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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We love math and science!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Weight room is bad. Hangout spots are good.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Dorms are set up for students to hang out in common areas or on the grassy quad. Students definitely spend time outside and use outdoor spaces, which is nice. The dorms might not be that nice looking, but they're full of character and personality.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The most special thing about Mudd is probably the honor code. It means that you can leave your laptop out in a common room all day and still find it later, take your final in your dorm room whenever you want, and that our parties don't get shut down unless they are actually out of hand. The administration really trusts students and treats them like adults, and Mudders respond by organizing awesome parties and activities.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Mudd is not the most aesthetically pleasing college ever but everything is well maintained.


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The best thing that can be said about HMC’s facilities is that resources are shared with the other 5C. The Scripps pool is definitely a great place to chill, and Claremont McKenna College has a great gym if you enjoy a solid workout. The Linde Activities center at Mudd has a workout center, basketball court, pool table, ping pong table, movies to check out, and even a massage chair. So students need not travel far for recreational activities.

The biggest downside concerning Mudd’s facilities is their aesthetic appeal, or lack thereof. HMC certainly doesn’t have the prettiest campus around. The facilities are practical, first and foremost. If you want pretty fountains and flowers, you can wander around Scripps (it’s a good place to go sunbathing). The labs and libraries are exceptional, especially Honnold/Mudd Library, which has about two million books for your browsing convenience. If you’re a workout junkie, CMC’s Ducey gym has the best workout center, including an indoor rock-climbing wall. Overall, if you can’t find what you’re looking for at Mudd, you most certainly will at one of the other 5C campuses.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
33 acres
Student Centers
Platt Campus Center
Main Libraries
  • Claremont Public Library
  • Denison Library
  • Honnold/Mudd Library
  • Seeley G. Mudd Library
  • Sprague Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Dorm court yards
  • The Motley
  • The Muddhole
  • Platt Campus Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Motley at Scripps College
Movie Theater on Campus
Rose Hill Theater at Pomona College
School Slang
  • 5C: The Claremont Consortium of Mudd, Scripps, Pitzer, CMC, and Pomona colleges.
  • All-nighter: A working day ending with breakfast. One "pulls" an all-nighter. To say you "did" or "had" an all-nighter is something completely different. Ask your sponsor.
  • Core: The core curriculum that every Harvey Mudd student has to take in their first three semesters. This is when people try to figure out what major they want to go into.
  • Empty Box Check: See Mail Check.
  • Giraffe: The six-foot unicycle. No, really.
  • ITR: 1) Ineligible to re-register; 2) Invited to retire; 3) Your motivation for all-nighters.
  • Mail Check: A frequent yet futile activity, in which a student looks for mail that isn't coming. See Empty Box Check.
  • PFL: Physical Fitness for Life, a graduation requirement taken by frosh, and sometimes seniors.
  • Prefrosh: An influx of prospective students on college tours are almost a part of the college scene the few weeks after acceptance letters have been sent out. On a weekend in April, there is an admitted student program (otherwise known as prefrosh weekend). In those few days, the college basically has the equivalent of another class of students.
  • Proctor: This person is a lot like a dorm resident assistant, except everybody loves their proctor. If you're locked out of your room or have other problems, you go to your proctor. Proctors also supply the dorm with free candy, emergency condoms, and earplugs for when your boisterous suitemate is using the emergency condoms.
  • Quarter: Half a load of laundry. Note that 4 quarters are worth way more than a dollar.
  • WIBSTR: A universal truth/horrible lie.
  • Bar Monkey: Engineering for student purposes is a tradition at Mudd. If you visit the Bar Monkey at Harvey Mudd College's West Hall, you can choose from its selection of 188 mixed drinks, and the Bar Monkey will gladly serve you eight ounces of it in less than ten seconds. Designed and built by HMC sophomores Steve Avery, Brad Greer, and Dustin Cooper, the Linux-based Bar Monkey is an automated bartender. It contains 16 ingredients, allowing it to dispense the 188 mixed drinks that are stored in its database.
  • Happy Wednesdays!: It's happy hour! It's Wednesday! Platt is host to this venerable tradition of, well, donuts and music every Wednesday night. In fact, it's one of the best things about the middle of the week. Happy Wednesdays are a great way to meet people, while avoiding homework that desperately needs doing.
  • Hundred Taco Night: Del Taco sometimes has specials where you can get three tacos for a dollar. Hundred taco night involves a bunch of people watching "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and eating as many tacos as they can. First one to 100 wins!
  • A Living Calendar : Case is also the dorm that celebrates the seasons. The Casemas party is always thrown as close to Winter Break as possible and features a snowbank in front of the dorm. For Slippery When Wet, a party heralding summer, the Case dorm courtyard is flooded. Autumn and spring are left out because Southern California doesn't "do" the seasonal thing.
