42 Days of ASP

Day 42: Class Snapshot

You are the answer to our ultimate question about life, the universe, and everything. It’s an honor and a privilege to hear your stories and learn about your accomplishments, and we were so impressed with each of you and with what we know you’ll bring to the Mudd community.

Here’s a subset of the amazing people you’ll join next year as Harvey Mudd’s Class of 2025.

Collage image of students

Day 41: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts

The Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts (HSA) at Harvey Mudd does not grant majors, but is no less important than any of the other departments on campus. Being well-versed in these areas is literally a part of our mission to give students a meaningful education that empowers them to become leaders in their field and to understand the impact of their work on society.

HSA 10: Introduction to Critical Inquiry is often the first class students will take in this department. These courses may have topics like “Graphic Novels” or “Natural Religion/Religious Naturalism” and span disciplines including literature, philosophy, art, and political science. As one of the required classes in our Core Curriculum, this class is essential for developing the critical reading, analytical writing, and research skills that Mudd students will take with them not only through their years at Mudd, but into the rest of their lives.

Mudd students will take at least 10 more classes in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. For some, taking a dance class at Pomona or a ceramics class at Scripps will be a good chance to walk to another part of the Claremont Colleges and use a different part of their brain. And it’s just cool to be able to dabble in courses like Prophecy and Apocalypse, Ethics, Fiction Writing, History of Modern Physics, or Experimental Animation. For other students, courses like Comparative Environmental Politics or Activism, Vocation, Justice will shape the way they think about their work and career.

In the past 7 years, the HSA department at Mudd taught 158 distinct courses, many of which focus on timely topics like “Water, Culture, and Technology” or “#MeToo Shakespeare.” According to Department Chair Paul Steinberg, “a content analysis of 134 HSA department course syllabi finds that diversity and/or equity comprise a central theme in 44% of the department’s courses. A global (non-US) perspective is featured in 48% of a representative sample of assigned readings.”

The HSA department has their own blog, which we would encourage you to check out!

Day 40: Physics and Math

MATHEMATICS: The Department of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd educates students in both the content and practice of mathematics.

  • Graduate school success: 60% of math majors go on to PhD programs, and we’ve have had as many as five mathematics seniors win prestigious NSF fellowships for graduate study in one year! Undergraduate research might help: in the last three years, our faculty have published over 20 papers with student co-authors.
  • Acclaimed program: our department received the American Mathematical Society’s very first Award for Exemplary Program.

Learn more about why you should study Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College!

PHYSICS: The Department of Physics faculty are committed to undergraduate education that includes research with undergraduate students; this education prepares students to go into graduate studies or employment.

  • Flexibility: the department offers nine optional programs under the physics major for students who have specific interests such as astrophysics, geophysics, or physics and computers. Our faculty research interests span from biolocomotion to string theory.
  • Critical Mass: With an average of about 20 majors per year, we educate more physics majors than just about any other undergraduate institution in the country! You’ll likely find community and camaraderie within your cohort.

Learn more about why you should study Physics at Harvey Mudd College!

Check out Day 38 and 39 for information about our biology, chemistry, computer science, and engineering departments. Stay tuned for more about our Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts department!

Day 39: Computer Science and Engineering

Computer Science and Engineering were next, alphabetically, but they actually have a lot in common! At Harvey Mudd, both of these departments have over 40% women, whereas nationwide, only 18% of bachelor’s degrees in CS and 20% in engineering are given to women. Another thing these departments have in common is that students are required to participate in the Clinic Program for their senior capstone.

COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS): Our CS Department provides students with a strong foundational background blending experimentation, theory, and design. Our graduates are equally well-prepared for work in industry and graduate school.

  • Collaborative work: coding can be done alone, but at Harvey Mudd there are lots of opportunities for group work, pair programming, and peer tutoring. Our students practice collaboration skills and communication skills throughout their CS coursework
  • Good teaching: the department’s innovative pedagogy and course design has been adopted by other CS departments at Northwestern University, Bucknell University, and University of California, Riverside, among others.
  • Electives: students can take upper-division classes in Big Data, Internet of Things, Scientific Computing, Complexity Theory, and more! The elective offerings vary semester to semester.

Learn more about why you should study Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College!

ENGINEERING: The Department of Engineering at Harvey Mudd prepares its students for the professional world and advanced study across engineering disciplines through broad-based, hands-on experience in engineering analysis, synthesis and practice.

  • Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving: the general engineering approach educates students able to communicate across disciplines. By developing skills in math-based and systems-based analysis along with discipline-specific knowledge, Mudd engineers are well-equipped for real engineering problems that aren’t confined to a single discipline.
  • Professional Practice: Engineering majors at Harvey Mudd College participate in 3 semesters (a year and ah half!) of the Clinic Program and also have opportunities to receive engineering fellowships for on-campus research.

Learn more about why you should study Engineering at Harvey Mudd College!

See Day 38 for Biology and Chemistry, and stay tuned for updates from our Mathematics, Physics, and Humanities-Social Sciences-Arts departments coming soon!

