Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College is a private liberal arts women's college in South Hadley, Massachusetts. It is the oldest member of the historic Seven Sisters colleges, a group of elite historically women's colleges in the Northeastern United States.[11]

Mount Holyoke College
Former names
Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
MottoThat our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace — Psalms 144:12[1]
TypePrivate liberal arts women's college
EstablishedSeminary, 1837 (seminary charter, 1836)
Seminary and college, (collegiate charter) 1888
College, 1893
FounderMary Lyon
Academic affiliations
Endowment$1.068 billion (2021)[3]
PresidentBeverly Daniel Tatum (interim)[4]
DeanMarcella Runell Hall[5]
Academic staff
247 (fall 2021)[6]
Administrative staff
647 (fall 2021)[6]
Total staff
894 (fall 2021)[6]
Students2,342 (fall 2021)[7]
Undergraduates2,220 (fall 2021)
Postgraduates122 (fall 2021)

42°15′20″N 72°34′28″W
CampusRural, 2,000 acres (810 ha), academic campus: 1,000 acres (400 ha)
ColorsBlue and white[8]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division III
NEWMAC, Liberty League (golf)
MascotPaws the Lion (Official)[9]
Jorge the Goose (Unofficial)[10]

The college was founded in 1837 as the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary by Mary Lyon, a pioneer in education for women. A model upon which many other women's colleges were patterned, it is the oldest institution within the Seven Sisters schools, an alliance of East Coast liberal arts colleges that was originally created to provide women with an education equivalent to that provided in the then men-only Ivy League.[12] Mount Holyoke is part of the region's Five College Consortium, along with Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst: through this membership, students are allowed to take courses at any other member institution.

Undergraduate admissions are restricted to female, transgender, and nonbinary students.[13] In 2014, it became the first member of the Seven Sisters to introduce an admissions policy that was inclusive to transgender students.[14] However, all graduate programs are open to applicants regardless of gender. Unlike the open curriculums of the other liberal arts schools in the Five College Consortium, Mount Holyoke undergraduates are required to take at least one class each in the humanities, science or mathematics, social sciences, and foreign language, as well as a physical education requirement.

The college's 800-acre (3.2 km2) campus includes the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the John Payson Williston Observatory, and a botanic garden, and awards the Glascock Prize annually. Alumni and affiliates include notable poets, authors, feminists, academics, entertainers, scientists, politicians, and civil rights activists, as well as recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Olympic Gold Medal, Rhodes Scholarship, Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and Academy Award.

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