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Diversity: STEMs is self selecting, so fewer minorities/women

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Diversity: 2% African-American – Let's be honest you guys: 2% of the students are black. Two percent. What frustrates me about this the most is that very few people seem to think this is strange. There are more black janitors in the dorms than black students. The president of the college was recently interviewed on CNN and admitted that the school was "terrible" at attracting African-American students. This actually made me very happy; it was the first time I'd heard anyone even mention it other than myself or the black students themselves. I LOVE Mudd but this is one of my few gripes, and it's a big one.

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Harvey Mudd, without having a high percentage of non-Asian minorities, still manages to be quite diverse. Students here come from all over the world, and everyone is very willing to share their experiences with each other. People here have been known to make duct tape menorahs and teach each other languages. There’s a lot of political and economic diversity, too, and most students have incredibly amazing stories to tell, but you never know until you ask. It’s a lot of fun to get to know Mudders individually—you start to learn about cultural differences you never knew existed.

Despite the fact that Mudd is mostly white and male, the students are open to diversity, and indeed, want to promote it. Many Mudders comment on working toward a more diverse campus, but they also will point to their range of individual backgrounds and political beliefs. The campus is also very open to sexual minorities. Though there seem to be few issues of discrimination or prejudice on campus, there are a lot of concerns about HMC not having many minorities present on campus. Mudd is working hard to make the campus more diverse, and for every minority group, there’s a club that organizes cultural awareness events. Even though the school is small, there is definitely not a lack of diversity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 3%
18-19: 49%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 3%
25+: Unknown
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 13%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 76%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Many Mudders are active in queer/questioning groups such as PRISM, the Queer Resource Center, the Queer-Straight Alliance, and others. At the beginning of the year, they pass out fliers that are often seen on the doors of students such as "I support gay tolerance," and "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't." There is a rather large gay population at Mudd and Scripps, and there's a tremendous amount of community support for them.
Political Activity
As one student said, "The prevailing social value is what I'd call social permissiveness;everybody has the right to go to hell in his own way." That tends to lead to either liberalism or libertarianism, both of which are well attested to at Mudd. Although Mudd is renowned for its political apathy, we do have many students that speak out on political issues. We usually don't have rallies or protests; students can go down to Pitzer or Pomona colleges for their daily dose of political activism. Mudd is often known as politically inactive, because most students don't go to sit-ins or pass out political flyers. I'd say that Mudd has a reasonable degree of political awareness, but we're too busy doing homework to be activists.
Most Common Religions
There are a few Christian groups like InterVarsity, but they are mostly off-campus groups. About 50 percent of incoming Mudd students identify themselves as atheist/agnostic. We also have a relatively large contingent of Buddhists.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a lot of minority clubs at Mudd, from OBSA (Office of Black Student Affairs) to SWE (Society for Women in Engineering) to APISPAM (Asian-Pacific Islander Sponsor Program at Mudd), that often hold parties and events. The Office of Institutional Diversity sometimes brings in speakers about multicultural affairs. There is a 5C student center for nearly every minority group, and although Mudd is not the most diverse place, the clubs here are very active.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 50% Liberal
  • 17% Moderate
  • 17% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 17% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 71% Liberal
  • 14% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 7 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% Very accepting.
  • 17% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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