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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… 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… 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
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.
Deadline For Early Decision: November 15
Deadline For Regular Decision: January 15
Acceptance Rate: 42.1% accepted of 3,876 applications
Mount Holyoke College's freshman class of 2012 enrolled having these high school transcripts:
|SAT Critical Reading||610 - 720|
|SAT Writing||630 - 720|
|SAT Math||610 - 700|
|ACT Composite||28 - 31|
Mount Holyoke College's admissions officers give these level of importance to each part of a student's submission:
|Very Important||Academic GPA|
|Very Important||Application Essay|
|Very Important||Class Rank|
|Very Important||Rigor Of Secondary School Record|
|Important||Character Personal Qualities|
|Important||First Generation College Student|
|Considered||Level Of Applicants Interest|
|Considered||Racial Ethnic Status|
|Considered||Standardized Test Scores|
56% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.
82% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
97% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
|Student : Teacher Ratio||9 : 1|
|Faculty Gender||44.6% male|
|Faculty Tenure||Tenured/Tenure-Track: 163 (70.6%)|
|Non-Tenured: 68 (29.4%)|
|International faculty||8 (3.5%)|
Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
79.8% of students graduated on time
84.9% of students graduated in six years
92% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year
A program that focuses on the history, sociology, politics, culture, and economics of the North American peoples descended from the African diaspora; focusing on the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, but also including reference to Latin American elements of the diaspora.
A program that focuses on Western and Non-Western cultures and related topics in the periods of Pre-history and Antiquity. Includes such disciplines as ancient languages, archeology, history, art history, geography, population studies, environmental studies, religious studies, and the social sciences.
A program that focuses on the Greek language and literature from its origins through the fall of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire, as a secular and/or theological subject. Includes instruction in philology, Attic and Hellenistic dialects, Koine (Biblical) Greek, and Medieval or Byzantine Greek.
A program that focuses on the systematic study of human beings, their antecedents and related primates, and their cultural behavior and institutions, in comparative perspective. Includes instruction in biological/physical anthropology, primatology, human paleontology and prehistoric archeology, hominid evolution, anthropological linguistics, ethnography, ethnology, ethnohistory, socio-cultural anthropology, psychological anthropology, research methods, and applications to areas such as medicine, forensic pathology, museum studies, and international affairs.
A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.
A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of the visual arts. Includes instruction in art, photography, and other visual communications media.
A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of the Asian Continent, including the study of the Asian diasporas overseas.
A general program that focuses on the planetary, galactic, and stellar phenomena occurring in outer space. Includes instruction in celestial mechanics, cosmology, stellar physics, galactic evolution, quasars, stellar distribution and motion, interstellar medium, atomic and molecular constituents of astronomical phenomena, planetary science, solar system evolution, and specific methodologies such as optical astronomy, radioastronomy, and theoretical astronomy.
A program that focuses on the scientific study of the chemistry of living systems, their fundamental chemical substances and reactions, and their chemical pathways and information transfer systems, with particular reference to carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Includes instruction in bio-organic chemistry, protein chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, bioseparations, regulatory biochemistry, enzymology, hormonal chemistry, calorimetry, and research methods and equipment operation.
A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.
A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.
A general program that focuses on the literary culture of the ancient Graeco-Roman world and the Greek and Latin languages and literatures and their development prior to the fall of the Roman Empire.
A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.
A general program that prepares individuals to express ideas, feelings, and/or inner visions through the performance of one or more of the dance disciplines, including but not limited to ballet, modern, jazz, ethnic, and folk dance, and that focuses on the study and analysis of dance as a cultural phenomenon. Includes instruction in technique, choreography, Laban notation, dance history and criticism, and dance production.
A program that focuses on the general study of dramatic works and their performance. Includes instruction in major works of dramatic literature, dramatic styles and types, and the principles of organizing and producing full live or filmed productions.
A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of East Asia, defined as including China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Tibet, related borderlands and island groups, and including the study of the East Asian diasporas overseas.
A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.
Any instructional program in education not listed above.
A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.
A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.
Any instructional program in ethnic, cultural minority, gender, and group studies not listed above.
A program in the visual arts that focuses on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of film making and film production.
A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.
A program that focuses on the French language and related dialects and creoles. Includes instruction in philology; Metropolitan French; Canadian French; African and Caribbean Creoles; dialects; and applications in business, science/technology, and other settings.
A program that focuses on the systematic study of the spatial distribution and interrelationships of people, natural resources, plant and animal life. Includes instruction in historical and political geography, cultural geography, economic and physical geography, regional science, cartographic methods, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and applications to areas such as land-use planning, development studies, and analyses of specific countries, regions, and resources.
A program that focuses on the scientific study of the earth; the forces acting upon it; and the behavior of the solids, liquids and gases comprising it. Includes instruction in historical geology, geomorphology, and sedimentology, the chemistry of rocks and soils, stratigraphy, mineralogy, petrology, geostatistics, volcanology, glaciology, geophysical principles, and applications to research and industrial problems.