Day 38: Biology and Chemistry

Our admitted students are familiar with the question, “What about the HMC curriculum and community appeals to you?” Collaboration, accessible faculty, access to undergraduate research, interdisciplinary learning, deeper understanding of the impact of work on society are some themes that come up across the board. Over the next week, we’ll be answering this question in more detail and from the perspective of each of our seven academic departments: Why Mudd?

BIOLOGY: The Biology Department at Mudd emphasizes doing biology, not just learning about it, to prepare students for employment or advanced study in areas ranging from theoretical ecology to biotechnology.

  • Hands-on right away: the first lab, taken as a part of Mudd’s Core Curriculum, covers applications of molecular biology techniques to problems in human genetics, bioengineering, and environmental sensing.
  • Engage with current research: in addition to completing a yearlong research requirement, every biology major also takes at least one seminar-style course where students read primary literature (ie, journal articles) and engage in oral presentations and write a synthesis paper.
  • Quantitative, Computational, Interdisciplinary biology: Biology majors at Harvey Mudd have strong quantitative and computational skills as well as fundamental understanding of the sciences; this development begins in the Core Curriculum and continues with courses such as organic chemistry and biostatistics. Students who are interested in interdisciplinary fields will benefit from having this background.
  • Small classes: most advanced biology courses are limited to just 12 students!

Read more about why you should study biology at Harvey Mudd College.

CHEMISTRY: The department is committed to challenging coursework and extensive hands-on experience with modern instrumentation and computation, and represents all chemical fields.

  • PhD readiness: more than 80 percent of our chemistry graduates continue advanced study leading to the PhD degree; we are the highest ranked chemistry department for the percentage of graduates who have earned PhDs.
  • Make it suit you: students can tailor their chemistry major coursework to best match their career interests. Common emphases include Applied Chemistry (for those interested in careers in Chemical Engineering), Computational Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Materials Science, and Geochemistry.
  • Access to instrumentation in research: all the instrumentation in the department is intended for use by undergraduate students for coursework, lab courses, and research with faculty. As some of our tour guides joke, “everything the light touches is yours.”

Read more about why you should study chemistry at Harvey Mudd College.

Stay tuned for updates from our Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Humanities-Social Sciences-Arts departments.

EVENT REMINDER: Today, April 29, 2-5 pm PT – “Down to the Wire” Office Hours (Student Registration)

Day 37: Academic Excellence and Grutoring

When Mudders find themselves needing help, they might turn to the Academic Excellence program! Academic Excellence is a student led program that brings outstanding students together and trains them in teaching problem solving. They hold workshops for students in need of help to come to. They also make study guides and review sheets for much of the core curriculum. Often at Mudd, talking with another student might be just as helpful as talking with a professor!

EVENT REMINDER: Tomorrow, April 29, 2-5 pm PT – “Down to the Wire” Office Hours (Student Registration)

Day 36: Volunteering and Community Outreach

At Mudd, there is a culture of being aware of global issues and working to learn how to resolve social issues. While studying to be future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and professionals who will have an impact, Mudd students also have many opportunities to contribute to their communities today. Mudd has many unique programs aimed at targeting a variety of social issues. 

Programs like Science Bus and the Homework Hotline are targeted at providing STEM education to younger kids. There also are the groups STEAMCoders and Sacred SISTAHS that are targeted at empowering underrepresented groups in STEM. The Prison Education Project (PEP) is targeted to empower incarcerated individuals through STEM education. There are programs beyond providing STEM education like Engineers for a Sustainability World which works within the Mudd and 5C community to promote sustainability. 

While Mudders often find themselves busy between academics and hobbies, being able to interact and give back to the community is a really fulfilling experience and a large part of Mudd’s culture.

EVENT REMINDER: Thursday, April 29, 2-5 pm PT – “Down to the Wire” Office Hours (Student Registration)

Decision day is almost here (May 3), but you may still have questions about HMC as you narrow down your choices and make this important decision. 🤔❓ Come and go as you please, bring your questions and get answers! 😉👍

Day 35: Outcomes

Harvey Mudd students typically have many options after graduation and go on to lead very successful careers. Nearly 70 percent of Harvey Mudd seniors enter the workforce, with the median starting salary at $87,500. HMC was recently ranked #1 for Top 20 Best Career Placement by Princeton Review and is ranked highly for the best educational return on investment. About a quarter of our graduates pursue their postgraduate degrees at top PhD or master’s programs, with many earning full fellowships.

Hear more about our recent graduates’ trajectories and career paths here!

EVENT REMINDER: Today, April 26, 4:30-5:30 pm PT – Division of Student Affairs Open House (Student Registration, Family Registration)

Day 34: Joining 5C Clubs

The Claremont Colleges offers a plethora of 5C clubs, whether academic, cultural, political, or social. As Claremont students, Mudders are welcome to join any of these clubs, usually directly or sometimes through an application process. The annual Turf Dinner, held on a different 5C campus every year, serves as a 5C equivalent of Mudd’s club fair, and is known for both the number of clubs that “table” there and for its catering. For students who want to explore the broader 5C community, or who have interests that may take them off of Mudd’s campus, 5C clubs offer a great experience.

