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Harvey Mudd College Reviews

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  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 17 people found this review useful. 1 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Mudd is great for traditional geeks and nerds but they are special and interesting. Mudders are social, talented, smart, and interested in combining all of the above to help the world. If you want one on one attention, research opportunities, and a community of students and faculty, Mudd is great for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students need to maintain a good GPA in school, but they need to be well-rounded as well. Leadership positions, and excelling in things other than school (sports, the arts, etc) are all taken into account at Mudd. Mudders are unique and dedicated to all that they do, and they have many interests.

    Bang for the buck

    Because we are paying so much, Mudd offers a great amount of resources. The labs and equipment are all relatively new and there are many cool toys to experiment with and experience. The faculty and staff at Mudd truly care about you, too; they will go out of their way to help you understand material, and they are concerned for your welfare as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    Even though Mudd is really small, it offers a lot to all students. There are tons of clubs and activities to partake in, and there is definitely a social scene. There is never really a dull moment, and one of the best things about Mudd is the fact that it is part of the 5-Cs.

    Am learning a lot

    Mudd is extremely well known for its approach to learning, and for good reason. Each professor loves what they teach, and love to spread their knowledge and love for their subject. They are very open and willing to teach, and each class offers something new to students, regardless of their previous knowledge.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 2 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None! It's great because although your dorm culture substitutes for greek culture, it's less exclusive than a fraternity or sorority, so every student can be friends, study, and party with all the other students and no one is excluded.

    Clubs and Activities

    Some activities are planned specifically for the freshman experience, so it's a lot of fun at first, but the college as a whole has less club involvement than most places.

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who . . . Likes doing their homework. Likes math and science more than they do humanities. Likes math and science, and likes being better at humanities than all the engineers are. Needs approachable professors. Wants to form close bonds with professors and students over four years. Won't ever lose their passion for learning no matter how tough it gets.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    History of pranking, dorm rivalries, and unicycling! Harvey Mudd even does a unicycling circus every year.

    What to do for fun

    Play board games, go to parties, play rec sports on your dorm's team, go on cross-country runs all over the town of Claremont, take ballroom dancing lessons, do homework (really, it's fun!) and drive an hour to Los Angeles for city life if you get really bored.

    Food and Dining

    The Hoch Shanahan dining hall is always clean and has a positive atmosphere, with good, edible food. If you get tired of the Hoch, there are nearby dining halls on the other college campuses within walking distance, which are also good.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen and upperclassmen live together, so you get to meet many different people of all ages and majors. Dorms have their own parties, activities, and study groups. Many of the dorms have their own personality types, which aren't really stereotypes but differ from year to year, and you really bond with your dorm. While the buildings look old on the outside, there are plenty of amenities and excellent janitorial services every week.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the most difficult colleges in the nation, at least in terms of homework and academic expectations.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will hear from everyone how challenging the curriculum at Harvey Mudd is. It is probably more challenging than you currently imagine it. But the material you learn, and the intelligent and enthusiastic people you work with every day, makes all the tough studying worthwhile.

    In three sentences

    Attending Mudd is like having a full-time job: you study hard and you are paid in knowledge! The classes and professors encourage you to be curious and hardworking all year long. Fellow students are both nerdy and brilliant, awkward and friendly.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 3 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's really safe. There's lights everywhere and almost all of campus is for pedestrians only. There's a couple of main roads that separate the 5 Claremont Colleges from each other, and within certain campuses as well, but Harvey Mudd is basically one straight pedestrian road that is surrounded by the buildings and dorms.

    Greek Life

    Non-existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs all over Harvey Mudd, and you can also participate in other clubs that are a part of the 5 Claremont Colleges.

    What to do for fun

    During ASP (the Admitted Students Program) there were so many activities to choose from, that all sounded fun and I didn't even get the time to go to all of them. You can learn to free line, hike, ski or snowboard, play sports, etc. There are so many things to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple different options at Harvey Mudd, and you can always go off campus to one of the other dining halls at the other Claremont Colleges.

    Dorm Life

    There are multiple dorms that all have a different culture to them. Over the summer, you get a housing packet, and the more accurately it's filled out, the better chance you have of being matched with people and in a dorm to your liking or similar to your culture.

    Academic Rigor

    With the Common Core as 1/3 of the freshman requirements, as well as HSA (Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts) as another 1/3 and your intended major as the last 1/3, Harvey Mudd truly allows for a well-rounded education. The honor code is a major factor in the teachings of the school, and you can always travel to one of the other 5 Cs if Harvey Mudd doesn't offer a certain class.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you go to visit, don't just look specifically at Harvey Mudd. It's part of the 5 Claremont Colleges and that contributes to the school's culture, so learn a little about how the colleges are all connected, not only academically but socially as well.

    In three sentences

    Harvey Mudd allows a lot of freedom to learn your major as well as experience other areas. It's huge on research and that's something I love. The people are fantastic and you can almost always instantly connect with at least a couple.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 16 people found this review useful. 2 people found it offensive. 2 people found this inaccurate. 4 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    saying hi

    What to do for fun

    say hi

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Claremont is generally a very safe place. It is very rare for there to be instances of mugging. There is a lot of bike thefts, so if you bring a bike, make sure to lock it up.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life at any of the Claremont Colleges, because they are all too small.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs at Mudd and clubs around the 5Cs (Claremont Colleges), however they are usually pretty small.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love to learn, students who are motivated, students who like a hands-on experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frosh Prank-- every year during first semesters, upperclassmen organize a prank on the Freshmen. Upperclassmen find ways to get into freshman rooms and decorate their rooms so that when the freshmen get back from classes, they get a good surprise. Parties: Foam--One of Mudd's more famous (or infamous) parties, is a party held at one of the dorms with foam machines producing foam and people dance and play in the foam.

