Why Harvey Mudd

What influenced you to apply to Harvey Mudd College? What about the HMC curriculum and community appeals to you? Please limit your response to 500 words.


One day, while browsing through my mail, I came across a pamphlet and large deck of Harvey-Mudd-customized cards, piquing my interest. In many ways, HMC is unique like its advertising tactic of a deck of cards with information about Harvey Mudd on it. Particularly, HMC stood out as a liberal-arts college specializing in STEM, as a breeding ground for academic excellence, and as a member of the renowned Claremont Consortium.

Pursuing STEM at a liberal-arts-college would offer a unique perspective since most STEM-based schools are research universities. However, a liberal-arts college emphasizing STEM would fit me better because I appreciate the college’s focus on undergraduates, especially in guided research. I value the freedom to explore humanities like cinema and literature like a Renaissance man instead of solely focusing on math. I'm excited to experience HMC’s liberal-arts-style focus on philosophical growth and hands-on learning, as evidenced by how its small class sizes emphasize participation rather than tests. Harvey Mudd is also unique for being part of the Claremont Consortium, letting me explore courses and make friends among the five colleges. I’m impressed by the convenience of cross-registering to all five...

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