Plain and simple—Mudd is about academics. Students who last here rarely take the easy way out. Mudders are always looking for new challenges to push themselves academically. It’s a rough time in the beginning if you have always been used to getting good grades (this is pretty much everyone on campus), because high scores won’t happen automatically here. However, as time goes by with a lot of hours spent on homework, students gradually adapt. Sometimes, the stress level can run high because academics are so rigorous; however, Mudders are generally less competitive with each other than at other schools. Therefore, there is an enormous support network within the student body, and the professors are equally supportive. In listening to the students speak about their professors, you come away with two impressions: the professors work them hard and are available for help. The smallness of the campus provides for a homier atmosphere, and it is quite common for a professor to socialize with the students outside of the classroom.
Overall, the compassionate professors are the foundation of Mudd. Professors meet with their students whenever needed, and it’s easy to get extensions if you are truly having trouble with a concept. Small class sizes let you experience individual attention from professors, and rarely will a question go unanswered. Mudd professors are very friendly with all of their students, so although the classes are hard, the teachers work harder to make sure students get the most out of their college experiences.