Welcome to Mudd! Some Information About Academics This Fall

A Message from Professors Wiedermann and de Laet

Dear Mudders,

On behalf of all your professors and academic-support staff, welcome to Harvey Mudd! We are excited to meet you and we are preparing all summer to get ready for your arrival.

We would first like to introduce ourselves.

Prof. Marianne de Laet is a professor in the department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts and is also the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (ADAA). She is in charge of academic advising in the Core.
Prof. Ben Wiedermann is a professor in the department of Computer Science and is also the Core Curriculum Director (CCD). He looks after the overall curriculum and learning experiences in the Core.

In addition, there are two other people with whom you may interact and who can provide you with additional resources:

Dean Amy Bibbens is the Associate Dean for Academic Resources and Student Success (ADARSS). She can help students with time management strategies, study techniques, balancing academic and personal responsibilities and provide you with resources and advice on how to be successful at Harvey Mudd.
Dean Liz Connelly is a professor in Physics and is also the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs (ADAA). She works closely with Professor de Laet on Core advising issues, extensions, and academic guidance.

We have compiled a lot of information about your academics at Mudd this coming Fall, including the courses you will take and options for electives. You can read all the information here:

Academic Welcome Letter for First-Year Students – Fall 2021

Most of the information is just in case you are curious. You can skim it, then read it more thoroughly later. All the things that you need to know / do are on the first page, and we have also copied them into the bottom of this email. 

We are very much looking forward to meeting you, and we hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.

— Profs. Wiedermann & de Laet

Here are the things you need to do before classes begin: 

  • If you were on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan in high school, or believe you may have a disability and need accommodations, please contact Student Accessibility Services and visit their website as soon as possible.
  • If you have extensive experience (for example, beyond AP courses) in Chemistry, CS, or Math, learn now about some of our course options for these disciplines.
  • By July 30, please complete this survey about your prior experience in Chemistry. It should take only a few minutes.
    Note: You may need to be signed into your g.hmc.edu account to fill out the survey.
  • Before classes begin, please reserve 90 minutes to take this Physics diagnostic. This diagnostic will help us make advising decisions for your Physics courses next Spring. You do not need to study for anything, and the diagnostic is not graded. It just helps us give you better advice for future semesters.

We look forward to welcoming you to Harvey Mudd College!