By the Numbers: Science at MHC

Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 12:00pm

Founded in 1837 by chemist Mary Lyon, Mount Holyoke has long been a place where students excel in the sciences. Recent National Science foundation (NSF) data shows that our science students continue to be among the most successful in the country. Here's what you may not know.

#1
MHC's ranking for graduating more women than any other liberal arts college who went on to get U.S. doctorates in the physical and life sciences from 1966 to 2004. This puts MHC in the top 2 percent of all colleges and universities--even major research universities with at least double the enrollment.

#1
MHC's ranking among leading liberal arts colleges in graduating minority women and among all schools in graduating international (non-U.S. citizen) female graduates who went on to receive U.S. doctorates in life and physical sciences from 2000 to 2004.

$8,122,015
The amount of NSF grant money that MHC science faculty have been awarded from 2000 to 2005, more than any other leading liberal arts college.

#8
Among all colleges and universities, MHC's ranking (tied with Stanford and Wellesley) in the number of graduates who earned U.S. doctorates in physics from 1966 to 2004. MHC ranked ninth in chemistry and sixteenth in biology.

57%
Percentage of women science faculty at MHC.

22%
Percentage of science faculty of color at MHC.