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South Hadley, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Mount Holyoke College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
52%
Admission Difficulty for Mount Holyoke College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into MHC and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at MHC is 52%.  It ranks #22 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. MHC is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 1,826 out of 3,480 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 15 percent (SAT 1270/1500 ACT 27/30). Mount Holyoke College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 3.87. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The MHC application fee is $60 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Mount Holyoke College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 57% of students submitted SAT scores and 23% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

MHC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1270-1500
Applicants Submitting SAT 
57%
SAT Scores for Mount Holyoke College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1270
SAT Scores for Mount Holyoke College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1500
Average SAT Score 1390

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Mount Holyoke College?

Mount Holyoke College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 15 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1270 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1150. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1390 out of 1600. MHC ranks #11 in Massachusetts and #60 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 57 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Mount Holyoke College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1500 and Above Good >67%
1385 to 1500 Avg + 52%-67%
1270 to 1385 Avg - 36%-52%
1155 to 1270 Reach 23%-36%
Less than 1155 Low <23%
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MHC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
27-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
23%
ACT Scores for Mount Holyoke College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 31
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for Mount Holyoke College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into MHC?

Admission data indicates that MHC regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #18 in Massachusetts and #146 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 23 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Mount Holyoke College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Mount Holyoke College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >72%
28 to 30 Avg + 52%-72%
27 to 28 Avg - 41%-52%
26 to 27 Reach 32%-41%
Less than 26 Low <32%
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MHC GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA 
3.87
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Mount Holyoke College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into MHC. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Mount Holyoke College was 3.87 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #10 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as MHC accepts 52% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Mount Holyoke College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 34.65% Good
3.75 to 3.99 28.87% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 24.93% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 8.4% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 1.31% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 1.84% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

81.93% of Mount Holyoke College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Mount Holyoke College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 49.4%
Top 25% of class 81.93%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Mount Holyoke College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,480 0 3,480
Accepted 1,826 0 1,826
Acceptance Rate 52% ? 52%
Enrolled 456 0 456
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% ? 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
44

Applicants have 44 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Mount Holyoke College is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Mount Holyoke College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Mount Holyoke College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Mount Holyoke College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

FAQs

Does Mount Holyoke College prefer SAT or ACT?

57% of students submit their SAT scores to MHC. 23% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Mount Holyoke College?

52% of those who apply are granted admission to MHC. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Mount Holyoke College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1270 and 1500. 57% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Mount Holyoke College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 30. 23% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.