Academic Support Services

By nature, Mount Holyoke's ambitious and independent-minded students like to challenge themselves. They love to try new things, and they expect to succeed. To this end, Mount Holyoke's academic advising and support services encourage intellectual growth while providing a rock-solid base of skills and knowledge.

Academic Advising

All new Mount Holyoke students are assigned a faculty advisor, who can offer guidance about selecting courses and creating an academic plan. Based on your interests and goals, your advisor will help you choose from a range of academic options and connect you with department chairs and other faculty members for additional advice.

Upon choosing a major during your sophomore year, you'll get a new advisor in your major or interdisciplinary department. In addition to offering advice about the major, advisors offer valuable counsel about Five College study, other off-campus study options, and preparation for graduate and professional school.

Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program

The Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program (SAW) of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts provides opportunities for MHC students to meet with peer mentors to develop as powerful communicators. Peer mentors are prepared to work with students of all ability levels on their writing and speaking projects. Students may work with a peer mentor at any stage of the writing or speaking process, on any kind of writing or speaking project or topic, with any goal for development.

Students may make an appointment to meet with a peer mentor for a one-on-one session at the SAW Center in Williston Library online or by calling x2651. In addition, professors will announce to their classes if a specific peer mentor is partnering with their course.

Each year, SAW also hosts a variety of workshops, conferences, and other events for students to develop their speaking and writing.

Preparing for a Medical Degree

Premedical studies can seem especially complex. The field of health sciences is broad, and students must plan their course work carefully to meet the requirements for applying to medical, dental, or veterinary school. A student should discuss her interest in medicine with her advisor as early as possible. Sophomore year, students can request a Health Professions Advisor (in addition to an academic advisor) to help with choosing a specific field, planning course work, and applying to graduate programs.

Premed students typically seek out clinical or research internships through the Prehealth Programs office. Past students have completed internships at Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and the National Institutes of Health. More about health professions...