academics.

    Great for these types of students

    This is the prefect place for students who are looking for an academic challenge, who are passionate about life, and who have an unstoppable drive.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Being the first all women's college in the country, Mount Holyoke has a fondness for tradition. One of my personal favorites is M&C's--Milk & Crackers! Every night from 9:30pm to 10pm, milk and some kind of baked good are provided in the dorms. It's a great break from studying and a way to socialize with your friends. Also, the tradition does not stop at graduation, the Alumni are extremely involved and loyal to the college both financially and socially. Most large cities in the US and abroad have active alumni clubs that do all sorts of activities.

    Bang for the buck

    While the college is expensive, it is worth the money. A liberal arts education is a major investment but any student who graduates from Mount Holyoke College is making an investment in their future that will pay off. In addition, the college offers superb financial aid. However, take a close look before you go and talk to the financial department, because it's easy to get mired in debt at any college you go to.

    What to do for fun

    Community is a corner stone of Mount Holyoke College. We have over 150 student organizations on campus alone, everything from cultural organizations to dance troupes to academically-focused clubs. If you cannot find something on campus, jump on the PVTA--free transportation throughout the Pioneer Valley--and go explore the 5-college-consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, UMass). It's true that Mount Holyoke doesn't have a huge party scene- we're more of a small-gathering-with-friends sort of place- but it is pretty easy to get to parties at UMass and Amherst on the weekends. And honestly, we do a lot of homework.

    Food and Dining

    In any school, you will eventually miss a home-cooked meal. However, Mount Holyoke food is really good, with a large selection of food for vegetarians and vegans, as well as a kosher/halal dinning hall. Dining Services is very accommodating to people with food allergies, and as a person with food allergies, I am not only able to find food I can eat but also food with variety.

    Dorm Life

    Nearly everyone lives on campus which fosters a strong sense of community among the twenty-odd small dorms. Students love the dorms that according to 'The Princeton Review' are like palaces. I have formed friendships that will last forever over the course of living in the same dorm as many of my friends.

    Academic Rigor

    When I applied to this college, I wanted to be challenged academically and I was. There are classes that I have spent at least ten hours a week studying for and readings I have reread to make sure I understand the underlying meaning of the author's words. This is not a school for the faint of heart. It is academically challenging but the small class sizes, the professors who care and are willing to listen, and the resources available make it worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to apply to Mount Holyoke College. While it is not the school for everyone, there is a wealth of opportunity. Some students do not like the all women's environment or the academic rigor of the campus. Thus, students do occasionally transfer out but those who do stay find a rich community of support and intellectual stimulus. And, of course, students transfer into the college as well and thrive.

    In three sentences

    I once heard Mount Holyoke College described as Harvard meets Hogwarts meets the movie 'Mona Lisa's Smile'. It was not until my first week on campus that I realized the truth behind this description. Not only was I sitting in a classroom with some of the smartest women in the world, but the Gothic architecture created world of magic and opportunity both in the classroom and out.

  • 06/24/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Women who are looking for a diverse empowering learning environment

  • 03/23/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want to go to a school where academics are taken seriously this is a place to go. MHC is the perfect college for people who want to experience diversity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come and visit the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's worth it!

    Am learning a lot

    Most if not all of the classes are challenging. An education at MHC will take you to unlimited places in life.

  • 01/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always around. They can escort you to the dorm if its really dark out and they have a blue light system for if youre ever in trouble around campus.

    Greek Life

    Does not exist.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can imagine, its there!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of traditions, especially for freshmen, i just do not want to ruin the surprise!

    What to do for fun

    Bowling or go to the movies. There are parties all the time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious; there is always desert and a salad bar if you dont like the meal.

    Dorm Life

    It is quiet and my bestest friends are actually my dormmmates.

    Academic Rigor

    Its hard if you have the wrong combination of classes and not enough time on your hands.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work on Time Management and focus on studies, try not to party too much.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is the best decision I made. The education and support there is amazing and I feel at home. The food is great, there is always something to eat that is healthy. The people there are so nice!

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the mhc campus is extremely safe and quite well-lit at night. campus police are always active and on the lookout, and there are blue lights everywhere. there are very, very, very few cases of sexual assault or harrassment.

    Greek Life

    there are no sororities here.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for any and every interest you might have. service work, religion, politics, activism, academic, sports, video games, music--everything. you will find it here. or if you don't, feel free to start it up yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    highly motivated, intelligent, independent, open-minded, minority, lgbtq, international, determined, caring, friendly women of all ages. all are welcome. the stereotypes that we are all rich girls looking for husbands at amherst or man-hating lesbians, are simply not true.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    mount holyoke is host to many, many traditions. mountain day is an annual fall event where bells ring across campus to signal that classes are canceled. students then walk up skinner mountain and are served ice cream by president pasquerella and the alumnae association. elfing, an activity where sophomores leave first years little presents every day for a week; big sister-little sister, where juniors befriend and advise first years; and dis-orientation, an activity with seniors, are traditions meant to unite the four classes. milk & cookies is an anticipated, near-daily event where students receive snacks at 9:30pm to keep them going with their studies.

    Bang for the buck

    financial aid is fabulous here. i happen to be the recipient of a very generous scholarship that makes it possible for me to attend school here. with such strong academics and such a wonderful campus, i think it would be worth almost any price to come here. that said, it is a private college, and they are expensive.

    What to do for fun

    south hadley, our town, is quite dead, unfortunately, except for a block with little shops, restaurants, a small movie theater, and a cafe (the thirsty mind! go there!). mount holyoke students have free bus access in the pioneer valley region, which they often use to go to classes at the other members of the five college consortium (amherst, hampshire, and smith colleges and umass amherst) or to go out in northampton and amherst. there are plenty of school-run events and activities (las vegas night and drag ball come to mind) that keep students busy, and students frequently congregate to boisterously watch tv shows together.

