Orientation FAQs

When do I need to arrive?

Orientation formally begins with a lunch (11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) and welcome program (12:15–12:45 p.m.) on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, in the Platt Campus Center. We encourage new students to arrive before lunch. Please check out the full Student Orientation Schedule for details.

Where do I go when I get there?

A registration and welcome table will be set up at the Platt Campus Center. Please come to this location first. Your sponsor (a returning student who will shepherd you through the Orientation experience) will meet you there, take you to your residence hall and help you get set up. The registration table will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26.

Should my parents come to Orientation?

Your parents are welcome to come to Orientation. There will be a brief informational program for them on Wednesday afternoon after lunch (parents will receive full information in the mailing from the Office of Development). Your parents should know, however, that there will not be much free time to spend with you after Orientation begins because of the very tight schedule. The best time for parents to get an in-depth campus orientation—and have some time to see you—is during Family Weekend.

I’m flying in: Which airport is closest to Harvey Mudd?

The closest airport to the College is Ontario International Airport, located about 10 miles from campus. The cost of an airline ticket to fly to/from Ontario is generally comparable to the cost of an airline ticket to fly to/from Los Angeles International Airport, which is approximately 50 miles away.

Do you have a shuttle service that can pick me up from the Ontario Airport?

Super Shuttle has offered a discount to all Harvey Mudd students, faculty and visitors. You can contact Super Shuttle at 800.258.3826 or book a ride with the discount code 4ce6j. If you need to know where your van is, their dispatch number is 310.782.3347. Please keep in mind that there is a 15-minute grace period for pick up.

I’ll be arriving in Claremont before Orientation. Can I move into my room early, or at least store my stuff there?

We unfortunately are unable to allow you access to your room before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, due to logistical constraints. The days prior to Orientation are fairly chaotic—rooms are being prepared and student staff are involved in training exercises—which makes it difficult for us to meet your needs before the August 26 arrival date. If you do arrive in Claremont early, consider staying in one of the local hotels, and spend your time relaxing or visiting local attractions. See a list of local hotels and motels.

I’ll be arriving on time: How do I get my stuff from the car to the dorm room?

When you come to campus, park in the lot closest to your dorm (campus map). After you check in at the Platt Campus Center, your sponsor will take you back to your dorm, where you will pick up the key to your room from your proctor. After that, you can move your stuff from the car to your room.

Will I have time during Orientation to set up a bank account, buy my books or go shopping to get things I forgot?

There is a designated time in the Orientation schedule (Friday, August 28) for new students to purchase their books at the Huntley Bookstore (sponsors will help you with this process). Otherwise, there will be some time for you to take care of personal business during breaks in the Orientation schedule. Sponsors will run a trip to Target and other stores for students needing any last-minute supplies. You can also use this day to set up your bank account, buy books, and so forth, if you were not able to do so earlier.

I’m buying a round-trip ticket: When should I book a return flight?

Finals are the week of December 14–18, 2015. Your last final will, at the latest, be on Friday afternoon, December 18. The residence halls close for new students at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 19. Therefore, the latest we recommend you book your flight home would be Saturday, December 19, departing before 8 a.m.

Can I ship things to the College rather than fly or drive with them?

We provide a designated storage area for parcels in the Platt Campus Center. Due to space and security limitations, we can only receive and hold packages that arrive at the College after August 1. Please work backwards from this date to calculate when you should send your package (based on distance and shipping method). We recommend that you use UPS, which has daily deliveries to Platt Campus Center. Starting with your name and mailbox number (if you have it), use the following address and format:

Wally the Wart #3.14
Harvey Mudd College
340 E. Foothill Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711

Please make sure your packages arrive after August 1.

What should I bring? What size sheets do I need? Can I bring my pet iguana?

The Orientation sponsors are teaming together to publish some need-to-know information you will likely find useful. The “Lookbook,” a student publication, will also be helpful in understanding Harvey Mudd culture and the residential environment. In the meantime, you should check the Dorm FAQs for answers to many questions.

When will I know who my roommate is and which dorm I’ll be living in?

Once you have completed your Roommate Matching form and the June 15 deadline has passed, the matching team will make the placements. Chris Sundberg will generate the assignment letters that give you your dorm, room and phone number, as well as roommate name, home address and home phone number. You should receive this letter by late July or early August. At that time, we encourage you to contact your new roommate, get to know one another and start talking about possessions that can be shared or consolidated in your room (e.g. refrigerator).

What will my mailing address be?

All students at Mudd receive their mail at the following address:

Harvey Mudd College
340 E. Foothill Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711

A full, proper name is a must, however—we’ll be stumped by a package addressed to “Snoogle’ums.” Each student will be assigned a mailbox number, which should be included in the address. For example, if you wanted to send Wally the Wart (mailbox number 3.14), the address would be:

Wally the Wart #3.14
Harvey Mudd College
340 E. Foothill Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711

Is it true freshmen or first-year students are not allowed to bring cars?

Yes. First-year students are not allowed to park cars at Harvey Mudd College due to limited parking. For further information please email Dean Chris Sundberg at chris_sundberg@hmc.edu or call 909.621.8575.

I still have a question. Whom should I contact?

Still have questions?

Feel free to ask questions on the Harvey Mudd College Class of 2019 page, there are a lot of current students on the page eager to answer questions.

Also, feel free to email any of the following people:

Orientation Leaders

Achintaya “Ace” Bansal, abansal@hmc.edu.

Joanna Ho, joho@hmc.edu.

Orientation Questions

Chris Sundberg, associate dean of students and dean of campus life, 909.621.8757, chris_sundberg@hmc.edu.

Residential Life (Housing) Questions

Michael Edwards, assistant dean of residential life, 909.621.8794, medwards@hmc.edu.