EVENT REMINDER: Monday, April 26, 4:30-5:30 pm PT – Division of Student Affairs Open House (Student Registration, Family Registration)

Day 33: Meet the Division of Student Affairs

Who supports our students as they build their life and community at Mudd? Meet the staff of our Division of Student Affairs to learn about the programs and services available to all Mudders. 

Who are the DSA Muchachos? 

While the academic side of Mudd is very important (and fun in its own way) Mudd provides lots of opportunities to leave your work and relax too. One of the groups that helps out with that comes from the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), and is called the Muchachos. They are a group of students who plan activities throughout the year. 

Some of our favorite annual events include Crib Races, Pub Night, Wednesday Nighter, and Painting with DC. The Muchachos also plan 

The DSA Muchachos are simply awesome! 

EVENT REMINDER: Monday, April 26, 4:30-5:30 pm PT – Division of Student Affairs Open House (Student Registration, Family Registration)

Day 32: Meet your Classmates!

Harvey Mudd nurtures a close-knit, creative, fun-loving community that is passionate about learning. Students study together, play together, and explore interests in everything from ballroom dance to robotics to sustainability. We know that you are eager to meet your classmates (the staff and faculty are eager to meet you too!). Though we cannot meet in person quite yet, there are various virtual platforms that can allow our pre-frosh to connect with one another.

Check out the Class of 2025 Instagram page to learn more about classmates and share a bit about yourself. You can also connect to future and current Mudders on Discord!

If you want to know more about community and the nitty-gritty of student life, join the Division of Student Affairs on Monday, April 26, from 4:30-5:30 pm PT to learn about the programs and services available to all Mudders. (Student Registration, Family Registration)

Day 31: Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! We wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about sustainability at Harvey Mudd. Many of you and many current Mudders have interests related to climate and sustainability, and it’s an embodiment of the Mudd mission: it’s an area of study where an interdisciplinary understanding of STEM is necessary, where scientists must work in conjunction with peers in the humanities, social sciences, and arts, and where the impact on society is huge. If you’re interested in sustainability, here are some ways to engage with that interest at Mudd:

  • The Hixon Center at Harvey Mudd College is dedicated to promoting sustainability at Harvey Mudd College through science-based inquiry in research and pedagogy, active participation in local community actions, and meaningful engagement at the global level. They host events, speakers, and an internship program to help Mudders engage with sustainability issues.
  • ESW/MOSS: The Engineers for a Sustainable World/Mudders Organizing for Sustainable Solutions is the main sustainability club on campus. You don’t have to be an engineer to join! They’re known for hosting sustainability-related events (the solar-powered smoothie cart makes an appearance sometimes), for working with other sustainability organizations across the Claremont Colleges, and for their sustainability advocacy within Mudd.
  • ASHMC Sustainability: The Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College (ASHMC) is our student government. There is a sustainability chair, who serves as the interface between the students, the administration, and the staff on sustainability issues. You can learn more in this article, “Sustainable Partnerships,” from the Muddraker, our student newspaper.
  • Coursework: There are STEM and HSA courses offered on campus that directly relate to environmental issues, like Materials Science of Energy Conversion and Storage or Comparative Environmental Politics. Mudd professors also make an intentional effort to relate course content to the mission of the college, so many other classes like Chemistry in the Modern World or Quantum Mechanics will also address how the things you learn can be applied to climate or sustainability solutions.
  • Emphasis in Environmental Analysis is a coordinated program of study consisting of 5 courses; it allows students the opportunity to address environmental issues from both STEM and HSA perspectives so that they may better understand the impact of their work.
  • Research: Many faculty members have active research pertaining to environmental issues, including: Prof. Albert Dato’s research on the production of graphene and its potential to purify water, Prof. Saeta’s research that models materials used in solar cells, Prof. Van Heuvelen’s research on environmentally friendly catalysts to break down pollutants. There are many other faculty whose research relates to sustainability, too!

EVENT REMINDER: Today! Family Q&A featuring parents of current HMC students. April 22, 5:30-6:30 pm PT (Family Registration)

Day 30: Go Stags and Athenas!

At the 5Cs, many clubs and activities take apart across multiple schools and athletics is one of these! Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna College, and Scripps College have a joint athletics program that we call Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics, or CMS for short. There are three levels of athletics as well.

CMS athletics logo

For student-athletes wanting to participate in intercollegiate competition, CMS competes in NCAA Division III and the nine-member Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, or SCIAC. These sports include baseball (men), basketball (women/men), cross country (women/men), football (men), golf (women/men), lacrosse (women), soccer (women/men), swimming and diving (women/men), tennis (women/men), track and field (women/men), water polo (women/men), and volleyball (women). Check out the CMS Website for more information.

For student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate competition, there are intramural and club sports including a variety of sports from inner-tube water polo and flag football to rugby and ultimate frisbee. 

The friendly athletic rivalries between residence halls or even the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics are a great way students can pursue their athletic passions and have fun. Go Stags and Athenas!

