Harvey Mudd College Visit Report by gapyearinjo

Visit to Harvey Mudd College in September 2008 by gapyearinjo
(Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since September 25 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: Yes - Awkward - sitting with both admissions officer and senior interviewer was intimidating. We never really connected. I am a girly girl and jock and nerd but I think they judged me by my cover.

Campus Tour: Yes - Intimate. Nice kids. Very, very smart. Very helpful. Took us on detours upon request.

Classroom Visit: Yes - Kick-ass labs. Seriously, it is so easy to see why they churn out such amazing graduates. Small classes only.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent




Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
It definitely has distinctive architecture (in a bad way, in my opinion), but everything was clean and the layout was simple and aesthetically pleasing.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
As I said before, ugly architecture. However, the "warts" add character and things were clean. Great resources.



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
The dorms seem great for socializing - that is, when students find time away from their studies.



Overall Campus Impression:
1 - Poor
1 - Poor
I got a good impression from the campus, but it just didn't fit ME.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
5C, Claremont town, etc. I love the location.



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Adorable, but I am biased as I grew up visiting grandparents there. I envision it getting boring after 4 years, but LA isn't too far away and Mudd students seem to spend a lot of time on homework

Campus Visit Notes for Harvey Mudd College


Visit Description:

My interview started the whole visit off on the wrong foot, but I still don't think it's the school for me. Although both my parents graduated there and I spent my entire childhood assuming I would go there, I did not feel at home on the campus. I am not your typical geek - I am also a total girly-girl and an uber-jock (kind of a oxymoron, I know) - but I am very intelligent and will be pursuing either physics or engineering in college. However, I didn't feel comfortable with the image of the student body that was presented. Really, gaming parties until the wee hours of the morning are not my thing. Nevertheless, the students were very nice and I am sure that this school will make some people very, very happy.

Cool things that really drew me to HMC: the research opportunities available to undergraduate students are absolutely astounding; an engineering degree - nice and simple (not 30 specialty options), versatile after graduation and highly regarded.