Students Say

Situated in breathtaking western Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke is one of the nation’s premiere colleges for women. Undergrads here quickly tout the school’s ability to both foster an incredibly “collaborative and inclusive atmosphere” and embrace “student uniqueness and diversity.” Indeed, from day one of freshman year, undergrads sense that Mount Holyoke “genuinely wants the best for each of its students and is willing to work for that.” Undergrads also love that the college is able to pair a “rigorous liberal arts education experience.”


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
620 - 710
SAT Math
600 - 720
ACT Composite
27 - 31


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay


From The School

Five College Consortium Mount Holyoke is part of the Five College Consortium, which also includes Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The consortium connects students to 30,000 other students and the vast academic and social resources of not just one but four prominent colleges and a flagship research university, at no extra charge. Students may choose from 5,000+ courses at any of the Five Colleges and join Five College music, dance, and theater groups, community service groups, and political and religious organizations. A free bus runs frequently between the campuses, which are within a 12-mile radius of one another. Notable Programs and Opportunities Dual-degree engineering programs with the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth College, and the California Institute of Technology; Center for the Environment; Twelve College Exchange; Johns Hopkins University Nursing Program; Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts. The Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts helps students make connections between ideas developed in the classroom and purposeful engagement in the world. The center promotes dialogue on important interdisciplinary topics and develops curricular and cocurricular initiatives that enhance a student's ability to think independently and analytically and to participate in informed and vigorous discussion. Programs include the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program; Community-Based Learning; case method; Debate, Empowerment, and Leadership; student leadership initiatives; and January Term leadership courses. Summer and January Term Internships In the 2002 2003 academic year, nearly 250 students completed either a summer or a January Term internship, coordinated through the Career Development Center, in fields ranging from medicine and finance to government and the arts. MHC arranges internships in the U.S. and overseas. Study Abroad Each year, approximately 40 percent of the junior class studies abroad. These international experiences make students more desirable to employers both in the United States and abroad. Students select from a wide range of places, including Australia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. Some study in the local language, and some in English. The College is committed to facilitating study abroad opportunities for as many students as possible and funds approximately 80 percent of qualified students who apply for aid. Students receive full Mount Holyoke College credit for work successfully completed abroad.

Students Say

Situated in breathtaking western Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke is one of the nation’s premiere colleges for women. Undergrads here quickly tout the school’s ability to both foster an incredibly “collaborative and inclusive atmosphere” and embrace “student uniqueness and diversity.” Indeed, from day one of freshman year, undergrads sense that Mount Holyoke “genuinely wants the best for each of its students and is willing to work for that.” Undergrads also love that the college is able to pair a “rigorous liberal arts education experience.” And many students are quick to take advantage of the college’s “great study abroad opportunities” as well. Of course, don’t bother attending if you expect to slack off! After all, professors routinely “push students to go further than they expected.” And these students wouldn’t have it any other way. A satisfied junior expounds, “My educational experience has been characterized by small classes of passionate, intelligent students sharing in informed discussion led by inspiring professors who are leaders in their academic fields. It is this classroom experience that has kept me so invested in and excited about my coursework for the past three years.” Truly, Mount Holoyoke is “a place for impassioned women to invest emotionally and intellectually in their education and emerge as capable leaders, activists, and citizens.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Barbara DeSoer '74
Retired Pres.,Bank of America Home Loans;Forbes 09 Most Powerful Women List

Elaine Chao '75
Secretary of Labor for the Bush Administration

Priscilla Painton ’80
Editor-in-chief, Simon & Schuster; former executive editor, Time magazine

Kavita Ramdas ’85
Ford Foundation rep., New Delhi;former president/CEO, Global Fund for Women

Suzan-Lori Parks, '85
Pulitzer and Obie Award-winning playwright, McArther Genius Award winner

Mona Sutphen '89
Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff (Obama Administration)

Gabrielle Gregg ’08
MTV’s first ever Twitter Jockey; uses social media to report on pop culture


