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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.
We offer 48 departmental and interdepartmental majors, with biology, politics and psychology among the top five. Our fastest growing major? Computer science. Our newest? Data science.
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.
Princeton Review ranks Mount Holyoke in the top 20 colleges and universities in the country in categories for academics, demographics and more.
Thirty-five percent of our students major in STEM — a significantly higher proportion of women than at coeducational institutions.
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.
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.
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.
Whitney Stephenson ’22 was highlighted by Time magazine for her work fighting against de facto school segregation in New York City.
When Mount Holyoke announced the move to distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, senior class dancers decided the show must go on.
Julia Talamo ’21 finds opportunity and support at Mount Holyoke as she combines her interests in the environment, racial inequity and food justice.
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
Ancient Greek mythology sheds light on present-day travails.
Olivia Aguilar, director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, considers the ramifications of climate displacement and community contagions.
Heather Pon-Barry received the prestigious CAREER award for her work in developing educational — and socially intelligent — robots.
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.
The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have propelled our faculty, staff and students into new ways of teaching, helping and learning.
Mount Holyoke College’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund has helped students cope with the financial aftermath of the pandemic.
The College’s gloves, surgical masks, N95 respirators, lab coats and eye protection will be dispersed as needed to hospitals statewide.
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.
Advanced degrees and career success
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.
Discover our 40+ majors and hundreds of courses.
Learn about interdisciplinary majors that are structured enough to emphasize the central theme of a topic of study, but flexible enough to allow for a range of interest within a given topic.
Find out more about the types of degrees we offer — both undergraduate and graduate.
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Focusing on global issues, the environment and leadership, the academic centers at Mount Holyoke empower students to become agents of change — globally competent, environmentally responsible, ready to lead.
Students at Mount Holyoke can take classes at five institutions: Mount Holyoke, Amherst Hampshire, Smith and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. More than 5,000 courses, all just 12 miles from campus and linked by a free bus service.
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