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Massachusetts’ Mount Holyoke College is a small women’s-only research liberal arts school that stresses interdisciplinary study, offering more than fifty departmental and interdepartmental majors (30 percent of all majors are cross-departmental). Students even have the option to design their own major. As a member of the Five Colleges Consortium, students here are also able to take advantage of the courses and resources of four nearby schools: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. There’s “a lot of flexibility” and the academic rigor is “challenging but encourages learning.” One student says, “I feel like I’m pushed to be a smarter person here.” With such resources as “a Makerspace lab, archives, and an art museum, [students] are always using campus resources to enhance … learning beyond the classroom.”

Professors at Mount Holyoke are “wonderful scholars and wonderful people” who are “caring and receptive to concerns” and “incredibly accessible and helpful in and out of office hours.” Courses offer “hands-on lab experience, real-world scenarios outside of the classroom, and creative teaching exercises,” and when not on field visits, students take part in “a vibrant, excited classroom experience that inspires students to go above and beyond.” Mount Holyoke “is the true definition of a liberal arts experience,” and many professors “are careful to set up the room so that the seating lends itself to open discussion and thought.” This makes for classes that are “intimate and intersectional with professors who prioritize their students above all else.”

Student Body

This is a “very intellectually driven” group that still manages to be “continually supportive of other students” and is “incredibly open-minded and accepting.” The environment at Mount Holyoke “[makes] it clear that being an institution full of bright, ambitious thinkers does not mean that this environment has to be a cutthroat one.” There is a “large international population as well as LGBTQ presence” (Mount Holyoke “is easily one of the best colleges out there for trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming folks”) and the school is “very successful in embracing diversity in many contexts.” Thanks to the makeup of the student body, students here are “exposed to different cultures and viewpoints,” are “very much dedicated to sustainability,” and “love debates and learning new things.” “Being unique and quirky is welcomed, if not encouraged,” and most everyone is “very liberal” and values “relaxation and engagement with the world.” Most here join a “wide variety of clubs” but still make time “to join … student government meetings or local political protests.”

Campus Life

Weekday life is all about the books and staying “very busy with club activities,” but many people spend their non-classroom time “in the student center, the art facilities, and in common rooms.” There is a “large on-campus culture” and most here “are content to stay on campus and attend cultural events and parties,” though students will “frequently go to the Village Commons, which are right across the street from the college.” Most simply like to “spend a long time at meals, just chatting with friends” or in the campus pub. When South Hadley can’t do the trick, they’ll go to the “neighboring towns of Amherst and Northampton for food and shopping” since the local buses “[make] travel to these towns easy and cheap.” When the weather allows, people take part in club outing events such as “trips to the rock gym [and] trips to Boston or New York City.” Others generally “just enjoy the sunshine or go apple picking in the fall or find somewhere to go for a hike.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Carol Parrish
Campus Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Blanchard Community Center
Kendall Sports and Dance Complex
The Equestrian Center
Science 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 shopping)
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: Yes
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

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Available for high school seniors or prospective transfer applicants only


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 or 800-237-8747). 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), Exclusive Car Service (413-534-3505), and AirportLIMO.com (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 2.5 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 1.5 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.


Applicants: 3,699
Acceptance Rate: 51%
Average HS GPA: 3.81



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