Fast Facts

Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective, nondenominational, residential, research liberal arts college for women. 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.


  • Our 2,208 students hail from 45 states and 78 countries.
  • 27% of MHC students are international citizens.
  • 26% of domestic students identify as African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or multiracial. 
  • 47% of incoming first-year students were in the top 10% of their high school classes.


Class Size

  • 11% of classes have fewer than 10 students
  • 77% of classes have fewer than 20 students
  • 89% of classes have fewer than 30 students

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

  • 9 to 1

After College

Six months after graduation, 94% of the class of 2018 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...