EVENT REMINDERS:

Today! Q&A + Walk around Mudd on Instagram Live Wednesday, April 21, 4:30-5:30 pm PT. Join Allen, Emily, and Jenny, all members of the Class of 2022, for a virtual walk around campus. You can turn on notifications for Live by visiting @hmcadmission in the Instagram app. Click the “Following” button on our profile, then open the “Notifications” menu. You should see a “Live Videos” section at the bottom.

Tomorrow! Family Q&A featuring parents of current HMC students. April 22, 5:30-6:30 pm PT (Family Registration)

Day 29: Planes, Trains and Mudders

At Mudd, there are so many opportunities to work with faculty and peers on awesome projects. Today, we are highlighting one of our favorites! 

In March 2017, engineering professor David Harris assembled a team of students in the Harvey Mudd College Aero Lab for an exciting project: the construction of an airplane. After 3 years and over 6,000 hours of construction by Mudders, high school students and mentors, the plane received its final inspection and was issued an experimental airworthiness certificate in the Spring of 2020.

This plane is simply awesome! After purchasing the plane from the College, Professor Harris had it painted and detailed. He’s already thinking about the next AeroLab build.

EVENT REMINDERS:

Tonight! Student Research Feature! Tuesday, April 20th from 5:30-6:30 pm PT (Student Registration, Family Registration)

Tomorrow! Q&A + Walk around Mudd on Instagram Live Wednesday, April 21, 4:30-5:30 pm PT. Join Allen, Emily, and Jenny, all members of the Class of 2022, for a virtual walk around campus. You can turn on notifications for Live by visiting @hmcadmission in the Instagram app. Click the “Following” button on our profile, then open the “Notifications” menu. You should see a “Live Videos” section at the bottom.

Thursday! Family Q&A featuring parents of current HMC students. April 22, 5:30-6:30 pm PT (Family Registration)

Day 28: Humans of Mudd

Humans of Mudd is a website and Instagram account run by Michelle Lum ‘23 that seeks to feature different community members from around Mudd using photos and interviews. It was started during the spring of 2019, and has continued throughout the virtual college experience and pandemic. With their own words, it highlights the interests, stories, and dreams of students, faculty, and staff, seeking to build a community and inspire empathy. Originally inspired by the Humans of New York photoblog, Humans of Mudd has the motto “Harvey Mudd College, one story at a time,” and offers a glimpse of the diversity of experiences found in the people at Mudd. Check out the website to learn more about the project and meet some Mudders!

EVENT REMINDERS:  Student Research Feature! Tuesday, April 20th from 5:30-6:30 pm PT (Student Registration, Family Registration)

Q&A + Walk around Mudd on Instagram Live Wednesday, April 21, 4:30-5:30 pm PT. Join Allen, Emily, and Jenny, all members of the Class of 2022, for a virtual walk around campus. You can turn on notifications for Live by visiting @hmcadmission in the Instagram app. Click the “Following” button on our profile, then open the “Notifications” menu. You should see a “Live Videos” section at the bottom.

Day 27: Student Research Feature

Undergraduate research is an essential part of the Mudd experience! Check out Day 9 to read more about Research opportunities at Mudd and tune in to this week’s Student Research Feature! This Tuesday, we will be showcasing two student research projects:

  • No Pain, No Grain: Soft Matter Research at HMC (Physics)
  • Improving Equity and Efficiency in Career Technical Education Funding Decisions: Clinic Project for L.A. Unified School District (Computer Science & Mathematics)

EVENT REMINDERS: Tuesday, April 20, 5:30-6:30 pm PT – Research Feature (Student Registration, Family Registration)

Day 26: Extra, extra, read all about it!

The Muddraker is Harvey Mudd’s student-run newspaper!

The Muddraker is a quarterly paper that strives to bring stories from Mudd to the wider community. It  is awesome! Student journalists tell stories about students, by students. This is a great community to join if you are interested in writing, engage with peers, and sharing information with others. They also have great snacks at meetings and it is a place where you can have a nice break from doing homework.snippet of school paper

Check out some of their past issues on The Muddraker website.

Day 25: Office of Community Engagement

We’ve talked a lot these past 25 days about how our interdisciplinary curriculum, hands-on work, and leadership opportunities prepare Mudders to engage with our Mission– “with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.” 

But impact isn’t just something to strive for after you graduate: our Office of Community Engagement (OCE) applies the mission directly to the local community in Southern California and gives Mudders a way to make a tangible impact during their four years here. Whether your impact is increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM, working towards prison reform, reclaiming food waste to feed families in our community, or something else entirely – OCE can help!

Day 24: Say Cheese!

Harvey Mudd has a lot of great clubs. These range from official organizations to hobby gatherings like the Cheese Club. Most clubs have regular meetings for discussions, event planning, and/or consumption of cheesy foods. Every club is different, so it’s fun to explore the different clubs Mudd has to offer and see what happens! 