A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of Germany, the neighboring countries of Austria and Switzerland, the German minorities in neighboring European countries, and the historical areas of German influence across Europe and overseas.
A program that focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing of evidence and theories about past events. Includes instruction in historiography; historical research methods; studies of specific periods, issues and cultures; and applications to areas such as historic preservation, public policy, and records administration.
A program that focuses on the systematic study of international politics and institutions, and the conduct of diplomacy and foreign policy. Includes instruction in international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, international law and organization, the comparative study of specific countries and regions, and the theory and practice of diplomacy.
A program that focuses on the Italian language and related dialects. Includes instruction in philology; dialects; and applications in business, science/technology, and other settings.
An integrated program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of the peoples and countries of the Latin American and Caribbean region.
A program that focuses on the Latin language and literature from its origins through its decline and its current ecclesiastical usage, as a secular and/or theological subject. Includes instruction in philology, related Italic dialects, Late Roman and Medieval Latin, and modern Church Latin.
A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.
A program that focuses on the study of the Medieval and/or Renaissance periods in European and circum-Mediterranean history from the perspective of various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including history and archeology, as well as studies of period art and music.
Any instructional program in multi/interdisciplinary studies not listed above.
A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.
A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of North Africa, Southwestern Asia, Asia Minor, and the Arabian Peninsula, related borderlands and island groups, and including emigrant and immigrant groups.
A program that focuses on the interdisciplinary scientific study of the molecular, structural, physiologic, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of the brain and nervous system. Includes instruction in molecular and cellular neuroscience, brain science, anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, molecular and biochemical bases of information processing, behavioral neuroscience, biology of neuropsychiatric disorders, and applications to the clinical sciences and biomedical engineering.
A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.
A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.
A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.
A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.
A program that focuses on the nature of religious belief and specific religious and quasi-religious systems. Includes instruction in phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and art of religion; mythology; scriptural and textual studies; religious history and politics; and specific studies of particular faith communities and their behavior.
A general program that focuses on one or more of the Romance languages of Western, Central, and Southern Europe. Includes instruction in philology; linguistics; dialects and pidgins; literature; and applications to business, science/technology, and other settings.
A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of the Russian Federation and its Soviet, Czarist, and medieval predecessors and related borderlands.
A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.
A program that focuses on the Spanish language and related dialects. Includes instruction in philology; Modern Castillan; Latin American and regional Spanish dialects; and applications in business, science/technology, and other settings.
A general program that focuses on the relationships between groups of measurements, and similarities and differences, using probability theory and techniques derived from it. Includes instruction in the principles in probability theory, binomial distribution, regression analysis, standard deviation, stochastic processes, Monte Carlo method, Bayesian statistics, non-parametric statistics, sampling theory, and statistical techniques.
|Total International Students||602|
|Socio-Economic Diversity||18% 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.|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||1||0%|
|Black or African American||141||0%|
|Race or Ethnicity Unknown||223||0%|
Campus housing is available for undergraduates.
95% percent of students live on-campus.
5% percent of students live off-campus.
Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.
|Tuition||$41,270||Same as On-Campus|
|Fees||$186||Same as On-Campus|
|Total (before financial aid)||$54,546||$53,346|
82% Undergraduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)
|Undergrads Receiving Aid||Average Aid Amount|
|Other Federal Grants||15%||$988|
|State And Local Scholarships/Grants||6%||$2,376|
Learn more about financial aid at http://www.mtholyoke.edu/sfs/.
|Household Income||Real Cost|
Highlighted rankings indicate that this school placed in the top 10 for that given ranking.
U.S. News rankings indicate where this institution stands compared to others of its kind throughout the U.S. They look at a school's academic stats and reputation in formulating rankings.
|#18||US News National Liberal Arts Colleges Undergraduate Teaching Rankings|
|#38||US News National Liberal Arts|
PayScale ranks colleges and universities nationally based on salaries of graduates.
|#575||Payscale - Starting Median Salary Rankings|
Forbes rates schools on factors such as loan default rates and the professional success and salaries of alumni to determine the top 650 schools in the country.
|#84||Forbes America's Top Colleges|
Washington Monthly ranks schools on socio-economic diversity, community service and institutional research. These rankings indicate where a school stands compared to others of its kind throughout the U.S.
|#27||Liberal Arts Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank|
|#29||Liberal Arts Colleges - Peace Corps Rank|
|#45||Liberal Arts Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank|
|#52||Liberal Arts Colleges - Overall Score|
|#52||Liberal Arts Colleges - Overall Rank|
|#90||Liberal Arts Colleges - ROTC Rank|
|#118||Liberal Arts Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank|
|#119||Liberal Arts Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank|
|#181||Liberal Arts Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank|