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On Site: Mount Holyoke College

At a Glance

South Hadley, Massachusetts

Undergraduate Students: 2,200

Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Acceptance Rate: 52%

Six Year Graduation Rate: 84%

Freshman Retention Rate: 81%

Notable Majors: Chemistry, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Psychology

The Feel

  • This all-women’s college is one of the “Seven Sisters,” which are seven historic, reputable all-women’s colleges in the northeast.

  • The exquisite, small-town campus spans over 700 acres and includes hiking trails, 2 lakes, and a Japanese garden and teahouse.

  • The college highlights excellent access to professors as well as going above and beyond in student advising, with their robust support network. No student will fall through the cracks here.

  • Their general curriculum, which includes 5 categories with many options for courses to choose from in each, highlights discussion based freshmen seminars as an introduction to the liberal arts. These seminars offer an “intellectually adventurous education.”

  • 95% of students live on campus all 4 years and enjoy the traditions of warm cookies being delivered to their dorms every evening on Monday through Thursday.

Standout Points

  • Students have access to 6,000 courses as well as extra-curriculars through the Five College Consortium which, in addition to Mt. Holyoke, includes Smith College, UMass - Amherst, Amherst College and Hampshire College.

  • Mt. Holyoke is steeped in tradition, including an elaborate convocation and Canoe Sing: Canoes filled with students and decorated with lanterns go for a night float, while seniors sing traditional songs on the shore.

  • They offer support and scholarships for low pay or no-pay domestic and international internships through The Lynk. Students can earn $3,000 for local and $3,700 for international experiences.

  • Their library is ranked 11th in the country by The Princeton Review

Fun Fact

  • At one time, Mount Holyoke was a women’s seminary, where Emily Dickinson happened to attend (class of 1849).

Bottom Line Fit: For the female student looking for a traditional women's school, free from the distractions of a co-ed environment, and who embraces both the rich history and traditions of campus life as well as access to classes at 4 nearby colleges/universities.

Learn more about Mount Holyoke!

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