Fast Facts

Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective, nondenominational, residential, research liberal arts college for women that is gender diverse and welcomes applications from female, transgender and non-binary students. Mount Holyoke is renowned for educating women leaders, from medical pioneers to Pulitzer Prize–winning playwrights. The oldest of the Seven Sister colleges, we are a noted leader in liberal arts education with a mission grounded in the conviction that women can — and should — make a difference in the world.

Undergraduate students

  • Our 2,200 students hail from 48 states and 82 countries.
  • 24% of students are international citizens.
  • 25% of students identify as domestic students of color (African American, Asian American, Latinx, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or multiracial). 
  • 50% of incoming first-year students were in the top 10% of their high school classes.


Class Size

  • 7% of classes have fewer than 10 students
  • 71% of classes have fewer than 20 students
  • 90% of classes have fewer than 30 students

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

  • 10 to 1

After College

Six months after graduation, 90% of the class of 2020 were working or in school. Of those students, 20% were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Nearly 80% of MHC graduates enroll in graduate or professional school within 10 years of graduation. More about what our graduates are doing...

SAT Policy

Given the limitations of the SAT as a predictor of student success, Mount Holyoke College does not require applicants to submit SAT scores. More about Mount Holyoke’s SAT policy...