Mount Holyoke + Amherst + Smith + Hampshire colleges + UMass Amherst = Five Colleges!
10. The mind-blowing opportunities! Tried, tested, perfected.
The Five College Consortium is one of the oldest—and most robust—alliances of colleges in the country. Through it, Mount Holyoke students can—and do—take courses, join clubs, and socialize on all five campuses. Think 36,000 students, 700 clubs, and more than 6,000 classes. Plus an eclectic mix of lectures, conferences, and performers. All within a six-mile radius. The idea of linking access to resources, first hatched over a century ago, really works. The vibe at clubs? Welcoming. Registering for classes? Easy. Professors at other institutions? Encouraging. Events, films, parties, and music festivals? Frequent and popular. The nine million volumes of books in 14 libraries? Online orders are delivered daily.
15 workshops + 600 students + 9 leaders = 1 amazing program, Flourishing 101!
What makes Mount Holyoke’s move-in day so #MoHome?
The O-Team! Via an in-depth Orientation, a warm welcome from alumnae of the 50-year connection class, and the first of many beloved Mount Holyoke traditions that kick off day one.
More than 600 graduates and certificate recipients. One amphitheater full of family, friends, faculty, and staff. A momentous weekend of celebration and camaraderie. Moving forward and reflecting back. Inspiration to listen, join, and lead. An invitation to dare to make the make the world a better, brighter place.
There is no way to do this without you. We need psychologists, chemists, philosophers, musicians, poets, librarians, programmers. We need all of you. We need to disrupt and rebuild this world.
—Joia Mukherjee, keynote speech
Bravery. Activism. Solidarity. Truth-telling.
Check out the videos and social posts below. (Missed the wrap-up story? Read it here.)
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I was 25 when I came to Mount Holyoke College as a Frances Perkins scholar. My son, Dominic, was two. I was filled with self-doubt and insecurity. I didn’t know what, exactly, I was doing at Mount Holyoke. All I knew was that I wanted to earn a bachelor’s degree. I believed it would somehow transform a life that was, at the time, fairly stagnant.