Parent FAQs and Contacts
First-year Parent Questions
What online resources does Harvey Mudd College have for parents? What is the best way for parents to keep informed of College events and schedules?
There is this, the parents office site. Parents can also keep informed of Harvey Mudd events at the News and Events. Finally, there is the Facebook group HMC Families, which provides information about College events and happenings, especially for the newest members of our community.
What career planning resources are available for helping Harvey Mudd students find internships or complete graduate school/job applications?
The Office of Career Services provides a wide array of services and programs for Harvey Mudd students. Many of their programs will also be helpful to those students planning to attend graduate school, but typically the departments are the primary source of information on graduate school applications.
Where can I find the academic calendar and a final exam schedule?
What resources does the Office of Academic Affairs provide? And how do they monitor my student when they are struggling academically?
The Office of Academic Affairs is an administrative office devoted to the academic well-being and success of our talented students. The office supports students in their academic pursuits—intervening when academic difficulties arise—and links them with academic and personal resources on campus while fostering strong ties between faculty and students. The Office of Academic Affairs also directs first-year advising at Harvey Mudd
What counseling or mental health resources are available for students dealing with stress, social issues, emotionally difficult situations, or academic struggles?
Students can meet with the Health and Wellness staff for support and referrals. Monsour Counseling Services has psychologists and psychiatrists on staff who provide services to students from all the Claremont Colleges. For ongoing counseling or therapy, students will typically be referred to providers in the community
General Parent Questions
When are there breaks in the academic year and what can students do during these breaks?
The Academic Calendar lists the dates of all seasonal breaks. Students may stay on campus during fall break, Thanksgiving break, and spring break. However, dorms are closed and students must leave campus during winter break, which is from December 20, 2014 to January 17, 2015.
What shared ride opportunities or public transportation methods exist for students without cars?
Students can book a Super Shuttle or a cab. They can also rent a van from the dean of students office. For more information on that, contact the dean of students office at 909.621.8125. Students can also sign up for a discounted Zipcar membership.
What occasions are there for me to visit my student on campus?
Family Weekend in February is the best time to visit your student. Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations Parents Office for more info at 909.621.8436. Otherwise, make arrangements with your student.
What services are available in the dorms?
Every residence hall has WiFi, a laundry room and cleaning services for public spaces. Case, Linde, and South dorms have communal kitchens for residents to use. Sontag dorm has kitchens in every suite. Atwood dorm has kitchens in efficiencies.
What music resources are available?
There are music practice rooms in the Platt Campus Center that are open to all students.
What online resources does HMC have for parents?
There is the Parents website. Parents can also keep informed of Harvey Mudd events at the News and Events page. In addition to the listserv for Harvey Mudd parents, there is the Yahoo! group hmcparents, which is run by parents and not affiliated with the College.
What do you feel is the proper balance between students coming home and parents visiting the campus during the first year?
This is really up to you and your student. Often students will want to come home at every opportunity in their first year and then much less in subsequent years. Ask your student what she or he prefers and prepare to be flexible.
Do you have an advisor from each department to answer parents’ questions?
There are no advisors dedicated to answering parents’ questions. Each incoming student has an academic advisor assigned to them when they arrive. This person will advise them until they declare a major. In the spring they will also be assigned an advisor from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts department who will stay with them until they graduate. Once they decide on a major, they will be assigned an advisor in that department. These advisors are not intended to be resources for parents, though. If you have questions about your student’s academic progress, start by talking with the student. Keep in mind that if your child is 18 or older, FERPA prevents the College from sharing academic information without the written permission of the student. Forms granting permission for us to talk with parents about academic performance are available for students to fill out in the Dean of Students Office.
What career planning resources are available for helping students find internships or complete graduate school/job applications?
The Office of Career Services provides a wide array of services and programs for students. Many of this office’s programs will also be helpful to those students planning to attend graduate school, though typically the individual academic departments are the primary source of information on graduate school applications.
How does the meal plan system work?
Meal plan options involve “Board Plus” dollars, which can be used for food at any of The Claremont Colleges’ retail sites. The choices are 16 meals plus $16 in Plus Dollars per week; 12 meals plus $12 in Plus Dollars per week; and 8 meals plus $8 in Plus Dollars per week. Plus Dollars cannot be traded for cash. The cost and billing of the meal plan is handled by the Office of Student Accounts.
What food options are available outside the main dining hall? Can students take food back to their rooms from the dining hall? Can/should students bring refrigerators and microwaves?
The R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning has a café featuring Starbucks drinks and snacks. Jay’s Place, which is in the basement of the Platt Campus Center, serves pizza, sandwiches, quesadillas and other food and drink. There are cafés around the 5-Cs such as The Coop at Pomona, The Motley at Scripps and The Hub at Claremont McKenna. Students can take their meals out of the dining hall using a reusable clamshell to-go box. Students can also bring refrigerators and microwaves to the dorms, though it’s a good idea to coordinate with roommates and/or suitemates beforehand.
Can items be left in dorm rooms over breaks?
Students can leave their belongings in the dorm rooms throughout the academic year. Unless there are special circumstances, they must move out during the summer.
If offered a work-study position as part of the financial aid package, how does the student apply?
How do we pay tuition online and monitor finances?
Visit Student Accounts for information about paying online. The eCheck service can also be used to monitor the student’s account. If you have further questions, contact Patricia Wang at 909.621.8107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my student gets sick?
Student Health Services is available to all Claremont College students. They offer free appointments and walk-ins for $10. They can perform some medical services and also offer prescription medicine. Dorm proctors are also a student resource. If emergency healthcare services are needed, students or proctors will call Campus Safety.
If the student is already covered under a parent’s health plan, does the student still need to purchase health insurance coverage through school?
Not if your insurance plan meets certain minimum requirements. Information on requesting a waiver is on the orientation Deadlines page.
What counseling or mental health resources are available for students dealing with stress, social issues or academic struggles?
Students can meet with Dean Rae Chresfield, our associate dean for student health and wellness, for support and referrals. Monsour Counseling Services has psychologists and psychiatrists on staff who provide services to students of all The Claremont Colleges. For ongoing counseling or therapy, students will typically be referred to providers in the community.
Is there a campus police?
Yes, the Campus Safety office serves all The Claremont Colleges.
What emergency procedures does the College have in place?
The Emergency Preparedness and Safety site has further information.
Quick Reference Contacts
Our Community page has an A–Z of the College’s offices, departments and other programs.
The Contact page has key phone numbers as well as links to relevant parts of the website.
|Asian-American Resource Centeremail@example.com||909.621.8639|
|Chicano Latino Student Affairs Center (CSLA)||firstname.lastname@example.org||909.621.8044|
|Queer Resource Center (QRC)||email@example.com||909.607.1817|
|Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA)||OBSAfirstname.lastname@example.org||909.607.3669|
|International Place (I-Place)||email@example.com||909.607.4571|
|Office of the Chaplainsfirstname.lastname@example.org||909.621.8685|
|Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services||909.621.8202|
|Health Education Outreach||909.607.3602|