Life after Mount Holyoke

Each year, more than 500 Mount Holyoke graduates start the next phase of their lives. For some this means graduate or professional school, for others a job in a business or nonprofit organization. For all, it involves having a dream and finding a path to reach it.

Wherever they go, our graduates draw upon the critical thinking skills they learned at Mount Holyoke. The strong liberal arts foundation they gain here applies equally well to careers in medicine, business, science, law, the arts, public service and academia.

Our recent alumnae tell us that the support they received from the Career Development Center (CDC) and the Alumnae Network helped them develop the connections and skills they needed to get started.


Mount Holyoke’s network of more than 38,000 living alumnae is one of the institution’s most valued assets. Through an extensive online directory, students can seek advice from alumnae in almost any field and across the globe. Guided by more than 2,000 volunteers, the Alumnae Association also offers diverse programs, expertise and resources to foster lifelong learning and connect Mount Holyoke graduates to each other and the College.

Recruiting and Internships

Mount Holyoke connects with more than 1,000 employers each year through five main recruiting programs: on-campus events, Five College shared schedules, career fairs, the Résumé Referral program and our database select listings.

Students also connect with employers through summer and January Term internships. Many students do two or three internships; an increasing number of students do even more.

Graduate and Professional Schools

Typically, 20% of graduates go directly on to graduate, professional and postbaccalaureate programs. Nearly 80% enroll in advanced degree programs within 10 years after graduation. Postgraduate institutions attended by recent Mount Holyoke graduates include Boston University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Emory University, Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, New York University, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington Seattle and Yale University. The CDC helps students prepare for testing, work through the application process, and find applicable fellowships and grants. More about graduate and professional schools...

Postgraduate Fellowships

Mount Holyoke graduates have an enviable record of winning major awards, scholarships and fellowships — including the Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Datatel Scholarships, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, Goldwater Scholarships and Fulbright Full Grants. More about Fellowships...