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.

Academic Grad Slug

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

Student Life List

Total Enrollment live On Campus Description
2,327 95% Mount Holyoke College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,199, with a gender distribution of 0 percent male students and 100 percent female students. At this school, 95 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 5 percent of students live off campus. In sports, Mount Holyoke College is part of the NCAA III.

Student Body

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Total enrollment 2,327
Total undergraduate enrollment 2,199
Total graduate enrollment 128
Enrolled students who are veterans or active service members N/A

Degree-seeking student gender distribution

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Degree-seeking women 100%


Students living on- and off-campus

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Students who live in college-owned, operated or affiliated housing 95%
Students who live off-campus 5%

Types of campus housing available

women's dorms (98%)
apartment for single students (2%)
special housing for disabled students
theme housing
other housing options


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Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

Clubs & Organizations

title value
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institution (University of Massachusetts--Amherst)
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institution (University of Massachusetts--Amherst)
Navy ROTC Not offered