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Harvey Mudd picks genuine people. Genuine students, genuine staff, genuine faculty. Seldom do I feel like I'm being critici...
Harvey Mudd picks genuine people. Genuine students, genuine staff, genuine faculty. Seldom do I feel like I'm being criticized. There is much school pride, especially since we have the other four colleges right next door to 'compete' with. Mudders ride unicycles! It's pretty funny if you're not expecting it, but after a while it begins to seem normal.
Harvey Mudd has a very accepting community; it feels weird to even say that because I've sorta forgotten that there was any difference between us all in the first place! A lot of Mudders are very rich.
Essentially. People tend to take note of that which they think is strange or amusing; to this end, not even half of the Mudders are socially inept or obsessed with Star Wars. Though most do tend to be obsessed with video games :-)
The professors have sheets printed out before the school year begins that has your name right underneath your picture. They learn your names before you get there :-) Spending time with professors is the key to success here. Asking for help is the greatest thing I have learned.
Students leave their doors open if the weather is nice.
Mudders are socially inept. They talk way too much about Star Wars and video games.
Come to Mudd because the professors want to teach you. As an all-undergraduate institution, the professors are here because t...
Come to Mudd because the professors want to teach you. As an all-undergraduate institution, the professors are here because they can teach the best students here, not because we have the best research (although we have some of the best undergraduate research opportunities). At Harvey Mudd you get a top-notch education: there isn't a college in the country that has a clearly better curriculum in math, the sciences, or engineering. If you can handle the workload, Mudd can give you the best education you're likely to recieve, and that's the best part of Mudd. Add to that the close community and cooperative atmosphere, available and interested professors and opportunities for non-science education at the other 4 colleges adjacent and you have (in my opinion) a college second to none.
Harvey Mudd has a strong and supportive community. That said, our community isn't very diverse, and has the normal quotient of frictions between members. Still, I think that it's an overall very supportive community and that if you're willing to put in a little effort to do so, you can find a group of friends to hang out with no matter who you are.
Don't come if you can't handle it: know what you're getting yourself into. Mudd destroys some people because it requires so much. You'll be averaging a bit more than 5 classes per semester during your time at Mudd which probably means that you'll take 6 or even 7 at one point. Also, these classes are difficult. There are a few easy ones, but most of the core requirements (90% of your classes for the first two years) are individually tough classes, and you'll be taking a lot of them at once. If you can't handle that, don't come to Mudd.
To some degree. We do host the best parties on the 5 Claremont Colleges.
I personally know every professor in my department (Computer Science) and at least one professor in every other department at Mudd ("Humanities", Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, and Engineering). Not every class is perfect, but most are excellent, providing an interactive learning environment that encourages questions and interaction with the professors. The supportive student climate means that you can get help almost any time from your peers, and the trusting relationship between students and professors is a great thing. The academic requirements are extremely tough: classes in each of the departments mentioned above, a major in one of them, and what ammounts to a minor in "humanities" which gets spread across at least six different disciplines. I've enjoyed the depth and bredth, however, and to some degree I pity people who haven't studied some of the sciences that I have: the bredth of my knowledge gives me a unique perspective on my field and the ability to work with and understand other fields.
Mudd has great parties, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. My knowlege of alcoholi parties is second-hand, but they're widely acknolwedged as top-notch events. The homework load is pretty severe, and certainly cuts into social life (or sleep) but I find myself with just enough time to do most things that I want to.
Harvey Mudd students are thought of as extremely smart and somewhat rowdy by the four other local colleges. There's a bit of a nerd/geek stereotype, but it's not too significant since we're generally relatively socially apt people.
Harvey Mudd thrives on being small and specialized to undergraduates. The school cares deeply about each student's education...
Harvey Mudd thrives on being small and specialized to undergraduates. The school cares deeply about each student's education and welfare. The professors all know your name and how you're doing. We are first and foremost students, but we are also crazy, interesting people. We have ridiculous pranks, elaborate parties, and second-hand couches everywhere outside. We love our school (though we aren't going to cheer about it or something) and every Mudder (someone who goes to Mudd) is our friend. Our school fight song goes to the tune of the Mickey Mouse song. The campus has about 725 students. We are a tight knit community for better of for worse. It's great when you walk somewhere and spot three of your friends (particularly if you had a bad day). As far as things like dating go, it can sometimes be a little rough. The good thing is that we have four other undergraduate institutions. Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer and Scripps are all within walking distance (as close as across the street) and share facilities with us. When Mudd gets too small, you can socialize or take classes at another school. Campus life revolves around the dorms. We have eight dorms, most with very strong personalities. They throw parties (paid for by the school) and provide a place to hang out. The town of Claremont is a quiet, middle-upper class suburban neighborhood. There isn't a lot of interaction, but the downtown area or "the village" has a good selection of shops and eateries. The administration tries to work with us to keep us happy. Unpopular classes are changed and unpopular teachers don't get tenure. The school pays for us to do whatever fun stuff we can think of (concerts, parties, trips to Six Flags, community service). Perhaps most importantly, we have an honor code that lets us take almost all our tests at home.
