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.

Darby Dyar, Kennedy-Schelkunoff Professor of Astronomy, working with students in her lab

Princeton Review: Mount Holyoke faculty #1

Mount Holyoke College faculty were ranked No. 1 in “Professors Get High Marks” by The Princeton Review
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Mount Holyoke is a leader in STEM

Thirty-five percent of our students major in STEM — a significantly higher proportion of women than at coeducational institutions.
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.

Whitney Stephenson ’22 fights against de facto school segregation.

Time magazine highlights MHC student

Whitney Stephenson ’22 was highlighted by Time magazine for her work fighting against de facto school segregation in New York City.
A single dancer on a darkened stage, crouching, reaching toward a pile of roses on the floor.

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.

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

Elizabeth K. Markovits, Professor of Politics; Director of First-Year Seminars; Director of the Teaching and Learning Initiative

Lessons from Oedipus

Ancient Greek mythology sheds light on present-day travails.
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.
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.

Faculty and student images from remote learning sessions

Remote Learning at Mount Holyoke

The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have propelled our faculty, staff and students into new ways of teaching, helping and learning.
Sign of the times: Campus signs remind those who remain to practice physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Helping students cope with a crisis

Mount Holyoke College’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund has helped students cope with the financial aftermath of the pandemic.
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.

Our Alums

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.

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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