By Keely Savoie
They come from Armenia and Australia, from Ghana, New Zealand and Vietnam. They hail from Maine, California, Alaska, Hawaii — and nearly every state in between.
Together, the newly admitted Mount Holyoke College applicants represent 48 states and more than 50 countries.
They are as exceptional as they are diverse. They are star debaters, published authors, equestrians and valedictorians.
“These are incredibly brilliant students,” said Gail Berson, vice president of enrollment and dean of admission at Mount Holyoke. “We are so excited to have so many wonderfully talented individuals at our doorstep.”
With all of their diversity and differences, every one of these students has one thing in common with all the rest: Mount Holyoke has invited them to walk over that threshold and become a part of its globally diverse and academically excellent community.
“Students who choose to come here can be at the center of every single academic idea they have ever had,” said Berson. “Our students take advantage of everything we have to offer. They do research directly with faculty members, pursue independent studies, and enrich their academic experiences with internships, travel abroad and community advocacy.”
More than a quarter of new admits are enrolled in programs where they are earning college credits while still in high school. Two were selected as recipients of Mount Holyoke’s Maria scholarships, which provide full tuition scholarships for students from Puerto Rico whose lives and families were affected by last fall’s devastating hurricane.
Whatever their background, they face an enormous decision: whether to accept the challenge — and opportunity — of a lifetime. When students join the Mount Holyoke community they are choosing to see themselves as agents of change, not only in their own lives but in the world.
On Preview weekend, from Sunday, April 15, to Monday, April 16, admitted students are invited to visit Mount Holyoke for an overnight visit. On Monday, April 23, Mount Holyoke hosts another open house.
In all, nearly 1,000 prospective students and their families are expected to visit Mount Holyoke’s campus to determine if they can see themselves there.
By May 1, Mount Holyoke expects 550 new students to enroll.