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.
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.
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
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.
Mount Holyoke’s network of more than 38,000 alums around the world share their time, insight and connections. Alums 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.