Harvey Mudd College Visit Report by olsennj

Visit to Harvey Mudd College in March 2009 by olsennj
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since October 28 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - There was an information session which was separate from the tour and it was worth attending as it provided additional information not obvious in the tour.

Campus Tour: Yes - We took a tour over spring break, so the campus was quiet. We had a very animated tour guide who loved her school. We saw classrooms, met a professor in the hallway and also saw the inside of a dorm


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good




Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good




Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good




Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
3 - Good
3 - Good




Dormitories:
1 - Poor
1 - Poor
My son was appalled at the dormitories, not just the messiness of the rooms but the trash that was on the patios.



Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good




Overall Campus Impression:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
The college is very small and even though interactions with the other Claremont college are offered, we felt that the experience would not be that much more than what his current high school.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
We ate lunch in the "village" which was very nice.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
The immediate campus and areas around the campus are very nice. But there was also a lot of bland suburbia, which was generally uninteresting.

Campus Visit Notes for Harvey Mudd College


Visit Description:

The person leading the information session made a big point about emphasizing the advantage of having predominantly undergraduates on campus. Without graduate students/postdocs, she said, students were more likely to get hands-on research experience and know their professors. As a person who attending a large research university as an undergraduate and has since been a faculty member at 2 such universities, I know that this is not true and that there are also very good opportunities for undergraduates at large schools. So be careful not to swallow everything presented at these sessions!

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Not much lodging in the vicinity; we stayed near the Ontario airport due to our travel plans; it is about a 20 minute drive.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Lunch places in the Claremont village are very good.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

You will need to rent a car; there does not appear to be any public transportation. Also, a GPS is very useful.