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About Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College is a private, nonprofit school in an small town setting in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke College was founded in 1837 and now enrolls around 2,040 students a year, including 1,915 undergrads.

Mount Holyoke College offers housing for up to 2,134 students.

As of 2021, the total market value of Mount Holyoke College's endowment was $789.037 million For each full-time student, Mount Holyoke College spends about $25,056. Mount Holyoke College employs one full-time professor for every 9 undergrads enrolled.

2021 Mount Holyoke College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 52%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 67%
Average GPA 3.9
Mean ACT score 29
Mean SAT score 1378
Tuition $56,300

Mount Holyoke College Regular Decision Deadline 2022

January 1 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants will be notified by April 1.

Mount Holyoke College Early Admission

Mount Holyoke College offers early decision but does not offer early action.

67% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Mount Holyoke College.

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Mount Holyoke College Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into Mount Holyoke College. In 2021, Mount Holyoke College accepted 52% of applicants. Last year, 3,480 students applied to Mount Holyoke College and 1,826 were admitted.

Mount Holyoke College Waitlist 2021

Mount Holyoke College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Mount Holyoke College?

Mount Holyoke College is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Mount Holyoke College, applicants must submit the following items.

Mount Holyoke College Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

Mount Holyoke College Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.9 on a 4.0 scale. Admitted students have a mean score of 1378 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for Mount Holyoke College students is 29.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Mount Holyoke College.

Is Mount Holyoke College Test Optional?

Mount Holyoke College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 43% submitted the SAT. 25% submitted the ACT.

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Does Mount Holyoke College Have On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Mount Holyoke College provides on-campus housing for up to 2,134 students.

Mount Holyoke College students are active in the school's Student Government Association, C.A.U.S.E. (Creating Awareness and Unity for Social Equality) and MHC Outing Club. Convocation, Pangy (Pangynaskeia) Day, and and Spring Weekend are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Mount Holyoke College.

Financial Aid at Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Mount Holyoke College full-time are awarded $42,815 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Mount Holyoke College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Mount Holyoke College

About 81% of students who start at Mount Holyoke College return for their second year of college. Out of the 530 students who started at Mount Holyoke College as first-time freshman, 423 graduate within four years.

Mount Holyoke College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 84%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Mount Holyoke College Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $26,018 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Mount Holyoke College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Mount Holyoke College a good school for you?

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Where is Mount Holyoke College?

Mount Holyoke College is located in the small town setting of South Hadley, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Springfield.

If you want to see Mount Holyoke College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 91/Massachusetts Turnpike to South Hadley, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Bradley International.

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College Info

50 College Street South Hadley, MA 01075

Campus Setting: Small Town

Mount Holyoke College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Mount Holyoke College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Mount Holyoke College is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Mount Holyoke College ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 30

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Mount Holyoke College is 29. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Mount Holyoke College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Mount Holyoke College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1320 - 1450


Math SAT Range

640 - 770


Reading SAT Range

630 - 730

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Mount Holyoke College students is 1378. Applicants with SAT scores of 1450 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Mount Holyoke College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1320 to 1450 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1320 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Mount Holyoke College.

Mount Holyoke College Tuition & Fees

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