Mount Holyoke College, the first of the Seven Sisters Colleges, is located in South Hadley, MA just 12 miles north of Springfield. This private, 4-year college was founded in 1837 as Mount Holyoke Female Seminary and remains exclusively for women today. The 800 acre academic campus contains a blend of European-inspired gothic buildings as well as functional contemporary architecture. The campus also includes an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Donald Ross. Culturally (and socially), Mount Holyoke is a sister school to Dartmouth (in NH). Mount Holyoke has educated many powerful and influential women, including Emily Dickinson, but more recently, several women who have had an impact on business, academia and politics.