Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College attracts ambitious, independent women from around the world who embrace complexity, cultivate curiosity, and resolve to become agents of change. The tight-knit community is academically rigorous, intellectually adventurous, and socially conscious. As one of the most diverse research liberal arts colleges in the United States, Mount Holyoke prepares students for leadership and cultural awareness on a global scale. Our graduates thrive in all fields, on all continents, and in a vast array of languages. Mount Holyoke has been ahead of the curve since 1837, when Mary Lyon, the College's founder, pioneered higher education for women. Today, by combining the proven strengths of a liberal arts education--critical reading, creative thinking, and articulate expression--with innovative embedded career experiences, graduates of Mount Holyoke are emboldened to face the future boldly and confidently. They are driven to lead and to effect change, and to put their dreams and passions to work.The College is located in the scenic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, a region that combines outstanding cultural, social, and academic offerings. On an 800-acre residential campus, consistently named one of the most beautiful in the United States, Mount Holyoke enrolls 2,327 students from 47 states and 68 countries. About a quarter of students are non-US citizens. Mount Holyoke's world-class faculty members are leaders in their fields. Faculty choose Mount Holyoke for the same reason students do: learning feels different here. It's collaborative, forward-thinking, and altruistic. Students learn from changemakers as they become changemakers. In working closely with faculty, students benefit from hands-on research, mentorship, and networking opportunities.The College's comprehensive Lynk experience bridges curriculum and career, guaranteeing every student a paid internship or research opportunity. Other Lynk resources--including intense advising, alumnae mentoring, community-based learning, and structured ways to process and reflect upon such experiences--further shape students' career paths and inspire transformative growth. Mount Holyoke graduates are ready to thrive in the twenty-first century, an era when career evolution is the norm and career awareness is a must.The College offers over 50 majors in the humanities, social sciences, and languages, and in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEM and STEAM) fields. Students are encouraged to explore and make connections: many design their own major, pursue a double major, or pair a major with a minor or a career-focused Nexus track concentration.Even more classes and areas of study, in addition to hundreds of clubs and social events, are available at no additional cost through the Five College Consortium. Members of one of the country's most robust and thriving consortia include Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Smith, and Hampshire colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Once students leave Mount Holyoke's storied gates, lifelong friendships and a powerful global network of 30,000 alumnae connect graduates to one another--and to opportunities.

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School Details

school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Women's college 1837 N/A Semester $667.6 million 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075 (413) 538-2000
overall score total score state city online paying global
76 100.0 Massachusetts South Hadley 1084

Tuition & Expenses

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Room and board $14,060 (2017-18)


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Average need-based scholarship or grant award (freshmen) $33,647
Students who received need-based scholarship or grant aid (freshmen) 59%
Average non-need-based scholarship or grant award (freshmen) $17,926
Average non-need-based athletic scholarship or grant award (freshmen) $0

Financial Aid

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Used GI Bill benefits to partially or fully finance tuition and fees 0%
Average total indebtedness of 2016 graduating class $23,872
Graduating students who have borrowed (any loan type, 2016) 60%


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Average need-based self-help aid award (freshmen) $5,014
Students who received need-based self-help aid (freshmen) 46%