Mount Holyoke College Athletics

Transgender Inclusion Policies

Mount Holyoke Statement of Nondiscrimination: Mount Holyoke is committed both to its mission as a women’s college and to providing access to talented students from all backgrounds. The diversity within our students, staff, faculty, and curricula is a point of pride and a hallmark of the institution.   The framework for our commitment to diversity sits within our active prohibition of discrimination in our educational policies, employment, campus services and activities on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national/ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran/uniform status, and all other classifications protected by law. This same principle applies to admission to our graduate and extension programs.  

With respect to admission to our undergraduate degree program, Mount Holyoke admits qualified women without regard to age, color, creed, disability, national/ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran/uniform status.



NCAA Policy on Transgender Student-Athlete Participation

Mount Holyoke will sponsor women’s varsity teams and follow NCAA guidance with regard to the participation of transgender and transitioning students, including the following:

  • A student-athlete who is not taking medically prescribed testosterone related to gender transition may participate on a women’s team.
  • A student-athlete being treated with testosterone suppression medication related to gender transition may compete on a women’s team after completing one calendar year of medically documented testosterone suppression.

For questions regarding NCAA or CSA sports participation, contact Erica Lemm at


Both our Hunt Seat and Western Riding teams are members of the IHSA, which is a co-ed organization.  All student-athletes can compete on these teams.



Fencing and Ultimate Frisbee follow the NCAA guidelines

Rugby:  The Rugby team’s membership requirements follow the guidelines of USA Rugby, the IAAF and the NEWCRC. There is a policy regarding transgender athletes for the IAAF.  Additionally, the NEWCRC does not allow mixed gender-identified teams and individuals who have transitioned are allowed to play for the team that matches their gender-identification following a two-year waiting period. 

Ice Hockey:  The ice hockey team's membership requirements are noted on pg. 54 of the ACHA manual; no gender requirements are noted by the ACHA at this time.

Dressage:  Dressage follows all Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) bylaws, which serve all college dressage enthusiasts regardless of age, color, gender, race, religion, socio/economic status or national origin.



Most clubs, intramural sports and extracurricular activities on each Five College campus are open to Five College students. The exception is varsity sports, which in most cases are not open to students from other campuses.  The links below connect to lists of official student groups at the campuses:


Amherst College 
Hampshire College
Smith College
UMass Amherst