Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
780
Tuition
$44,442
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: In general, drinking and smoking is not shut down automatically, but only if someone is going to get hurt. We have proctors instead of RAs and they will party with everyone else and just make sure no one gets seriously hurt. This environment means that students take it upon themselves to drink more responsibly. There is also no peer pressure at all to do things. I have friends who don't drink, I myself don't smoke, and it never causes uncomfortableness. At parties there will often be nonalcoholic drinks as well so everyone can take part.

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College Freshman

Scholarships: It seems like the financial aid process is fairly straightforward, but I did not qualify for anything so I can't really describe my experience with it.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus or know very many people who do. I couldn't give a very definitive rating, although some students live off campus and seem to like it.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Dorms are set up for students to hang out in common areas or on the grassy quad. Students definitely spend time outside and use outdoor spaces, which is nice. The dorms might not be that nice looking, but they're full of character and personality.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The most special thing about Mudd is probably the honor code. It means that you can leave your laptop out in a common room all day and still find it later, take your final in your dorm room whenever you want, and that our parties don't get shut down unless they are actually out of hand. The administration really trusts students and treats them like adults, and Mudders respond by organizing awesome parties and activities.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The area doesn't have a lot of public transportation and from what I've heard it's very difficult to use. Around break times students from all the colleges carpool or share zipcars and shuttles, though, so getting home for thanksgiving isn't too hard.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I generally like the food on campus, but the Mudd dining hall does not have a lot of vegan options, so I eat on the other 5c campuses a lot. The meal plan is also a bit frustrating because there's no plan for just lunch and dinner every day, and our meals do not roll over week to week, so if I have a field trip and special event one week I can't save up my meals for the next week when I want to eat at the dining hall.

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College Freshman

Majors: I still have not declared a major, but all the majors here are pretty equal in difficulty. The hard part is getting into Mudd.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Mudd is an extremely safe campus, mostly because of the honor code, which means students respect each other and their property. Campus security patrols the campuses but I have never interacted with them and I don't feel unsafe if they aren't around. Generally, they leave parties alone and just deal with drunk and belligerent people.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no greek life here, although dorms have special cultures that could be similar to fraternities and sororities.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Mudd does not have the most attractive students, but I don't mind because Mudders are cool people and the other four Claremont Colleges have plenty of attractive people. Mudders tend to go for relationships but there is absolutely a hookup culture across all the Claremont Colleges if you want that.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Profs have high expectations and you learn a ton.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are demanding but the best you can get.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Students get a lot of freedom, administration trust

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small town but lots of dining, thrift shops, etc.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I really don't eat off campus enough.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: STEMs is self selecting, so fewer minorities/women

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is cute, but you don't go to Mudd for Claremont. As for Claremont itself: it's pretty bland, the locals don't seem to care too much for college students, although there are spots where students seem to congregate (a cute independent record store, some coffee shops, etc.). Frankly, if you're dying to get off campus, Claremont has little to offer, but there are TONS of school-subsidized events that take you to LA or Pomona for concerts/festivals/shows/beach/hiking/etc.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Most mudders don't seem to need public transportation, as there's more than plenty to do on the 5 Claremont campuses and anything we need off campus (groceries, etc.) is for the most part walkable/bike-able. Still, if you do need transportation, it seems like zip cars and upperclassmen with cars (of which there are many) are the main ways of getting where you need to go. Additionally, Pomona's adjacent to a train station if you want to take the (really inefficient) LA Metro.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Well, it is a science-y school, so if you don't want to deal with students who care about the sciences, don't come here. Some people let their perceived smartness go to their heads (mostly the guys).
That said, there are plenty of sporty or preppy or quiet or lively students on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Mudd has the best food at the 5Cs. My one complaint is that, like all colleges, the food is the same from week to week. That said, it's good food, with a steak night, a sushi night, and of course ice cream.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Many people claim that Mudd is not a pretty place, and if all you want are looks, don't come here. And, of course, it's an expensive school.

That said, the people here are incredibly nice. Since it's a small school, you get to know a lot of people, and there is no dorm that is inherently "better" than the others. They just all have their own distinctive personalities.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Claremont, although a small town, is bustling with activity. There are many quaint clothing shops, as well as more well-known brands. It also has a movie theater and lots of food options–from pizza to sandwiches to fancier fare, and of course ice cream and frozen yogurt.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Mudd is not the most aesthetically pleasing college ever but everything is well maintained.

5 College Junior

Academics: Great academics. Very tough load. It is possible to do the work, but the reason why it is so hard is that it is hard to consistently keep up the studying for the entire semester when u will likely be sleeping late every week.

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Yih-Jye Edward Wang
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Hacienda Heights, Calif.
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Everyone agrees that attending school at Mudd is both a gift and a curse. The workload is immense, the tests are sometimes impossible, and a two question homework assignment can take all night. The reason most of us came to Mudd has a lot to do with the academic integrity of the College (we have one of the lowest grade inflation rates out of any college in the U.S.) and a lot more to do with the community. The professors here are amazing and the deans know students by name. The students are generally respectful of and helpful to each other.

One of the main reasons that Mudd is such a strong community is the Honor Code. The Honor Code is a way of life for students and is created and governed by students. Students here take it to heart. It means closed-book, closed-notes, take-home finals; being able to leave your possessions unguarded when you take a coffee break; 24-hour access to any academic building; having your wallet returned to you if you lose it in lab; and not having to lock your door, even if you go home for the weekend. Mudd has a trusting community. People look out for each other.
Along with academic strength and a good technical based education, the community makes Mudd one of the best schools around. HMC does a great job at weaving a unique social experience with an academic curriculum matched by few other schools.

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