About Mount Holyoke

Mount Holyoke – the first of the powerful Seven Sister Colleges – is a gender-diverse women's college, that welcomes applications from female, transgender and non-binary students. The College attracts ambitious, independent-minded students from around the world who embrace complexity, cultivate curiosity and resolve to become agents of change. As one of the most diverse research liberal arts colleges in the United States, Mount Holyoke combines rigorous, innovative academics with embedded career experiences to prepare students for leadership on a global scale. Our vibrant community — tight-knit, inclusive, socially conscious — of 2,200 students extends to include our powerful global network of 38,000 alums. Mount Holyoke graduates are consistently recognized for doing groundbreaking work in all fields, on all continents and in a vast array of languages.

Academics

The hallmarks of a Mount Holyoke education are small, globally-informed classes, lively intellectual exchange and passionate, award-winning professors. Mount Holyoke students choose from nearly 50 areas of study within the humanities, social sciences and languages and in the science, technology, engineering, arts and math fields — including our newest offerings in data science and in entrepreneurship, organizations and society.

The College’s robust curriculum-to-career initiatives enrich the classroom experience through internships, research, community-based learning and study abroad. Our undergraduates consistently secure internships across borders, disciplines and sectors. In recent years, students have interned stateside with Google, the U.S. Department of State and Sony Pictures — and world-wide with the African Women’s Development Fund in Accra, Ghana, the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium, and the World Wide Fund for Nature in Beijing, China.

Campus Life

Mount Holyoke’s 700-acre campus, which is consistently recognized for being one of the country’s most beautiful, is home to a remarkably diverse community. Students come from 45 states and 76 countries. Twenty-eight percent of students are international citizens, 26 percent of domestic students identify as students of color, and 16 percent of students represent the first generation in their family to attend college.

Yet the community is also surprisingly like-minded in the best of ways: It’s inquisitive, inclusive and encouraging. It’s a place where thinking deeply, engaging in dialogue and driving for change are the norm. And it’s a place where a bevy of traditions — Mountain Day, M&Cs (Milk and Cookies), Junior Show, Pangy Day and more — unite students and alumnae alike. 

Mount Holyoke and the Five College Consortium

Mount Holyoke college students benefit from a robust alliance with Amherst, Hampshire and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Five College Consortium allows students to cross register for more than 6,000 courses at no additional cost and to engage in social and cultural life across campuses — all connected by the largest free bus system in the Northeast. The Five College Consortium boasts one of the largest college dance programs in the country, gives students access to more than 60 languages of study, and is home to the country’s largest concentration of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching.

Important Application Dates

  • Early Decision I: Apply by Nov 15, notified late December
  • Early Decision II: Apply by Jan 5, notified late January
  • Regular Decision: Apply by Jan 18, notified late March

Financial Aid

An education at a top-rated, private liberal arts college like Mount Holyoke is one of the most worthwhile investments you will ever make. Mount Holyoke College has a long history of supporting an economically diverse student body, and meets 100 percent of a family’s demonstrated financial need, as calculated by the College. We offer both merit-based and need-based aid to qualified applicants.

  • Visit MyinTuition, our quick college-cost estimator, or try our Net Price Calculator to get a more detailed estimate of your eligibility for financial aid.
  • Percent of students receiving financial aid: more than 70 percent.
  • Total annual cost of attendance (includes tuition, room and board, and student activities fees): $72,638.
  • Average first-year package: $44,244.

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