- Class: Junior
- Major: Engineering
- Gender: M
- High School: Mission Viejo High School
- Transfer Student: N
If you are looking for the best possible undergraduate education in engineering, math, and/or science, I honestly believe that Mudd (and places like it) is one of the best choices. Our faculty gets tenure based upon teaching capability, not necessarily research. That said, however, you'll find the faculty is top-notch, from some of the most renowned graduate institutions in the country. Since we're all undergrad (and quite frankly the faculty does want to get some research done) you'll find research opportunities are plentiful and substantial. The clinic program (applied research for a corporate client) is an interesting experience where students solve real-life problems in teams over the course of the year for a client usually resulting in industry utilization and it isn't uncommon for patents or papers to come from this process. In my first semester of clinic I'm getting published and sent to France to for a conference! Cool! HMC downers- the administration is not very kind regarding aid to white males. Also, the admissions team has been jacking up the number of female admittance to balance the student body...the admittance rate for males was something like 18% while it was around 50% for females. Many of us at Mudd really do not think this is fair (or a good idea) and admission should be decided based upon academics, preparation, and interest alone.... gender should have nothing to do with it!
Everyone one of my professors knows my name, my hobbies, and sadly knows when I have missed his/her class. Academics are generally hard. Very hard. Students are encouraged to work in groups for many assignments and many tests are take-home style. If you don't generally work with other students (I don't) then academics get much harder... The problem with "doing well" at HMC is this: When you take a test, you are up against many smart people. Because of this, tests are generally very difficult. If you know 99% of the material you may get a 90%. If you know 95% of the material you may get a 75%. If you know 90% of the material you may get a 60%....etc. Students are competitive with themselves, not typically with other students. Say goodbye to the days of straight A's. That said, the professors are amazing and generally are very helpful. They often have office hours and are approachable.
Most everyone here is very smart, if not brilliant. You'll find a good number of people who, well, just are odd by social standards. There are, however, quite a bit of "normal" people here as well. I feel like there is a reasonable amount of diversity on campus. I think, however, that it is a conflict of interests to try to increase diversity at an institution like HMC, unless it happens by chance through superior applicants. Students very accepting of other people's sexuality, race, socio-economic status, etc. In fact, I'd venture to say that most students at HMC are in a completely different league with regards to these topics. Most of us don't see people based upon these things so classification almost seems like a backwards step. While recognizing a type of people because of a challenging past may seem socially productive, what about the people who are not recognized? Why isn't there a white-man's history month? What about a ginger history month? Seize the day when society sees people on an individual bases.
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