The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

  1. 1
    The Honor Code. It's great to have so many students committed to a policy of honesty. Harvey Mudd has a more than well-developed sense of community, even when compared to other small schools.
  2. 2
    Mudders. The students make the college, and the students at Mudd are great.
  3. 3
    The professors. They're always here and always helpful. They go out of their way to be available and make a genuine effort to know their students.
  4. 4
    Mudd has a lot of history. It may be young, but tradition abounds.
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    The quirks and character of the different dorms add to the sense of community. It's great to see so many differing styles of living on such a small campus.
  6. 6
    The Common Core--it's hard, but it's worth it. All students at Mudd have to take the same core of classes to ensure they all develop as well-rounded students.
  7. 7
    Humanities requirements. Living in math-speak can be pretty draining. HMC creates well-rounded students, not computers.
  8. 8
    The 5C. Mudd is"a college of 800 on a campus of 8,000." Students get the benefits of a large college with none of the drawbacks.
  9. 9
    No grade inflation. A Harvey Mudd diploma is worth its weight.
  10. 10
    The ratio of guys to girls (for girls).

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
98% of students return after their first year.
Commitment to Teaching
There are 8 students for every member of faculty on campus.
Proven Success
88% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Genders Equally Represented
A male-to-female ratio of 53/47 means there's a pretty even balance of students on campus.
Learn from the Best
100% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 67% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Students Stick Around
Only 3% of students transfer out.

Worst Of

  1. 1
    Sleep deprivation--fun and easy! Mudd students don't breeze through classes, and that kind of workload leaves little room for sleep. Say goodbye to your pillow when you get here.
  2. 2
    Workload. If the lack of sleep doesn't get you, the work really might. Try to stay afloat as best you can.
  3. 3
    Nerdiness. Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming, especially if it wasn't your thing to begin with.
  4. 4
    The "Mudd Bubble." The obvious drawback to creating such a tight-knit community is that sometimes you forget there's a world out there.
  5. 5
    Small size. You'll know everybody and wish you didn't, some mornings more than others.
  6. 6
    LA smog. So you can do without sleeping, and the workload didn't kill you, now try breathing this . . .
  7. 7
    There's little time for extracurricular activities.
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    There's no grade inflation - your GPA will be smacked around until it hides under the table at a modest 2.5-2.7.
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    With a such a small community, rumors spread through the gossip mill like wildfire.
  10. 10
    The ratio of guys to girls (for guys).

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $44,442, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
AP Credit Wasted
Any AP credits earned in high school aren't eligible for college credit.
Expensive Dorms
Living on campus doesn't come cheap, with an average housing price tag of $7,763.
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