From The School

2003 2004 tuition: $29,170; room and board: $8,580; Total: $37,750


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Spiritual Life Mount Holyoke welcomes students of all religious traditions and spiritual paths and is one of the few liberal arts colleges in the country to serve nine active faith groups--Baha'i, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, and Wiccan. Chaplains in four different faith groups--Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim--respond to the pastoral and liturgical needs of the College's pluralistic community. The College is pleased to offer students a kosher/halal dining facility, one of only a few of its kind on American college campuses. Residential Life Ninety-eight percent of students live on campus in 19 residence halls that have been described as "palaces" by the Princeton Review. Each hall houses students from all four classes. In addition to a range of dining options in the residence halls, board students may dine in Blanchard Caf in our campus center for lunch and/or dinner. The College was one of the first in the nation to offer its students a kosher/halal dining hall. The facility welcomes students of all backgrounds but in particular allows religious Jews and Muslims to practice the dietary laws of their respective faiths. Intercollegiate Athletics Mount Holyoke has NCAA Division III teams in basketball, crew, cross-country running, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, riding, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball, as well as the nation's third-largest equestrian center, called the "finest East Coast facility" by Town and Country. The College is also home to The Orchaards, an 18-hole championship, Donald Ross designed golf course, site of the 2004 U.S. Women's Open. The College's state-of-the-art sports and dance complex features outstanding facilities and equipment for athletics, dance, physical education, and recreational use. Student Programs The College offers more than 100 clubs and organizations in the arts, sports, politics, community service, cultural and spiritual life, health and wellness, and more.

Students Say

Mount Holyoke, as a proud sophomore excitedly shares, “attracts bright, ambitious students from around the world, women who are committed both to their own success and to working for the common good.” Indeed, the undergrads here are incredibly impressed with their peers. And it’s completely understandable why! As a history major declares, “The typical woman is very confident and very intelligent. She’s driven to do well in her courses as well as with extracurriculars. She doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer and stands up for what she believes in.” Students also happily report “the student body is racially and ethnically diverse, internationally representative, inclusive of many sexual orientations and gender identities, and embraces this variety in student organizations and general social life.” And Mt. Holyoke undergrads feel very fortunate that this affords them the opportunity to “get to meet people they might never have met otherwise.” Most importantly, students here “are very friendly and loving which help creates a close and welcoming community.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



100% female
0% male
77% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time


From The School

About the Region Mount Holyoke is located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in the Pioneer Valley--one of the most beautiful areas in New England and one of the most intellectually and culturally vibrant regions in the United States. The Pioneer Valley, in western Massachusetts, is home to the Five Colleges--Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. This community of more than 30,000 students offers an extraordinary range of activities, including concerts, films, theater and dance productions, athletic activities, and museum exhibitions. Across the street from the main campus, the Village Commons, designed by award-winning architect Graham Gund, is home to shops, restaurants, a coffeehouse, movie theater, and the renowned Odyssey Bookshop. The nearby towns of Amherst and Northampton--both reachable by a free bus--offer a combination of cosmopolitan and small-town charm. You'll find great coffeehouses, bookstores, clubs, movie theaters, galleries, restaurants, and specialty shops. The area also offers malls, flea markets, and farm stands. Nearby Skinner Park on Route 47 offers spectacular views of the valley and the Connecticut River's famous oxbow from atop Mount Holyoke, the mountain for which the College was named. For hikers, there are miles and miles of nearby trails. Water lovers will find opportunities to boat, swim, kayak, tube, and canoe. In the winter, you can downhill and cross-country ski. And for the truly adventurous, the region offers diversions like hang gliding, skydiving, and rock climbing. New York City is just three hours away by car; Boston is 90 minutes.

