Harvey Mudd College Visit Report by esobay

Visit to Harvey Mudd College in September 2009 by esobay
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:

Admissions Interview: Yes - Student interviewer was just finishing training, so adcom observed. DS said that was good because he got to sell 2 for 1. At least he knew what he was there for.

Information Session: Yes - We did it last year ... well, in Feb, but last school year so it feels like ages ago. It is not as generic as some. HMC is small and the info session felt more intimate

Classroom Visit: Yes - DS attended 3 classes


Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Some students are not outgoing .. but neither is DS

Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
All the staff people were really nice to all of us.

Appearance of Campus:
3 - Good
3 - Good
see visit report

Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The buildings/grounds are clean, but barren

1 - Poor
1 - Poor
The dorms were awful IMHO... DS was OK with that. They are 2 story mostly and are cinderblock and face little concrete courtyards.

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We walked around a lot on Sunday night. VERY VERY quiet at all the colleges


Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
one side has a "strip mall" street. The other 2 areas are residential leading into the village of Claremont, which is older, but has a nice vibe and lots of restaurants.

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Highly recommend staying at the Casa 425 which is in down town Claremont. Yes, it is more expensive than the DoubleTree (which is on the busy strip mall street and not a pleasant walk to the village.

Campus Visit Notes for Harvey Mudd College

Visit Description:

H's remarks .....

It's really striking walking through all the other Claremont colleges
to get to HMC. All of the others are beautiful. Mudd is ugly. They
all have really interesting and original architecture, including the
dorms. Mudd has concrete bunkers, even to the point of putting
several "buildings" underground. At least three of the other colleges
have a large "commons" park-like area (much bigger then the park at
the edge of Scripps we saw last night), with huge trees lining a wide
expanse of grass. Mudd has scuffy grass between the concrete bunker
dorms with a few saplings. They built the dorms in 1957. Couldn't
they have put in a few trees at the time? It could have been
beautiful by now.

There was no one in the pizza place under the student center (though
there were about 20-30 students in the lounge on the ground floor).
The two pool tables look like they've never been used.

Maybe Mudd would suit DS, but IMO it's exactly what gives nerds a
bad reputation. No guts to ask for anything beyond what they need to
work, and no interest in anything but work anyway. It really is a
1950's cold war Soviet engineer factory.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Casa 425, waking distance to all 5 colleges and lots of food. Free bikes.