Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke, a women’s college, is for ambitious, independent students from around the world who embrace complexity, cultivate curiosity and resolve to become agents of change. The tight-knit community is academically rigorous, intellectually adventurous and socially conscious. As one of the most diverse research liberal arts colleges in the United States, Mount Holyoke prepares students for leadership and cultural awareness on a global scale. Mount Holyoke graduates thrive in all fields, on all continents and in a vast array of languages.

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March 20, 2019

Congratulations, class of 2023!

Now that the admission question is settled, the real question is this: What will you do with your strength and conviction and awareness and intellect and curiosity and caring?

We say it’s time to get moving. To get inspired. To get global. To get intersectional. To find mentors and form networks. To land internships and study abroad. To confront environmental, political and ethical challenges. To develop the skills to influence and empower others. To take advantage of everything Mount Holyoke stands for.

Watch the video for a message from current students.

November 23, 2018

An enchanting, entrancing tradition

Before there was speech, was there song? Before there was ready light, was there a flickering glow? The deepest reaches of the human heart seem to know these truths instinctively. That such simple sensory experiences — voices raised, candles held close, warm bodies seated side by side — can elicit such profound feelings of comfort, peace and kinship speaks to the power of embedded memory. Were we made to sing? To make music? To be together? To reflect? To connect?

November 7, 2018

Founder’s Day: the legacy lives

After two years of dogged fundraising — and raising of eyebrows throughout Massachusetts — one woman’s dream became a reality. In a time when higher education for women did not exist. When educating women was seen not just as unnecessary, but as harmful and subversive.

September 7, 2018

Convocation is about celebration

Q.What has the power to turn a tranquil grassy amphitheater into a pounding, pulsing epicenter of energy, noise and spirit? Of “Oooaaah, oooaaah!” and “Twenty-nineteen! Twenty-nineteen!”

A. Convocation. 

May 7, 2018

The Laurel Parade: a moving tradition

The Laurel Parade, which marks the transition from MHC student to alumna, is one of the College’s most moving rituals. It traces back to 1900, when graduating seniors paid homage to Mount Holyoke College by placing two wreaths of laurel leaves and forget-me-nots in front of College founder Mary Lyon’s grave. They raised their voices, singing “Holyoke, Tried and True.” In 1902, garlands of laurel — laurel chains — were used in place of wreaths and flowers. And a Mount Holyoke College tradition was born. Watch the videos!

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