Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
I am writing to update you on where things stand in regard to Fall 2020 enrollment as well as how our students are choosing to pursue their studies given the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I am pleased to inform you that as of today, we have a total of 812 students enrolled for the fall term. Of that number, 540 have indicated that they intend to live on campus following the guidance we are developing in conjunction with county health authorities and our student advisory group.
Now that we know the number of students planning to live at HMC in either our residence halls or the Arrow Vista apartments, we will move forward with finalizing preparations for our safety protocols including contact tracing and testing. Additional information on those protocols will be shared with students and families in the coming days and will be posted to our Stay Safe @ Mudd website.
As we shared in our previous communications, life on campus this fall will be very different given the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I believe that by working together and adhering to our safety protocols and guidelines, our students will be able to take advantage of the collaborative and experiential learning opportunities that are hallmarks of a Harvey Mudd College education as well as a robust—albeit socially distanced—co-curricular experience. Our faculty, staff and students continue working to ensure that our students—whether here with us on campus, studying remotely with friends in cities around the world, or participating in virtual coursework from their own homes, will be fully engaged in the learning process.
Within the next two days, students should receive several emails from both the offices of Financial Aid and Housing and Residential Life as we begin to finalize plans for the fall semester. We encourage you to be on the lookout for these messages and wait until after you’ve received them before following up with questions you might have. You may also continue to check the FAQs posted on our website as we will continue to update those in the coming weeks.
In closing, we remain deeply committed to the two guiding principles that have focused our planning process from the beginning: protecting the health and safety of all members of the HMC community while providing the collaborative educational experiences we treasure. We continue to monitor closely the evolving situation in Southern California and will update you should we be need to adjust our plans. We thank you all for your continued patience and support during these extraordinary times.