The Princeton Review has once again named Mount Holyoke among the nation's "best value" private colleges and universities.
The 75 private and 75 public schools listed in the just-published 2014 edition of The Best Value Colleges were chosen based on criteria covering academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid. On a scale of 1–100, the Princeton Review scored Mount Holyoke a 98 for academics, 97 for interesting professors, 94 for accessible professors, and 94 for quality of life.
“From its outstanding academic program and facilities to its accomplished students to the formidable faculty that love teaching as much as research, Mount Holyoke provides a first-rate experience. The academic experience is phenomenal. So is the library. The dorms are luxurious, too,” the Princeton Review editors wrote, in addition to citing other attributes of the College.
In comments based on student feedback, they wrote, “At Mount Holyoke, ‘the students are happy, intelligent women dedicated to making a real difference in the world.’ Typical students are ‘poised, eloquent, passionate, and doing interesting things both inside and outside the classroom’ and also ‘down-to-earth and laid-back but also willing to have complex conversations over breakfast.’ ”
“Though Mount Holyoke has many strengths, including a beautiful campus and top-notch academics, the one the students appreciate the most is the close-knit community and the ‘strong sense of sisterhood’ that women develop here. The social atmosphere is ‘warm and accepting,’ and the students are ‘diverse, strong, passionate, friendly, and fun.’ This strong support system is important to Mount Holyoke students, who come here to receive a first-class education in a highly academic environment, which is ‘both challenging and supportive at the same time.’ ”
The Princeton Review designated schools as "best values" based on institutional and student surveys the company conducted at 2,000 colleges and universities in 2012–2013. The education services company profiles Mount Holyoke in its book, The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In (Random House/Princeton Review, published January 28, 2014), and on a special area of its website.