Because of the small size of Mudd, everyone is very close. There is some division, mostly based on dorm allegiance, but people by and large get along. Mudders are very open to people of different races, religions, sexual orientations and the like, and everyone is integrated together. I suppose that for better or for worse, we just ignore our differences. Mudders by and large are combinations of two personality types. The first is outgoing, passionate about learning but not eager to spend all day doing work (despite doing so sometimes). This personality type enjoys the occasional party / drink / fire. The second type is more reclusive and loves work, pedantic conversations, video games and the like. Everyone is somewhere on the spectrum between the two. The average student is very apathetic about most everything outside of their day-to-day life. The school uniform is t-shirts and jeans. The majority of students own a long board that they use to get around. A sizable number unicycle. Most students would identify liberal, but many aren't registered to work. Most students would rather be in a job that makes them happy rather than one that pays well, but many wouldn't mind a reasonable salary.
They are mostly true. Mudd's program, students and professors are about as good as CalTech, but we have more fun. The school's reputation for being antisocial and such only applies to a small number of students. It is true that there are plenty of people who haven't heard of Harvey Mudd, but the most important people in the field have... and hold it in very high regard.
There is not a class at Harvey Mudd where the professor does not at least know your name. The largest classes are split up to smaller recitations run by professors (who went to the same lecture you did) to make sure that you get personal attention. Professors have office hours all the time and answer emails even later. We even eat and socialize with our professors out of class. The workload is rigorous. Some students handle it better than others, but I have spoken to some who pulled all-nighters once a week for a whole semester. The grading curve is ungenerous bordering on sadistic. Exact numbers depend on who you ask, but fewer than 10 students in the history of the school have graduated with a 4.0. Outside of class, students are not competative at all. We always help each other. We don't have that many conversations about our actual classes outside of class (short of studying), but we talk about intellectual topics all the time. Though we all want to get into good jobs and graduate programs (and we expect them upon graduating) the Harvey Mudd education is less professional than other tech schools. The school wants us to be well balanced people. That results in a third of classes devoted to humanities and social sciences and another third to a common core that all students take.
There are few clubs at Harvey Mudd with regular meetings. Most use school funding to provide things (tools, games, baking goods, unicycles) to their members. Their are no fraternities or sororities either. Athletics are arranged through a three-college joint team. Mudders don't attend games unless they have a friend playing. Most of our social lives revolve around our dorms. There is a very serious survey that freshman take that is reviewed by a committee of students to decide where they live. People mostly meet their friends through classes, but it is a small enough campus that you manage to meet most people. The dorms all have their own social events and personalities. Most people leave their doors open, so you can just walk in and socialize. The party scene at Mudd is unusual. Alcohol is allowed on campus for everyone to consume. About half the students regularly attend parties. The parties are usually rather tame - enough so that many students expecting to not participate in the party scene (myself included) find them rather enjoyable. To give some sort of perspective, most parties officially end at 1am, but are often unofficially over up to an hour before that. They are often lavishly funded by the school, letting us buy such things as foam machines, mechanical bulls, batting cages and real snow. Many students at Mudd don't drink. There are all sorts of activities available on weekends that don't involve alcohol such as movies, ITR games (a weekly event involving what is essentially a massive game of tag in the school's extensive tunnels) and alcohol free get-togethers. Many non-drinkers also enjoy themselves at alcoholic parties as well. On weekdays, the school is essentially devoid of social events. You can hang out with your friends, watch a movie or play some frisbee, but the workload is prohibitive of major weekend events.
Those who know Harvey Mudd say that the school is top-notch, the work is intense and the students are fun and interesting, but a little quirky. The school also has a bit of a male-dominated, antisocial reputation. Many people haven't heard of Harvey Mudd at all, and they generally consider it sub-par because of its funny name.
The best things about Mudd are the atmosphere and the people around you. Finally being around like-minded individuals allows...