Students Say

Students here are a pretty active lot. As such, they frequently enjoy engaging in “outdoor activities like hiking and apple picking as well as a broad range of athletics.” However, if you don’t fancy yourself the sporty type, fear not. There “are also many clubs to fit nearly every hobby from singing to community service.” Certainly, students can participate in everything “from midnight howling and fandom themed groups to the Roosevelt Institute, NARAL and equestrian clubs.” And a number of students are “active in social justice [groups].” It’s also quite common for these undergrads to simply sit around and engage in “very intellectual conversations...about politics, subjects in brought up in their classes, or maybe just a lively debate about a book or a movie.” On the weekends, many students head “offcampus to nearby college towns such as Northampton and Amherst to socialize because...South Hadley is fairly quiet without many options.” Fortunately, “bars, music venues and really good restaurants” are only “a short (free) bus ride away.” And, of course, “there’s always plenty going on with...the other colleges in the Five College Consortium: from lectures to theatre to concerts to exhibits to parties.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

15% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Lyons)
16 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Horseback Riding
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: Coalition for Gender Awareness (COGA):The Coalition for Gender Awareness supports and affirms the various gender identities existing within the Mount Holyoke Community through the cultivation of a safe space, educational outreach, advocacy, and visibility. They seek to engage community members in respectful dialogue in order to reach mutual understanding and foster a campus free of discrimination. COGA hopes to serve as an inspiration, not just for the Pioneer Valley, but for what is possible in the world. COGA aims to work as a liaison between marginalized groups (specifically individuals of variant gender) and the power structures here on campus. One of their major goals is to give those silenced individuals a chance to have their voices heard. Femmepowered: Femmepowered is an LBTGQA+ org that seeks to dismantle misogyny on campus by creating space and visibility for femme-identified people in the queer community. We welcome all sexes, genders, gender presentations, and sexual and romantic orientations. They believe that femme identities inform and are informed by other identities and can be performed in a multitude of ever-changing and personal ways. Femmepowered engages in activism through education, discussion, internal growth and the creation of supportive and accountable community. The group values anger at oppressive systems, healing for ourselves, and loving support for each other. FAMILIA: FAMILIA is a closed network of support and activism for LGBTQ+ people of color at Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges. OUTreach: OUTreach is a student-run organization that strives to offer a safe, inclusive, and supportive space for students who identify as sexual and/or gender minorities and allies. They would like their board and membership to be representative of the encompassing community, including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual expression, religion, ability, age, and sexual preferences. OUTreach coordinates and collaborates with other LGBTQ-identified organizations at Mount Holyoke, within the five college consortium, and within the greater community to organize various social events as well as activist projects. Jeannette Marks House (Cultural House): The Jeannette Marks House provides a safe space and community center for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied students. The space’s resources include a queer-friendly library. The house, established in 1999, is named after Jeannette Marks, a Mount Holyoke professor and partner of former president Mary Woolley.

Minority Support Groups: Office of Diversity and Inclusion: The Office of the Dean of Students provides a range of programs in the area of diversity and social justice. All are designed to enhance intergroup awareness and offer compelling approaches to exploring the complex interplay of social identities (for example, age, gender, national origin, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, race/ethnicity, and/or ability status). Mount Holyoke also commits to providing academic and personal support to a diverse group of students in order to foster academic and personal success. To accomplish these goals and develop the most effective pedagogy and curriculum in the field of diversity education, MHC looks to national models, research, and assessment measures. Eliot House: Betty Shabazz Cultural Center: Wa-Shin-An (Japanese meditation garden and tea house): Asian Center for Empowerment: Eliana Ortega Cultural Center: Zowie Banteah Cultural Center: Kosher dining: Halal dining: Various cultural and ethnic student organizations including the following: Asian American Sisters in Action; FAMILIA (LGBTQ+ people of color); Korean American Sisters in Action, Russian Club; Vietnamese Student Association; Nepali Student Organization; and the African and Caribbean Student Association. Additional organizations may be found here:

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: U. of Massachussets--Amherst
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: U. of Massachussets--Amherst