    Food and Dining

    the food is excellent here at mhc, as far as college fare goes. each student on the meal plan has a swipe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and she can either eat in a dining hall or in a few alternatives. blanchard, the campus center, is open for lunch and dinner and has counters for pizza, deli, grilling, salad, and ethnic foods. there are some grab'n'go options for weekday lunch, which i highly recommend. there are always options for kosher, halal, vegetarian, vegan, etc. food and other restrictions. there are also a few cafes on campus.

    Dorm Life

    each dorm has 25% first years, 25% sophomores, etc. there is no such thing as first-year dorms. dorm life is probably considered quiet in comparison to coed schools, but the dorms (and bathrooms!) are also considerably cleaner than coed equivalents. male guests are frequent and unisex bathrooms are available on all floors.

    Academic Rigor

    mount holyoke was the first of the seven sisters colleges, which were founded to equal the then-all male ivy league schools. this school will challenge you, stretch your mind, and make you think things you could never have thought before. the english, biology, and international relations departments are especially strong, though all departments are great here. due to unwavering belief in the liberal arts, there are several distribution requirements, all of which can be happily met, and students are required to have both a major and a minor or a double major. nexus programs, which include journalism and public health and emphasize career experience, are available as minors.

    Tips for prospective students

    be open-minded; this campus is brimming with people of every ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic group, academic interest, extracurricular involvement, and any other sort of label you might have encountered before, though there's a ton of crossover. try everything, even the things that make you uncomfortable. it will enrich your time at mhc in ways you never thought possible.

    In three sentences

    mount holyoke college is a place for intelligent, driven women who want to make a change in the world. if you like the sound of diversity, sisterhood, and rigorous academics bundled up into a close-knit, caring community with terrific and personable professors, this is the place for you.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very ineffective. however, many of them are very nice.

    Greek Life

    non-existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    a wide array; you are bound to find one that you want to join. also, students are free to create as many organizations as they would like.

    Great for these types of students

    nerds. liberals. homosexual/transgenders/lgbt spectrum. international students. geeks. ambitious. community involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    too many to name. one of the more popular ones is: whenever there is a full moon, kids run around campus howling. another is, every night we have milk&cookies in our dorms (from 9:30-10:30).

    Bang for the buck

    yes. and the school is very generous with financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    parties, college hop, arts shows (within the 5 colleges), eat, go to the mall, watch movies, shopping, go to boston/nyc, hang out with friends, etc.

    Food and Dining

    amazing food (both on campus and within the five colleges)!

    Dorm Life

    all the dorms here are very different from each other. however, they each have something that make them attractive to different people (some have a great dining hall, others have bay windows and window seats, some have great common rooms). you are guaranteed to find at least one dorm here that you will love.

    Academic Rigor

    i went to a pretty rigorous high school so i feel pretty prepared for the work load here at mhc. however, i have many friends who find it very challenging to juggle both their academics and their social life. mhc teaches you from early how to prioritize and use your time efficiently.

    Tips for prospective students

    be open-minded, you often don't expect to love a school like mhc, but it quickly becomes mo-home.

    In three sentences

    mount holyoke in a few words is a vibrant small community of eager learners. a community where you truly are free to be yourself and will be accepted--no matter how strange you are often described as. by the end of your four years at mhc, everyone becomes proud to be a moho.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i feel very safe here. i've been able to walk across campus at one in the morning and feel rather safe.

    Greek Life

    there is no greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a lot of clubs and activities to participate in. there are varsity and club sports as well. you can also join clubs at the other colleges or start a club of your own if mount holyoke does not have your club.

    Bang for the buck

    it's expensive, but a lot of people get financial aid, and it is worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    there is often something to do on campus or at one of the other four colleges in the area. there are parties, concerts, and sporting events. you can also take the bus to the mall or a nearby town. you can also just hang out with friends and watch movies.

    Food and Dining

    you can generally find something to eat even if you have dietary restrictions. some dorms have dining halls and you can also eat in the campus center. sometimes the food is hit or miss but it is generally good.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are nice and the people are really friendly. even if you are shy, you'll still be able to make friends. ssme of the dorms are nicer than others and there are a couple of dorms across the street from the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    the classwork is not impossible, but you will work hard. people here often take a lot of classes. it is doable, you just have to plan when you make your schedule so you still have time to sleep.

    Tips for prospective students

    you should definitely visit if you are interested in the college.

    In three sentences

    it is a medium sized women's liberal arts college. students can take classes at four other colleges in the area: smith, umass, amherst, and hampshire.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at MHC. However, I've heard some refer to Mount Holyoke as a big sorority.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite traditions is the bagpiper. Every year on Mary Lyon's birthday, a man in a kilt walks around campus playing bagpipes. I especially love this because he always begins in the middle of class time and all everyone can do is listen to the bagpiper.

    What to do for fun

    There are four other colleges located nearby, so there is always something to do in the area. Grab a few friends, and head over to the party you were invited to at Hampshire, Smith, Amherst, or UMASS. If you're not into the party scene, there is a small cinema in Amherst that always has amazing films playing. We even have a small cinema in South Hadley! Tower Theatres is located within the Village Commons, and plays two recently released films. If you or your friends have access to a car, a black-light mini golf joint just opened up at Holyoke Mall.

    Food and Dining

    We have several dining hall selections on campus; we have seven all-you-can-eat buffet-style dining halls (located within dorms), and one cash-value Cafe (I am the manager at this dining hall). The dorm dining halls have hot breakfast each morning, and any dorms without dining halls have a continental breakfast Monday through Friday mornings. The food is very good, as far as college food goes; it's much better than food I've eaten at other colleges. The only downside is the dining halls get VERY crowded, particularly from 12:20 to 1 and from 6 to 7.

