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Mount Holyoke Admissions Information

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA (map)


With a rich history, Mount Holyoke is the oldest women’s college in America–having been founded in 1837–and continues to be a leader in women’s education. Its innovations as a pioneer in women’s education served as a model for sister schools Vassar and Wellesley Colleges. Thanks to its small classes taught in an intimate, open environment, Mount Holyoke has been voted #1 Best Classroom Experience. Students are offered a broad range of academic opportunities at the school; as a member of the Five College Consortium, Mount Holyoke also offers its students the chance to take courses at Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, and the University of Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke boasts successful alumni from a broad range of fields including poet Emily Dickinson, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, and suffragist Lucy Stone.

Hailing from 70 countries and 48 states, the Mount Holyoke student body pursues a wide range of interests and passions through the school’s 110 clubs and organizations. As a means of encouraging comfort among first-year students, the junior class organizes a system each year known as “Big/Little Sisters” in which a third-year student is paired with a freshman, promoting a mentor-like relationship. In addition, a free bus ride to the nearby towns of Amherst and Northampton provides easy access to coffeehouses, clubs, theaters, galleries, and restaurants.



Basic Info

Main Address: 50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone Number: (413) 538-2000  
Website: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts  
Type of school: Women only  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, Intercollegiate, Club  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Certificate  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,288  
Percent out-of-state: 77%  
Percent international: 20.28%  
Female to Male ratio: 100:0  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Biology/Biological Sciences
International Relations
Political Science and Government
Special study programs: Cross-registration
Double major
Independent study
ROTC (Air Force, Army)
Student-designed major
Study abroad
Teacher certification
Visiting/Exchange student program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Women's housing
Special housing for students with disabilities
Apartments for single students
Campus ministries
Film society
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Choral groups
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student newspaper

Fun Facts

  • Voted #1 Best Classroom Experience
  • Voted #15 Students Study the Most
  • Voted #16 LGBT-Friendly
  • Voted #7 Most Beautiful Campus
  • Voted #15 Most Liberal Students

Admissions Information

While it may initially appear higher than average, Mount Holyoke's admission rate of 58% more reflects the niched nature of the school and its applicants than it does the ease of the application process. Because Mt. Holyoke is a small, female liberal arts college, it is more likely to attract and accept applicants whose interests align with its own. As such, while not required of applicants, the school's median standardized test scores are well above average. Admissions officials have indicated that a student's academic record, GPA, recommendations, class rank, and admissions essay are the most important factors in the admissions process.

Consideration for admission is also given to an applicant's involvement in extracurricular activities, character, talent and ability in a discipline, volunteer and work experience, interview, and status as a first-generation college student. While not as important, additional regard is given to factors including alumni relation, geographical residence, racial/ethnic status, standardized test scores, and applicant's level of interest in the Mount Holyoke.

Admissions address: Newhall Center
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone number: (413) 538-2023  
Fax number: (413) 538-2409  
Admissions Website: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/admission/  
Email: admission@mtholyoke.edu  
Contact Person: Diane Anci  
Number of first-year applications received: 3,061  
Percent of applicants admitted: 58%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay
Common application supplement
Two academic letters of recommendation
School Report
Mid-Year Report
Interview (recommended)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? No; SAT I, SAT II, and ACT test scores are optional (exception: home-schooled students). They will be considered if submitted.  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores across test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3529  
ACT code: 1866  
Learn more about other Women's schools:
Bryn Mawr   Smith   Wellesley   Vassar  

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