Founded in 1837 and the first member of the Seven Sisters, Mount Holyoke College has a long and proud tradition of innovation and excellence. The college applies these high standards to its sustainability efforts. The Miller Worley Center for the Environment engages students in environmental study offering opportunities for internships and research. A STARS Silver campus, Mount Holyoke also has internal sustainability indicators that are reviewed annually by the Board of Trustees. The Campus Sustainability Fund awards grants to students and student groups that come up with innovative green ideas, such as a recent “War of the Watts” energy competition. Mount Holyoke College has five LEED-certified buildings and designs all new buildings to meet LEED Silver or equivalent standards. Mount Holyoke met its 2010 greenhouse gas reduction goal and is working toward its 2020 goal. Mount Holyoke has a Zipcar program to reduce the need for fleet and personal student vehicles on campus. All of Mount Holyoke’s residence halls have indoor bike racks, and there are exterior bike racks throughout campus. Additionally, there is a free bus service for students that connects all of the Five Colleges—Mount Holyoke, Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst—to each other and local communities. The school has a robust recycling program with bins located throughout campus and 55 percent of discards recycled. Food waste composting is in place at all campus dining facilities and equestrian and grounds maintenance material is composted as well. The dining services on campus works to and purchase as much food as possible from local farmers. The school buys from dozens of local purveyors, and last year over 20 percent of the school’s food purchases were local or organic. The dining services also serve food grown right at school by the Student Garden Project. This student-run organic garden fits right into a campus that is immersed in nature. The college’s gorgeous 800-acre campus includes lakes, nature trails, and even a botanic garden.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Smith College Computer Store

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Deborah Boyden
Visit and Information Coordinator

Office of Admission
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Unified Science Center
Kendall Sports and Dance Complex
The Equestrian Center
Blanchard Campus Center
Williston Memorial Library
The entire campus is an exquisitely maintained botanic garden which includes an arboretum, numerous gardens, and the Talcott Greenhouse.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Village Commons, South Hadley, MA (shopping, dining, and movie theater)
Downtown Amherst, MA (dining and shoppin
Downtown Northampton, MA (dining, shopping, and entertainment)
Mount Skinner State Park, Hadley, MA (hiking, picnicking, and biking)
Downtown Springfield, MA (museums/dining)
The campus is linked by a free public transportation bus to Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday
8:30am-5pm and 9am-3pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport near Hartford, CT is 34 miles south of campus by way of I-91. Bus service between the airport and campus (with a transfer in Springfield, MA) is offered by Peter Pan Express Service (413-781-3320). There are several other companies that provide transportation to and from Mount Holyoke: Valley Transporter (800-872-8752), Michael's Limousine Services (800-533-8470), Seemo Shuttle (800-908-2829), Bluebird Airport Transportation (413-221-4512), and (877-278-5466). For those wishing to travel to Mount Holyoke by train, the Amtrak station stops in nearby Springfield, MA. From there, take a bus, limousine, or taxi to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the south, take I-91 N. to Exit 16 (Holyoke-S. Hadley/Rte. 202). Proceed north on Rte. 202 through the city of Holyoke and over the Connecticut River across the Muller Bridge. Take the exit marked South Hadley Center-Amherst to Rte. 116 N. The college is approximately 2 miles from the exit, on the right side of the road. The admissions office is in a white building marked The Newhall Center, across the street from the college, just before the Village Commons. From the north, take I-91 S. to Exit 16 (Holyoke-South Hadley/Rte. 202). Proceed north on Rte. 202 through the city of Holyoke and follow the preceding directions from that point. From east or west on I-90 (Massachusetts Tpke.), take Exit 5 (Holyoke-Chicopee) and bear right. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left on Rte. 33 for 5 miles to Rte. 116. Turn right on Rte. 116 and proceed approximately 2 miles north to the college.

Local Accommodations
Willets-Hallowell Center (413-538-2217), located on campus, offers moderately priced rooms for visitors with full breakfast included. Willits-Hallowell rooms have private baths with individual heat and air conditioning controls, and flat-screen televisions. Guests of the Willits-Hallowell Center have access to the campus athletic facilities – including an indoor pool, weight room and aerobic equipment, indoor and outdoor running tracks, and tennis and racquetball courts. Families looking for a home away from home may enjoy one of the two South Hadley based Bed & Breakfasts. Guests at the Daniel Stebbins House (413-533-2149) can overlook the Mount Holyoke campus as they enjoy a full breakfast. Also across from Mount Holyoke is Grandmary's Bed & Breakfast (413-533-7381) which features an elegant Victorian style.
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