    Dorm Life

    Our CAs and SCAs (formerly SAs and HPs) are there for everyone, no matter what - I've had wonderful SAs that I have developed very comfortable relations with. Dorm life at a women's college is not drastically different from dorm life at a co-ed institution... aside from the fact that our dorms are absolutely beautiful!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the professor, classes may range from straight-forward and simple to cryptic and spending all your nights the week before a paper is due frantically typing and wishing for some kind of caffeinated IV-drip. However, as long as you plan ahead and start major projects as early as possible, and develop close bonds with professors, the academic stress is entirely manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to involve yourself in at least one extracurricular activity, whether it is a job, sport, or student org. You'll meet new people, network, and find so many ways to relieve tension.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is a welcoming environment for individuals of all backgrounds, a place to establish life-long bonds with others who share the common history of life as a woman (but has expanded to include trans*men and trans*women). Although women have made tremendous gains in equal treatment and rights over the last century, our journey is not yet over.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is never a time I do not see campus police on patrol. You could be walking from one side of campus to the other at 2 AM and feel completely safe. Pathways have lights as well as emergency boxes that will send a call to campus police as soon as it's activated. Also only people with MHC one cards (mostly students, faculty, etc.) can access academic buildings after 5 PM, and dorms can never be accessed by someone without a one-card....including unfortunate students who've lost/forgotten theirs (I was one).

    Greek Life

    Non-existent, except for the occasional hazing one of the frats from a neighboring college will surprisingly do in our library: they make some of the pledges sing or do an embarrassing performance. Not ill-intentioned and all in good fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    See what to do for fun or check out the org directory on Mount Holyoke's website.

    What to do for fun

    When it comes to activities the only hardship is choosing where to do them. On campus you'll find plenty of student orgs, groups, and clubs. If you are outdoorsy there's an outing club for all your desired hikes and camping. Like most colleges a cappella groups are huge and there is a nice selection to choose from if you want to join. As well they put on shows year-round and even bring in other groups (even from co-ed schools) for shows. If you are not a varsity athlete, yet still enjoy a little rough and tumble, MHC has club sports such as rugby. There are clubs too for specific subjects or interests, ethnic groups or religions. And if you've exhausted everything the home campus has to offer there's plenty to explore in the neighboring college towns of Amherst and Northampton. All it takes is a free bus ride on the PVTA and you have plenty of shops, venues, and restaurants to explore. When you start making friends at some of the other schools you'll gain another outlet to parties or school events they can let you in on!

    Food and Dining

    For college food, you've hit one of the jackpots. The dining halls, located in a number of dorms, act as restaurants sometimes. There is an online menu for students that details the meals in each of the dining halls. Students can pick and choose from Italian, Mexican, or Chinese cuisine (and still more!); Vegan, Kosher, or Halal food; on and on. If the dining halls aren't to appealing there are the aforementioned kitchens for students to cook their own food. As well there is the cafe in Blanchard (the student campus center). It's open from 7 until 12 and serves everything from vegan soups and stir-fry to fresh baked pizza and fresh grilled burgers.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are diverse; each has its own vibe and story. Generally speaking most have well-sized rooms, some bigger than others of course. There are newly constructed dorms as well as older ones freshly renovated. There are party dorms and quiet dorms. Dorms that are in the heart of campus and those that possess more of an adult flare by being a little off-campus. Some dorms have kitchens for to indulge the chef in all of us, whilst others have full-blown dining halls. If you're cleanly pests are never a problem, and there is a cleaning staff as well to take care of any other problems. Yet most of the time students pitch in themselves to make the most out of their temporary (and eventually cherished) homes.

    Academic Rigor

    Above all courses are demanding. Nine times out of ten they are either reading, speaking, or writing intensive; and don't get me started on the sciences. However many factors help make the demand un-problematic. First and foremost are us students. We are mostly a passionate bunch and our interest in and love for the work becomes the elements we are most consumed by. Second is the vastly brilliant faculty; these are teachers that match their students' passion and curiosity. Even if you're taking a class outside of your intended major, to fulfill distribution, or whatever other reason the class will still be interesting and manageable. Third are the resources available to students as help when the work does get too hard. There are centers and tutoring services for everything from chemistry to languages, to help you with presentations or just writing a paper. What's great is that the majority of the workers in these centers are fellow students. So you're always comfortably in the company of peers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you will gain from attending Mount Holyoke, and voice what only you can bring to the college during your education. The point of attending a school like MHC is that itâ??s a mutual strengthening. If you find this in exploring the history, opportunities, and goals of Mount Holyoke, and express this genuinely during admissions, then attending is pretty much a done deal.

    In three sentences

    It is impossible to imagine describing Mount Holyoke in such a short space because over my first year this college became everything to me. It is now at once a home and launching pad. It is a haven for me to test the waters as well as push myself towards realizing my goals.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a seriously safe campus...the police log usually consists of fire alarms going off and suspicious male sightings (all males are considered suspicious if alone on an all women's campus).

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life at Mount Holyoke.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many organizations on campus, but what is great about Mount Holyoke is the fact that you can also participate in things on the UMASS Amherst, Hampshire, Smith and Amherst campuses.