    What to do for fun

    There are parties all the time. If there isn't a party at Mudd, there is sure to be one at one of the other Claremont Colleges. Harvey Mudd is also pretty close to some amusement parks, such as Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. There are funds in the school that students can request to go to concerts and other fun activities. The trick really is to find the time to go have fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Mudd is passable. It lacks variation after a while, but students can go to the other Claremont Colleges to dine as well. Out of all of the other Claremont Colleges, Harvey Mudd is known to have the best food.

    Dorm Life

    In terms of appearances, Harvey Mudd's Dorms are not the newest. They're actually pretty old and the Facilities and Maintenance office seems quite set on doing as little as possible when you send in a work order. The dorm attendants are really nice though. Almost all students at Mudd live in the dorms. The dorms at Mudd all have interesting cultures, but it is up to you to make the most of your dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Mudd is one of the most academically rigorous schools in the nation. I've heard from many alums that the grad schools they went on to were nothing compared to the academic rigor of Harvey Mudd. The good thing is that everyone works together to get through it. You won't see as much student-student competition (if any) as you will in other programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn for the sake of learning. If you're just in it for the grades, Harvey Mudd College is not the place for you and you won't have fun here.

    In three sentences

    Harvey Mudd College is a challenging school. You will meet a ton of people who love learning just as much as you do. You will have a hands on experienc.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We get campus safety reports of suspicious activities on the other four campus in 5C but generally only bike and skateboard thefts happen on Mudd campus. Make sure to keep your stuff locked!

    Greek Life

    NONE.

    Great for these types of students

    Be prepared to work yourself to the bone! Mudd is a great place for students who love science and math.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    West Dorm is a bit fire obsessed and there are great dorm parties with awesome themes!

    What to do for fun

    You can go explore The Village, hang out with friends, or venture into the LA area!

    Food and Dining

    Mudd food is reputed to be the best tasting. It may not be the most healthy, but there is a lot of good comfort foods.

    Dorm Life

    There are no fraternities or sororities at HMC, but each dorm has their own culture and party style. Harvey Mudd dorm parties are considered some of the best in all the of the 5 Claremont Colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough! No boring and simple but tediously long problem sets here; instead we've got (tediously hard) homework with a few questions that will make you delve deep into the subject.

    In three sentences

    Harvey Mudd College, a member of the Claremont Colleges Consortium, is a small college of only about 800 students; however, you will find yourself lacking in friends or intelligent peers. From tough academics to quirky traditions, we believe in quality over quantity. At Mudd, we are more than just classmates and schoolmates, we are family.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    24/7 Campus Safety that patrol campus at all times.

    Greek Life

    ? What is Greek Life ?

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of robotics clubs and over 300 other registered clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Leaders, tech-savvy students, intelligent, go-getters, and just in general students who have a drive to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Case Dorm's construction stakes were moved exactly 1 inch North when the construction team was starting to build it -- the Mudd Engineers did so well that the construction workers didn't notice until they had already laid the foundation and were trying to line up the pipes. Mudd is a great place for jokes, pranks, and having fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Average starting salaries out of Mudd, particularly in CS and Engineering degrees, are above almost every other college out there. It is expensive tuition, but you are paying for the best.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, party, prank, play games (board and video), watch movies, etc. Especially pranking.

    Food and Dining

    Fantastic dining halls and excellent, caring staff.

    Dorm Life

    Small dorms, great atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely the most challenging school you are likely to find. It will push you to your limits.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply!

    In three sentences

    The best STEM school out there. Harvey Mudd has a small, dedicated group of students that are all here to learn. Mudd offers fantastic programs across the board, for CS to Engineering to Biology.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe, don't even need to lock my bike.

    Greek Life

    You mean geek life? :)

    Clubs and Activities

    Hang out nearly every week with these lovely people.

    Great for these types of students

    Willing to accept challenge. Able to follow the Honor Code. Have the courage to accept you are not the best.

    What to do for fun

    Go Linde Activity Center, hang out with friends or with all kinds of organizations or dorms, watching movies etc.

    Food and Dining

    Everyone knows Hoch, our dining hall, is the best among 5C.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the best dorm among the five colleges!!! I share a suite with three upper class man and I share a room with a frosh. There's a kitchen in our suite, an individual bathroom and a huge living room. Just a few days ago, my other suitemates literally decorated our room a huge gift box.

    Academic Rigor

    I LOVE this school! We get to examine real nano-materials during freshman year, (if you take that elective) and get to build real circuits that use solar panel to charge our phones. Profs here are really nice and are right there waiting to answer questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Harvey Mudd College is indeed the most hard-working college in the US. I, for example, never get to go to bed before 1:00 during workdays. First year is pass/fail which means you get to enjoy your freshman year. Profs are really nice and they are waiting to answer your questions, work may be hard, but it's even harder to fail.

    In three sentences

    A small, cozy place where everyone follows the Honor Code which definitely made life so much better. Professors are super-nice and they really mean what they say and take you seriously. Best dining hall and dorms among 5C.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering Harvey Mudd, I'd strongly advise you do an overnight visit because I toured many campuses while applying, but none was quite like Mudd. You have to experience a day in the life of a Mudd student to really know whether you'd be happy there.

    In three sentences

    Harvey Mudd is a tight knit community, so if you're looking for a school that feels like home Mudd is your best bet. The teacher's and staff are incredible in providing tons of support and opportunities to all students and the upperclassmen do an amazing job to reach out to incoming students. Mudd is a tough school, but you will receive all the tools necessary to succeed.

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 of 10

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Let the California sun shine down on you.

    Food and Dining

    Yum!

    Dorm Life

    Awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    Super.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be as awesome as you can.

    In three sentences

    It sounds cool. I like it. I hope I get in.