Summer Institute Information


We are excited that you are attending the Harvey Mudd College Summer Institute (SI). The Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) is currently preparing for your arrival. We hope that this information helps in planning your transition to Harvey Mudd campus life. Look for our upcoming friend invite and join the Harvey Mudd SI Facebook page to get to know your SI staff and fellow SIers. We look forward to your arrival on Thursday, July 30!

Opening day Picnic and Family Orientation

What is happening on Opening Day?

The Opening Day Picnic will be held in the living room located in the Joseph B. Platt Campus Center at noon. We have already reserved your seat for the luncheon. If your family will be attending the picnic, you can indicate the number of guests on the SI Arrival Form found in the To-Do list. After lunch, we invite your family to attend a brief Orientation session in the living room. At the same time, you will have your first meeting with the Summer Institute mentors in Atwood Dorm.

On Campus Pre-Frosh Send-Off

Are there any other activities for families on Opening Day?

The Harvey Mudd College Parents Association cordially invites you and your family to the “On Campus Pre-Frosh Send-Off” on Thursday, July 30, from 2:30–3:30 p.m. in Hixon Courtyard.

Parents are invited to attend both the SI Opening Day (July 30) and the Harvey Mudd College Fall Opening (Aug. 26). A Parent Orientation session will be presented at both events, however please know that the SI Parent Orientation is a 1.5 hour session whereas the Harvey Mudd College Fall Opening parent events are a full 1.5 days. Depending on your family’s availability, your parents may choose to attend one or both of these dates.

Registration and Move-in day

When should I arrive?

Program registration and dorm move-in take place Thursday, July 30, between 10 a.m. and noon in the Atwood Dorm courtyard. Please drive your vehicle up to the Platt Blvd.–Mills Ave. entrance of Atwood Dorm to unload your belongings. Carts will be available at the registration desk. We have included directions and a campus map for your convenience.

Here are some local hotels where you can stay if you arrive in Claremont prior to Thursday, July 30:


What will I be learning during SI?

You will be taking Writing 1 (aka Writ 1). Writ 1 is a course taken by all first-year students in the first semester, but you will take it during the summer with your SI cohort. Three sections of the writing course will be offered, and you will need to specify your preference on the online SI Arrival Form. (Please see that form for descriptions of all sections of Writ 1.) We cannot guarantee that you will get your first choice, but we do guarantee that you will get one of your top three choices!

All sections are compelling and very well taught. You will have fairly regular homework in Writ 1 and some evenings and weekends will be busy. However, we’ve been careful to keep the academic load manageable, and you should still have enough time to relax and socialize with your new friends. There is also some reading that you will need to do before the start of SI, which will be assigned to you based on your section placement. In addition to this writing course, you will participate in afternoon workshops that we hope will give you a sense of the techniques and problem-solving approaches that will be useful during your time here at Mudd. Also, on Friday afternoons, you’ll participate in a robotics lab that will allow you to express your creativity in a technical environment. There is no assigned homework for these workshops.

What do I have to do to prepare for the course and workshops?

Complete your assigned reading for the Writ 1 course before arriving at SI. You don’t need to bring any of your old textbooks or notes unless you think you will want to reference them during the school year.

Challenge Course

What is the Boojum Institute Challenge Course?

You will be participating in the Boojum Institute Challenge Course, which uses hands-on adventure-based games and creative challenges to develop self-confidence, mutual support and leadership. The outdoor course involves activities that use ropes, logs, cables and other props, but is not a physical endurance test nor does it require extraordinary physical ability. Experienced staff members of the Boojum Institute will lead you. We will stay at Idyllwild Pines Camp in Idyllwild, California, on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 1.

Summer Staff

Who are the SI staff?

Your mentors are five energetic Harvey Mudd students who were selected to assist you throughout the program. The mentors will live in Atwood Dorm and are responsible for coordinating program activities, providing academic coaching and overseeing the residential environment.

SI Administrative Staff

Academic Director: Darryl Yong
Dean of Diversity: Sumun Pendakur
Assistant Dean of Diversity: Angelica Ibarra

SI Staff

Head Mentor: Andrew Marino
Alejandro Mendoza
Amelia Sheppard
Andrea Vasquez
Angelica Virrueta

SI Faculty

Writ 1 Instructors: Ann Esin, Dagan Karp, Wendy Menefee-Libey
Academic Workshops: Zach Dodds, Karl Haushalter, Deb Mashek, Dan Stoebel, Darryl Yong

SI Writing Tutors

Jozi McKiernan

Summer Housing

Where will I live during SI?

You will live in Atwood Dorm during the program. You will be given your room number and roommate assignment when you arrive on Thursday, July 30. Your dorm room will be furnished with a dresser, a bookshelf, a desk and chair, a bed frame and a mattress (you will need to bring extra-long twin sheets and a pillow). Atwood Dorm is a suite-style dorm with six rooms that share a common living area and common bathrooms. The suites will have an upperclass student assigned as a resident mentor. The dorm is air-conditioned and has its own laundry room. You will move into your fall room on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Roommate Assignment

Will my SI roommate be my roommate for the entire year?

No. While we do use the same forms that you submit for your fall housing placement, we do consider your fall placement when we make your housing assignment for Summer Institute.

Telephone and Email

What will my phone number, address and email address be?