    Food and Dining

    In all honesty, the food is pretty good. All of the students complain from time to time, but it is better than most schools. If you aren't in the mood for whatever is at the dining halls that day, you can always go to Blanchard Campus Center where the food is made to order.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Mount Holyoke are really nice. Even the dorms that are considered the worst dorms on campus are nicer than many dorms at other schools. Social life can vary, but you can definitely find whatever you are looking for if you try. However, it is definitely not the typical college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Mount Holyoke are of a high caliber. The students definitely study hard, but it is all worth it. We still know how to have fun though!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be put off by the fact that it is all women's school. If you give Mount Holyoke a chance you will see all of the great things it has to offer.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is a great school! You will build relationships that will last a lifetime and learn how to be accepting of people at all walks of life. The learning environment is great.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus, and there are always campus police circling campus. There are also plenty of blue lights around.

    Greek Life

    We don't have any greek life, but if you are really interested, some sororities at UMass will let you join there.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are about 180 clubs and organizations; so much to choose from, and if there is something that you want to do that we don't have, you can start up an org.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated, passionate, and creative women.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are tons of traditions at Mount Holyoke, but my favorites are Mountain Day, M&Cs, and Elfing. Mountain day is when the president calls off one day of classes in the fall and everyone goes up to the local mountain and climbs to the top where the president serves ice cream! M&Cs stands for Milk and Cookies, and every class night the dining halls have a snack from 9:30-10 for a study break. Elfing is a secret tradition for first years and sophomores and will only be revealed if you attend Mount Holyoke.

    Bang for the buck

    The school has an excellent reputation and I definitely feel like I have learned and grown a lot, but I believe that all colleges cost way too much, and it is going to take more than 15 years to pay it all off, when i could be using that money to start my life and pay for a mortgage.

    What to do for fun

    There is a small movie theater right across the street, there are plenty of clubs to join, you can take the PVTA bus to any of the five colleges in the consortium to attend events, parties, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The staff is wonderful and the food is pretty good! Especially in Prospect and Wilder dining halls. Sometimes the pasta is very watery in other dorms, but there are plenty of options and it doesn't get boring.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice and big, and pretty clean. Girls are not as clean as you would think though!

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is very heavy, but it is manageable if you know how to manage your time, and it is well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you are looking at colleges, make sure the college has every option for the majors in which you are interested. For example, Mount Holyoke doesn't offer any business classes since it is a liberal arts college, so I can't take any of these classes even though I think it may be important for my future. Also, if you take summer classes at other universities, make sure they transfer to your school before you waste your time and money.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke College is an open and welcoming community with outstanding professors and staff. The dorm rooms are cozy and comfortable, and there are many dining hall options with better than decent food. The classroom experience is amazing and has helped me learn and grow into a strong individual.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is so helpful. I got locked out of my room 3 times on the same night and they came to help me every time. You really get to know them and feel safe with them around.

    Greek Life

    We do not have a Greek life and it is refreshing. We build bonds among each other and I think this is better than belonging to one specific house.

    Clubs and Activities

    We offer a lot of clubs ranging from cultural clubs to academic clubs. You can also start your own club. They are very good ways to meet people and all the clubs are inclusive.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for people who are willing to try something new like going to an all women's college in a small town. It is great for strong women looking to make a difference.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have many traditions at Mount Holyoke, such as elfing(sophomore class leaving gifts for first year class), M&C's(late night snack), and Pangy Day(a day where we celebrate womanhood).

    What to do for fun

    Although it is a small town, you have the Peter Pan buses that can take you to Boston and New York at low costs. You can also visit neighboring towns. It is really fun meeting a lot of people your age. It also offers time for relaxing in such a calming environment.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and the chefs are very nice. You can eat at any of the dining halls and it is different food everywhere you go.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty and dorm choosing is very fair.

    Academic Rigor

    Mount Holyoke is definitely hard but it is worth it. You learn so much and the teachers are very willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for great people and traditions. Mount Holyoke women are very happy to be here.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is a beautiful place where you learn a lot about yourself through the great education and your surroundings. It is filled with wonderful women from different backgrounds and experiences. It is a place to meet strong women like yourself.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those that are devoted to hard work and commitment to excellence.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pangy Day! It's pretty much like a May Day festival held towards the end of the year out on the green.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but worth it.

    What to do for fun

    It depends on what you're into, the sports are intense, there's tons of clubs on campus, and parties in dorms, around campus, and if you find friends willing, at the other five colleges to go to.

    Food and Dining

    Love the food, there's six different options on any given day for dining halls, you can also use your dining dollars at the cafe in the student center. (It has milkshakes and fantastic cookies.) Though the dining halls have set hours, the campus center's cafe downstairs is open until 11, which is really great if you have late classes.

    Dorm Life

    The only problem I have with dorm life is other students that do not understand the concept of communal living, but that is to be expected everywhere. The dorms are very clean, (they are cleaned every day by a paid staff.)

    Academic Rigor

    I chose MHC for their academics. The professors can be tough, but they are always fair, and more than willing to sit with you and discuss your progress in the class. They take their time to ensure that you are in fact learning, and succeeding if you demonstrate effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sit in on as many classes as you can when you visit! That's the reason why I chose MHC over the other colleges that accepted me. Also take a trip (if possible) into the neighboring town of Northampton, where you'll probably spend at least a few weekends during the year.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is a fantastic institution, offering a academic rigor, as well as various student activities to participate and find your footing in. The atmosphere of the campus, from students to faculty is overwhelmingly positive. MHC is overall a fantastic experience.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Mount Holyoke offers a wide variety of merit based and need based scholarships in order to ensure that deserving young women aren't driven away for financial reasons. The way that Mount Holyoke invests in its student body is a key component in creating our flourishing campus community.

    Tips for prospective students

    Push yourself to seriously consider a women's college education. Many of us who have chosen this route never would have expected to, and very few of us regret it.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is a diverse, rigorous educational institution for bright and driven women who want to push themselves to succeed. Individuality and intellect are embraced wholeheartedly by both students and faculty, and the resulting atmosphere is vibrant and unique. Located in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, this college town is a great place to study and grow.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    26 of 42

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe and secluded.

