Does anyone have any experience in science or technology majors at this school? I know it's not exactly it's specialty. I've been accepted and I am planning to major in computer science and math. Every other school I am considering at the moment is a tech school(and majority male, at that) so MHC is very different, but I like it a lot. I'm just worried that there won't be enough offered there for my major, especially when it comes to graduate school admissions. I'd like to get a PhD in CS or math from a top grad school. Right now I am thinking Caltech, although I know I could change my mind after four years. Regardless, I know grad school admission is very selective so I just don't want to put myself in a position where I'm disadvantaged 4 years down the line because I chose a liberal arts school. That being said, if that were not an issue I would love to GO to a liberal arts school, which is why I decided to apply to Holyoke.
So does anyone know if MHC is a good/bad idea with these goals in mind? Thanks for any info you can share. ^^
Edit: I just realized I made a typo in the title.. Yeah. The woes of my life are unending. D:
@Alliere - My daughter wants to be a veterinarian, and chose to apply to MHC rather than Smith, the other 7 sister schools, or the other colleges in the consortium specifically **because** MHC is great for science. Mount Holyoke graduates more female chemists than any other college in the country (not just women's!). Check the guide books and websites, and you will see that biology is the most popular major at MHC.
About math - not sure, but if you are admitted to MHC the graduation requirements are "at least 3 years of courses taken at Mount Holyoke" - i.e., you are able to cross-register at Amherst, Hampshire, UMass, and Smith.
According to US News College Rankings: "Through the school’s membership in the Twelve College Exchange Program, Mount Holyoke women can study at one of 11 other schools, including Dartmouth and Vassar colleges, for one or two semesters."
Mount Hoyoke has the most "best professors" on the Princeton Review list
Mount Holyoke would be a terrific choice for you if your inclination is toward science and math. You should know that Mount Holyoke has joint engineering programs with Cal Tech, Dartmouth, and U Mass. 14 of Mount Holyoke's professors made the Princeton Review's list of top professors in the nation. Five of the Mount Holyoke professors on the list are from the same department -- biology. Historically, more students who attended Mount Holyoke have earned PhD's in chemistry than females from any other college or university in the nation. That having been said, you will emerge a more "well rounded" scientist, mathematician or computer engineer after attending a small, excellent liberal arts college than a big tech-oriented university. Do not miss the opportunity to combine the study of neuroscience and art history, for example, at Mount Holyoke. For details, go to the Mount Holyoke website and read about the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and how its holdings are used by professors in the sciences in teaching their classes. I just was treated to lectures by three Mount Holyoke undergraduate chemistry students on the use of spectroscophy to study the manner in which paintings were created (I'm an alumna who serves on the Advisory Board of the museum). Incidentally, I was a political science major who discovered a love of art history at Mount Holyoke. I consider the fact that I am on an advisory board with serious museum professionals and art historians a testament to the value of a liberal arts education!
I am a computer science major at Smith College and while I cannot address the question of the quality of the computer science classes at MHC directly, I have heard that the quality of instruction is good. Remember as a MHC student you have access to the Five College Consortium which allows you to take CS classes at Smith, Hampshire, Amherst and UMass, Amherst. Smith has a superb CS department housed in a new building with state of art facilities and equipment. In addition, UMass, Amherst has a vast course selection in computer science. In total there will be over 90-100 courses to choose from with the consortium allowing you to focus your interest in a specialized way. Good luck with your choice.