Claremont, CA
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Reviews 291 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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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4 College Junior

Academics: There are many people who will go beyond classes and will talk about their specific majors.

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4 College Junior

Parking: There are a lot of space for parking. Freshmen cannot get a parking space though unless there's a special permission.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is not really any enforcement. The dorm proctors who are your RA will also drink or smoke with you. Whether there is a drug or alcohol scene entirely depends on which dorm you live in. But besides Linde, even if you live in a dorm that drinks or smokes a lot, it won't be a deal if you don't.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: awesome. Each dorm has its own trait so there are many options for what type of dorm you want to be in.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: While I've had few complaints with the dining hall food, I've heard griping from others who've tired of the food, which does seem to be on a fairly short rotation. There are usually ample options for each meal, though (except for vegetarians), and the rest of the Claremont Colleges are within walking distance if you lose your taste for Mudd's dining hall. Jay's Place is pretty good for a sandwich or pretzel late at night, but their pizza is subpar. The meal plans are mandatory in three-quarters of the dorms, and are rather restrictive, although they're in the process of revising the meals/flex distribution.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The printers historically break down frequently, though they seem to be improving, and B&W printing is free. Color printing is harder to find, and not for free. Almost everyone has a laptop, which is especially convenient since the Wi-Fi is reliable campus-wide and you can print from your laptop to the public printers. The tech support seems to be competent and readily available, and if you have a problem some other time, there are any number of computer-savvy students around.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is prevalent on the campus over the weekends and some nights but overall it's constrained to the dorms. There isn't much drug use mainly just marijuana.

5 College Junior

Academics: A+, hands down – Academics is the heart and soul of Mudd culture. Everyone here takes (most) classes very seriously, including the profs. I'm very disappointed when I get a good professor instead of an AWESOME one; I've gotten used to all of them being funny, smart, engaging AND instructive. Homeworks are almost always a collaborative effort between classmates, which is a great way to get to know kids frosh year (and beyond) and a great way to learn. Tests are almost always take home, which I find takes off a lot of the pressure and stress, especially during finals week.

4 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Diversity: 2% African-American – Let's be honest you guys: 2% of the students are black. Two percent. What frustrates me about this the most is that very few people seem to think this is strange. There are more black janitors in the dorms than black students. The president of the college was recently interviewed on CNN and admitted that the school was "terrible" at attracting African-American students. This actually made me very happy; it was the first time I'd heard anyone even mention it other than myself or the black students themselves. I LOVE Mudd but this is one of my few gripes, and it's a big one.

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2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Can't Get Anywhere Without a Car – Love HMC and the 5C community, and off-campus Claremont is ok, but LA area is downright boring, and horribly inaccessible unless you 1. have a car and 2. are willing to drive 45 min+ one way to get anywhere. Nearest grocery store is a mile, so good luck carrying a significant amount of food unless you have a car or outfitted your bike for it. Same goes for if you need to buy pretty much anything else, so I end up ordering a lot of stuff from Amazon.

The one good thing is hiking/skiing 20-45 min away, but again, you need a car.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Administration Treats You Like an Adult – Lax rules. HMC students are smart enough to take care of themselves 99% of the time and the administration gets that. If you do something at a party that's really stupid or harmful to yourself or others then there's consequences (ex: I have a friend on drinking probation for a semester) but outside of that nobody cares. Part of the reason so many students live and want to live on campus is that they don't feel like they have to get away if they want to drink.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Great DIII Sports Atmosphere – I'm on varsity swimming and it's really a great atmosphere. Especially because you can get serious about it without having to make such a big commitment that it detracts from schoolwork or social life. In fact, most of my best friends are on the team. The team has won conference 5 years in a row and usually finishes 10-20th nationally. You're not going to be filling stadiums (unless everyone on the team turns out to have 50 parents) but frankly that's not the point anyway.

Also love intramurals.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Very Tough, but You Will Come Out Knowing a Lot! Really, HMC is no piece of cake. You take every tech class imaginable, and to top it off, they're 10 times tougher than anything you've ever seen. But the education you get from it is amazing, and the professors are very supportive throughout it all.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Everyone Lives Together! - And I mean it! I lived in a suite of 9 people with a mixed group of (coed) seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. Housing is guaranteed all 4 years. Rooms are fairly average, though most seniors do get singles. However, I love the community that is promoted by the group housing, and we have dorm attendants that clean our common areas and rooms occasionally.

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Yih-Jye Edward Wang
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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