Claremont, CA
Harvey Mudd College


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Recent Reviews

Heather
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Interesting people who go on to achieve great things in areas of science and technology.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Interesting people who go on to achieve great things in areas of science and technology.

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

Know your passions. College can be a challenging experience for many people, so you need to love what you're doing. When I'm stressed about my college work, I think to myself, "Where would I rather be than here?" And the answer is: no where. I love what I do and the opportunities that my college provides for me to succeed at those passions. That is my motivation. Find what will motivate you at college, and pick the college that will most help you succeed. Do not eliminate colleges based on the price tag. If you find a college that offers the learning environment you need, take advantage of the many scholarship opportunities that exist for undergraduates. Although I attend a very expensive private college, I've found that it is worth every penny. Your education is worth it, too. Most importantly, make many friends in college. You'll meet many different types of people in college, and you'll make friendships for life. Your friends will be there for you during both the rough times and the best times. And believe me, there will be many best times. Enjoy them!

What kind of person should attend this school?

People who are devoted to science and technology and willing to take on academic challenges.

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

How amazing it is, but without being cutthroat in any way shape or form. Everyone is very academically focused and covers adv...

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

How amazing it is, but without being cutthroat in any way shape or form. Everyone is very academically focused and covers advanced material, but we get through it in groups, not individually. It's one of the top undergraduate schools for engineering and you can tell why, but everyone works together. You can't succeed at Mudd without communicating and working with others, which is good because Mudders are great friends and colleagues. Although the college offers only technical majors, everyone is still very well-rounded and have active social lives.

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

The school students wind up going to will not necessarily make or break their life. The school is only 30-40% of a person's experience, the other 60-70% is what you make of it. Pick a school that fits you, where you can make the school fit your needs. A name school is not the best fit for most people. Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into, and don't be afraid to go for what you want when you get to college. If you are proactive, any door is open to you.

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

Community of the school. It's very small so it's a family-like atmosphere and I feel extremely comfortable on campus, even with the ratio. The research opportunities. There are plenty of opportunitites on campus and the faculty are very hepful. Even incoming frosh can get research!

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

During the application process, try not to decide on a "number one school" -- have several schools in mind, schools where you...

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

During the application process, try not to decide on a "number one school" -- have several schools in mind, schools where you think you would be very happy. You can choose your favorite AFTER you get in. Visit the schools you are considering if at all possible! Attend classes, talk to professors, and just hang out with the students. Ask lots of questions. Be open-minded. Stay overnight if possible. Apply to any school you think you would want to attend; don't let money stop you from applying. It is better to get accepted and find out how much financial aid you can get than to give up without trying. Maybe you can pit schools against each other to get more financial aid from the one you want to go to. Maybe. Students: Don't let your parents decide for you. Parents: Don't try to decide for your son or daughter. My Dad and I visited schools together, and he refused to give me an opinion about the school until I had given him mine. He really wanted me to choose for myself, and I really appreciated that. Trust. Trust that you will end up in the right place.

What's unique about your campus?

The honor code! We are expected to know right from wrong. So we can take final exams in our dorm rooms, and the professors know we won't cheat. We can trust our classmates not to steal from us or sabotage us. This creates an extremely strong community built on trust. Because they trust us, professors allow sick students to take tests later, when they are feeling better. Because we trust each other, we collaborate instead of competing.

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

When you have found the school that fits you best, you know it. I am not a believer in love at first sight, but there is a si...

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

When you have found the school that fits you best, you know it. I am not a believer in love at first sight, but there is a similar sense of magic. Normally glaring flaws seem to disappear. The ugly buildings go unnoticed because your focus is drawn to the smiling faces of the students. The classes that you would normally dread taking become interesting because the professors are enthusiastic about their lessons. You go on a first date, a visit to the campus. You sit through some classes, eat a meal and if you are really attached, spend the night. You wake up the next morning, and know that this is the school you want to spend the rest of your life with, but much more likely your commitment will only last for the next four years. You know as you mail in your agreement to attend, that you will be a part of this school from this day forward, for better friends and for worse tests, for richer futures and for poorer presents, in sickness and in health, till your degree is complete. And you have no second thoughts, because you know that you have found your perfect match.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A very driven, mathematically oriented person does well at Mudd. Everyone at Mudd was the best in their high school, so it is competitive but not in a cutthroat way. Everyone wants to help, and everyone will struggle at least a little.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It is possible to feel like you understand the material, relax in your studies a bit, and then be completely surprised during a test. The way to succeed is to always stay focused and absorb absolutely everything the professor tells you.

Bob
Describe the students at your school.

Engaging, intelligent, and serious about their work and play.

Describe the students at your school.