The mission of Cheese Club is to provide a space for all members to come and eat cheese, whether that be virtual or online. When students are in person, club leaders go out and buy different types of cheeses along with crackers and bread to go with them for their monthly meetings. This is a great opportunity to taste new foods, meet people, and relax!

Members of Cheese Club pose with a cheese platter.

Cheese Club

EVENT REMINDER: Your 5C Community: A Claremont Colleges Admitted Student Program, Today, 3-6 pm PT (Student Registration)

Day 23: Music at Mudd

Participating in a music program is a great way to express yourself musically and to meet musicians from throughout the consortium. 

 Many HMC students sing in the choirs of the Joint Music Program.  If you like to sing, consider joining a choir.  Improve your musicianship skills, work on your singing voice, and perform a variety of types of music.  Contact the director for audition information (need to be able to sing in tune). Choir Concert

Many Mudders are also enthusiastic participants of the Claremont Concert Orchestra of the Joint Music Program. They are often selected to be section principals, concertmasters, and concerto soloists. One semester of orchestra fulfills 1/3 of the HSA departmental requirement. If you would like to learn more about the CCO, contact Prof. Cubek at dcubek@hmc.edu.Two violinists of in the Orchestra

EVENT REMINDER: Thursday, April 15, 3-6 pm PT – Your 5C Community: A Claremont Colleges Admitted Student Program (Student Registration)

Day 22: Your 5C Community

Join us, and the Offices of Admission at the other Claremont Colleges, for an evening of celebration and community.

  • 3-4 pm – Your Claremont Crash Course – Learn about shared experiences both in and out of the classroom
  • 4-5 pm – 5C Resources and Student Life Fair – Bring your questions for our shared student support services and clubs
  • 5-6 pm – The 5Cs Near Me – Meet current and admitted students from your area

Each Claremont College is using their own registration form for this event. For the purposes of privacy and confidentiality, registrant information will not be shared across institutions. Students admitted to more than one Claremont College will receive individual invitations from each institution to which they were admitted. You only need to register for the event once. Whether you were admitted or waitlisted at more than one school, it doesn’t matter with whom you register.

This event will take place on Zoom and Hopin. You will receive access links upon your registration. Personal information entered on these platforms will not be downloaded or shared with the other Claremont Colleges.

EVENT REMINDER: Thursday, April 15, 3-6 pm PT – Your 5C Community: A Claremont Colleges Admitted Student Program (Student Registration)

Day 21: [Y HMC?]

We’re highlighting three Mudders and why they chose Mudd today! Read about Maya’s experience in Orchestra and as president of Soap Club, Shifa’s computer science major and work as secretary of the Society of Women Engineers, and Kausik’s volunteer time with the 5C Science Bus. Plus, get some great advice for the college process from students who made it through!

Check out more stories on our Blog. 

EVENT REMINDER: Tuesday, April 13th, Painting with the President from  4-5pm PT (Student Registration|  Family Registration)

Day 20: Every day is a good day when you paint!

President Maria Klawe is known for sending cards featuring her original watercolor work and for knowing many Mudd students by name. On Tuesday, April 13th, you can paint with President Maria Klawe from 4-5pm PT (Student Registration | Family Registration) and ask her any questions that you have for her.

President Klawe painting. President Klawe is the first woman to lead the College since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science, including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education.

EVENT REMINDER: Tuesday, April 13th, Painting with the President from  4-5pm PT ( Student Registration|  Family Registration)

Day 19: Effective Altruism Club

Effective Altruism (EA) is a movement of people trying to figure out how to do the most good with our limited resources. It’s no surprise a college whose mission statement emphasizes the importance of societal impact would have an EA community. Mudd’s Effective Altruism Club meets every week to discuss topics like malaria net distribution, deworming, AI safety, livestock welfare, global warming, and how we can do the most good with our careers. They also provide Effective Altruism resources for the Mudd community as a whole – more recently, they’ve begun offering opportunities to connect with Effective Altruism organizations at other California universities through fellowships and other such events. If you’re looking for lively debate or want to think more about what impact you want to make after Mudd, then Mudd EA may be the club for you!

EVENT REMINDERS: Virtual Admitted Student Program. Saturday, April 10th from 9am – 12pm PDT (Student Registration | Family and Guest Registration).

This Sunday, April 11th, seniors Arielle and Kailee will be chatting it up on IG Live from 10am – 12pm PT. Make sure to tune in! 

Day 18: Office of Career Services

Harvey Mudd’s Office of Career Services (OCS) is probably best known for bringing hundreds of employers to campus each semester during the career fairs, but they do much more than that: from resume workshops to negotiating a job offer, OCS supports Mudders through every part of the job search process. In conjunction with faculty advisers, they also support Mudders who want to go through the grad school application process.

EVENT REMINDER: Virtual Admitted Student Program. Saturday, April 10th from 9am – 12pm PDT (Student Registration | Family and Guest Registration).

This Sunday, April 11th, seniors Arielle and Kailee will be chatting it up on IG Live from 10am – 12pm PT. Make sure to tune in! 