    Greek Life

    It is nonexistent

    Great for these types of students

    Women who are hard working and want to do something fantastic with their life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a huge parade where all the alumni come back and a lot more traditions because the school is so old.

    Bang for the buck

    It is really expensive- one reason why I did not go even though I was accepted (with a scholarship that would pay around half but the local public university was still cheaper). On the upside , it seems like you do make good connections and have good teachers

    What to do for fun

    The town seemed like a small college town so most of the activities seem to be throughout the school- and you will not have much time for fun with all the classwork. They do have a bus that goes to the mall every fri and sat.

    Food and Dining

    They seem to take pride in their food- mostly buffet style. What is even more awesome is that they have M&C (milk and cookies) + other veggies and fruit brought to your dorm every night!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seem to have a range of options when I visited. There are really old dorms(which are bigger) and more social new dorms that are like your typical dorm room.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is selective but not only for academics- they want to know you are a well rounded person and can deal with college classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get started early if you want to go here. Make sure you send in all the extra essays and have a good face to face interview as well as send emails. Find some alum in your area, they sure to really nice!

    In three sentences

    With a beautiful campus and such friendly students and staff you will not want to leave because you will become family so fast. It is a smaller all women college but is part of a consortium so one can get the whole college experience (with or without boys is your choice).

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go visit the five different colleges on the PVTA(Bus running through the five colleges) See Northhampton and Amherst, go visit Boston, explore our very big campus, and get involved!

    Food and Dining

    There's a variety of food you can choose from. There are four dining halls in the four different dorms; Prospect, Ham, Wilder and north Rockies that serve meals throughout the week, however they do have timings, and there is an excellent variety of food in Blanchard( Centre of MH) that is open until 12 throughout the week.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends on the dorm you're assigned to. Each year there's a lottery that decides which dorm you'll be in, however as a first year the dorms are assigned to you. It's usually what you make of it, and the type of people you meet in your dorm and on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Although it might be easier to get into than the IVY colleges it is definitely as challenging once you're in the college. The courses really change you to think critically and be more open minded.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a party college this is not really the place as it can get boring but if it's academic challenge you're after this is definitely the place for you!

    In three sentences

    It's an extremely diverse community and you will meet different people everywhere; in your dorm, classes, while eating lunch or just walking around school.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mount Holyoke has the blue-light system and public safety is on-call 24-7. There is a Health Center and Counseling Center on campus that is available to all students. At no point have I ever felt like my safety was in danger, even when walking home from the library at 2am.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or student run organization for anything. Students are encouraged to get involved, not to build a resume but to meet other people with similar interests and make new connections.

    Great for these types of students

    -Motivated -Willing to make a change in the world -Interested in Academics -Physically Active -Social/ Outgoing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Milk and Cookies every night Sunday through Thusday in every dorm! -Mountain Day: One day in the fall, the president of the college decides it is Mountain Day and classes are cancelled and the entire student body is encouraged to climb the actual Mountain, Mount Holyoke. -Elfing: All first years are assigned a secret elf, a sophomore who comes to their dorm in the middle of the night some week in the fall and decorates the outside of their door, and leaves presents. After the week is over the Elf meets their first year! -Secret Sisters: Members of varsity athletics are assigned a secret sister, another member of their team, for whom they make or buy gifts to give before every game!

    Bang for the buck

    Mount Holyoke is academically challenging and has a great job placement percentage. The Career Development Center (CDC) is always available to help students find amazing internships and post-grad jobs. There is a network between all of the Mount Holyoke alums, LyonNet, which allows current students to contact alums to ask questions, help obtain jobs/internships, and even sometimes housing when studying abroad. 75% of students study abroad their junior year and come back, having had their lives changed.

    What to do for fun

    -Athletic Events: Even though Mount Holyoke is a Division III school there are always athletic event, both intercollegiate and club going on on campus -Grab a coffee at Thirst Minds across the street. Thirsty Minds is just across the street and is a very cozy coffee shop that often has performers on the weekends! -Have some FRoYo. Also across the street is a frozen yogurt shop!! -Go for a Hike. Mount Holyoke is located within a few miles of some great hiking trails. Not interested in going off campus? There are some running trails around Upper Lake. -Hang out on Skinner Green. When it is warm enough you can see the main Quad filled with students tanning, listening to music, doing homework, and in general just enjoying the company of good friends

    Food and Dining

    There are 7 dining halls on campus, a cafeteria in the Student Center, and a Grab-and'Go lunch option in the science building. Mount Holyoke works to make food available to people with any needs. There is a kosher and hal'l dining hall to provide for religious students. All food is labeled with allergens that are present, and gluten free food is always available. It is very easy to be a vegetarian or a vegan as there is always a vegetarian option to the mail course in any dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    At any school some dorms are nicer than others, but at Mount Holyoke I have yet to see a dorm that I would be upset to live in. Dorms are kept clean, are eco-friendly, and are often social gathering places. Dorms have democratic processes to determine when Quiet hours are and other imperative rules. There are also milk and cookies in every dorm Sunday-Thursday, which is a great tradition!

