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| | Maintain good grades, visit the school, and, most importantly, interview. The interview is very casual and allows for you to better represent yourself. Keep the interviewer excited about what you have to say and your experiences. They love being asked questions because it shows you're interested in the school. I kept up decent grades in high school, but I never really tried - I knew I could do the work, and that was enough for me, an attitude I regret now, because I know I'm capable of so much more! I did take AP classes, which are useful, because I already have a semester's worth of credits towards college. I also have two horses, and have been riding for roughly fifteen years. I think Mount Holyoke appreciated all of that, but the best thing you can do is have an interview and really let your personality shine. Mount Holyoke prides itself on educating "strong, unique women", which is a line I'm sure you've heard before. But I've met so many women who've embodied this description that I do believe it might be true. If you can really let your personality shine through, your passions and curiousities, you're on the right track. It's also helpful to mention specific details about Mount Holyoke when you are interviewed. I mentioned that I'd already been there for Mount Holyoke's "Riding Experience", and that I'd sat in on a class with Dave Sanford that I enjoyed immensely. You have a better chance when the admissions people can clearly see WHY you want to be at their college, what specific reasons you have and what you love about it.
You definitely need good grades, but you also have to be a "well-rounded" student. Extracurriculars do count, as do your writing samples - take those seriously.
| Political Science|| Dec 14 2009 | A Mount Holyoke woman is someone who has a great deal of intellectual curiosity and is committed to the idea of social justice. We're SAT optional and have been for a long time, because we don't think of a student as a number, but as an actual person who cannot be defined by how they do on a four-hour test some Saturday morning. They want to see that an applicant has challenged themselves and has had a positive progression (so if you got a B in an AP class, that's more important than an A in a standard class, and if you got all Bs your freshman year, as long as your grades improved over time, that's what matters). Leadership experience is also great, but if you have to work through high school that also shows strong commitment and responsibility, so don't feel like that's going to be a detriment.