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Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate40%

Mount Holyoke College Admissions

Mount Holyoke College is very difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Mount Holyoke College is 40%. Out of 4,894 applications received in 2023, 1,946 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Mount Holyoke College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application is $60.

Students who apply to Mount Holyoke College for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Mount Holyoke College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Mount Holyoke College's admissions stats.

Mount Holyoke College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 57%
Mean SAT Score 1430
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 43%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 19%
Waitlist Yes

Mount Holyoke College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Mount Holyoke College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 January 1
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 1
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Mount Holyoke College?

Mount Holyoke College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by January 1.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Mount Holyoke College is 62%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 40%. Last year, Mount Holyoke College admitted 243 of the 393 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college because they hope it will boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Mount Holyoke College Admissions

Transferring to Mount Holyoke College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Mount Holyoke College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Mount Holyoke College

Wondering what factors are considered by Mount Holyoke College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Mount Holyoke College for more information on admission factors.

Mount Holyoke College Application Requirements

To apply to Mount Holyoke College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Mount Holyoke College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Mount Holyoke College?

Students admitted to Mount Holyoke College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9. Mount Holyoke College considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 84% submitted a class rank. At Mount Holyoke College 57% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 76% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Mount Holyoke College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 35%
3.75 and 3.99 34%
3.50 and 3.74 20%
3.25 and 3.49 6%
3.00 and 3.24 3%
2.50 and 2.9 2%
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Mount Holyoke College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 43% of Mount Holyoke College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 19% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Mount Holyoke College?

To be competitive with other Mount Holyoke College applicants, you should aim to earn between 1370 and 1500 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Mount Holyoke College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1500 and 25% of scored lower than 1370, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Mount Holyoke College student is 1430.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Mount Holyoke College students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 690 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Mount Holyoke College students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 690 or higher.

To be most competitive at Mount Holyoke College, you should strive to earn between 30 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Mount Holyoke College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Mount Holyoke College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

More Information on Transferring to Mount Holyoke College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Mount Holyoke College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Mount Holyoke College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Mount Holyoke College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Mount Holyoke College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Mount Holyoke College.

Does Mount Holyoke College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Mount Holyoke College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Mount Holyoke College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Mount Holyoke College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Mount Holyoke College?

❌ No, Mount Holyoke College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Mount Holyoke College's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Mount Holyoke College is 40%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Mount Holyoke College?

βœ… Mount Holyoke College's early decision acceptance rate was 62% in 2021.

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Mount Holyoke College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Mount Holyoke College? Mount Holyoke College is a very selective institution. The Mount Holyoke College acceptance rate is 40%. This means that the institution accepts 39 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Mount Holyoke College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1370 - 1500


Math SAT Range

660 - 770


Reading SAT Range

690 - 770

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1500 and Above


1370 to 1500


1370 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Mount Holyoke College students is 1430. Applicants with SAT scores of 1500 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Mount Holyoke College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1370 to 1500 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1370 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Mount Holyoke College.

Mount Holyoke College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Mount Holyoke College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.89. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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