The best things about Mudd are the atmosphere and the people around you. Finally being around like-minded individuals allows people to really open and for a free flow of ideas and discussion. There's a sense of excitement about the work being done- both in what we learn and what the upperclassmen research. This is where science happens, and its a wonderful thing to be a part of. I'd change the architecture- it's kind of ugly. It seems they've wised up- the newest buildings are much nicer, but anything built before the 1990's has the protruding brick them (we call them "warts"). Sometimes it feels too small, although you can always take classes or go to events at the other 4 Claremont Colleges.
In general, no. Of course there are very quiet and anti-social people, and there are the stereotypical video game playing nerds, but nerds come in all types, and they're all represented here. Most people are very social, and it's guaranteed you'll fit in with some group (as long as you're a nerd on the inside).
Almost all my professors know my name. Even the large core classes which everybody takes at the same time freshman year are broken up into smaller sections. The introductory macroeconomics class I'm taking has about 60 people and the professor doesn't know my name, but that's rare. In general, how much I like a class is simply related to how much I like the material. I love my computer science and math classes- I don't like freshman chemistry or humanities 1, but that's because I just don't like chemistry and hum 1 was a ton of writing. Computer Science 60 stands out as a particularly well run class The professors are extremely available. Usually I'm kind of stubborn, but on occasion I've gone to look for help on an assignment and I've never had trouble finding a professors. They also set up extensive tutoring hours by upperclassmen for many of the core classes. The core curriculum is very broad and demanding- they do a lot to get everyone through it. As for intellectual conversations outside of class- yes, yes, YES! The variety of topics we talk about outside of class is astounding. Quantum physics is always good breakfast conversation, and my roommate and suite mate talk about philosophy a lot. We spend hours upon hours doing homework and studying, and then when we're done we still want to talk about science. Finally, the education is what you make of it. Most of the people here appreciate knowledge for the sake of knowledge, and a lot of us go on to grad school. However, there is senior clinic which is a real world project and helps prepare people for industry. Really, it prepares you for both.
Nerds, shut-ins, anti-social
Don't go to Harvey Mudd if you want recognition from everyone you tell where you are going to school. Once you leave math/sci...
Don't go to Harvey Mudd if you want recognition from everyone you tell where you are going to school. Once you leave math/science/engineering circles almost no one has heard of Harvey Mudd. The response to that is telling them to look at the rankings. Harvey Mudd is a small school, if you enjoy being lost in the crowd don't come here, there are no crowds to be lost in. It is located in the suburbs of LA, so there is tons of culture (capitol of the west coast), but most of it is almost an hour drive away. Still there are many things to do as the area is still densely populated. People spend as much time on campus as they want, this tends to be a lot of time because of the work load. Speaking of the work load it is intense, you know all those other college kids that say they have a large work load, they have no idea!!! But if you are thinking of coming here, you are almost certainly up to the challenge. Just know that if you want the kind of ease that high school offered, go to a state school.
Harvey Mudd is very excepting of all. We don't have time for prejudices, and since we are all nerds we have a common ground. There is also the fact that we are all living through Harvey Mudd, which in itself is another thing to connect to. There are communities on campus for all types of people. LGBT people have a very strong organization supporting them and I have heard, feel very welcomed by the community. California is over represented in the student body, but not by all that much. Recently more students from the East (both north and south) have started coming here. Also Mudd is not racial diverse, so don't expect that.
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The first one, that we are all nerds, is quite true. However going to Harvey Mudd really opens your mind to all the different types of nerds that exist. Some students don't even seem like nerds, until they open their mouths that is. The second stereotype is untrue. It's correct that Mudd does have a higher number students that have very few friends, and don't see the sun very often, but conversely their are many students who have very happening social lives, and are capable of carrying on a conversation with others.
Amazing. Very Intense. Divided into 3 areas, Humanities, Core and Major Specific. The core is where everyone starts out. Taking classes with all other freshmen really facilitates making friendships, and working together. You WILL need help with homework. The core prepares you for the rest of your learning in science and math as they are interconnected. About a third of your classes must be humanities classes and they must span all aspects of humanities. This is what separates us from other tech schools Caltech, MIT, etc. The other 5Cs have great humanities programs, and the sheer amount of classes to choose from is a little over whelming. The smallness of the school really affects the classroom. Knowing all your peers makes for a better environment, and you will know professors personally whether you want to or not.
