Chemist and educator Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke College (then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in 1837, 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.
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Mount Holyoke College’s exploratory education and collaborative community empower students to extend their knowledge and expand possibilities for themselves, their communities and the world. As a women’s college that is gender-diverse, Mount Holyoke inspires students to break through barriers and make change for all. With a vibrant campus in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke is home to 2200 students, who connect with over 180 years of tradition while shaping our shared future.
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Although the doors of Converse opened October 1, 1890, the first step towards the founding of the college was taken in 1889 when a prominent attorney assembled a group of Spartanburg citizens to discuss the project. Among the 13 men was Dexter Edgar Converse, a native of Vermont who had settled in Spartanburg before the Civil War. His contributions to the college were so valuable it was given his name.
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The Converse College commitment to creativity and the development of adaptable individuals with clear vision, wise decision and just action is guided by seven core values: excellence, integrity, exploration, diversity, respect, community and progress.