Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

Mount Holyoke College, founded in 1837, is a private, liberal arts college for women. It is a top-ranked, highly selective, private liberal arts college enrolling 2,000 remarkable women from across the U.S. and around the world. With its highly-charged learning environment, Mount Holyoke offers 44 majors, small classes, and a 10:1 student/faculty ratio. A leader in higher education for women, Mount Holyoke has always encouraged purposeful engagement with the world. The college's emphases include connected learning, leadership, technological and environmental literacy and excellence in speaking, arguing and writing. Distinguished by the beauty of its campus, Mount Holyoke is a member of the prestigious Five College Consortium which offers 5,000+ courses to 30,000 undergraduates in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, one of the nation's most culturally vibrant regions. Its 800-acre campus, including numerous 19th-century buildings, is located in South Hadley, 10 miles north of Springfield.

Website: www.mtholyoke.edu/

Private
2,210
Undergraduate
Students
(99.9%) 2,207 Women
(0.1%) 3 Men
124
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
51% of 3,446 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.81
SAT Math
630-750 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
680 average
640-713 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
31 average
29-33 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$66,558
Tuition and Fees
$49,998
Room and Board
$14,660
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$40,620
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$25,538
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
213
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 12% of classes
10-19 students: 56% of classes
20-29 students: 17% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

South Hadley Population
17,514
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Springfield
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
95% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Lyon
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.6% Asian
7.3% Black/African-American
9.5% Hispanic/Latino
4.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
62.6% White
1.8% Unknown
International Students
27.4% from 57 countries
First-Year Students Returning
91.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
80.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies    
History   3
Academic Electives   1

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted Not reported
SAT Only Considered if submitted Not reported
ACT Only Considered if submitted Not reported
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted Not reported
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
50 College Street
City, State, Zip
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone
(413) 538-2023
Fax
(413) 538-2409
E-mail
admission@mtholyoke.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 1
Early Decision Notification
January 1, February 1
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
51% of 3,446 applicants were admitted
Women
51% of 3,446 applicants were admitted
Men
Not reported
Students Enrolled
529 (30%) of 1,752 admitted students enrolled
Women
529 (30%) of 1,752 admitted students enrolled
Men
Not reported
Early Decision Admission Rate
55% of 311 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
437
Students Accepting Wait List Position
192
Students Admitted From Wait List
1

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.81
3.75 and Above
55%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
630-750 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
680 average
640-713 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
31 average
29-33 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
Not reported
Score of 24 - 29
Not reported
Score of 18 - 23
Not reported
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 54%
Top quarter: 91%
Top half: 98%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
20%
Class President
1%
Student Government Officer
8%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$66,558
Tuition and Fees
$49,998
Room and Board
$14,660
Books and Supplies
$950
Other Expenses
$950
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
sfs@mtholyoke.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Final deadline February 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002192
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
467 (74.9%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
378 (83.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
378 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
378 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$40,620
Need-Based Gift
Received by 372 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,597
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 310 (85.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,220
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 77 (18.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
88 (14.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $20,388

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,528 (71.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,360 (89.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,360 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,360 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$40,576
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,353 (99.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $35,275
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,180 (87.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,319
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 226 (15.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
292 (12.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,092

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
66%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$25,538
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
6.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,229
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture and Related Services, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Science
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Education, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Studies
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Studies
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Statistics, General
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
213
Part-Time Faculty
51
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
78%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 12% of classes
10-19 students: 56% of classes
20-29 students: 17% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 23% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 74% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,524,228
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
392
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


South Hadley Population
17,514
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Springfield
Campus Size
800 acres

Weather

Temperature
15 average low in January, 74.5 average high in September
Rain
128 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
South Hadley
Nearest Train Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Springfield

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
95% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
5%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
police officers on-campus

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Lyon
School Colors
Navy and white, with Columbia blue accent

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x      
Crew x      
Cross-Country Running x      
Equestrian Sports x      
Field Hockey x      
Golf x      
Lacrosse x      
Soccer x      
Squash x      
Swimming And Diving x      
Tennis x      
Track And Field x      
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Equestrian Sports x  
Field Hockey x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball    
Crew    
Cross-Country Running    
Equestrian Sports    
Field Hockey    
Golf    
Lacrosse    
Soccer    
Squash    
Swimming And Diving    
Tennis    
Track And Field    
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
 

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, student government association, c.a.u.s.e. (creating awareness and unity for social equality), mhc outing club, mount holyoke symphony orchestra, mount holyoke news
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
No, women only
All Undergraduates
2,210
Women
2,207 (99.9%)
Men
3 (0.1%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,161
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.6% Asian
7.3% Black/African-American
9.5% Hispanic/Latino
4.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
62.6% White
1.8% Unknown
International Students.
27.4% from 57 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
124

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
91.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
80.7%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
85.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
86.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Law 2%
Arts and Sciences 13%
Medicine 1%
Other 2%

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