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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.

Institution TypePrivate
CoeducationalNo, women only
Undergraduate Students2,202
   Women2,201 (100.0%)
   Men1 (0.0%)
Graduate Students128


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate52% of 3,543 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.79 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math673 average
610-740 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading660 average
610-720 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing668 average
630-710 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$61,206
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$37,581
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 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 Population17,514
Nearest Metropolitan AreaSpringfield
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 95% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III


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 Students26.7% from 57 countries
First-Year Students Returning91.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.70 4.03 613 645 28
Low 2.80 3.08 510 480 20
High 4.00 5.00 760 760 33
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Four Mount Holyoke alumnae, as well as founder Mary Lyon, have been honored on U.S. postage stamps.

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