Day 17: Virtual Admitted Student Program

Our Virtual Admitted Student Program will be held Saturday, April 10th from 9am – 12pm PDT (Student Registration | Family and Guest Registration). While we know nothing can replace the magic of being on campus for a weekend and getting to meet our students, staff, and faculty, we hope to put as much Mudd as we can into those 3 hours we have with you.

You can visit the Virtual ASP website for more information about what we have planned. As always, please feel free to reach out to our office via email (admission@hmc.edu) if you have any questions.

Day 16: The McAlister Center

The McAlister Center is an interfaith resource for students at the Claremont Colleges. It is staffed by three chaplains who are confidential resources for all students, holds regular religious services, and runs several student-led faith based organizations. The center also hosts events throughout the year, something that they have continued to do remotely. Father Joe Fenton, the Catholic chaplain, explains that these events are often interfaith and aim to have “people learn about other religions and other points of view and build respect for them…that’s very important to do.” These events range from dinner discussions about perceptions of service and justice in different religions to “Hanging with the Chaplains” virtual office hours. The McAlister Center is a great resource here on campus!Photos of the Claremont Chaplains

EVENT REMINDER: Mathemagics tonight! From 5:30-6:30pm PT. Register for the webinar here as an admitted student or here as a family member/guest.

Day 15: Dorm Life (Pod Life 2020)

Living at Mudd means living in a dorm, and participating in fun activities! Each dorm is different, but activities include weekly dorm barbecues, hosting parties, and other fun get-togethers. Whether it’s Drinkward’s weekly Chalk and Tea or Case’s Sing Along party (very popular–as the name implies it involves playing well-known songs and encouraging everyone to sing along) there is truly something for everyone. 

Being on campus also means eating at the Hoch, which is definitely the best dining hall at the 5Cs, and doing homework with your friends at the library or in Shan. Whether your idea of fun is inner tube water polo, a romantic comedy movie club, competitive rocketry, or a League of Legends tournament, living at Mudd has it all.

EVENT REMINDER: Mathemagics! April 7th from 5:30-6:30pm PT. Register for the webinar here as an admitted student or here as a family member/guest.

Day 14: The Magic of Mudd

Sometimes when we say “the magic of Mudd,” we mean it quite literally.

Arthur Benjamin, the Mathemagician, is one of our math department faculty (this semester, he’s teaching two sections of the Linear Algebra class taken by first-year students as a part of our Core Curriculum). On Wednesday, April 7th from 5:30-6:30pm PT, he’ll be performing some mathemagics, revealing the secrets behind how he does it, and answering your questions!Comic of Art Benjamin

EVENT REMINDER: Mathemagics! April 7th from 5:30-6:30pm PT. Register for the webinar here as an admitted student or here as a family member/guest.

Day 13: Explore the Outdoors with Mudders!

One of the most amazing things about living in Southern California is that we have an average of 282 sunny days per year for those who love to be outside, doing things. Think you’ll miss the snow? We are also within an hour drive from Mt. Baldy and Mountain High Ski Resorts. A “Ski and Surf” day might end up on your bucket list: start at the mountains in your parka in the morning, be in the sand in a swimsuit by sunset. The Claremont Wilderness Loop and Potato Mountain trailheads are a mere 10-15 minute drive from campus.

With all this within reach, the mission of our outdoor club, Delta-H, is to “To give the students of Harvey Mudd the equipment and means to explore the outdoors.” Delta-H maintains a “gear closet” of outdoor equipment to borrow at no cost to students, and the email list serves as a way for students to coordinate excursions.

REMINDER: Tonight , April 4th, seniors Tea Time on IG Live from 6 – 7pm PT. 

Day 12: Join Us for Tea Time

Ever wanted to chat with some upperclassmen about their experiences at Mudd over a steaming cup of tea? Well grab your favorite mug and your favorite drink and join us for Tea Time! Every Sunday, some of our favorite seniors will be chatting, reminiscing, and reflecting on their life as a Mudder on Instagram Live (times will vary).   

This Sunday, April 4th, seniors Lorenzo and Christina will be chatting it up on IG Live from 6 – 7pm PT. Make sure to tune in! 

Day 11: Living Well at Mudd

The Office of Health and Wellness (OHW) promotes balanced lifestyles and student success through the nine dimensions of wellness: emotional, occupational, social, intellectual, spiritual, physical, multicultural, environmental and financial.

The mission of OHW is to support and co-educate students as they strive to find and maintain their work-life balance and to provide them with the resources needed to thrive as healthy ethical leaders serving society. For wellness events and content check out the OWH on Instagram @hmcwellness.

Day 10: Zombies in Claremont?

Ever wonder what you’d do in the Zombie Apocalypse? Test out your zombie survival skills in a 5-day real-time simulation across the 5Cs. “Humans vs. Zombies” is one of the largest events across the Claremont Colleges, but how do you play?

