Academics at Mount Holyoke

Mount Holyoke exists to open minds. It’s where you explore new ideas, let your imagination run wild, debate vigorously and have the freedom to examine any topic or issue — no matter how controversial or polarizing. And like the brave, bold women who have come before you, we promise you this: After four years, everything will be different — including you.

Our Learning Environment

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. 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 & Innovation Lab, you’ll find people who brim with passion.

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Mount Holyoke tops Princeton Review’s lists

Princeton Review ranks Mount Holyoke in the top 20 colleges and universities in the country in categories for academics, demographics and more.
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The Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab

This 8,000 square foot, fully loaded lab offers students the space and tools to test ideas and make new things — and make things new.
Thomas Ciufo teaches in the new digital music lab

Full STEAM ahead: Music Technology

The College’s new music technology laboratories give students ways to explore and create sound — and to work at the intersections of STEM and the arts.

Our Students

Mount Holyoke College students are passionate about learning — and about who they want to be. They tend to be more self-aware, more adventurous, more confident, more idealistic, more globally aware and more accomplished than your average college undergrad. They seem to expect more of themselves, of college and of life in general.


We Are Mount Holyoke
You’ll join smart, talented and opinionated students from all over the world. Each arrives with divergent ideas, beliefs and worldviews.

Mount Holyoke gives you the opportunity to discover your passion — and go after it.

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From practice to performance in 23 hours

When Mount Holyoke announced the move to distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, senior class dancers decided the show must go on.
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Feeding a passion for food justice

Julia Talamo ’21 finds opportunity and support at Mount Holyoke as she combines her interests in the environment, racial inequity and food justice.
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From photography to podcasting

A Mount Holyoke student took a photography course — and walked into an opportunity to produce a National Geographic podcast on climate change.

Our Faculty

Mount Holyoke’s faculty are active scholars, research scientists and creative artists who are passionate about their disciplines and about teaching. In small classes they will lead you to debate and discuss, challenging your classmates and yourself. You will be pushed to think critically and become a fearless advocate for yourself and what you believe in. And when you graduate, you’ll be prepared not only to face change, but to lead it

Olivia Aguilar, Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment

When contagion meets climate crises

Olivia Aguilar, director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, considers the ramifications of climate displacement and community contagions.
Andrea Lawlor

Andrea Lawlor wins prestigious Whiting Award

Andrea Lawlor, assistant professor of English, has received the Whiting Award, which honors emerging writers who demonstrate excellence and promise.
Heather Pon-Barry sitting on the floor with a small, humanoid robot.

The key to STEMtastic robot tutors? Dialogue.

Heather Pon-Barry received the prestigious CAREER award for her work in developing educational — and socially intelligent — robots.

Our Community

Mount Holyoke has long been committed to access and social justice, and to the belief that students of strength and conviction give rise to a better world for all. Inclusivity and diversity are present throughout campus, manifested in our five cultural centers and celebrated through dozens of student orgs and events. The College’s traditions also bring the community closer together and create some of our most memorable Mount Holyoke moments.

Personal protective equipment donated by Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke donates protective equipment

The College’s gloves, surgical masks, N95 respirators, lab coats and eye protection will be dispersed as needed to hospitals statewide.
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The Future is Black: Black History Month 2020

A month-long series of events aimed at shining light on a future that consists of innovators, world changers and dream chasers from the African diaspora.
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Mount Holyoke Traditions

From Convocation to the Laurel Parade, the College's traditions bring the community closer together and create memorable moments to last a lifetime.

Our Alumnae

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.

Alumnae Outcomes

Advanced degrees and career success

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Within 10 years, nearly 80% of alumnae pursue an advanced degree at top-level institutions. Mount Holyoke alumnae across the decades develop rewarding careers in fields ranging from medicine, law and business to communications, education and the arts.

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