As you might know, one of the essay questions we ask applicants to answer is, “what influenced you to apply to Harvey Mudd?” When I was applying to Harvey Mudd College in the winter of 2012, I had actually missed that question altogether until 3pm on January 1st when I was about to submit my application. One of the boxes in the application was shaded red, and the Common Application warned me that I had left a required field blank. Oops!
Luckily, I still had some time (a few hours) before the deadline and my past self had made a list of the things I liked about each school I was applying to. Next to Mudd, I had written “core curriculum – don’t have to pick a major before exploring all the fields. ability to take humanities classes and classes at the other 5Cs: literature and anthropology. small community with honor code reminds me of xc team.” Disaster averted. I quickly wrote my “Why Mudd?” essay based on those notes, and the rest is history.
To help you all get a head start, we asked our senior interns about why they chose Mudd and what surprised them once they got to Mudd. We hope this will inspire you to think deeply about the colleges on your list and why you like them!