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Should I bother applying to Harvey Mudd?

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I am a senior thinking of applying to Harvey Mudd but I'm not sure I have any sort of chance of getting in. I think I want to go into civil engineering (although at Harvey Mudd it would be just "engineering"). Here's my info. Should I apply?
Do you have any suggestions of other schools to look at for civil engineering, especially that might let me look at a bit of architecture or maybe urban planning? (whose application deadlines haven't passed...)

GPA (unweighted): 4.0, 4.33 weighted according to Cal Poly SLO application
SAT: 1530, 730 reading/writing, 800 math
SAT physics: 800
SAT math lvl 2: 800

I have no APs, but I'm doing jr and sr years Running Start (classes at a local community College) and I emailed someone at admissions and they said they consider Running Start to be similarly challenging to AP/IB.

I don't have a lot in the way of STEM extracurriculars. I have 4 yrs on a club and high school gymnastics team and I'm team captain this year. I am coaching gymnastics this year and I also did last year (as a job) and I also worked for a year at Baskin-Robbins. This year, I'm a peer tutor for math (prealg-calc) and physics (calc-based) at the community college I attend.

Thank you for any info!
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2018
    I certainly think you have a shot and should apply. Women are admitted at a slightly higher rate than men. You are right that your ECs are your soft spot. Be sure you understand the Mudd mission and culture. Focus on fit in your essays — two of their biggest questions about applicants are (1) can you do the work? (I think clearly “yes” from your stats), and (2) Do you want to work as hard and be as immersed in STEM as you would be at Mudd?

    Other schools to consider - RPI or Case Western.
    edited December 2018
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  • merc81merc81 11112 replies183 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2018
    Mudd accepts female applicants at a ~28% rate (males, ~10%). If the higher rate applies to your gender, then your chances might be pretty good. Academically, you place within HMC's range in any case.
    edited December 2018
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  • jym626jym626 56883 replies2985 threads Senior Member
    You don't have a chance if you don't apply.
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  • mountaincachersmountaincachers 30 replies1 threads Junior Member
    You are really asking two different questions: 1. If you have a chance of being admitted and 2. Is this the right school for you with your interest in civil engineering? With regard to your first question, yes, I think you have a good chance. It certainly sounds like you have the grades, academic rigor, and test scores needed. Beyond that, it's sometimes hard to predict who will be accepted. As pointed out, your essays will be very important. The second question is a harder one to answer. I'm guessing that you haven't visited the school? If not, and you are accepted, I would certainly visit prior to making a decision to attend. It's a really unique school, so fit (socially and academically) is very important. A visit may give you a better idea of whether it's the best school for your own academic interests.
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  • merc81merc81 11112 replies183 threads Senior Member
    Also look into Rose-Hulman.
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  • JBSeattleJBSeattle 1057 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Cal Tech is another possibility.
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  • ClaremontMomClaremontMom 2365 replies41 threads Senior Member
    I don't have a lot in the way of STEM extracurriculars.

    My son (a Mudder) did not have a lot in the way of STEM extracurriculars either, so I wouldn't let that stop you.
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  • PublisherPublisher 10151 replies129 threads Senior Member
    Strong chance of being offered admission based on your posted stats, in my opinion.
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  • aki2020aki2020 41 replies3 threads Junior Member
    My son DS20 has 36ACT, 3.93 UWGPA, 4.36WGPA and a NMS Semifinalist. He has a decent extracurricular with a paid internship during summer. But we are asians, male and interested only in STEM. What are his realistic chances of getting into HMC? It is sort of his dream school (apart from CalTech, where he is not applying as he does not have any international competitions under his belt).
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  • techinerdtechinerd 30 replies0 threads Junior Member
    aki2020 wrote: »
    My son DS20 has 36ACT, 3.93 UWGPA, 4.36WGPA and a NMS Semifinalist. He has a decent extracurricular with a paid internship during summer. But we are asians, male and interested only in STEM. What are his realistic chances of getting into HMC? It is sort of his dream school (apart from CalTech, where he is not applying as he does not have any international competitions under his belt).

    International competitions are not a prerequisite for Caltech.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 7403 replies76 threads Senior Member
    @aki2020, though I understand the temptation it's considered bad form to hijack somebody else's thread. Suggest you start your own!

    (fwiw, he might want to look at Canada, Ireland or the UK, where he can be only STEM)
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  • aki2020aki2020 41 replies3 threads Junior Member
    I was not aware. I will start a separete thread. Please delete my posting. Sorry for the trouble.
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