Mount Holyoke College

As the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of:

academic excellence
a tight-knit, diverse, and international community
a worldwide network of alumnae
the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.
Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke is 90 minutes west of Boston and three hours north of New York City. We encourage prospective students to visit our beautiful campus, talk to professors and coaches, learn about the tremendous advantages of the Five College Consortium, tour our top-notch facilities, and chat with current students.


“Go Where No One Else Will”
Chemist and educator Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke College (then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in 1837, nearly a century before women gained the right to vote. Today, her famous words—"Go where no one else... [ Read All ]

South Hadley

United States

50 College Street
Phone: 413.538.2200
Fax: 413.538.2167

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Student Life

Mount Holyoke is a vibrant place to live and learn. For starters, the campus is stunning—it’s consistently rated as one of the most beautiful in America. Campus life is just as rewarding. Our students, who literally come from all over the globe, form a tight-knit community that’s extraordinarily supportive and dynamic. You’ll have an open invitation to join any of our more than 150 student organizations and to partake of Mount Holyoke’s full calendar of concerts, exhibits, lectures, parties, and special events.

Even more, you’ll find friends, fun, and culture right outside Mount Holyoke’s gates. The Five College area has scores of student hangouts, films, dance parties, and cultural events.

At Mount Holyoke, we know that growing as a person is as much a part of your education as your academic studies. Joining this unique community offers a distinct opportunity to live among different ideas and different cultures. We encourage our students to laugh, dance, play, and see just how brightly they can shine. Mount Holyoke is a place to discover all that you are...  [ Read All ]

How To Apply

Students can apply online at

Mount Holyoke College is looking for smart, ambitious students who understand the value of a liberal arts education and who are driven by a love of learning. Admission to MHC is competitive and highly selective.

Entrance is determined by a student’s overall record, and while we give the greatest weight to school records and evaluations, we also consider the big picture—which includes special talents, particular goals, and character. More about how we read applications...

Overall, we seek to admit students whose talents, interests, and aspirations match the programs and opportunities offered by Mount Holyoke. More about who studies at Mount Holyoke...

To apply, please complete the Common Application, as well as the Mount Holyoke College Common Application Supplement. We encourage you to apply online via the Common Application website. If you are unable to apply online, please download the Common Applicatio...  [ Read All ]

Visit us (open days)

We encourage prospective students to visit Mount Holyoke's beautiful 800-acre campus in western Massachusetts. Tours and interviews are offered year-round—but if you choose to visit during the academic year, you'll have more options. You can visit a classroom, meet with an athletic coach, or take advantage of our overnight stay in a residence hall experience.

Interested? Schedule a tour or set up an interview today!
We also travel around the United States and the world to introduce Mount Holyoke to prospective students and their families.