About MHC

About Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College was founded in 1837 by chemist and scholar Mary Lyon. The campus originated as Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. It was founded nearly a century before women gained the right to vote.

As the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke has led the way in women’s education. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary quickly became synonymous with brilliant teaching and academic excellence. In 1861, the three-year curriculum was expanded to four. In 1893, the seminary curriculum was phased out and the institution’s name was changed to Mount Holyoke College.

Mount Holyoke College presents a world-class conference and meeting site experience with a full service conference center, hotel, and residence hall rooms. The campus offers unique meeting spaces, athletic fields, several dining options and dedicated staff and customer service professionals.

The stunning, historic architecture houses 21st Century accommodations with state-of-the-art technologies. The Conference Services department provides a one-stop shop to assist with a range of meetings, retreats, summer conferences, overnight accommodation, wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Mount Holyoke’s dynamic Conference Services department manages such eclectic on-campus spaces as the Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, the 1,100 seat Chapin Auditorium, and Abbey Chapel; it also manages residence halls and classrooms for summer programs.

From hosting lectures at Chapin Auditorium to weddings at the Abbey Chapel and receptions at the Willits-Hallowell Center, the Conference Services department can coordinate events from inception to completion.

The campus is available for co-ed residential and day programs with up to 700 participants during the months of June – August, and residential programs up to 40 guests throughout the year. Programs can utilize many of our unique on-campus spaces during academic breaks and on weekends.

Contact a conference services professional to begin planning your next event. 413-538-2333, or conference@mtholyoke.edu