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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Yes, Harvey Mudd is very expensive, and even with some financial aid, my family still pays a lot. However, it's fair because my family is on the borderline of not receiving aid. Still, the financial process was smooth. My recommendation is to apply for non-school-based scholarships but also appeal to the financial aid staff, explaining your current situation.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: No one comes to Mudd solely for athletics; thus, there is no reason to put a huge emphasis on sports facilities (it's often easier to go to the other 5Cs for nicer facilities).

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Students party when they want to party (usually every weekend), and if you don't, you can easily find like-minded friends who like doing other things (i.e. board games, video games, going off-campus). Mudd has quite a few themed parties, which makes them more exciting.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's more convenient to just eat on campus, but the off-campus options are pretty good, too. I occasionally eat off-campus on the weekends or for special occasions.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The Honor Code basically says "Don't be a jerk." That includes academic honesty in take-home exams (which are wonderful), respecting people's opinions, and common sense. Though no form of administration is perfect, Mudd does a great job in creating a friendly community. For example, I don't have to worry about people stealing my laptop if I leave it out in the campus center. I can express my opinions and people will not castigate me for them (rather, thoughtful discussions would arise, and that's perfectly okay).

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: People complain about Mudd's dining hall mostly because of repetition (which every college dining hall struggles with), but in terms of quality, the Hoch is one of the better options on the 5Cs. There are plenty of food options to choose from, and the staff is very courteous and is willing to make accommodations for those with dietary needs. Sometimes, the lines are long, but that's usually because of a really good dish and because students from the other 5Cs tend to flock to the Hoch.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm culture is the best part of campus housing.

1 College Junior

Overall Experience: No one has heard of the school. The workload is hard and the people are mean and peculiar. It is better to go to a bigger, cheaper school where you can get the same education, end up a the same place, and end up with less debt. If you go to a bigger school then you might find where you belong more.

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1 College Junior

Health & Safety: They don't care about the students. The psychological help department is the worst.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: No greek life but the dorms are kind of like greek societies because they are exclusive, try to bar people from living into their dorm through Room Draw, and parties are thrown by dorms.

1 College Junior

Athletics: Very few people at Mudd are sporty or athletic.

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1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Mudd is a prison. It prohibits students from living off campus unless they are living with a relative, in which case the school will take away thousands of dollars from your financial aid.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You have to walk a mile to go any where and there are very few options because it is a ver suburban area full of old people. The community has to be quiet at 11pm and the stores close at 9pm.

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1 College Junior

Administration: They force you to rat out your peers if they do something wrong and they call this the Honor Code. It is not followed very closely even though they make the tour guides make it seem like it is to prospective students. All the teachers jump to accusing students of violating the honor code very quickly even if they are just checking answers and there is something wrong with the homework problems.

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1 College Junior

Scholarships: The first year seemed like the best financial aid deal, but then the subsequent years tacked tens of thousands of dollars.

1 College Junior

Campus Food: The cafeteria is very unhealthy: a ton of oil and fat even on the salads that they make.

They are only trying to steal your money:

- There are 3 meal plans (the 8 meal plan where you get 8 meals a week, 12 meal plan, and 16 meal plan) but there are no 14 meal plan which is the perfect number of meals that most students eat.

- Each meal works out to be $15. (The 8 meal plan costs $4,000).

- The number of meals and the amount of money you get to spend per week on food DOES NOT ROLL OVER TO THE NEXT WEEK. The school steals money from you every single week because no one uses up those last 20 cents. That's $150 at least they make a week off of unused food money from its students.

- The prices of food that you can buy with your meal plan is super expensive.

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1 College Junior

Campus Housing: On the outside, Mudd housing might seem passable. Heater provided, AC provided, a maid that comes and clean the lounges and bathrooms on a biweekly basis... but it all really depends on what dorm you end up in. Most of the dorms have people or legacies of being disgusting.

The most troublesome dorms are West, North, and Linde. They have broken glass in the courtyards. The smell of weed is always present in the dorm. There are bottles of alcohol left in the lounge and when people get drunk, they spill alcohol all over the floor. They play beer pong and they leave the cups out there for days, for the cleaning people to clean up.

Sontag, North, and East are dorms that are very exclusive and unless you are a part of the culture there, you should never go there or you will be ostracized. In short, the social atmosphere at Mudd is stifling.

The cost is ridiculous. It costs over $1000 to live on campus PER MONTH. That goes for if you are in a single, a double, a triple, OR EVEN A QUAD (where there are four people to a room that is the size of 2 doubles). You will never be allowed to live off campus because they are building a new dorm, so it is guaranteed that the school will do everything they can to force you to live on campus so that they can make the most money they can.

Convenience is horrible, there are no places to eat out that are less than a mile's walk away, and you get tired of the meal plan quick. It is extremely hard to get off the meal plan at Mudd.

The worst thing about Campus Housing at Mudd is how you get your room. There is this thing called Room Draw that breaks up friendships, causes betrayals, and forces the quietest, most innocent students to live in dorms where people smoke weed and other serious substances right outside their room doors, where drunk people pee in the bushes right outside their doors, and where they have to leave their dorms because there is rock music blasting right next to their rooms at 1am on a Tuesday night.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I love working out in the LAC and at the Scripps gym. There is a lot of quality equipment for everyone to use. I wish sports were a bigger part of the Mudd culture. The only reason I've ever gone to games or anything was to support friends. Otherwise I wouldn't have even known about the event.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I think since we're building a new dorm off campus housing won't be necessary/ an easy option to pursue.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love going off campus for food if I can. There are awesome options (there's a wonderful all you can eat sushi place in the village) and the food is high quality and affordable.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is awesome. You can really tell how much they care about the students.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: You definitely get the aid that you need/deserve. The people in the financial aid office really care about the students, so working with them is a real pleasure.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't go out much, but when I do I definitely enjoy myself.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think we're very lucky that we have the options that we do. Not a lot of schools have the variety and quality that all of the 5C's, especially Mudd, have.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't exactly the prettiest, but they're by no means unlivable. I really enjoy my room and suite and I love the dorm culture.

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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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