Most Mudders participate in activities, but very few are Mudd based. The other schools have organizations which are open to everyone. The Christian group I am a part of is Mudd-Scripps together, the band and frisbee team are both all 5C's. Pretty much every weekend there is a party hosted by one of the Mudd Dorms. Theses are the best parties, and most people regard parties on other campuses as not even worth their time. It is really weird to hear people around the country who know about your parties. Mudd parties have even been featured in playboy as some of the best parties around. The social life you have revolves around the dorm you live in as all the dorms have a personality, and this creates an amazing dorm sense of community. As a freshman you take a 3 page survey that will place you in a dorm that works best with you as a person. The people who pick dorms and roommates generally do a very good job. Athletics are participated in, but no one really cares. Because Mudd is combined with Scripps and CMC (a jock school), our sports teams are actually decent. So if you were interested in that kind of thing, the situation is there.
When people think of a Harvey Mudd Student the first word that comes to mind is nerd. Another stereotype is that we are all social inept and have no life to speak of.
The best thing is the honor code. I would change the amount of actual class time we have. Since most people don't know anyt...
The best thing is the honor code. I would change the amount of actual class time we have. Since most people don't know anything about the school, the reaction is usually neutral but whenever someone does know the school, the reaction is always favorable. I spend most of my time in the dorm/ dorm room hanging out with people or studying.
Mudd is quite a bit of work and we do study a lot, but we also socialize more than I think most expect us to.
The community is very small, so yes, all my professors know me by name. In my opinion, the education at Mudd is geared towards learning.
Well, most think we are all nerds, and that all we do is study
If you are looking for the best possible undergraduate education in engineering, math, and/or science, I honestly believe tha...
If you are looking for the best possible undergraduate education in engineering, math, and/or science, I honestly believe that Mudd (and places like it) is one of the best choices. Our faculty gets tenure based upon teaching capability, not necessarily research. That said, however, you'll find the faculty is top-notch, from some of the most renowned graduate institutions in the country. Since we're all undergrad (and quite frankly the faculty does want to get some research done) you'll find research opportunities are plentiful and substantial. The clinic program (applied research for a corporate client) is an interesting experience where students solve real-life problems in teams over the course of the year for a client usually resulting in industry utilization and it isn't uncommon for patents or papers to come from this process. In my first semester of clinic I'm getting published and sent to France to for a conference! Cool! HMC downers- the administration is not very kind regarding aid to white males. Also, the admissions team has been jacking up the number of female admittance to balance the student body...the admittance rate for males was something like 18% while it was around 50% for females. Many of us at Mudd really do not think this is fair (or a good idea) and admission should be decided based upon academics, preparation, and interest alone.... gender should have nothing to do with it!
Most everyone here is very smart, if not brilliant. You'll find a good number of people who, well, just are odd by social standards. There are, however, quite a bit of "normal" people here as well. I feel like there is a reasonable amount of diversity on campus. I think, however, that it is a conflict of interests to try to increase diversity at an institution like HMC, unless it happens by chance through superior applicants. Students very accepting of other people's sexuality, race, socio-economic status, etc. In fact, I'd venture to say that most students at HMC are in a completely different league with regards to these topics. Most of us don't see people based upon these things so classification almost seems like a backwards step. While recognizing a type of people because of a challenging past may seem socially productive, what about the people who are not recognized? Why isn't there a white-man's history month? What about a ginger history month? Seize the day when society sees people on an individual bases.
Mudd Rock(et)s! But really, it seems so many people go on to do amazing things after Mudd...
Yes. Some people at HMC just hide their geeky-ness more than others.
Everyone one of my professors knows my name, my hobbies, and sadly knows when I have missed his/her class. Academics are generally hard. Very hard. Students are encouraged to work in groups for many assignments and many tests are take-home style. If you don't generally work with other students (I don't) then academics get much harder... The problem with "doing well" at HMC is this: When you take a test, you are up against many smart people. Because of this, tests are generally very difficult. If you know 99% of the material you may get a 90%. If you know 95% of the material you may get a 75%. If you know 90% of the material you may get a 60%....etc. Students are competitive with themselves, not typically with other students. Say goodbye to the days of straight A's. That said, the professors are amazing and generally are very helpful. They often have office hours and are approachable.
