Harvey Mudd College Visit Report by ElphDriver

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

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Very good overviews, every question we had was answered. This was an admitted students two day program.

Campus Tour: Yes - Mudd itself is a fairly small campus, the shared Claremont campus is huge, I wished I could have seen more of it. A bike would have been handy.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
It is finals time, so kids were pretty busy, but the ones we met (especially the upperclassmen) were poised, polished, and seemed more than ready for the "real" world.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everyone we came in contact with was helpful and friendly. The professors answered every question asked, and are obviously very involved with the academic and personal lives of their students.



Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
This campus shows its personality, which is quite individualistic! Compared to the other Claremonts the dorm areas (with couches and chairs positioned outside) were a touch ramshack-lyy and eccentric



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Everything looked well-maintained, staff vacuums dorm rooms, cleans dorm bathrooms regularly.



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Nothing special. The room we actually looked into was a mess, but it looked a lot like my son's room at home! As one girl said "I don't spend too much time there."



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Claremont certainly seems like a safe community, and the shared campus also seemed very safe.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Mudd is funky, lots of personality. To these midwestern eyes it was gorgeous with the flowers and mountains and open space.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Beautiful, I could live in Claremont . . .



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The Village was pretty cute, nice and close.

Campus Visit Notes for Harvey Mudd College


Visit Description:

We had a very good impression of Harvey Mudd from everything we had read and heard, and it all matched up when we visited. The academics are certainly there, and also the uniqueness of the student body. These kids study really, really hard, are well supported by the staff, and blow off steam in unique ways. You kind of get the idea that a specific type of kid is going to be attracted to this place, and keep the quirky momentum going.

I appreciated hearing about the support of the students' emotional health, since they really are in a bit of a pressure cooker academically - they actually have someone devoted specifically to that.

We attended a number of panels - graduating seniors (all going on to very good jobs or fellowships), procters (like resident assistants), faculty. All were very informative and kept confirming that this would be a great place to do undergraduate work. There was an unabashed honesty from all - they are very self-accepting of the heavy workload, the intensity, the smallness of the student body. Two very honest statements I heard: 1. yes sometimes the smallness gets claustrophobic and luckily there is a big campus of other kids. 2. I'm glad to be graduating and I probably will need a couple of years away to have any longing to come back (meaning he had thoroughly "DONE" the HM experience, and was ready to move on.)

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

We stayed at the Doubletree, very close to campus and very nice (plasma TV, ipod radio device, beautiful grounds, pool).

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

We ate at a sushi restaurant in the Village, it was okay.

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

Parking on campus can be difficult, you may have to hike a bit.