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Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate52%
Acceptance Rate52%

Mount Holyoke College Admissions

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

Students who submit their applications to Mount Holyoke College for fall should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Mount Holyoke College Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Mount Holyoke College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 50.24%
Mean SAT Score 1402
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 24%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
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 January 1 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.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by January 1.

🗓️ 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 54%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 52%. Last year, Mount Holyoke College admitted 151 of the 278 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college because they hope it will help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Transferring to Mount Holyoke College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Mount Holyoke College

In 2022, Mount Holyoke College waitlisted 530 students and 276 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 2 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Mount Holyoke College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Mount Holyoke College

What does Mount Holyoke College consider 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
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores 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. Make sure to check in with Mount Holyoke College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
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, 34.38% submitted a class rank. At Mount Holyoke College 50.24% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 78.47% were in the top 25% and 96.17% 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 33.4%
3.75 and 3.99 32.19%
3.50 and 3.74 22.27%
3.25 and 3.49 6.88%
3.00 and 3.24 4.66%
2.50 and 2.9 0.61%
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 reflects 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 considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 24% of Mount Holyoke College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% 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 1340 and 1470 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Mount Holyoke College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1470 and 25% of scored lower than 1340, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Mount Holyoke College student is 1402.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Mount Holyoke College students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Mount Holyoke College students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Mount Holyoke College?

To be most competitive at Mount Holyoke College, you should strive to earn between 31 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Mount Holyoke College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Mount Holyoke College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

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:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Mount Holyoke College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Mount Holyoke College?

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

Does Mount Holyoke College accept transfer credits?

✅ Mount Holyoke College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

✅ Mount Holyoke College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

❌ No, Mount Holyoke College is test optional, so you can decide whether to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Mount Holyoke College's acceptance rate?

✅ Mount Holyoke College has an acceptance rate of 52%.

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

✅ Mount Holyoke College's early decision acceptance rate was 54% 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 52%. This means that the institution accepts 52 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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


31 to 35


31 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Mount Holyoke College is 33. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Mount Holyoke College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Mount Holyoke College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1340 - 1470


Math SAT Range

640 - 760


Reading SAT Range

660 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1470 and Above


1340 to 1470


1340 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Mount Holyoke College students is 1402. Applicants with SAT scores of 1470 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Mount Holyoke College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1340 to 1470 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1340 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 3.87. 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 © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

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Campus Setting

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Application Deadline

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