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.


Mount Holyoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review Guide's 2011 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 373 Colleges. Mount Holyoke ranked first in the category of "best classroom experience," and was highly rated in other categories, including "most politically active students" (#3), "most beautiful campus" (#7), and "school runs like butter (#9). More about MHC's profile in The Best 373 Colleges...


Our 2,183 students hail from 47 states and 78 countries. Twenty percent of MHC students are international citizens, and 34 percent of domestic students identify as African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial. Sixty-two percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.


Class Size

  • 15 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students
  • 64 percent have 20 or fewer
  • 82 percent have 25 or fewer

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

  • 10 to 1

After College

Six months after graduation, 86 percent of the class of 2011 were working or in school. Of those students, 19 percent were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Typically, 75 percent of MHC graduates enroll in graduate/professional school within ten years. 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...