Spring Admission FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you admit students for the spring semester?

Each year, the College receives many more applications from qualified candidates than we have space for in the fall class. Because study abroad patterns create midyear availability in our classes and residence halls, we are able to admit a cohort of new students for spring term entry. Many of our spring-admitted students have used the fall to conduct independent research or engage in internships or international exchanges.

Can first-year students apply for spring?

No, first-year students may only apply for fall consideration.

How many students are admitted for the spring semester?

While enrollment varies from year to year, approximately 30-60 first-year students matriculate each spring. Additionally, there are always a number of transfer students and first-year students who defer their admission from the fall semester to the spring semester, increasing the number of students entering midyear.

Would I be able to graduate after only three-and-a-half years at Mount Holyoke?

Those who want to graduate in three-and-a-half years after entering Mount Holyoke are often able to develop a workable plan. These students typically choose one or some combination of the following strategies:

  1. Applying elective credits earned through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate exams or other advanced exams.
  2. Transferring college credits earned during high school.
  3. Transferring college credits earned (as a non-degree seeking student) during the fall by attending a community college before January enrollment at Mount Holyoke (see section on "Academic Work in the United States" below). These fall credits cannot exceed 16, but may complement any others accepted for transfer which you earned during high school.
  4. Transferring college credits earned this fall through a program abroad (see section on "Study Abroad" below).
  5. Transferring college credits earned after entering Mount Holyoke during one or more summers or January intersession periods.
  6. Taking additional classes per semester at Mount Holyoke.

Students are advised to consult our degree requirement and transfer credit guidelines to understand applicable Mount Holyoke policies.

Is there an orientation for spring entrants?

Yes, there is an orientation for all new students who enter the College midyear. The Division of Student Life coordinates spring orientation and attempts to mirror the fall orientation as much as possible. Because fewer students enroll midyear, new students benefit from a more intimate program in which there is more time to forge relationships with current and other new students.

How are midyear roommates assigned?

Many students admitted for the spring semester will share rooms with other spring-admitted students, while others are housed with first-year students who entered in the fall. Students who enter midyear complete the same roommate registration as those who enter in the fall.

Is there a chance that I could be moved from spring to fall admission?

Yes, and you can indicate that preference on the Fall Entry Interest Form after submitting your enrollment reply form and deposit. Since enrollment varies from year to year, the Office of Admission's ability to move students from the spring semester to the fall semester is variable. Space in the fall class is determined after the May 1 deposit deadline, and we’ll notify students of availability sometime after that date.

How can I spend my time during the fall before my start at Mount Holyoke?

Students who enter Mount Holyoke for the spring semester pursue a variety of activities, including academic work in or outside the U.S. as a non-degree seeking student, volunteer work, internships, or employment. Any of these options can be wonderful choices. Some may result in credits to transfer to Mount Holyoke, and others may be amazing experiences that enrich students' lives and inform their college education in other ways. We offer the following information as a starting point, and encourage students to consult with us in crafting a plan that serves their goals.

Academic Work in the United States

Mount Holyoke College will grant transfer credit for applicable courses completed at regionally accredited institutions in the United States. As mentioned above, enrolling in a few appropriate fall courses elsewhere can be a great strategy for students hoping to graduate within three-and-a-half years. The Registrar's website describes the general policies applicable to transfer credit. The Registrar's website describes the general policies applicable to transfer credit. The Registrar's staff is happy to review specific institution and course choices.

In order to receive credit, students will need to send an official transcript at the end of the fall semester to:

Registrar’s Office
Mary Lyon Hall
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075-1498

Study Abroad

The universities and organizations listed below will consider applications for fall semester from students who have not yet begun their college studies. We recommend that students contact programs of interest directly to inquire about requirements and admission.

Mount Holyoke College will grant credit for appropriate academic courses (excluding internships and service learning) completed with these universities or programs, subject to the College's usual policies on credit transfer. Students may be able to transfer credit for work completed in other programs or at universities abroad, but transfer of credit is not guaranteed. All students should carefully evaluate program options and seek advice from the Office of the Registrar in advance about credit transfer.

Outdoor Education Programs

The programs listed below may have some operational modifications due to COVID. Please note that although some of these programs may issue transcripts and award credit through university partnerships, such credits will not be transferred to Mount Holyoke because these courses fall outside the liberal arts.

Volunteer Work/Community Service/Internships

In most instances, plans to do community service or other volunteer work are made through social service agencies in the student's community. Many students who choose Mount Holyoke are deeply committed to community service and are eager to continue their efforts during the fall semester. Some elect to explore their professional interests through internships at local organizations or businesses. No credit is granted for volunteer, community service, or internship activities.

  • Global Citizen Year
    Programs in Brazil, Ecuador, India, and Senegal. Language study and fellowships. These programs are not for academic credit.
    Email: info@globalcitizenyear.org
  • CIEE Gap Semester Programs
    Programs in Australia, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Spain, and Italy.Language study, community service, and/or internships, depending on location. These programs are not for academic credit.
    E-mail: hsabroad@ciee.org