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Please help me understand the workload and atmosphere of Harvey Mudd
I am the mother of a current high school junior who is very interested in pursuing an education in STEM (exact field undecided). We recently took a trip to tour college campuses, and he loved his visit to Harvey Mudd. He liked the idea of the core curriculum and getting exposed to all of the different STEM fields before narrowing down to a potential major. He also really liked the size, lack of Greek life, and honor code. After the visit, it was likely his first choice, and he was considering applying early decision. The Fiske Guide talks over and over about how hard the HM students work, though it was hard to judge exactly what that means and didn't get a great answer when we were there. Now I'm reading about the turmoil (student protest and school shut down) there and read over the Wabash report myself. While my son expects to work hard in college and is passionate about science and math, the report makes it sound like the students have no time to eat, sleep, or shower. The students sound, on the whole, to be very unhappy/stressed and not likely to have made the same college choice if they had it to do again. It sounds like there are going to have to be some changes there, BUT obviously that takes some time. Anyone with current/recent experience able to shed some light on this?15 replies
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