Apply Early Decision

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.
  • MHC has two Early Decision deadlines: November 15 and January 1.
  • More about Early Decision...

To submit a First-year application, please complete the Common Application. If you have difficulty submitting the Common Application to Mount Holyoke College, please contact our Office of Admission by phone (413-538-2023) or by email.

Steps in Applying

  1. Submit the Common Application
  2. SAT I, SAT II, and ACT test scores are optional (exception: home-schooled students), though you are welcome to submit them. If you do submit scores, send them directly to the College.  MHC’s SAT code is 3529; ACT code is 1866.  Mount Holyoke does not consider scores that are self-reported. 
  3. If you are applying for financial aid, it is important to know the deadlines and what forms are required.
  4. Mount Holyoke strongly recommends scheduling an interview with an admission counselor or alumna representative prior to applying.  Make sure the interview takes place at least two weeks before the application deadline. More about interviews...
  5. If you have athletic talents, Mount Holyoke is happy to receive portfolios, tapes, slides, or videos that showcase your talent. If you wish to have materials returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
  6. If you have devoted a significant amount of time to art, dance, film, music, or theatre and you plan to continue it at Mount Holyoke as a major or an extracurricular, you may submit examples of your work as a supplement to your application. Materials may only be submitted electronically through SlideRoom. Our Application portal is Materials mailed to the College will not be evaluated.
  7. If you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident and do not speak English as a first language, you may be asked to provide evidence of your fluency. One of our admission counselors will contact you if additional information is needed.


Application Type Deadline Notification Date
Early Decision I November 15 January 1
Early Decision II January 1 February 1



  • FAFSA form available January 1