Mount Holyoke College

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MottoThat our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace — Psalms 144:12
HeadquartersMassachusetts, USA
Other nameLyons
Exclusive Massachusetts women's college

Mount Holyoke College is a private liberal arts women's college in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The college was founded in 1837 as the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary by Mary Lyon, a pioneer in education for women. 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 education equivalent to that provided in the then men-only Ivy League.[1] 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 its membership, students are allowed to take courses at any other member institution.

Undergraduate admissions are restricted to women, transgender, and nonbinary students.[2] It was the first member of the Seven Sisters to introduce an admissions policy that was inclusive to transgender students. 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.

Notable alumnae

The following is a list of individuals associated with Mount Holyoke College through attending as a student, or serving as a member of the faculty or staff.

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College presidents

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Notable faculty, past and present



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  • Todd Brewster - journalist, author, film producer, and current Senior Visiting Lecturer in Journalism


Sciences and social sciences



Alumni on Wikispooks

Elaine Chao26 March 1953
Kathleen Hicks25 September 1970USBureaucracyUS deputy secretary of defense since 2021, where she will lead the modernization of nuclear weapons. Also on the 2020 CSIS High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and Misinformation.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo1970USBusinesspersonFilipino-American businesswoman who received easy venture capital funding. Marshall Memorial Fellowship. Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.
Sara MenkerUSFormer banker with the food speculator Morgan Stanley, who in 2014 founded the agricultural data and analytics company Gro Intelligence. WEF/Young Global Leaders 2014. Forecast in 2017 that a global food crisis may be less than a decade away.
Mona Sutphen10 November 1967Consultant
Deep state operative