    Academic Rigor

    Mount Holyoke is one of the most rigorous academic institutes in the United States, but that doesn't mean that you cannot do well here. Professors are dedicated to ensuring that you have the best in-classroom experience possible and are always willing to meet with you to go over any questions. There is also the SAW Program which is a program dedicated to Speaking, Arguing, and Writing to help you succeed in all of your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Volunteer: Being an active member of your community at home is something that you need to do in order to get in to Mount Holyoke -Spend time on your essay: Your essay is how the admissions staff are going to get to know YOU beyond test scores and GPA. Write about something that actually matters to you. If you are bored writing your essay, the admissions office will be bored reading it. -Come for an interview and a tour: The feel on campus is what sold me, and it is just not the same to see pictures over the internet.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is a beautiful place to grow as an independent woman. Not only are the professors the best trained in their field of study, but they are also genuinely dedicated to teaching YOU as their student. The community here is amazing, there is always someone who is working to better the world in some way, and there are always opportunities to get involved.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue emergency buttons are positioned on campus so that there is always one in sight. The campus police are also always patrolling the campus to make sure that everyone is safe. The campo officers are very friendly, and sometimes even host self-defense or health and safety events.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mountain Day is probably the most famous Mount Holyoke tradition. One random day during the fall semester, the president of the college will cancel classes, and if you want to you can join everyone in climbing Mount Holyoke, the nearby mountain, and eating ice cream at the top. There are also other secret traditions that freshmen are guaranteed to enjoy. :)

    Bang for the buck

    This is by no means a cheap college, but the cost of a Mount Holyoke education is entirely worth it. There is plenty of opportunity for financial aid, and the college is pretty generous. You have access to not only Mount Holyoke, but also to the resources of the other four colleges, and the Career Development Center will work with you to make sure that you have a job or a graduate school after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Mount Holyoke has a wide variety of clubs you can join; some are linked to academics or community service, but some are just for fun. In addition to ample campus events every day, there are weekly shuttles to the malls, a small theater across the street, many trips off-campus, and free transportation in the Pioneer Valley on the PVTA bus system. You also have access to the events hosted by UMass Amherst, Smith, Hampshire, and Amherst colleges. Or you can even take the Peter Pan buses to New York or Boston for the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is fantastic! All of the dining halls serve different things for meals, and the menus for them are posted online a week in advance, complete with nutrition information and ingredients. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available at every dining hall, and one of the halls is entirely Halal and Kosher. We also have gracious dinners occasionally, which is when they decorate the dining halls and serve special featured foods. There is also Blanchard cafe, which is open every night until midnight, Rao's cafe in the library, and plenty of restaurants in the Village Commons across the street.

    Dorm Life

    Like any college, MHC has some dorms that are more desirable than others. None of the dorms are bad, though. Most of the dorms are very beautiful. Every dorm has a grand piano in the common room, and most of them have a grandfather clock. Even if you live in one of the farther outlying dorms, to walk across campus takes no longer than 15-20 minutes. Even if you're not lucky enough to live in a dorm with a dining hall, all dorms provide continental breakfast on weekdays, which is really nice if you're running late for class.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are very rigorous. I am a first year in my first semester, and most of my classes are more challenging than I had anticipated for the entry level. Be prepared to work. That said, the professors want you to succeed. In addition to visiting professors during office hours, there are numerous resources to help you understand course material and improve your speaking and writing skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will be treated as an adult here and expected to act with maturity, but we also like to have a lot of fun! There are services on campus for pretty much everything you do or ever could need, and people are always willing to help you find what you need, so know that you are in good hands here. Don't be afraid of the pricetag -- it's high, but it's worth it, and the school gives out generous financial aid packages. My best advice is to visit the campus; when you're visiting, you can get a good idea of the area and decide if it's the right environment for you.

    In three sentences

    This is a women's college, not a girls' school. Mount Holyoke offers a warm, accepting, and diverse community; when you walk across campus, you're almost guarantee to overhear someone speaking in another language -- but although it's diverse, it is also very inclusive and accepting. The classes are academically challenging, but you have all the resources to succeed if you're willing to work for it.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mount Holyoke is one of the safest campuses you will find. With a 24/7 on-campus police house and police cars who make rounds between the five colleges, there is always help nearby. The blue light system installed on campus ensures that wherever you are, at least three help call boxes are within sight. Crime rates are incredibly low.

    Clubs and Activities

    Mount Holyoke is FILLED with clubs! From academic, arts, and community service to religious, political, performance, and government, the college has a group of people in any niche you're interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent, driven, and capable of young women who are determined to make a mark on the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mount Holyoke is FILLED with wonderful traditions, some silly and some inspiring. There are M&Cs, Elfing, the Laurel Parade, Mountain Day, May Day, DisOrientation, Pangynaskeia (lovingly known as Pangy Day), and most importantly: the tradition of women helping women.

    Bang for the buck

    Mount Holyoke is the nation's top producer of Fulbright scholars. Professors are world renowned, and some often take leave to speak at international events. Class sizes are small and focused. Mount Holyoke has consistently been rated by Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses, best VALUE college, and the best classroom experience.

    What to do for fun

    Mount Holyoke is part of the Five College Consortium in the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass. Smith College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and University of Massachusetts Amherst are all within a free bus ride's distance. There are always sponsored events on every campus, and plenty of athletic games, artistic performances, museums, concerts, and other shows to attend!

    Food and Dining

    For a small college, there are a lot of dining options on campus! With seven places to eat including a nearly 24 hour student campus center, there are always plenty of choices. Menus are available online and offer a wide variety of comfort food and international dishes. There are numerous vegetarian and vegan options, and even a whole dining hall that is Kosher and Halal.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Mount Holyoke are beautiful! Every building is made of brick, and has a very home-like feel. Most rooms come with a closet (or two), a full dresser, bookshelves, a desk, and a bed. Everything is made out of gorgeous wood. There are also full mirrors in every room. Every dorm has its own aesthetic appeal and has a different view of the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Mount Holyoke is definitely very, very rigorous. Professors are not afraid to apply a heavy amount of homework because it is necessary for class discussions, and for full understanding of the material. Though the work is challenging, being able to complete assignments and actually gaining knowledge is crucial!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the idea of an all-women's college scare you! It's a unique opportunity that should be taken advantage of. Being surrounded by women allows you to learn more about yourself and become more confident in your skills. There is pride in being a woman!

