One of the central places on Mount Holyoke’s campus is Skinner Green; it’s integral to student life here at MHC. At any given time when the weather is nice, one can find students relaxing on the grass, doing homework or eating lunch in the shade, playing a game of Frisbee and more. It’s also frequently used as an impromptu throughway between buildings on campus.
Mount Holyoke’s campus is consistently recognized as one of the most beautiful in the country. The iconic Gothic brick buildings, soothing waterfalls, pristine athletic fields and robust Botanic Garden provide the perfect setting for rigorous academic study, artistic inspiration and personal growth. We need your support to keep Mount Holyoke picture perfect.
Mount Holyoke’s spectacular campus is the perfect setting for our students’ rigorous academic study and personal growth. The defining characteristics of our campus — the Gothic brick buildings, stately trees, serene lakes, iconic waterfalls — are rooted in the design legacy of landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and his sons.
An essential part of the multifacted Mount Holyoke student experience includes a commitment to wellness of mind, body, spirit and community. The new Be Well program at Mount Holyoke was developed in 2016 to encourage mental and physical health among students and help provide ways to reduce stress.
Meet Lanie Richards ’21, who hails from Orange Park, Florida. Majoring in psychology and education, she was drawn to Mount Holyoke because of its academic rigor as well as it’s welcoming community. On campus, she’s also a research assistant in the Office of Advancement, a member of the MHC Rugby Football Club and an SGA Senator for the Rugby team.
Because no two college journeys are alike and academic success hinges upon personal wellbeing, Mount Holyoke provides professionals across campus — specializing in student programs, residential life, diversity and inclusion, religious and spiritual life, health, counseling and accessibility — who provide the resources, support and programs to help every student thrive on campus and beyond. This vibrant community of student scholars needs you.
In preparation for my first year at Mount Holyoke, I asked a lot of alums about their residential experience. Though many said that they had a mostly positive experience, some students mentioned that they wished their dorm halls felt like more of a community. I quickly realized that I would not enjoy living in a dorm where I felt as though I would not know my neighbors.
I was fortunate to arrive at Mount Holyoke just as the Shirley Chisholm Living-Learning Community (LLC) was beginning its second year on campus. The “Shirley” was created to provide a supportive space for students of African and Caribbean descent. As a black girl coming from Ghana, I was not sure I would be able to find a community well-suited for me. Even as I moved into the Shirley, I had my doubts about whether or not I would find my people.
Meet Emily Carle ’21, a religion major from Newington, Connecticut. Emily fell in love with Mount Holyoke’s academic offerings, vibrant spiritual life and endless opportunities for involvement within the campus community. In addition to the numerous clubs and organizations that she’s involved with on campus, Emily is also the youth director at Center Church in South Hadley and an intern for Cathedral in the Night, an outdoor Christian community in downtown Northampton. She also manages an instagram account featuring photos of Mount Holyoke (@picturesofmhc) and enjoys skiing, eating, watching the Patriots and researching her family genealogy.
Before I transferred to Mount Holyoke at the beginning of my sophomore year, I remember browsing the Student Life section of the College’s website and learning about the many traditions that take place on campus each year. In particular, I recall watching a video of the 2016 Convocation, which featured a faculty flash mob dancing to “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake. This moment, though seemingly inconsequential, cemented my decision to attend.
The Division of Student Life complements and enhances every aspect of the Mount Holyoke College student experience. With professionals across campus — specializing in student programs, residential life, diversity and inclusion, religious and spiritual life, health, counseling and accessibility — the team provides the resources and support that students need to craft a college journey rooted in wellness. And fun!