Mount Holyoke College Visit Report by sarucane

Visit to Mount Holyoke College in June 2009 by sarucane
(Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since September 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: Yes - Interview was wonderful. I was interviewed by a student, and she was very engaging and informative.

Campus Tour: Yes - Tour was amazing. Visited in summer, so everything was in bloom. Absolutely gorgeous campus; some of the best facilities I'd seen.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Summer, so didn't meet anyone but the admissions staff. All of them were wonderful.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Spectacular



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent




Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Biggest rooms I'd ever seen, with stories about freshamn randomly getting picture windows, and an enourmous average room size.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Blue phones everywhere, and the immediate area seemed very safe.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent



Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Nothing to Northampton or Amherst down the road, but some nice restaruants, a movie theater, and a bookshop.



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Most of South Hadley isn't that great, but with Northampton and Amherst a 20 minute drive away, couldn't ask for a better location.

Campus Visit Notes for Mount Holyoke College


Visit Description:

I came to this school expecting very litte: it was tacked on at the tail end of the college visit trip. After visiting eight colleges in the last five days, I wasn't expecting to be surprised. My visit rocketed Mt Holyoke to the top of my list. it was a spectacularly beautiful campus. Of the people we toured with, half of them were international students, something not a single other school had managed. The tour guide was wonderful: very personable, happy to answer any questions, she seemed very well-informed. The campus was as amazing as any college guide book says it is: unlike a lot of the schools I visited, which had a lot of space, but all the buildings were packing into one area, giving the campus a rather claustrophobic feel, the buildings were spread out enough to make you feel as though you weren't being crowded, but not so spread out that transportaion would be an issue. The dorms were amazing, and this was after seeing many other schools that got on the Princeton Review's "Dorms like palaces" list.

Classes weren't in session, and it was Saturday morning, so the only students I met were in the admissions office. I don't know yet how the rest of the student body compares, but the students there were all great. My interviewer and I got along wonderfully: she seemed completely engaged, only asked one or two cliched questions, and nothing out of left-field like "If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?"

The immediate area seemed rather expensive, but the five colleges takes care of that, and it was nowhere near as bad as the area immediately surronding Hampshire. There was a great bookstore and some delicious-looking restaurants across the street.

The tour guide was willing to answer any question, including the less flattering ones: for instance, Mt Holyoke can't guarntee 100% financial need met, like Smith and Hampshire can. The college can only promise it will do everything it can. The opennes of the admissions staff in honestly answering a question as important as that was very refreshing.

Overall, and absolutely incredible school.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Marriot in Northampton.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Northampton Hotel