Claremont, CA
Harvey Mudd College


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Recent Reviews

Laurie
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Harvey Mudd is a strong engineering and computer science school where academics are the main focus of the whole college exper...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Harvey Mudd is a strong engineering and computer science school where academics are the main focus of the whole college experience.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Apply to more private universities than public, because private ones give out more financial aid.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about Harvey Mudd is that if you are not a computer scientist or engineer there are not as many resources available to you.

Kristen
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Engineering for sure. We are a top notch technical school, and produce some of the best engineers in the nation.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Engineering for sure. We are a top notch technical school, and produce some of the best engineers in the nation.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college is easier said than done. There are approximately 4,000 colleges in the US, making it seem impossible to narrow your choice down to one. Sure, your SAT scores, grades, and interests eliminate a considerable number of them, but not enough. It?s almost comparable to finding love; finding the perfect college for you is sort of like finding your soul mate in a sense, frustrating and seemingly hopeless. Never be afraid to explore your options. Imagine yourself living in the dorms, going to classes, and just existing as a college student at X University/College. One day you?ll be reading a brochure or walking down a campus and you?ll think, ?I could be happy here, this place is amazing.? Go for it. Don?t be too hasty in the elimination process. Apply to a college even if it?s thousands of miles away from home. Apply to a college with a median SAT score seventy points above your own. You never know. Life works in mysterious ways. Going to college is primarily for receiving an excellent education, but also remember that college is a fun and exciting adventure. Make the most of it.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The coursework here is a lot. Pretty much everyone that comes here was on top academically in high school, and it's hard for a lot of people to suddenly become an average student as far as grades go. It takes a lot of time to suceed here, and thus to have a social life as well we don't tend to sleep much. Or so we say: Sleep Deprivation-- Fun and Easy.

Sonja
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Harvey Mudd is engineers who like to party.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Harvey Mudd is engineers who like to party.

Describe the students at your school.

half-and-half nerdy/awesome and annoying dumbass

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit as many college campuses as you can. And, if possible, stay the night or at least talk to some real students in their natural environment. The campus tours don't give you the full picture. Don't apply to big-name schools just because of the name. You probably won't enjoy it there. But at the same time don't just apply to the local state school because it's cheapest. You can make good friends at a school where people share more of your interests, and spending a little extra money during these four years may be well worth it. Once you're at college, figuring out how to balance social and study life is the most difficult thing you'll ever do. But, if you neglect either one, you'll be unhappy. Don't be unhappy! Have study groups with friends, and party on the weekends, and take interesting classes. One more thing -- when choosing classes, choose based on the professor, not the topic! A good professor can make you learn much more than a dull one any day. And, you might find a subject you never knew you liked. That's all!

Dmitri
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Research, Mathematics, Engineering, Strength, Toughness

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Research, Mathematics, Engineering, Strength, Toughness

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If possible, don't choose public colleges. Private colleges offer so much more.

Kevin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the school, and stay overnight. While there, attend classes, but more importantly, TALK to people. Find people in major...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the school, and stay overnight. While there, attend classes, but more importantly, TALK to people. Find people in majors you're interested in, discuss what they do and don't like. Discuss social aspects. Discuss academic aspects. Find out how people spend their time - do they have time for all the things they want to do? Are they happy, do they enjoy free time? Do they feel as if their time spent studying/doing homework/in class is time well spent, or do they think their professors are wasting their time on stupid, meaningless assignments? Find out what they have done that they think are cool. Try to get people excited to talk about their work, and their life. People should have excitement for their work; if they don't, something is wrong. You want to be excited about your school, all aspects of it. Remember, college is in large part for discovering yourself, your passions. To do that, you need to be around passionate people. If your classmates are not interested in the work, if your friends are not interested in the campus life, you will neither have a good time nor learn as much as you should.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

The actual amount of work. It is VERY intense. I don't think it would have stopped me, but it would have been good to know. There can be no overstating just how much work the school requires. It's good work though, you learn a TON and most of us feel that we are extremely well prepared compared to our peers in other schools.

Tarun
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

This school will kill you but it has a fantastic reputation for graduate school and your work will likely pay off in a big w...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

This school will kill you but it has a fantastic reputation for graduate school and your work will likely pay off in a big way.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you don't disregard the school's emphasis. I got a really great feeling from coming to Harvey Mudd, but the focus on humanities made me hate my life for my time here. Also make sure that you don't pick a small school if you are research inclined, because you don't get much opportunity with the leaders in their fields. However, small schools are great if you like to spend a lot of time with professors talking about the material, because they live for the students.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I don't really brag about anything except grad school placement.

Katie
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The Honor Code actually works. We take many of our tests at home, we help each other with homework, the professors can leave...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The Honor Code actually works. We take many of our tests at home, we help each other with homework, the professors can leave the room when we take in-class tests... The reason it works so well is that people are encouraged to self-report if they break the Honor Code. If you know someone did something wrong, you encourage them to self-report and then if they don't, you tell on them (and their consequences are worse). I've never seen a community so strongly honest.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I found my dream college by chance. I was so inundated with college letters that I didn't feel like reading any more, but then one caught my eye that I'd never heard of--it had a funny name, Harvey Mudd--and it turned out to be the perfect match. The letter caught my attention, and then the on-campus visits showed me the truth in the letter's words. So open every letter you get, and then visit each college that catches your eye. And try to spend some time there without your parents; it feels different.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

A lot of the guys are nerdy, so if you're looking for some sweet hook-ups, don't come here.

Jordan
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The amazing communitity between students and teachers.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The amazing communitity between students and teachers.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't worry about the reputation a school has because usually well known schools are rooted in deep seeded traditions that inhibit moving forward.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The amazing community and the amount of fun we have (work hard, play hard is our motto)

Joel
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A socially vibrant, academically rigorous oasis of higher learning.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A socially vibrant, academically rigorous oasis of higher learning.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important thing is to visit any school you are considering; never just go off reputation or what you have heard about the school. Ideally stay overnight with a student provided the school has such a program for prospective students. Books can tell you alot about a college, but in order to know which one fits you best there really is no substitute for experiencing it first hand. Beyond that, just be true to yourself about what you want out of your college years and pick the college where you feel you will be most comfortable. Making the most out of your college experience is all about finding the appropriate balance between your social life and school work. You are in college to get an education, so take advantage of it by taking as many classes as you can, while still being able to maintain an active social life. Furthermore, college is a time for forming friendships that will likely last a lifetime. Participate in clubs and activities that interest you and meet as many people as you can.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about this school is the people. The students body is generally pretty close and everyone supports each other to succeed. The teachers too are amazing at what they do and clearly love to teach, for the most part.

Matthew
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To Parents: Don't be afraid to let your student go to a college far away from home. The farther they go away, the more chan...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To Parents: Don't be afraid to let your student go to a college far away from home. The farther they go away, the more chance they might just get homesick and want to come back. In my experience, going to school close to home, in two and a half years, I haven't gotten homesick, and my folks don't even see me on breaks unless they're long enough for the school to make us go home for them. To Students: Whether you do very well in high school or not so well, you need to go to college, and the best way to prepare isn't to take lots of cool classes, though that helps; it is to become organized and to become very good at time management. I did fairly well for myself in high school, but that doesn't mean a thing now because I have issues with getting all that I need to do done in the time alloted. Also, don't be afraid to go far from home: see a bit of the world, and you can tell your folks all about it over Christmas break. Most of all, have lots of fun.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had had some idea of just how hard it would be. It wouldn't have turned me away, but it would have made things easier.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Most people here are better at doing the things I love to do than I am. That doesn't make classes that involve curves easy.

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