Focus on Diversity

We are pleased to invite you to nominate up to two exceptional academically accomplished seniors (Class of 2018) who would be eligible to receive a transportation allowance to attend our Focus on Diversity program, with arrival on Saturday, October 14, and programming on October 15-16, 2017.

Focus on Diversity is our overnight open house for prospective students of color and those students who have championed diversity causes at their school. This program, hosted by the Office of Admission, showcases Mount Holyoke’s leadership in supporting identity differences, as well as our institutional mission “to educate a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence.” Prospective students will be hosted overnight by a current student and have the opportunity to tour campus, visit classes and attend cultural performances.

Nomination Details

In considering your students for this program, we ask that your nominees:

  • Combine academic excellence with a record of meaningful engagement with diversity causes
  • Be open to pursuing education at Mount Holyoke, one of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges for women
  • Demonstrate outstanding academic performance, leadership skills, and co-curricular involvement 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Students who are chosen to participate in our Focus on Diversity program will receive lodging, meals, and transportation assistance from their home city to Mount Holyoke College.

Completed Nominations must include:

1. Counselor/Teacher Nomination Form

2. Student Program Application (a link to the program application will be emailed to the student upon submission of your nomination)

3. Copy of students' transcript (must be uploaded with your counselor/teacher nomination form)

Nomination and Notification Dates

Counselors and teachers, please submit your nomination by Monday, June 12, 2017; students and nominators will be notified by early July.
CBO counselors, please submit your nomination by Thursday, August 24, 2017; students and nominators will be notified by early September.

If you have questions about the program or the nomination process, please contact the admission event team at or by phone at 413-538-2346. 

Focus on Diversity Tentative Schedule

All Day Travel day for students attending the program
9:00 am – 10:00 am Check-in
10:00 am – 11:30 am Welcome and Student Panel
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Campus Tours
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Admission & Financial Aid Session
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Diversity Dialogues
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Meet Your Host/Settle in Residence Halls
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner & Cultural Performances
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Cultural Center Activities
7:15 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am – 4:00 pm Time to individualize your visit: class visits, lunch in dining centers, and optional interview