If you are a human, don’t get tagged by a zombie, or else you will become infected! The only way to defend yourself is by stunning zombies only using balled-up socks and blowpipes. If you are a zombie, tag humans to infect them. Humans and zombies are identified by wearing bandanas differently- humans wear it on their arm while zombies wear it on their head while active or neck while stunned. Game stats are tracked via the Humans vs Zombies website, where zombies and humans register and update their status. If a human gets tagged and becomes a zombie, they must give their “feed code” identification to the zombie that ate. The zombie then uses the “feed code” to update their status on the website. Zombies and Humans both also have day and night missions that change the tide of the game. So try signing up for “Humans vs. Zombies” and see how well you can survive the zombie apocalypse!Student crouches behind bush in Human vs. Zombies event

EVENT REMINDER: Student Research Feature tonight, from 5:30-6:30pm PT (Student Registration | Family and Guest Registration)

Day 9 : Did We Mention Research?

One of the big perks of attending an undergraduate-only university is that students can start research early, they can be a key player in every step of the research process (from coming up with an idea to presenting the final results and getting published)! 

Research opportunities at Mudd are plentiful! Each student is guaranteed one full year of research, but most students complete more by the time they graduate. The summer is by far the most popular time for research to be completed, with 200 students participating each year. That’s roughly one fourth of the entire student body.

At Mudd, it’s not a question of “will I do research?” it’s a question of, “when will I start research?” Students in each of our majors are required to complete a yearlong senior capstone: engineering, computer science, and computer science-math majors must participate in the Clinic Program, while students in other majors can choose between a Clinic and Senior Thesis. Either way, all Mudd students graduate with a year of original work in STEM under their belt. Join us tomorrow to hear about student research at Mudd, first hand or learn more about these opportunities by exploring our website

EVENT REMINDER: Student Research Feature tomorrow, from 5:30-6:30pm PT (Student Registration | Family and Guest Registration)

Day 8: Student Research Feature

Student research at Mudd is no joke, so we’ll be having our first student research feature Thursday, April 1st from 5:30-6:30pm PT (register below). We will be hearing from two amazing seniors. 

Tejus is an engineering major conducting research on underwater ultrasound communication and power links! Ellie is working in the Hawkins lab where students study atmospheric chemistry and the evolution of pollutants in cloud environments. Ellie’s project looks at the absorbance properties of those particles. To observe the pollution transformation in an environment similar to the atmosphere, her team worked with a cloud chamber at the University of Paris, and performed experiments in simulated cloud environments.  They spent approximately one month performing experiments and analyzing data alongside collaborators from the University of Paris and USD. Ellie’s research informs how we understand climate change and the absorbance of our atmosphere. Join us Thursday to hear more! 

EVENT REMINDERS:

Understanding Your Financial Aid Package Webinar. Today, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm PT (Student Registration | Family and Guest Registration). Join us and get your questions answered!

Student Research Feature. Thursday, April 1st from 5:30-6:30pm PT. (Student Registration | Family and Guest Registration

Day 7: [ Y HMC?]

Today we are highlighting current students and why they chose Mudd. To learn about Katie’s adventures with competitive rocketry as President of Rocketry Club or Jonathan’s experience as Vice President of Chocolate Club, check out the Admissions Blog. Plus, learn what they each have to do with CalTech’s MuddLab getting a makeover their freshman fall!

EVENT REMINDER: Understanding Your Financial Aid Package Webinar Tuesday, March 30th, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm PT (Student Registration | Family and Guest Registration). Join us and get your questions answered!

Day 6: Understanding Your Financial Aid Package

This Tuesday, March 30th, Director of Financial Aid, Gilma Lopez, will be hosting our Understanding Your Financial Aid Package Webinar from 5:30 – 6:30pm PT (Student Registration | Family and Guest Registration). Join us and get your questions answered!

Day 101: Weekends at Mudd

Today we borrow a reference from the class CS 5: Introduction to Computer Science, to bring you Day 101. 

This is our first weekend post of our 42 Days program, so we wanted to cue you in on some of the go-to weekend activities at Mudd.

  1. Sleep inGo ahead and hit snooze!
  2. Hike Mount BaldyLocated just over 20 minutes from campus, Mt. Baldy is a great spot to check out if you want to get your blood pumping, get some fresh air, and see some awesome views.
  3. Homework on the lawnWith 280 days of sunshine, our dorm courtyards and lounges great places to catch up on some weekend studying.
  4. Sunday Brunch at Hoch Dining HallHarvey Mudd is known for having some of the best food among the consortium. The Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons is the go-to brunch spot for many Mudders and other 5C students, alike.
  5. Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market –The Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market is a Sunday morning staple. Here you can find delicious baked goods, beautiful bouquets of flowers, handcrafted jewelry, and more!

Day 4: Highlighting the OID

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity strives to raise awareness about critical issues of inclusion and equity on our campus. Guided by a social justice framework, the OID seeks to foster a community of allies, and aims to empower our community to take action on the issues that matter to them. 

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity supports student-led organizations for underrepresented groups and their allies. Check out some of these amazing orgs below and follow @hmc_oid for more info on events and programs for students!