Engaging, intelligent, and serious about their work and play.

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

Make sure you are socially compatible with the school and its student body.

What's unique about your campus?

The honor code. We have 24/7 access to all academic facilities and have take home timed tests.

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

Once the decision is narrowed down to a couple of schools, it's time to visit the schools. Make sure that whatever school yo...

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

Once the decision is narrowed down to a couple of schools, it's time to visit the schools. Make sure that whatever school you choose has an environment that you feel comfortable in, in addition to your other criteria.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing (aside from academics) is the strong sense of community. Students work together, rather than attempt to sabotage each other. There's no grade inflation, so the grade one student recieves is completely dependent on his/her own work, and not that of classmates. Also, the community accepts absolutely everyone, and it's ok to do crazy things.

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

I wish I had known the constraints regarding humanities. Also, I wish I had known how difficult the courses are!

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

There is no competition, which is especially unique among engineering schools. You will actually get the help you need here...

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

There is no competition, which is especially unique among engineering schools. You will actually get the help you need here, and you will get to know a lot of other students and professors in the process. This is good since you can't actually do the work by yourself. Trust me.

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

You need to make sure that you are at a place that feels right to you, not a place that has a great name, or that you wish was the school for you. If you don't get it somewhere, don't worry too much about it, it probably wasn't meant to be. If you want to make the most of your college experience, get outside your comfort zone. Try something new and do something different - just for the experience of having done it.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The amount of work you will do. Your work load will be heavy and you will get very frustrated and stressed, but you'll learn a lot, and hopefully it will all be worth it. But don't worry you'll have fun while you do it too.

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

It takes a great deal of time and effort to find the right college. Starting the search your Junior year of high school will...

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

It takes a great deal of time and effort to find the right college. Starting the search your Junior year of high school will ease your stress considerably. The first step is to use your school's college counseling services and all the knowledge and experience that they have to assist you in researching the hundreds of options and narrowing down your choices to a reasonable number of realistic possibilities. They can help you to find the school the best fits your interests, and explain costs, financial aid, loans, and more. Take the time to really find out about each school and visit as many as you can. Summer is a great time for doing research without the stress of homework. Complete each application and any additional essay requirements to the best of your ability and, once again, use your counselors and teachers to help you. Once you've been accepted, making the final choice often comes down to one last visit, hopefully with an overnight stay to really get a feel for the school and its environment. Make the most of your college years by getting involved, and those 4 years will fly by faster than you can believe.

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

The professors are great and really care about the students and their learning. Classes are challenging, but fun, and the campus and students couldn't be nicer. I love the California environment, the small-town feel of Claremont with the close proximity of Los Angeles.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There is so much work, and sometimes I don't have much time to socialize or have fun as I am either in class, study sessions, doing homework or sleeping.

Stephanie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

HMC is a TINY college. Only 750 students - all undergraduate - means that you get a ton of personal attention from Professor...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

HMC is a TINY college. Only 750 students - all undergraduate - means that you get a ton of personal attention from Professors. TA's are super rare and basically only show up in Humanities courses. The academics are essentially graduate level and most students feel that "oh god, what did i get myself into" feeling within a first weeks of freshman year. However, the school has an amazing support system to help you through the rigorous academics. I have never worked so hard in my life or had as much fun as when I was at HMC.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

There are students at Harvey Mudd that do fall into all four of these stereotypes but some hold more true than others. A) The vast majority of students are very intelligent and hard workers. B) Some of the students (maybe 10% of the student body) are socially awkward - the admissions office specifically looks for people who are more well-rounded however. C) Some of the people will graduate and make a ton of money. Others will be in academia their whole lives. In general though, the starting salary of Mudd graduates is pretty nice. D) This is totally true. :)

What are the academics like at your school?

Every professor will know your name - even the ones who's classes you aren't in. Students study or work on homework almost daily. Class participation is extremely necessary and therefore skipping class is a rarity. Since the classes are SOOO hard, students are really non-competitive and work together on every homework assignment or project. The engineering major in particular has a very hands-on curriculum. Starting freshman year you are receiving projects to design and build things that have applications in the real world. You will not do any "busy work" at Mudd. The professors are there because they LOVE to teach and they want you to understand and love their subjects as much as they do.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The big stereotypes about students who go to Harvey Mudd are A) they are geniuses, B) they are socially awkward, C) they will all graduate and make tons of money, and D) for a bunch of "nerds", they through incredible parties.

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

take tours, stay over, sit in on a class or two and talk to as many people as possible while on campus. You can get a great f...

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

take tours, stay over, sit in on a class or two and talk to as many people as possible while on campus. You can get a great feeling for the campus and the current students from talking to them and seeing how they act and respond

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