  • Parties: There are annual parties at Mudd that have been around for as long as any of us can remember. Here's a small sampling of traditional parties: Foam Party, Halloweiner, Long Tall Glasses
  • Puddle Jump: Every year, a group of people gather together to run through the 5C, jumping in all of the fountains and pools of each college. There are wild chants, all of which are entirely too offensive to be set in print. The secret chants are passed down from year to year, in an entirely oral tradition frowned upon by many a dean at the 5C.
  • Roster Signing: When freshmen first arrive at Mudd, they are required to sign the roster of students and agree to abide by the Honor Code. The Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College President presides over this solemn event, which is interrupted every year by a group of freshmen who volunteer to "assassinate" the President in whatever way they see fit. Be warned, those who attempt this task are always intercepted by the President's two armed (with water pistols) bodyguards.
Urban Legends
  • An artist donated a sculpture of a plow to be placed in front of Platt Dining Hall, saying that the sculpture was made of a material that would never rust and could never be corroded. This was the equivalent of throwing down the glove. A group of chemistry majors decided to take on the artwork's integrity. Using a combination of acids and other corrosives, the students succeeded in turning the bright, shiny sculpture into a rusty mess. It still stands outside Platt, and is a reminder to all students that when art and science try to compete, the result is never pretty.
  • An artist painted a mural in Platt that consisted of some landscape, mountains, and trees that represented the foothills. Unfortunately, it was a student who noticed that the hills and trees in question really resembled lettuce-filled tacos (they really do look like tacos; it's a very sad thing). The next day, a monster had been painted into the landscape with a dialogue bubble saying "Mmm, Tacos!" It was coincidence that the artist came to lunch that day, and took great offense to the desecration of his artwork. The monster was removed, but the tacos remain.
  • Down at Pitzer, the college prides itself on its architecture, especially the skylights in the main building. A group of Mudders somehow managed to climb onto the roof and cover parts of the skylight, turning it into a Bat Signal. It remained there for a while until Mudders admitted their pranking.
  • In 1966, a Volkswagon bug mysteriously appeared in an East Hall hallway, with less than an inch to spare on either side. Pranksters had tipped the bug on end, and squeezed it around a corner and into the hallway. Eventually, the perpetrators reversed the same technique to free the bug.
  • Not quite a legend yet, but rather a standing memorial to drunken carousing, this event took place in the backwaters of Linde Dorme. A very drunk student, armed with bottles of shaving cream, sprayed the words "Fat Joey" onto the wall of the Linde Dorme upper lounge. Unfortunately, the student failed to realize in his incoherent state that shaving cream soaks into the cinder wall, making the words impossible to scrub out. After a year of pressure washing, the words still stood, so we decided to make a dedication. A plaque now hangs officially in the upper Linde lounge, the Fat Joey lounge, "in order to celebrate in part the generosity of Adam Kangas with a bottle of shaving cream on the date of."
  • One morning, students awoke to find a replica of Stonehenge in the middle of the quad, built entirely out of sofas. The perpetrators said that the sofas were chosen based on a rigorous inspection of their spiritual qualities, structural integrity, and (above all) proximity to the site. Six came from South Hall, some from Engineering, many from the Green Room, and two from the Muddhole. The monument was disassembled later that day.
  • ressed as construction workers with "official" documents, a flatbed truck, and a sturdy forklift, six Mudders heisted the Caltech Cannon. The "foreman" said his crew had orders to remove the cannon for repairs. Mudd's president saw to it that the cannon was returned to Caltech, if somewhat unceremoniously, a week later.
  • The day before Case's foundation was to be laid, a group of students invaded the construction site under the cover of night, and moved all of the construction stakes one foot to the west. Thus, Case dorm ended up being built one foot away from the original layout. This would have caused no problems, except for the fact that the water lines had already been placed underground. The water pressure in Case dorm is terrible to this day.
Favorite Things To Do
If you're bored, you can always drop by the LAC, and chances are, something will be going on. You can play pool with the LAC supervisors, learn Latin dances at the Mudd Occasional Balls put on in the LAC gym, or do a quick workout. On the weekend, a lot of people go to see a movie in Galileo Hall during Friday Night Movie Guys, or venture south for concert nights at the Motley Coffeehouse, where 5C's own a cappella group, the Claremont Shades, perform. Studying is a huge part of Mudd socializing. There are always academic excellence (AE) sessions upstairs in the LAC, or study parties on the third floor of Sprague library. Study breaks, sponsored by the dean of students, are usually held in the LAC and involve lots of snacks to feed your hungry brain. Wandering around the dorms, there are always people sitting outside on couches, working on the next day’s homework assignments together.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The following is a sampling of some of the student organizations on campus.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Take quick tour around campus and you will surely notice the "warty-ness" of the buildings. Every building, with the exception of Olin, is decorated by warts, blocks of cement popping out of the building. Most commonly, these warts line the column beams. It has become a tradition to call Warty the Wart as the unofficial mascot of the Harvey Mudd.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 7 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 43% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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