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
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.
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
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.
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