Harvey Mudd is super rigorous - I'm not going to lie. I'm taking almost double the number of classes that other people are for the same number of credits. That said, because of its rigor, it is so much more rewarding. Plus, all the recruiters know this, so they're twice as impressed when we say we're from Harvey Mudd, right? ;)
Honestly, the people are super nice, and you'll definitely find your scene no matter what you're into. Plus, since SoCal is full of universities and opportunities, it's such an easy place to reach out to other people and places from.
Harvey Mudd has an amazing math program. I barely liked math before coming here but decided to jointly major in Mathematics and Computer Science. The professors all range from good to amazing.
Harvey mud has requires that every student completes a set of classes called CORE. There are a lot of classes to take but with only a few exceptions the classes are all very interesting even though I haven't started classes for my major I feel like I am learning things that are very useful and very powerful.
The students are all very nice and very smart.
My only complaints are that some of the curriculum's in some of the classes like Statistics and CS 42 were disappointing. Also, some of the big universities probably have more big events, PE classes, and research opportunities.
Overall, Harvey Mudd College gets 4 stars.
Mudd (which is the shorthand term students use) is ugly. There’s no nice way to put it. The buildings are made of cinderblocks, all of them are completely square, and one of the dorms looks like a run-down motel. If you want a college where you can go outside and relax in the scenery, this isn’t the place for you. On appearance alone, Mudd gets zero stars (and trust me, all of Mudd’s students agree).
But appearance isn’t the reason Mudders (HMC students) choose this school.
Harvey Mudd College is one of the best undergraduate STEM schools in the country. The college prides itself on providing a broad education in STEM through its Common Core curriculum, governing the student body through the Honor Code, and making sure students understand the impact of their work on society. In addition, although Harvey Mudd may be small, it is nested within the Claremont Colleges giving it the feel of a larger school.
Class sizes are usually small and they’re all taught by faculty. The professors care a great deal about students and make sure students are able to understand the material. For example, even established classes like Engineering Systems and Introductory Computer Science (which are both part of the Core curriculum) are constantly evolving to meet students’ needs. On its faculty, Harvey Mudd gets five stars.
Mudd is also home to some of the best overworked nerds. Sure, everyone’s a bit awkward but they all look out for one another. If you were to pass out on the lawn, there would be many mudders (who you don’t know) who come by to check on you. Upperclassmen look out for the freshman when they need help or are simply lost when roaming the campus. The best part is that there is no cutthroat competitive culture around grades. The idea is that we are all drowning ducks suffering together.
Of course, this isn’t all there is to Mudd. There is a reason I gave it 4 stars. There is a reason when the admissions office tells prospective students that Mudd is really hard, they’re not kidding.
The Core curriculum consists of 13 classes and three labs which totals 37.5 credits (three credits is one full semester course). Doesn’t sound too bad right? Take an average of 13 credits per semester and you’ll be done with Core by sophomore fall. However, students need to take classes other than core. For instance, to be an engineering major Mudders need to take a class called E4 within the first three semesters. This means students take an average of five to six classes.
For reference, the average college student takes four classes a semester. In order to graduate from Harvey Mudd College in four years fulfilling the Core requirements, major requirements, and humanities requirements, Mudders have to take an average of five classes a semester.
This results in an extremely stressful environment full of overworked and sleep-deprived young adults on the edge of a mental breakdown. No one ever has enough time to do everything they want to do. This includes but is not limited to: going off campus, showering, sleeping eight hours, putting forth quality work, and investing in a social life. Mudders joke about rescheduling mental breakdowns because they can not afford to lose the time when they could be doing homework.
In summary, Mudd pushes students to the edge of their capabilities. They graduate amazing scientists and engineers who challenge themselves. Their faculty make teaching a top priority. Students don’t compete with each other instead they help and support each other so everyone can succeed. However, Mudd also pushes students to the edge of their mental and physical health. There is no time for students to truly enjoy their life or explore their passions outside of STEM.
Despite it not being well-known, Harvey Mudd College is the best when it comes to engineering and computer science. The staff is well-informed and eager to help. All students begin with the common core courses and leave with a solid foundation in the STEM fields, as well as several humanities courses.
Harvey Mudd is definitely a challenging school. Sometimes it may be too challenging. However, at the end of the day, the difficulty is what strengthens the bonds between students. The students here make the college worth going to, because they are open and friendly. You learn a lot from your peers and professors are easily accessible. This is definitely the place for nerds to go.
The academics are fantastic, though I'm kind of concerned about its political atmosphere. The professors, students, and even the president of our school are not shy about displaying their political (liberal) leanings. On the day after Donald Trump was elected, one of my finals was postponed, my physics teacher sobbed in class, and my chemistry course was canceled. This is not what I am paying $70,000+ for. The school's administration seems to be giving in to many overly sensitive, left -leaning organizations on campus, causing two whole days of class to be canceled (again, this is not what I am paying $70,000+ for). And keep in mind, this is coming from a student who is left-leaning- I can only imagine how frustrated a conservative student is feeling.
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