Harvey Mudd College Visit Report by sishu7

Visit to Harvey Mudd College in October 2007 by sishu7
(Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since October 28 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Campus Tour: Yes

Classroom Visit: Yes - Multi-variable calculus class, it was way over my head, so no comments here.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I talked to 12 students; every one of them seemed happy there (even the ones who hadn't slept in weeks). When I visited a dorm, everyone in that dorm came over to talk to me (they were that frien



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I talked to a few professors and staff. they were all very laid-back and casual with students, but nonetheless brilliant minds.



Appearance of Campus:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Designed by engineers - not architects.. Not bad though, and the building architecture provides "built-in skateboard parking" in the decorative raised squares on the exterior walls.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Overall, very nice.



Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
There were a wide range of sizes and styles of dorms. What was impressive was not the dorms themselves, but the unique and effective way the college selected roommates.



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




Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I want to go to Harvey Mudd more than ever now!


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
3 - Good
3 - Good




City/Town/Community:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Quiet college town, with some decent restaurants and coffee houses.

Campus Visit Notes for Harvey Mudd College


Visit Description:

Wow! Harvey Mudd has left me with an excellent impression. Everyone was very nice and super-happy. Only one kid I saw was not completely content, and that was just because it was too much work for him. The best part was the atmosphere, which was not at all competitive. Because grades are not curved, everyone was super helpful and supportive of each other. The staff seemed engaged and smart, but casual with the students. The small school feel made me feel welcome.

In addition to talking with students and staff, visiting classes, and touring campus, I also went to an improv comedy show that night (pout together by students from all five colleges). the humor was college-level, but it was very funny and the Mudd-er in it proved that even the engineers and mathematicians have a sense of humor.

For lunch, I ate on the Pitzer campus at "The Grove House." It was expensive, but the food was very good. For dinner, I ate with a Jewish students' group to celebrate Sukkot.

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

Get up very early to get there if you need to travel through downtown LA; we saw one unfortunate prospie who missed his interview b/c of LA traffic.