1. Now more than ever
At Mount Holyoke, the first of the powerful Seven Sisters colleges, social activism is in our DNA. Which is to say that we have long been committed to access and social justice, and to the belief that women of strength and conviction give rise to a better world for all.
1916: Supporting the right to vote
1985: Protesting against apartheid in South Africa
2018: The #MeToo movement
The world needs our graduates — who share the conviction and readiness to make their lives stand for something bigger — now more than ever.
2. Equality + power = empowered
Here, it’s not about leaning in. It’s about standing among — and following in the footsteps of — brilliant women at work. It’s about choosing a place where you are surrounded by peers, role models and mentors who see you and value you. Who take you seriously without you having to ask.
3. An enviable academic experience
Rigorous. Relevant. Vibrant. Inspiring. The learning landscape at Mount Holyoke is shaped as much by curiosity and intensity as it is by collaboration and guidance. From classes on renewable energy and critical race theory in education to wearable circuit workshops at the Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab, you’ll find people who brim with passion.
4. See yourself as a leader. As you become one.
At Mount Holyoke, it’s not about equal opportunity to take on leadership roles. It’s about every opportunity. Fact: Powerful women recognize — and encourage — powerful women. And seeing yourself reflected in those who hold positions of influence isn’t a luxury. It’s a must.
5. Calling all STEMinists!
Tired of being one of the only girls in your AP biology, calculus or physics class? Many Mount Holyoke students were, too. Thirty-five percent of our students major in STEM — a significantly higher proportion of women than at coeducational institutions.
6. Own your social scene
At Mount Holyoke, social life is defined by choice: cultural events and social programming on campus or within the Five College Consortium, running the Seven Sisters trail with your rowing team, seeking out apple cider doughnuts with your improv troupe or a cappella group, or striking a power pose on Mountain Day. Odds that the friends you make will be lifelong? Very high.
7. Inclusivity and diversity — on a global scale
One in four Mount Holyoke students is international. Inclusivity and diversity are present throughout campus, manifested in our five cultural centers and celebrated through dozens of student orgs and events with a global focus. And lived through shared experiences via our five language Living/Learning Communities, MoZone peer education program and Global Partners Program. We even have an academic center devoted to all things global learning.
Citizenship of international students, 2018–2019
Hover over the image to see the countries represented in our student population.
8. Open doors to opportunity
Women’s college graduates are more than twice as likely as graduates of coeducational colleges to receive doctoral degrees. And more than 20% of women in Congress and 33% of women on Fortune 1000 boards graduated from a women’s college.*
Employers — specifically in finance, business and STEM — intentionally seek out graduates of women’s colleges because of their potential to lead out of the gate.
*Data from “Why a Women's College,” a 2014 study by Collegewise counselors.
9. One word: Alumnae
Engaged alumnae are a given. Mount Holyoke’s network of more than 38,000 alumnae around the world share their time, insight and connections. Alumnae of women’s colleges arguably constitute the most influential professional women’s networks on the globe.
Sajia Darwish ’18
At Mount Holyoke, the bench of female “firsts” is deep and varied. From the first woman in the presidential cabinet to the first woman producer to win an Oscar. These leaders are ready to help new graduates find their way.
Meet some Mount Holyoke alumnae who have made their mark since the College’s founding — by a woman — in 1837.