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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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2 College Junior

Athletics: Not Fantastic. Not really any kind of fan support or school spirit for athletics teams. Student involvement in the sports teams is very limited. However, ballroom dance, as both a social dance and a competition dance, is quite popular amongst many Mudders. Just about everyone at Mudd is a dancer her/himself or knows someone personally who is a dancer.

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College Freshman

Athletics: The school does not really participate in sports, but dorms do engage in cross-campus IM sports. These can be a lot of fun, such as inner tube water polo.

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College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports aren't huge at Mudd, but they are definitely present. We have combined sports teams with Scripps College and Claremont McKenna College. There's a pretty good amount of swimmers, and a lot of track and field people at Mudd. Intramural sports have a presence, too. We divide into teams based on dorms. Participation varies from dorm to dorm. There's a pretty big array of sports, which is fun.

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Yih-Jye Edward Wang
Hacienda Heights, Calif.
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Harvey Mudd gets the reputation of being too focused on academics to hold any athletes or athletic interest; however, a lot of Mudders did play a sport in high school. On the other hand, the sport of choice for many Mudders is John Madden Football. During freshman year, everyone has to go through the initiation of one semester of Physical Fitness for Life (appropriately nicknamed PFD). This class forces some Mudd students to actually climb out from behind their computers. The only other way around this requirement is to participate in a varsity sport. Yes, there are people here who would never exercise if they didn't have to, but there are also tons of exercise buffs who play sports, work out frequently, and kick butt in the intramural games.

The hardest problem to face here when dealing with athletics is time management. It is possible to be on a varsity team and pass all of your classes, but it is a lot harder. Most Mudders give up their high school sport because they simply don't have the time to both do homework and work out. There are physical education requirements, and there are a lot of fun classes you can take (swing dance, rock climbing, fly fishing) in lieu of traditional sports. When it comes down to it, the average Mudder just doesn't have the time for sports. The Claremont Consortium allows for some cross-school rivalry, but on average, HMC students would rather have a good time than attack any of the other schools.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
Basketball: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
School Colors
Black and gold
School Nickname
The Stags for men's teams and the Athenas for women's teams. The unofficial mascot is Wally Mudd, or Wally Wart as the students have taken to calling him.
Men Playing Varsity Sports
32 - 16%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
17 - 13%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field (outdoor)
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field (outdoor)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Cycling
  • Field hockey (coed)
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Rowing/crew
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Paintball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • CMC Aquatics Center
  • Ducey Gymnasium
  • Frank B. Wells Fitness Center
  • Linde Activities Center (LAC)
  • Pomona College Rains Center
  • Tennis Courts
  • Tiernan Field House
  • Tracks
Most Popular Sports
Although Mudders are usually too swamped with homework and projects to get out to do physical activities, it is common to see people throwing Frisbees on the grass when a major break is starting or when the sunny so-cal weather kicks in. In terms of varsity teams, of the few who do participate, a big majority of Mudders join cross-country, track and field, and swim.
School Spirit
Harvey Mudd is not a traditional school, and it does not have traditional school spirit. Students here don't root for the CMS teams, and they don't know the alma mater. If you were to look in from the outside, Mudd seems apathetic. However, every student at Mudd knows that they are part of a wonderful community, and it does show at times. Intramural games usually have more spectators than any other sports, and Mudders cheer for each other wildly. Students often complain about Mudd and the workload here, but if anyone else insults Mudd within earshot, Mudders will be up in arms to defend their school. It is an honor to come here, and everyone at Mudd respects each other, even if our respect manifests itself strangely (pranks, for example). There is a definite Mudd spirit, and though we may not wear HMC shirts or paint our faces black and gold, we stick together. Got school spirit! Yes we do! A big part of school spirit here is making sure people stay in school, since it is very easy to slack off after just a few semesters. The community feeling arises not from football scores, but from surviving frosh chemistry. There are no rallies, but there are parties to celebrate staying alive through finals. The spirit of Mudd is such that everybody here empathizes with everyone else. After all, we did all have to take Systems Engineering, and we all failed a test or two. Learning to lean on each other for support and partying like there's no tomorrow, every student here knows that Mudd is a special place.
Getting Tickets
You don't need tickets for any games. Everything is free, and there are usually good seats to be had.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Santa Ana Botanical Gardens
Did You Know?
  • For those who are fanatic about tennis, CMC has the Bizantz Family Tennis Center, which features 12 tennis courts.
  • Even though Mudd is not known for its athletics, its students find a lot of pride in Intramural sports. For Inner-tube waterpolo, the nerdy Mudders actually beat the CMC jocks.


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