Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, Massachusetts
4-year Private university


Mount Holyoke College is a private institution established in 1837 with suburban setting located at South Hadley. It is ranked 34 in National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $64,142 (2023-24). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,193. It practices semester-based academic calendar. Mount Holyoke College was the first institution in the all-female Seven Sisters league. Today, Mount Holyoke women still receive a broad liberal arts education in the suburban setting of South Hadley, Mass., but have more opportunities to travel. Mount Holyoke is one of five colleges within 12 miles, and students can take courses and attend events at each. Unlike many other schools, Mount Holyoke does not require students to send in SAT scores when they apply. The school does not have a Greek system, but students can choose from more than 150 clubs and organizations. All student must live on campus. Juniors and seniors with a compelling reason to move off campus must apply and be approved. One perk of life in the residence halls: Through a tradition known as Elfing, first-year students receive a week’s worth of gifts from an anonymous sophomore. More than 70 percent of students find employment on campus, and all freshmen who qualify for work study must work at least one shift in the dining halls.

#34 in National Liberal Arts Colleges
Location South Hadley, Massachusetts
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1837
Selectivity Moderate
Size Small
2,193 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $49,998
Outstate Tuition Fee $49,998
Room and Board Fees $18,838
$30,716 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


40% (Moderate Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$60 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.9 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Optional
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition Application

For International Students

100 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

Applicant fulfils the requirement for native language being english and medium of instruction in high school being English

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$51,929 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$48,041 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $78,678
63% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application February 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA, CSS

Merit Scholarships

Trustee Scholarship
Total Worth Full tuition
Eligibility All entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
21st Century Scholars
Total Worth --
Eligibility All entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria Outstanding record of scholarship, cocurricular achievement, and considerable leadership potential
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
Chin Scholars
Total Worth --
Eligibility All entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria Excellence is paired with an impressive record of community service and engagement
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Posse Scholarship
Total Worth --
Details Each year, the Posse Foundation identifies and selects students with exceptional leadership potential from 10 cities. It sends them, usually in groups of 10 students, to the 53 elite Posse partner universities and colleges across the United States, including Mount Holyoke, where they attend tuition-free.


2,193 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
91% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
78% Students graduate within 6 years