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is a unique and challenging institution. The all-women environment is supportive and allows one to thrive to their fullest potential. Although it isn't for everyone, those women who do choose to intend become confident and successful in whatever field they enter.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are nice to students and have a visible presence on campus so students feel safe walking across campus alone, night or day. The campus police do host self-defense classes and give every student a lock-out pass just in case someone gets locked out of their dorm.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life at Mount Holyoke. However, there is a club for it that goes and does activities together as a slightly toned down Greek Life option.

    What to do for fun

    It is fun to hop on the PVTA (free bus system between the five colleges) and head over to Amherst or Northampton for an afternoon. There are some great bookstores and odd shops in and around the main streets of those towns. Mount Holyoke itself does have quite a bit going on around campus though if one pays attention to the bulletin boards as there are events pretty much every weekend on or nearby campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is wonderful. There are multiple dining halls across campus attached to the dorms. Most of them have different menus from one another. There is also Blanchard Campus Center, with a grill, salad bar, sandwich station and more which is open until 2am for those who can't catch lunch or dinner at a dining hall. All of the food is like home cooking!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very clean and well kept up. There are full kitchens for student use in the dorms that do not having dining halls attached. The living rooms and tv rooms (with cable!) in each dorm are always nice to study or just hang out in. All are reasonably close to the academic buildings on campus as the entire campus is pretty small.

    Academic Rigor

    Mount Holyoke's professors set high expectations for students, some being more or less lenient than others. Be prepared to bring it when you come and study here. Most people I know fell into a good groove so as to have a balance of studying and leisure time, however.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is worth visiting in person if you can, especially to stay the night in a dorm with a student and maybe some of her friends. I found it helpful to get in touch with present students to ask even the silliest of questions - there are very active facebook groups for that kind of thing.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke has a large international student population which is very present in classes and around campus. The college has a great amount of resources at its disposal, whether through the very active alumnae network or the area, including colleges nearby. The Five College Consortium can be very useful to all students who want to participate in clubs, sports, classes, and more which their own school may not necessarily have, though of course the consortium it has its limits.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a great team of campus police that ensure that we are kept safe and healthy.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports and a capella are a huge part of MHC, but there is something for everyone. For example, there is a knitting club, a LGBTQ club, a movie club, languages clubs, art clubs, and MANY more. And you can always start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    ANY type of student really. There is so much diversity that there is a place for anyone. the diversity includes religion, gender, sexual orientation, political, economical, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many unusual traditions but you have to go to Mount Holyoke to find them out!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym, take a walk around the lake, parties, go to the small near by towns, the mall to see movies, and even go to Boston or NYC for long weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Most dorms either have a kitchen where they have a continental breakfast or an actual dining hall with full meals three times a day. There is also a campus center open with food, snacks, and a coffee shop. There is a coffee shop in the library and a little shopping center across the street with a few restaurants,a frozen yogurt place, a deli, and a coffee shop. All in all, the meal plan is a necessity.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm. The rooms are huge, the views are gorgeous, and at night, it is quiet! There are many singles for juniors and senior and even sophomores if you're lucky.

    Academic Rigor

    The first semester here was the most challenging, stressful, difficult time of my life. I have never been in such a cutthroat competitive environment. Thus, I learned to use the outside resources (SAW program, tutors, and office hours) to my full advantage, and in the end it paid off. It is hard but they want you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would visit the school and do an overnight. Especially if you are thinking about playing sports. Also, go talk to people, do not be scared of the big scary college students we all remember when we visited and how scared and intimidated we were. Sit in on more than one class to really get a feel for the classroom dynamics. Explore the beautiful campus, walk from the green to the botanical garden and up around the lake and even to the equestrian center.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is a school that provides and excellent education to anyone willing to work hard and strive to be their best. The community is small, supportive, and excepting of everyone. There are opportunities for anyone, with any passion, to thrive and succeed during their time at Mount Holyoke and after with the help of the teachers and alumni.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is plenty of hiking and outdoor activities as well as shopping and clubs to join on and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent, with a great variety.

    Dorm Life

    It is a woman's college so if you are looking for the party you are probably going to have to leave campus, however the party is never far and mount holyoke women are always welcome.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what types of classes you take the work load can be very heavy in different ways but regardless it will be a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to note that college unlike high school tends to be self taught and then the professors will test you on your ability to comprehend and apply the material that they have presented and you have learned.

    In three sentences

    It is an academically challenging school. However it provides students with every opportunity to succeed giving them outstanding opportunities that they would not have received otherwise. They also have an incredible equestrian team that is both competitive and gives students a nice balance to the heavy academics.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Campus Police are amenable and committed to the well-being of its students. You can even call them for an escort back to your room if you feel unsafe at any time.

    Greek Life

    Nonexistent.

    Clubs and Activities

    The beauty of many of these organisations is that they are well-funded by the Student Government Organisation. Many teams that require travelling are paid for.

    Great for these types of students

    Intense, studious, serious, open-minded, liberal, amenable.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Octagon Room in the library is hard to get to, but productivity emanates from its walls. On school nights, from 9:30 to 10:00, the school puts out assorted snacks in the kitchen or dining halls as a study break. Traditionally known as M&Cs.

    What to do for fun

    There is a vibrant music and theatre life on campus; the school's student-run theatre organisation puts on shows almost bi-weekly- that are definitely worth a visit. Student organisations host dances on the weekends as fundraisers, which, depending, can be a blast or a bust.