  • API-SPAM – Asian Pacific Islander Sponsor Program at Mudd 
  • BLAM- Black Lives and Allies at Mudd
  • EPAIC- Exploring Pan-Asian Identity and Culture 
  • FEMUnion- Feminist Empowerment at Mudd
  • PRISM- People Respecting Identities and Sexualities at Mudd
  • SPLS- Society of Professional Latinos in STEMS
  • THEY/THEM – Trans Home for Everyone (and You!) That Helps Every Mudder

Day 3: Living Learning Community

The Living Learning Community (LLC) is made up of a group of Mudd students who live together on campus and strive to uphold the mission statement: “Harvey Mudd’s Living-Learning Community seeks to maintain a respectful environment created by students, for all students; to foster open, passionate, and intelligent discussions about social justice issues; to encourage students to become leaders in challenging these issues; to support those who may feel marginalized on our campus; and to vitalize Harvey Mudd College’s mission to inspire students to ‘understand the impact of their work on society.’” Members of the LLC take a class related to social justice and host events every semester. Past events include a screening of “Hard NOx,” a presentation on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy, and presidential debate watch parties! Read more about the LCC on the Admission Blog website.

LLC students attend a workshop.

EVENT REMINDER: Tonight the Office of Admission is hosting an “Ask-Me-Anything” for admitted students from 5:30-6:30pm PDT!  Join a group of current Mudders and other members of the Class of 2025 for an hour of excitement and celebration.

Bring your questions and we’ll give you answers and share our stories about life at Mudd. Register here! 

Day 2: Mudd-isms

From the number of language and linguistics essays we read in your applications, we assume that many of you will agree that understanding language is essential to understanding the people who speak it.

Today we bring you some Mudd-isms you may encounter; head over to our Instagram to see some of these terms in use:

  • 5C: of or pertaining to the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges—Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Pomona and Scripps.
  • Core: our Common Core Curriculum. Usually taken during the first three semesters.
  • CS: short for computer science.
  • E-xx (e.g. E4, E80): engineering classes are often referenced by an E followed by their course number. Particularly true for required engineering courses.
  • Frosh: first-year student. Fun fact: the plural form of frosh is also frosh.
    • Related – Pre-frosh: prospective and admitted students (you!)
  • HSA: short for the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts.
    • Related – Hum: an HSA class. A “Mudd Hum” is an HSA class that meets on Mudd’s campus.
  • Inner-tube water polo (ITWP): intramural aquatic team sport that serves as the foremost arena to exercise dorm rivalry.
  • n+1: act of pulling up a chair and joining a table in the dining hall. Usage: “Hey, can I n+1?”
  • Prof: short for professor, and is followed by a first name, last name, or nickname, depending on the Prof’s preference (ex: Prof. Colleen, Prof. Haushalter, or Prof. Jakes)
  • SHMC: commonly used suffix for clubs at Harvey Mudd (for example, CheeseSHMC). Derived from ASHMC, the acronym for the Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College, our student government.
  • Spec Rel: short for special relativity—the first physics course in Core. Think squirrels traveling at 3/5 c (where c is the speed of light).
  • Stems: short for systems engineering—a required course in Core and two required courses in the engineering major.Comic drawing illustrating how n+1 is used.

EVENT REMINDER: Tomorrow, March 25th, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm PDT, the Office of Admission is hosting an “Ask-Me-Anything” for admitted students. Join a group of current Mudders and other members of the Class of 2025 for an hour of excitement and celebration.

Bring your questions and we’ll give you answers and share our stories about life at Mudd. Register here! 

Day 1: What’s a Wart?

Harvey Mudd College’s unofficial mascot, Wally the Wart, was inspired by the architecture around campus which features concrete square prisms that run along our buildings. You can find out more about this design pattern and its history by checking out, Gotta love Mudd, Warts and All.

An anthropomorphic square prism smiles and crosses its legs, appearing to be sitting down

Wally the Wart

EVENT REMINDER: This Thursday, March 25th from 5:00 – 6:00 pm PDT, the Office of Admission is hosting an “Ask-Me-Anything” for admitted students. Join a group of current Mudders and other members of the Class of 2025 for an hour of excitement and celebration.

Bring your questions and we’ll give you answers and share our stories about life at Mudd. Register here! 

Day Zero: Welcome to 42 Days of ASP!

Day 0 of 42 Days of ASP

To help answer your questions about life, the universe, and everything, we are launching 42 days of Admitted Student Programming today.

Today is day 0, which refers to something Mudders learn in their first semester Introduction to Computer Science course: to begin counting with 0 when programming. For the next 42 days, we’ll bring you more Mudd tidbits to give you a glimpse into what life as a Mudder might be like as best as we can.

Beginning today and running through May 2nd, we’ll release content daily to welcome you into the Mudd community: photos, blog posts, webinars, a Virtual ASP on Saturday, April 10th, and more!

May 3rd marks the end of our 42 days: you’ll know where you’re spending the next 4 years of your life, and we’ll know who is in our Class of 2025. For us, at the Office of Admission, that truly is the answer to the ultimate question about life, the universe, and everything.

You can follow the 42 days of ASP by checking back here, or by following us on Instagram @hmcadmission.