The views from the top of the mountain are some of the best in Massachusetts. They have inspired artists and poets. The nearby Connecticut River Oxbow (now a lake), immortalized by the famous landscape painter Thomas Cole just four years before natural flooding and erosion separated it from the Connecticut River, was composed from sketches the artist made from the summit of Mount Holyoke in 1836.  To the south are the cities of Holyoke, Springfield, and Hartford. To the north are the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and mountains in Sunderland. To the east is the Holyoke Range and the town of South Hadley. To the west are the foothills of the Berkshires, the Connecticut River, and Northampton.
Mount Holyoke has a student population of 2,300. Students come from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. Two-thirds of the student body are White ; one-third are international students , African American , Asian American , Latina , Native American , or multiracial . Thirty-six percent of incoming first-year students were in the top five percent of their high school classes".  Mount Holyoke also attracts a large international population.  Students may enroll in classes at Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges as well as the University of Massachusetts, Amherst through the Five College Consortium.