Many students bring a cellular phone and do not connect a hard-wired telephone in their room. If you require a hard-wired connection, please bring your own telephone and telephone calling card for long-distance calls. Please notify us so that we can ensure the connection is live when you arrive.

Your mailing address for SI is the same as for the academic year:

YOUR NAME ’19, (mailbox number)
Harvey Mudd College
340 E. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711

You should receive your mailbox number from the Office of Dean of Students by early July.

Computer Hookup

Will I have computer access in my room during the program?

You will be able to set up your computer in your Atwood Dorm room. During the first week, you will attend a computer workshop to help you become familiar with the Harvey Mudd network. You can visit Computing and Information Services afterward for more specific questions.

All Harvey Mudd, email addresses take the following format:


Can I bring my car to HMCSI?

Parking at Mudd is extremely limited, so incoming first years are not permitted to have a car. Rare exceptions are made to this rule. Please contact Dean Chris Sundberg at 909.621.8125 for more info. All transportation for SI excursions will be provided.


Are the weekends free for me to go home, have some friends over or go off-campus?

Summer Institute is an intensive and comprehensive four-week experience. You should plan to stay on campus for the duration of the program. You will be involved in daily activities, which include classes and organized group activities in the evenings and on weekends. To ensure the greatest degree of success, we ask you to commit to staying on campus and discourage visits from friends and family for the full duration of the program. Very important prior commitments can be accommodated, and you are welcome to attend local religious services.


Where will meals be served?

Many meals will be served in the Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons. Please let us know on the SI Arrival Form if you have any dietary restrictions so that we can notify the Dining Services staff. During field trips and social activities, meals will be arranged off-campus at no charge.

Things to Bring

Should I bring all of my possessions that I will use during the school year?

You will only be residing in your SI room until Sunday, Aug. 23, at which time you will move into your fall dorm room. While you can bring everything that you will need for the year, we recommend that you separate and unpack only what you will need for the four-week program and have your other possessions delivered or shipped. You can choose to have some of your possessions shipped early to yourself—be sure to clearly mark your packages with your name and graduating class.

We will be hosting several activities that require special attire. Please bring swimsuit/trunks and at least two changes of dressy clothes. If you forget something or need additional supplies, the SI mentors will provide trips to local stores.

We recommend you bring the following equipment for the Challenge Course:

  • Item of significance (portable) for a share-and-tell activity
  • Bandana
  • Baseball cap or hat
  • Light jacket or sweater
  • Long-fitting shorts and/or loose-fitting pants
  • T-shirts
  • Sturdy and comfortable shoes (closed-toe) or hiking boots
  • Toiletries and undergarments
  • Sleeping bag or sheets, pillow and a blanket
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Essential prescription medicine
  • Small overnight duffle bag (instead of using a large suitcase)
  • Optional: Bug repellant, flashlight, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, musical instrument (portable and nonelectric)

Note: No knives or hunting gear is allowed.

Spending Money

Will I need spending money during the program?

The Summer Institute program covers the cost for room and board, transportation and admission to off-campus activities, as well as the cost of every meal. You may want to bring spending money for laundry and incidentals.

To-do Checklist

What do I do now?

Complete the following by Monday, July 6:

  1. Complete and submit the SI Arrival Form.
  2. Complete and submit the Boojum Medical Record and Boojum Participant Acknowledgement of Risks and Release of Liability Agreement. (If you are under 18 years of age, you will need a parent’s signature as well.)
  3. Sign up for the Harvey Mudd College Student Health Insurance Plan OR provide a waiver application* to Ascension Insurance Agency. See the deadlines page for more information (June 20 tab).
  4. Sign and return the Consent to Treatment of a Minor Form* (only if you will be under 18 years old when you arrive to Mudd). See the deadlines page (July 1 tab).
  5. Look for and accept our Facebook friend invite.

*These are processed through the Harvey Mudd College Orientation deadlines website and may be due earlier than the original Orientation schedule. We will get a copy from the dean of students office once you have submitted them.

Flight Arrangements

What do I do if I’m flying in by myself?

There are two major airports that service the Los Angeles area: Los Angeles International  (LAX) and Ontario International (ONT). The drive from LAX is approximately an hour and the drive from ONT is 20 minutes from campus. You are responsible for securing your own air and ground transportation to campus. If you are arriving at LAX or ONT, we suggest you make such arrangements through Super Shuttle (800.258.3826).

If your flight arrangements oblige you to arrive on Wednesday, July 29, contact us so that we may attempt to secure on-campus housing for you. This offer is only for students traveling alone when all other travel arrangements have been expended. Ground transportation and meals are not available for early arrivals.

Directions to Harvey Mudd by car

I’m ready to go, how do I get to Harvey Mudd College?

Harvey Mudd College is located on Platt Boulevard between Dartmouth Avenue and Claremont Boulevard. Please arrive on campus between 10 a.m. and noon on July 30. You can check in at the courtyard of Atwood Dorm.

From the Foothill Freeway (I-210) : Either from east or west, exit at Baseline Road (exit 52). Head west on Baseline Road to Monte Vista Avenue then head south until Foothill Boulevard. Turn right onto Foothill Boulevard and head west until Dartmouth Avenue. Turn left onto Dartmouth Avenue then turn left onto Platt Boulevard. Harvey Mudd College will be on your left.

See the campus map page for more detailed directions.

A few days before Summer Institute begins, the mentors will call you to confirm your travel arrangements and personally answer any questions you may have!