#10 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, Massachusetts

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Mount Holyoke College overview
Location South Hadley, Massachusetts
Online mtholyoke.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Mount Holyoke College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Mount Holyoke College, a private liberal arts institution, holds a prominent position in South Hadley, Massachusetts, part of the Pioneer Valley and within close proximity to the academically affluent city of Amherst. Established in 1837, Mount Holyoke is renowned as one of the prestigious Seven Sisters colleges, with a historic campus famed for its Gothic revival architecture, and offers on-campus living options. The college adopted a gender-diverse admissions policy in 2014, which includes transgender and nonbinary students, reflecting its historically progressive approach to education. It is recognized for a rigorous academic environment and a highly selective admissions process. While Mount Holyoke is primarily focused on undergraduate education with popular majors in the biological and biomedical sciences, psychology, and environmental studies, it also offers coeducational graduate programs. The institution participates in the Five College Consortium, allowing students to take courses at nearby Amherst, Smith, Hampshire Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Notable for its commitment to sustainability and environmental initiatives, Mount Holyoke College does not emphasize intercollegiate athletics, instead fostering a broad array of student-driven activities and intramural sports.

In the most recent statistical year 4,894 prospective students applied, and 1,946 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 544 enrolled in the school.  2,192 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 200 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $58,280 plus fees of $218. MHC is ranked 85 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












MHC is rated within the top 18% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1350/1540
ACT 30/34
GPA 3.87

Applications Accepted

Mount Holyoke College overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Mount Holyoke College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$218
Room and Board $17,180
Budget for Other Expenses$1,000
Total One Year Cost$77,678

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$50,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

85% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Mount Holyoke College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 27%
Biology 10%
English and Literature 9%
Psychology 8%
Foreign Languages 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=166939 IPEDS survey data for Mount Holyoke College.

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