Q&As: The new-student edition
By the numbers: Among the 670 undergraduates entering Mount Holyoke this fall, there are students from 38 countries, 38 states and Puerto Rico. Almost a third of incoming students (27 percent) learned a language other than English as their first language. In all, first-year students speak 26 first-languages (including English). They are high-achievers, with an average GPA of 3.8. Three-quarters of them graduated with the top 20 percent of their high school class.
By the passions: Freediving. Volcanoes. Advocacy and activism. Law. Community outreach. Chess. Bharatanatyam dance. Neuroscience. Human rights. Equine endurance racing. Choreography. Conservation and sustainability. To name but a few!
By the worldviews: Per Kessh Bhasiin ’22: “Coming from India, I have seen some women raised to be nothing more than a mother and/or a housewife. Mount Holyoke appeals to me because it raises us to something much more than that.” Per Leen Rhazi ’22: “This year I was amongst a group of students who organized Jordan’s first Women’s March in Amman. Many women in impoverished areas simply do not have the right platform to speak up for themselves.”
We are thrilled to welcome all incoming students to Mount Holyoke, and to introduce you to smattering of our community’s newest members.