First-Year FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

MHC welcomes questions from prospective students and their families. Don’t see the answer you’re seeking? Feel free to contact admission.

Will I be accepted to Mount Holyoke?
It is impossible to make a prediction about an applicant's admissibility. Keep in mind that many nonobjective factors contribute to admission decisions and that there are no "cut-offs" for grade point averages or test scores. A couple of resources: check out Who Studies at Mount Holyoke? and also How We Read Applications.

How is an application read?
In reading applications, the Office of Admission looks for students whose talents, interests, and aspirations match the programs and opportunities offered by the College. We begin with a student's transcript, as this reveals her performance over time. Next, the student's essay is examined along with her short answers. Then, activities and involvement and letters of recommendation are reviewed. More about how we read applications...

I haven't taken any A.P. or honors courses. Will this hurt my chances for admission?
Mount Holyoke looks for evidence that a student has sought challenge rather than the easy way out. If your school offers advanced courses, you should consider taking them. More about A.P....

What standardized tests are required?
Standardized tests are not required for admission. However:

  • Applicants who are homeschooled are required to take the ACT or three SAT II subject tests.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS. More about international applications...

What are the application deadlines?
They vary depending on the type of application. For instance, Mount Holyoke offers two Early Decision deadlines and a special admission program for non-traditional students. Check our deadlines...

Does Mount Holyoke accept the Common Application?
Yes, we accept the Common Application and require applicants to complete the MHC Common Application supplement. More about how to apply...

Does Mount Holyoke offer an Early Decision Program?
Yes. We have two Early Decision deadlines, November 15 and January 1, and we encourage you to apply Early Decision if Mount Holyoke is your first choice. More about Early Decision...

Are admission interviews required?
Interviews are not required but are strongly recommended. Learn more about interviews...

Does an alumna interview carry the same weight as an on-campus interview?
Yes! Learn more about scheduling an alumna interview...

What is required of home-schooled students?
Mount Holyoke welcomes applications from students who have been schooled at home. In addition to completing the standard Common Application forms, home-schooled applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation that speak to the candidate’s academic and personal qualifications, as well as the ACT or three SAT subject tests. We advise home-schooled candidates to contact the admission office with any additional questions about the application process.

Can I apply to Mount Holyoke with only three years of high school?
Yes, the Office of Admission will consider an early entrance application, but the student must demonstrate exceptional maturity (both personally and intellectually). More about early admission...

If I am admitted, can I defer admission?
Yes, every year some students decide to defer their admission because they want to travel, perform community service, or take time to explore an activity of their choosing. Be aware that students are not allowed to defer admission in order to study at another institution where they will receive academic credit. More about deferring...