Mount Holyoke College
Chemist and educator Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke College (then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in 1837, nearly a century before women gained the right to vote.… learn more
Chemist and educator Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke College (then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in 1837, nearly a century before women gained the right to vote.… learn more
"Mount Holyoke College was the nation's first all-women's college and it is still one of the most academically challenging and rewarding schools in the country. Students here enjoy "great and very approachable" professors, a "nurturing and supportive atmosphere," and a picturesque New England campus."
Women who choose Mount Holyoke College value tradition, leadership, and achievement.The Fiske Guide to Colleges
It draws bright, progressive women who are passionate about making a difference in the world.Unigo
A women's college known for its homey feel and high-powered academics.The Insider's Guide to Colleges
"Strong academic performance, well written essays, and an appreciation for, "the Mount Holyoke experience" will usually carry the day."The Princeton Review - The Best 373 Colleges
Mount Holyoke is known for its beautiful campus that provides a plethora of opportunities beyond the classroom in terms of extracurricular activities. Students say, It's a wonderful, inviting and challenging environment, where smart, passionate, diverse women come together...in a beautiful campus setting...to form a strong community and to pursue their educational goals. A freshman says the college makes sure its students are involved, proactive, and learning the rest of the time that they're on campus, and another student adds, I'm consistently impressed with the involvement of the students here. Students say, The support system here is great, and I feel like I can really count on my peers, adding the Alumnae Association does a wonderful job at helping current students connect in terms of careers, internships, or just common interest. Most feel, The administration listens to the students and does its best to provide for us, although some disagree saying, Communication between the administration and the student body is not always prompt or clear. There are complaints about being forced to live on campus, with students saying, Residential life could use some work, and some of the dorms need more maintenance. Despite the warm, loving, and open, community, a psychology major says, The schoolsponsored events are poorly attended, and there isn't much of a social life on campus for heterosexual students.Princeton Review
Chemist and educator Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke College (then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in 1837, nearly a century before women gained the right to vote. Today, her famous words--"Go where no one else will go, do what no one else will do"--continue to inspire Mount Holyoke students. As the first of the Seven Sisters--the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League--Mount Holyoke has led the way in women's education. A model upon which many other women's colleges were patterned, it quickly became synonymous with brilliant teaching and academic excellence. In 1861 the three-year curriculum was expanded to four, and in 1893 the seminary curriculum was phased out and the institution's name was changed to Mount Holyoke College.
Mount Holyoke is a small student-focused liberal arts college, specializing in the higher education of women. Students say it's an amazing school with a strong history of producing remarkable and intelligent young women who go on to achieve great things and rave about the supportive all-women environment and the excellent academics. A freshman says, It's a traditional yet modern school with brilliant alumnae and top-notch academics. Mount Holyoke is known for its academic rigor and consortium opportunities, with the other schools in the Five College consortium. The school provides a fantastic learning environment where students value their education and offers a balance between the sciences and a liberal arts education. A history major says, Mount Holyoke College provides an incredible academic experience with outstanding faculty [and] engaged classmates, and professors are deemed incredibly motivated and interesting. Students say, Mount Holyoke professors are brilliant, but human and accessible, and From your first year to senior year, you feel very supported by the faculty who are interested in getting to know students on a personal level.The Princeton Review
|Student : Teacher Ratio||9 : 1|
|Faculty Gender||44.6% female|
|Faculty Tenure||Tenured/Tenure-Track: 326 (70.6%)|
|Non-Tenured: 136 (29.4%)|
Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
79% of bachelor's students graduated on time
82% of bachelor's students graduated in six years
91% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year
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At Mount Holyoke, The students are happy, intelligent women dedicated to making a real difference in the world. Typical students are poised, eloquent, passionate, and doing interesting things both inside and outside the classroom and down-to-earth and laid-back but also willing to have complex conversations over breakfast. It's clear most are very into being left-wing and excited about political awareness, and a sophomore says, Mt. Holyoke is full of geeky feminists, who are at least socially engaged if not activists. There is a very strong gay community and much of the party scene is queer-based social networks, and students say, Sexual orientation is often flexible. However, there are also those who complain, There aren't any men around, which is less than ideal, and say, Despite the percentages touting great racial/ethnic diversity, much improvement is needed. Most agree, The typical student is incredibly smart, a tad quirky, and above all passionate, and say There's definitely a niche for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Students are studious, ambitious, and determined, and able to laugh and enjoy camaraderie.The Princeton Review
|Socio-economic diversity||22% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.|
Campus housing is available for undergraduates and is mandatory.
91.4% of undergraduates can be accomodated by school housing.
|On-Campus||Off-Campus||Living at Home|
|Total (before financial aid)||$43,356||$42,406||$42,406|
86% Undergraduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)
|Undergrads Receiving Aid||Average Aid Amount|
|Other Federal Grants||18%||$1,807|
Learn more about financial aid at www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/sfs/.
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Selectivity: 51.5% accepted of 3,416 regular decision applications
Mount Holyoke College's freshman class of 2011 enrolled having these high school transcripts:
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|SAT Math||N/A||ACT Math||N/A|
|SAT Critical Reading||N/A||ACT Verbal||N/A|
|SAT Writing||N/A||ACT Writing||N/A|
Mount Holyoke College's admissions officers give these level of importance to each part of a student's submission:
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57% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.
88% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
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