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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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational No, women only
Undergraduate Students 2,202
   Women 2,201 (100.0%)
   Men 1 (0.0%)
Graduate Students 128
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 52% of 3,543 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.79 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math 673 average
610-740 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 660 average
610-720 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $61,206
  Tuition and Fees $45,866
  Room and Board $13,440
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $37,581
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 186
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 17% of classes
10-19 students: 53% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
South Hadley Population 17,514
Nearest Metropolitan Area Springfield
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 95% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Lyon
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
14.4% Asian
7.4% Black/African-American
10.6% Hispanic/Latino
4.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
61.6% White
1.2% Unknown
International Students 26.7% from 57 countries
First-Year Students Returning 91.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 78.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 16.0%