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.