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5 College Sophomore

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

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Everything is great, but the workload gets hard.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Profs have high expectations and you learn a ton.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are demanding but the best you can get.

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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Plain and simple—Mudd is about academics. Students who last here rarely take the easy way out. Mudders are always looking for new challenges to push themselves academically. It’s a rough time in the beginning if you have always been used to getting good grades (this is pretty much everyone on campus), because high scores won’t happen automatically here. However, as time goes by with a lot of hours spent on homework, students gradually adapt. Sometimes, the stress level can run high because academics are so rigorous; however, Mudders are generally less competitive with each other than at other schools. Therefore, there is an enormous support network within the student body, and the professors are equally supportive. In listening to the students speak about their professors, you come away with two impressions: the professors work them hard and are available for help. The smallness of the campus provides for a homier atmosphere, and it is quite common for a professor to socialize with the students outside of the classroom.

Overall, the compassionate professors are the foundation of Mudd. Professors meet with their students whenever needed, and it’s easy to get extensions if you are truly having trouble with a concept. Small class sizes let you experience individual attention from professors, and rarely will a question go unanswered. Mudd professors are very friendly with all of their students, so although the classes are hard, the teachers work harder to make sure students get the most out of their college experiences.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 67%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 28%
  • 50 or More Students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: No
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Computer Science: 7%
  • General Engineering Studies: 20%
  • Mathematics and Computer Science: 5%
  • Physics: 5%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Honnold Library
  • Platt Campus Center
  • The Quad
  • Sprague and Seeley G. Mudd libraries
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be afraid to ask for an extension on an assignment if you are really struggling on it. Just don't email the professor at 2 a.m. in the morning telling him that, "Sorry I have not done the homework yet, may I get an extension?" You will probably get a, "NO!"
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions of professors about homework, papers, and so forth. The professors are there to teach you, not to intimidate you.
  • Get started on homework early. It's much easier to figure stuff out when you can leave it for a while, and come back to it later. It also gives you time to ask other people for help.
  • Have fun, then study hard.
  • Help other people. Mudd is not that competitive. Students often find that they attain a deeper understanding of a subject by helping others.
  • If it is getting very late at night and you're stuck on a problem, obey the law of diminishing returns and give up for the night. One problem wrong is not a big loss.
  • Never work in groups larger than four or five people. In large groups, people don't participate equally, and invariably, one person figures everything out while the rest of the people are just along for the ride.
  • Realize that everyone at Mudd is smart. Just because you've never gotten average on a test before doesn't mean you're stupid, it just means you're in the middle of the top few percent of the nation.
  • Stay with something you are good at. Don't worry about getting a job, your major means less than demonstrating that you are a competent person in general.
  • Take classes that you enjoy. The extra work that these classes require will be more like relaxation without guilt than anything else. Also take classes off campus. The other colleges offer a wide range of really unique classes that every Mudder should take advantage of. This is also a way to meet students from other colleges.
Did You Know?
  • Approximately one quarter of Mudd's freshmen are National Merit Scholars.
  • In the Claremont Consortium, or the 5C for short, there are 175 buildings, 6,500 students, and 500 faculty members, and students have more than 2,500 different courses to choose from each semester.
  • About one quarter of "Mudders" (HMC students) are high school valedictorians.
  • Mudd has the highest percentage of graduates who go on to receive a Ph.D. of any undergrad program in the nation.
  • The Clinic Program, an internationally recognized hallmark of Harvey Mudd College, engages juniors and seniors in the solution of real-world, technical problems for industrial clients. Founded as an innovation in engineering education in 1963, this program has been expanded to other HMC academic departments and copied by institutions worldwide.
  • Since the Clinic Program's inception, more than 1,150 projects have been completed for corporate, national laboratory and agency sponsors. Companies retain all intellectual property rights that arise out of the project, and it is not uncommon for HMC students to be named on patents.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 11 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 5 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% This was my dream school.
  • 40% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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