First Year Application Instructions

Please review the First Year Applicant Checklist.

If you are applying as a Transfer student or Frances Perkins Scholar, please refer to our Transfer and Frances Perkins Instructions.

If you are applying as a first year student, your first step in applying is to choose an application plan. Early Decision is for students who have made Mount Holyoke their first choice. If you apply Early Decision, you may apply to other colleges, but you may not apply Early Decision to any other college. If you are admitted Early Decision, you must withdraw all other applications. If the Early Decision Contract is broken, the offer of admission from Mount Holyoke and other colleges may be rescinded. There are two rounds of Early Decision. The deadline for ED I is November 15, with a January 1 notification. The deadline for ED II is January 1, with a February 1 notification. If you’d like to discuss the Early Decision option with an admission officer, please call us.

If you don’t have a clear college preference, it is best to apply Regular Decision. The application deadline for both admission and financial aid is January 15. You will receive admission and financial aid decisions by April 1. Every year, a number of Regular Decision applicants are admitted for entrance in the second semester.

Interviews are not required as part of the application process, they are one of the best ways for us to learn more about your academic goals and personal experiences. The Office of Admission may request an applicant interview.

Students may complete an optional Parent/Peer Evaluation. If an applicant has devoted a significant amount of time to art, dance, film, music, or theatre and plans to continue it at Mount Holyoke as a major or an extracurricular, examples of your work may be submitted as an Art Supplement via SlideRoom.

If you are an international applicant, you must complete the same application as U.S. applicants. Additionally, all students applying from schools outside the U. S. must submit the Common Application International Supplement to the Secondary School Report. If your secondary school documents are not in English, you must submit notarized translations along with original documents. Applicants for whom English is not the first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Mount Holyoke will consider either TOEFL or IELTS results. Mount Holyoke’s TOEFL code is 3529. If you do not have access to the TOEFL or IELTS, please contact the Office of Admission about other testing options.

If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, you must apply at the same time you apply for admission. The College will assume that you are not applying for financial aid if you do not answer the question regarding aid on page one of the application. Once a student has been admitted, she cannot apply for institutional aid. 

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 413-538-2023.