Mount Holyoke College Profile Admissions

Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and More

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Mount Holyoke College, with an acceptance rate of 52 percent, is a somewhat selective school. Students can apply to the school with the Common Application. Additional materials include SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts, and a personal interview. For complete instructions, applicants can visit the school's website, or contact the admissions office.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Mount Holyoke College Acceptance Rate: 52%

Mount Holyoke College Description

Founded in 1837, Mount Holyoke College is the oldest of the "seven sister" colleges. Mount Holyoke is a small liberal arts college and a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst CollegeUMass AmherstSmith College and Hampshire College. Students can register for courses at any of the five schools. The college has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. The student-to-faculty ratio is 10 to 1.

Mount Holyoke has a beautiful campus, and students can enjoy the college's botanic gardens, two lakes, waterfalls, and horseback-riding trails. Mount Holyoke, like many colleges, does not require ACT or SAT scores for admission, but you will need to have a strong academic record to be admitted.

On the athletic front, the Mount Holyoke Lyons compete in the NCAA Division III New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference for most sports. The college fields 14 varsity sports.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 2,327 (2,199 undergrads)
  • Gender Breakdown: 100% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $45,866
  • Books: $950 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,440
  • Other Expenses: $950
  • Total Cost: $61,206

Mount Holyoke College Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 81%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 79%
    • Loans: 57%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $31,412
    • Loans: $5,590

Academic Programs

The most popular majors at Mount Holyoke are Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Economics, English, Environmental Science, History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology. You also have the option to design your own major, and 29 percent of all majors are interdisciplinary.

            Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

            • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
            • Transfer Out Rate: 13%
            • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 78%
            • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84%

            Intercollegiate Athletics Programs

            Women's sports include Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Riding, Soccer, Squash, Swiming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball.

            Data Source

            National Center for Educational Statistics

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