    Food and Dining

    We have upwards of seven dining halls; the food is well-crafted and sometimes delicious, but is definitely what you make of it. Avoid anything with tempeh or seitan.

    Dorm Life

    The CAs and SCAs here definitely do what they can to craft a dorm community, but oftentimes, people simply prefer to stay in their rooms. If you're looking to socialise, clubs, sports, and other organisations are a better place to look.

    Academic Rigor

    It's quite a bit of work, but definitely worthwhile. Don't procrastinate if you can help it. It's common here to be paralysed by the amount of work, but if you can balance your work with procrastination, you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in whatever clubs interest you- take a risk! You might find it more worthwhile than you could have imagined. Go to office hours and make a concerted effort to get to know your professors as much as you can. It pays of in the long-run classroom experience.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is a rigorous, all-female liberal arts school located in South Hadley, Massachusetts. It is known for its sense of community and rich traditions- as it is the oldest all-women's college in the US. The professors are phenomenal.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a goose called Jorge who lives with the ducks in the stream beside Prospect Hall. There is a rumor that he is replaced every few years to keep the tradition alive. Also every Sunday through Thursday night at 9:30 there are M&C (Milk and Cookies) that are served. It's nice to have a snack while doing homework.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun. You just have to decide what your idea of fun is. There are plenty of opportunities to go to parties on the weekend, or you can go into one of the academic buildings and watch a movie with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Mount Holyoke has pretty good food compared to other institutions. About once a month a dining hall will have Gracious Dinner, which is a night when they dress up the dining room and feature a meal from another culture. You can look up the menus of the dining halls online and choose where you would like to go.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. Each one has its own charm and there is always a plus in any of them. The dorms on the green are the most desirable and most of the dorms are gorgeous.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging. Depending on your classes you can have up to 200 pages of reading a night. Professors will give you their honest opinions of your work and the amount of effort that you have to put in to get an A is a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let the fact that it is all women's college scare you away. Just go with your gut instinct.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is one of the greatest institutions out there. It is academically challenging and you meet some of the greatest people here. It has a lot to offer and you can plan your future with plenty of people to back you up.

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    A small school with people who are happy for you. This applies from the faculty to the students. You have good news, people will listen.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Really helpful campus police. They patrol all the time. And there's the blue light system, of course.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of options

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal, open, independent, strong women

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pangy Day!!!

    Bang for the buck

    A well- known school that gives a great education. A little pricey tuition-wise but great life- long connections and pretty generous financial aid for a private, old institution.

    What to do for fun

    Parties at nearby colleges like Hampshire, Umass, and Amherst. Lots of shopping in cute stores in North Hampton near Smith College.

    Food and Dining

    Good food for a college. Still makes you miss home though.

    Dorm Life

    Very sisterhood feel to the dorms with a lot of rooms and nice people.

    Academic Rigor

    It's difficult at MHC, but reasonable. I rarely feel too overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be certain that you are ready for the lack of guys on campus. Also, know that this is a legitimate college- if you're looking to party a lot, try a state school.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke College is an accepting, liberal small college. Everyone is friendly and the classes are challenging (but not too challenging). It is very easy to feel apart of the sisterhood and immersed in campus life.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    beautiful

    Academic Rigor

    it doesn't matter how many classes you're taking if it's 3 or 5 you WILL work your butt off just as much.

    Tips for prospective students

    vist it. you won't find any place more friendly.

    In three sentences

    Exhilarating place to be, to learn and push your boundaries. Charming, home-like. Considered an ivy-league for women, it is a very promising place for young leaders.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hop on the PVTA and get off campus, though there are fun things on campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good, to be honest. Lots of vegetarian options.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty good-looking dorms, but some are better than others.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, but interesting

    Tips for prospective students

    The people are friendly. The place is pretty vibrant. You can't wait for things to come to you though; you have to go out and make the best of it in order to enjoy your time here.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke is an opportunities wonderland; you just have to be aware of where those opportunities are.

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out to the surrounding towns with friends, or stay in and drink casually with a close few. Big parties do happen at MHC, but they're a little sad. Always school sponsored. You have the five colleges right nearby, though.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is consolidating soon, but I love it the way it is.

    Dorm Life

    Again, social life is not the central focus of any MHC student.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are not meant to ever be impossible, but there is always an expectation that you WILL work hard, or you will not succeed. There are few to no easy A courses at MHC.

    Tips for prospective students

    If the college social experience is your top reason for going somewhere, MHC probably isn't for you, but if you are serious about your education, and want to be taught by the best in an environment that truly wants you to succeed, you'd be lucky to be at MHC.

    In three sentences

    Mount Holyoke has been an absolutely amazing academic experience that I have been lucky to receive. Socially, maybe not the most exciting, but it has allowed me to focus on my work. I absolutely love my courses and my friends.

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's very safe to walk around campus, even late at night.

    Greek Life

    NONE

    Food and Dining

    It's okay. It kind of sucks that you have to have a meal plan, and cooking your own food is almost impossible. The food in the dining halls are not too bad.

    Dorm Life

    Dining halls in the dorms help a lot with getting to know your dorm-mates. But the dorms are fairly large, and there are a lot of people to get to know. M&C's are a nice place to get to know people who like a late snack.

    Academic Rigor

    Heavy workload no matter what you study. But people like it, which makes it easier and nicer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask a student about what it's like before you decide to attend. You will experience a culture shock if you don't know what's coming at you.

    In three sentences

    Great academics. Best learning atmosphere ever. Our culture is a nice one to be living in and one that you learn tons from.

  • 07/14/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It is amazzing to know that it is an all girls school. My cousin told me all about it and i would love to attend. I hope that i reach the standars before i reach my senior year in high school.