Sleep, Study, Socialize. Pick two. (No, seriously.) Surprisingly, there are numerous clubs on campus. Dozens! There is so much variety I don't know where to start....so I won't. If you come here and there isn't already a club that tailors to your interest, you can start one! All of my closest friends are from upper-division classes I've taken. It is awesome going to class with your buddies and "lunching it" afterwards! Last weekend I went to a rocket launch at the desert roughly 1.2567 hours away. Six professors and six students were there for test flights of the experimental engineering rockets. When we came back, about 40 very successful (aero/aviation) alums at a conference at HMC asked us to talk a bit about the launch. They cheered as we walked into the Green Room dusty and exhausted from the desert... An amazing experience.
We're geeks. (And supposedly we're proud of it!)
The dorms are the best thing about Mudd. Ok, maybe not the looks of them, or the room size, but just the unity of a dorm is g...
The dorms are the best thing about Mudd. Ok, maybe not the looks of them, or the room size, but just the unity of a dorm is great. There are dorm meetings, and dorm activities, and proctors that allow the whole dorm to hang out together. Some of the more popular dorms have people from all over hanging out together. The dorms are also set up with big courtyards in the middle where anyone can just open their door and see what is going on outside. Most people don't react when I tell them I go to Harvey Mudd College. I have to explain that it's one of the Claremont Colleges in California. If they have heard of it, they have only heard good things and are very impressed. It really is a great school. On campus, I spend a lot of time in my room, outside, Platt (the student center), or just working away somewhere or another. There are a lot of tables outside that are set up for working which is really nice. The village, aka Claremont, is a very small and quaint. Over priced and is in the process of expanding. It's definitely a cute little place when you want to get away. They have Jamba Juice and a really good ice cream place. Administration is great. All of the deans do their jobs very well and don't try and get in your way. As a freshmen, I've heard of how they watch us all very closely, although I have never even noticed it. They just don't want anyone to slip through the cracks and get into trouble that they can't get out of. Orientation is definitely a great experience at Harvey Mudd. I actually plan to be here helping out with orientation next year. It's a great experience where everyone just has a lot of fun those first few days.
The student body is sort of
There are SOME people who provide as examples for these stereotypes, but for the most part, Harvey Mudd is a great community for people to just hang out. People lie outside and tan all the time. Everyone is capable of communicating with the outside world, and not just over video game consoles. I did not even know what World of Warcraft was until I heard about it here one day. Really, the only thing that makes us nerdy is that we all like math and science. We are not socially awkward, just quirky.
The most frequent complaint is that there is too much work to do. But really it's all manageble. The gradings hard but also doable. First semester is pass fail which helps a lot. All of my professors know who I am. I think Harvey Mudd prides itself on how much Professor student contact there is. I go to lunch with some professors and do all of that kind of stuff.
Nerd, Geeks, complete losers. People think everyone here is socially awkward and does not know how to communicate to the outside world. Pale skin.
Best thing: Access to professors and research opportunities However, in this vein, there are not enough resources at the sch...
Best thing: Access to professors and research opportunities However, in this vein, there are not enough resources at the school to have many groundbreaking research projects, which is irritating. I am also not a fan of how so many professors research the same exact thing. So it's kind of a dichotomy between a school that is too small and just right. People tend to not know what HMC is, but those who do hold it in high regard. The most frequent complaint here is that there is too much work, which is unfounded to a certain degree. Of course, any student who comes here will be working pretty much at all times. This is definitely a good thing because it lessens the possibility of being idle and bored.
Don't come here if you don't like bullshit humanities!
Yes, although people do not like to acknowledge it. Once they get here, people think being a nerd is a bad thing for some reason.
While the professors are really good about getting to know the students and teach the classes well, there are just not enough specialization classes. There are absolutely inane humanities requirements. They take away from science classes, which are the only important ones. In this way, the college takes away from our preparedness for graduate school by making us waste time and money in useless classes. This was a mistake on my part because I should have thought this through more carefully before choosing this place (by early decision no less). If I were to take 5 tech courses this semester without any humanities crap wasting my time, I'd do a lot better and be a lot happier. The administration has also imposed even more idiotic distribution requirements. This means someone like me who shows some sort of interest towards environmental policy has to waste away in things like philosophy courses. Said courses are COMPLETELY irrelevant to me becoming a good materials scientist. People go to college so that they can be useful members of society and this definitely detracts from that. All in all the humanities program is really whack.
The social scene is pretty non existent. If you don't drink,like me, the only other option is to do homework. The thing is I'm compelled to work constantly because of the aforementioned idiotic humanities junk. Students generally leave their doors open because they tend to trust each other, although I realized that that may not be the best idea because I've gotten my skateboard stolen. Last weekend, I just did homework, which is no surprise.
There's definitely one that we are a bunch of nerds. I think that's the main one.
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