Mudd offers nine engineering, science and mathematics-based majors, all grounded in a solid core curriculum that includes a healthy dose of humanities and social science courses. Why? Because we know that you don’t have to sacrifice your interest in music or art (or anything else) to be good scientists. And because an understanding of history and politics will make us more effective engineers, chemists, lawyers, doctors and human beings. Add to that all of the hands-on experience we get through our high-level research projects and through our world-renowned Clinic Program, and we fearless Mudders go into the world ready for anything.
Breadth is also instilled in a Harvey Mudd education through its membership in the “Claremont Colleges,” a 5-college consortium that includes Pomona and Claremont, and because of this, its “students are more well-rounded than most in the sciences and get to pursue their passions outside of the STEM fields.” Students also praise the “broad core curriculum at Harvey Mudd,” which “produces scientists who can rise to meet interdisciplinary challenges within the sciences” and facilitates “great post-grad opportunities.” Classes are hard but rewarding.
Not that Mudd’s all academics. We’re people, too. Longboards get us around campus, the Honor Code gives us freedom and responsibility, pranks keep us laughing. So not only do we know how to get things done, we know how to have a good time. HMC undergrads demonstrate a “commitment to” Harvey Mudd’s “honor code,” which requires students “to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity both personally and academically and to respect the rights of others.” Everyone is respectful, smart, aware, supportive, and unique.” The “typical student is friendly, outgoing, and passionate about their (sometimes slightly weird) interests,” and “it’s really easy to form close friendships, whether in your dorm or through study groups.”