As a Mount Holyoke alum, I agree with some of what Dustyfeathers has said, but on a few points she has not quite represented the reality of a Mount Holyoke experience. First, with respect to the Five Colleges, the buses are a wonderful perk, and students do regularly take classes at the other schools. It does, however, require an extra time commitment. Smith is 11 miles (20 minutes by car) from Mount Holyoke, and Amherst is 12 miles (also 20 minutes) away. If you consider that you must time your departure for when the bus comes through, then a trip to either Northampton or Amherst is easily over an hour round trip. It may simply be impossible to fit this extra time into a typical college course schedule. However, the option to take a course or two at one of the other colleges during your four years is definitely a plus for Mount Holyoke students. As for M&Cs, which is what we call the milk and cookies tradition, it was often a simple snack, such as fruit, veggies or crackers. If cookies were offered, they were rarely freshly baked. M&Cs is indeed a wonderful tradition, however it is not quite the warm, homey experience you might imagine. For us, it was a nice study break, we’d run to the kitchen and grab the snack, then head back to our rooms. Always appreciated, but not quite the social gathering of students you might be picturing. Finally, most of the dorms are beautiful and have lovely living rooms, but none that I lived in had a sun porch.
I had a wonderful experience at Mount Holyoke, and believe it might be a great choice for your daughter. Nonetheless, for opportunities in theatre, and the arts in general, I would recommend Kenyon, which my daughter currently attends. If theatre and other arts are just part of wider considerations, then definitely keep Mount Holyoke in the discussion.