Harvey Mudd College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Claremont, CA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
19 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The Honor Code. It's great to have so many students committed to a policy of honesty. Harvey Mudd has a more than well-developed sense of community, even when compared to other small schools.
  • Mudders. The students make the college, and the students at Mudd are great.
  • The professors. They're always here and always helpful. They go out of their way to be available and make a genuine effort to know their students.
  • Mudd has a lot of history. It may be young, but tradition abounds.

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Sleep deprivation--fun and easy! Mudd students don't breeze through classes, and that kind of workload leaves little room for sleep. Say goodbye to your pillow when you get here.
  • Workload. If the lack of sleep doesn't get you, the work really might. Try to stay afloat as best you can.
  • Nerdiness. Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming, especially if it wasn't your thing to begin with.
  • The "Mudd Bubble." The obvious drawback to creating such a tight-knit community is that sometimes you forget there's a world out there.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Harvey Mudd Student Reviews

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food is good, odd hours for college students though

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Most students who have aid are on work-study.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We love math and science!

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Weight room is bad. Hangout spots are good.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's challenging... work hard, play hard.

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