During the 2018–2019 fiscal year, 9,591 alumnae, family members, friends and students made gifts to Mount Holyoke totaling $28.6 million. 8,943 alumnae gave back to Mount Holyoke, and $8.06 million was raised for The Mount Holyoke Fund to meet the College’s immediate needs. These investments in Mount Holyoke help empower students to find their voices, become leaders and inspire others. Your generosity is paramount to the Mount Holyoke experience. Thank you for ensuring that Mount Holyoke forever shall be.
I first visited the Mount Holyoke campus on Admitted Student Day and, as I got out of the car to pick up my welcome packet at Blanchard Hall, I was taken aback by how unlike a college campus my surroundings were. The colleges that I had toured throughout high school looked very similar — tall, drab cement or grey, gothic-style buildings. Mount Holyoke’s campus was open with bright red brick buildings and arched doorways. My first thought, which has since been echoed by many friends who have visited me on campus, was that this place looked like it was straight out of Hogwarts. It was April, a time when spring was in full bloom, and the magnolia trees were swaying in the wind, showering the ground with their flowers and filling the breeze with their sweet scent. Everywhere I turned, I was astounded by the sheer number of flowers I saw. That was my first impression of campus.
One of my favorite things about being a first-year student at Mount Holyoke is that there are places for everyone to complete their work. In high school, when I wanted to study or take some time to write or read, my only option was the library unless I waited until I got home. This is not at all the case at Mount Holyoke. There is a space for every kind of learner to feel comfortable studying. I am particularly fond of the third floor of Blanchard Hall as a study space. There are small rooms for people who want to study alone, larger rooms with whiteboards and conference table for people who want to study in groups, and couches for those who like to study in a neutral area between the two. I have used this floor for all of these opportunities.
In response to the question, “What is your favorite spot on campus?” I always answer with the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, or MHCAM. With its trailblazing exhibitions and dedicated staff, MHCAM is truly one of the greatest college museums. Among the nation’s oldest academic art museums, MHCAM was founded in 1876 and ranks 11th on a national list of top college art museums — ahead of Princeton, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
The last two weekends in May marked a special time at Mount Holyoke. As we celebrated the accomplishments of our senior class, we also welcomed more than 1,500 alumnae back to campus for Reunion. This year, classes ending in 4s and 9s, as well as the class of 2017, returned MoHome to usher in the class of 2019 as our newest alumnae and create new memories with old friends. Take a look at these fantastic highlight reels from the Alumnae Association for Reunion I and Reunion II. Were any of your favorite moments captured?
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.
Last week, the Mount Holyoke community gathered together for the sixth annual Thank An Alum Days — an event that celebrates the tremendous impact that alumnae support makes on campus.
Over the course of four days (including a rainy Pangy Day!), we received thank-you notes from approximately 550 students, faculty and staff who took time out of their busy end-of-year schedules to show their appreciation for the thousands of alumnae donors that give back to MHC.