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Home is Where the Mudders Are


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ove-in day at HMC always seems to land on the hottest



day of summer. It’s never planned, merely ordained,




as if to test the bonds of love between students and







their parents. Heavy lifting, schmoozing and sitting through





long informational sessions about student life, financial aid





and placement testing are all part of the experience. The long-




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The class of 2013 was chosen from 2,340 applications;
207 students make up the class. The rigorous curriculum, balanced with a variety of social
“By all numerical standards, you are truly one of the most opportunities, is appealing to students and parents. Grace
talented classes to enter Harvey Mudd, but, as you were reas- and Cerferino Morabe Jr. P13, have been visiting Mudd with
sured throughout the application process, here you will be so their daughter, Maria Morabe, since she was a junior in high
much more than just a number,” said Peter Osgood, director of school. It all started with a program called Changing Faces,
admission, to first-year students during the orientation lunch. designed to encourage talented women and students of color
The interests of the class are vast, from robotics to music. Some to consider a career in math, engineering and the sciences.
interests are quite unique—Xanda Schofield ’13 wrote a play “It’s the diversity of education, the curriculum and the loca-
about people who can only speak in iambic pentameter—and tion,” said Grace Morabe about the reasons for her daughter’s
yet so essential to Mudd’s diverse student body. decision to come to Mudd.
Kate Vogel P13, mother of Erik Littleton, said “Erik Zewei Wang ’13, an international student from China,
looked at a lot of schools and was admitted to a lot of places won’t have the privilege of driving home on weekends to visit
but Harvey Mudd just seemed to fit him. I think there’s her family, but the location didn’t deter her from coming.
something really sweet about the size of the school. At larger “I’m so nervous, but I’m glad to be here to meet new people
schools, you could graduate in four years and not know many and study new things,” she said. Her aunt, Sharon Wei of the
people.” Erik plans to study physics, Vogel said. “His great- Bay Area, drove several hours to meet Wang. “I’m excited to
grandfather was a physicist, and he always wanted his children see my niece. I’m so proud of her.”
to become physicists.” Leaving family and all familiarity, Wang said she knows
she’ll be happy at Mudd.
—Lyndsay Gravis
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MOVE-IN MOMEN
“It’s such an important time of life. We’re excited about how much she’ll
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change and learn. We looked at her first semester classes and the class
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load is overwhelming!” -Michael Gelder & Mary Rita Luecke P13
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“We’ve already
moved him in, we just have one more run to the store. This is so exciting!
Harvey Mudd is such a fun place.” -Marilyn Loy, aunt of Michael Loy ’13

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