Posting here because parents know most about LACs, Mt. Holyoke Vs. Grinnell

<p>which one is more prestigious? which one would you prefer? pros and cons of both? grad school placement?</p>

<p>my friend is debating between the two and it seems that the parents have the most knowledge =P especially in the real world, which one will take u further?</p>

<p>I cannot comment on Grinnell as I've not visited. Both Grinnell and Mt Holyoke are excellent LACs. I've heard that Grinnell is isolated, so this may be a consideration. Mt. Holyoke has the advantage of being part of the Five College Consortium which makes it available to students a far wider range of classes than at a single college. Another big difference is that Grinnell is coed and Mt. Holyoke is single-sex. Which one to choose is entirely a matter of personal preference. In terms of academic excellence and grad school placement, I would say they are equal.</p>

<p>I would agree with Marite's concluding statement, though I might give the nod to Grinnell if your friend is a math or science type. Other than that I would think the location and co-ed vs not issues would be the legitimate discriminators.</p>

<p>bump, any more opinions?</p>

<p>For me and mine, I'd take MHC over Grinnell...while MHC is a bit isolated, it's still part of the Five Colleges, whereas Grinnell is in the deep boonies, no six ways about it.</p>

<p>But your mileage may vary...for Curmudgeon & clan, Grinnell might be downright urban. :)</p>

<p>Academically, they're close enough that I'd make my decision based on non-academic factors.</p>

<p>TheDad, Grinnell has more than one motor lodge. Now that's getting a might large. LOL. Can't go wrong with either school. Both will get you anywhere you want to go , grad school or professional school or straight to work ,with plenty of snap and sizzle.Two excellent choices IMO.</p>

<p>My daughter goes to Grinnell and loves it. She was accepted to Bryn Mawr, also part of a consortium, but in the end she decided she didn't want a women's college. Within the Philadelphia consortium - BMC/Haverford/Swarthmore - women outnumber men 2:1 or some such odds. I loved Bryn Mawr - the traditions are charming, the campus is lovely, our tour guide was beautiful and smart. I think the most important thing you have to decide is if you want to be at a women's college or not. The consortium thing is nice, but unless you're majoring in something unusual, you're not going to run out of courses at Grinnell.</p>

<p>'mudge, I <em>thought</em> that might draw you out. :)</p>

<p>Snorky, I don't think you can sweat the academics either way between this particular pair. Which is why I think deciding on non-academic factors is fair game. Which in a long-winded way says I kinda agree with you.</p>