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Based on what my daughter tells us that she wants in a school:
* nicely designed green grounds with trees
* people serious about their studies,
* no drinking , or more precisely, instead of drinking occupying a lot of the social time, the 'lively art of conversation' and other such ( innocent) socializing.
* but not (too) religious
* snowy in the winter
* not absurdly selective
* accessible profs
* discussion oriented classes
* no greek system
Through Princeton Review, and other sources, I keep coming to Mt Holyhoke that seems to satisfy quite nicely these tough criteria (highly ranked in most beautiful campus, students study a lot, intellectual conversations, 'stone cold sober' etc).
But then I discovered that MHC is an all girls school. D said that this is 'too unbalanced' - in some kind of negative way. She also heard that there is (inordinate) same sex (lesbian) behavior at all girl colleges.
Can MHC people put us straight -- I mean clarify --what the student social life is like at MHC? Sorry about the (un PC) concern about the lesbian thing. Just a question due to ignorance.
and, here is a nuts and bolts--I mean another straight-- question: how is M F dating and going out done at MHC? Is it about as normal as a mixed school? Where do the MHC girls find the boys? Or is MHC sort of like a academic monastery bowing before the Ivory tower god with the 'goyls' (this latter might be ok with us, I think).
We are from the Chicago area and are doubly naive about MHC.