Students Say

Harvey Mudd College, one of the five Claremont Colleges in Southern California’s Inland Empire, “is a small science and math school with a quirky community that is the perfect fit for those who are serious about both their technical studies and having an indefinably strange yet amazing time.” With “an excellent program in the sciences and engineering,” strong undergraduate research opportunities, and “a very high percentage of students [who] go to graduate school,” Harvey Mudd “is unique and offers a personalized education that you can’t get at a larger technical university.”

Overview

Applicants
3,678
Acceptance Rate
14%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
678 - 770
SAT Math
740 - 800
ACT Composite
33 - 35

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Harvey Mudd College, one of the five Claremont Colleges in Southern California’s Inland Empire, “is a small science and math school with a quirky community that is the perfect fit for those who are serious about both their technical studies and having an indefinably strange yet amazing time.” With “an excellent program in the sciences and engineering,” strong undergraduate research opportunities, and “a very high percentage of students [who] go to graduate school,” Harvey Mudd “is unique and offers a personalized education that you can’t get at a larger technical university.” While the rigorous academics “can be very stressful for some,” most students are quick to emphasize the support provided by professors and the student body. “The academic experience is heightened by the students…who act cooperatively rather than competitively to conquer the material rather than each other.” This collaborative atmosphere is created in large part by the respected honor code, which students say “defines us and allows us to have take-home finals [and] unproctored tests.” “The trust the faculty has for the students gives us a sense of responsibility, and thus everyone lives up to expectations.” Students trust the faculty, as well. “I love the professors here,” one student says (echoing the sentiments of many). “They are all brilliant and extremely accessible. Most of them know my name and will stop to talk any time.” “Lectures and office hours are both amazing! Professors really want you to understand the material.” Overall, students say their lives at Harvey Mudd are “tons of work, but really fun.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
107
with Terminal Degree
107

66
Men
41
Women
25
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
96%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


George Nelson
Astronaut

Richard Jones
Ambassador

Michael G. Wilson
Movie Producer

Stan Love
Astronaut

Wes Cherry
Developer of Microsofts' Solitare game

Jonathan Gay
Developer of Flash software

Sage Weil
Inventor of the web ring concept

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
96
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

The retail price for tuition, room and board, and fees at Harvey Mudd ends up being a little more than $64,400 a year. Financial aid is plentiful here, though, so please don’t let cost scare you away from applying. The average freshman total need-based gift aid is $39,641, and some students report receiving “excellent financial aid packages,” including a “full-tuition scholarship.”

Bang For Your Buck

Harvey Mudd believes that college choice is more about fit than finances. That’s why the college offers a robust program of need-based and merit-based awards to help insure that a Harvey Mudd education is accessible to all who qualify. Eighty-two percent of students receive financial aid, and 40 percent qualify for merit-based awards. In determining who will receive merit-based awards, the Office of Admission looks primarily at academic achievement—financial need is not considered. While these awards are granted independent of financial need, students who receive a merit-based award and are also eligible for need-based aid. Standout programs include the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award, in which students receive a $40,000 scholarship distributed annually in the amount of $10,000 per year. The President’s Scholars Program is a renewable, four-year, full-tuition scholarship that promotes excellence and diversity at Harvey Mudd by recognizing outstanding young men and women from populations that are traditionally underrepresented at HMC.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,188

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,637

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,039

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,503

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$30,900

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,315
Required Fees
$279
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,636
Transportation for Commuters
$0

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“We are nerds,” Mudders tell us, “and we embrace it.” They also describe themselves as “outgoing, quirky, and fun but very studious.” Students are united by “a brimming passion for science and a love of knowledge for its own sake.” “All students are exceptionally intelligent and are able to perform their work in a professional manner.” Beyond that, there’s “a really diverse group of personalities” at Mudd, who are “not afraid to show their true colors” and who all have “a unique sense of humor.” Students say they “are all friendly, smart, and talented, which brings us together. Upperclassmen look out for underclassmen, and students tend to bond together easily over difficult homework.” In such a welcoming community, “students primarily fit in by not fitting in—wearing pink pirate hats or skateboarding while playing harmonica or practicing unicycle jousting are all good ways to fit in perfectly.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
804
Out of State
58%

International
15%
Foreign Countries Represented
18

Demographics

23.79%
Asian
1.85%
African-American
11.40%
Hispanic
50.14%
Caucasian
5.13%
Unknown
14.53%
International

46% female
54% male
58% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Because “Harvey Mudd is a highly academic school, a lot of time is spent doing homework and studying.” Students manage to find time for fun, though, even at the expense of some shut-eye: “Many people are sleep-deprived but happy in general.” “Community is such a big part of Harvey Mudd, people spend a lot of time with each other,” and there are many niches within the larger community. “Every dorm has a unique personality, and what people do for fun is different for each person.” “Some are devoted to video games and the more classic ‘nerd’ activities. Some groups are devoted to drinking and partying a ton. There is a wide spectrum of unique dorm communities represented.” “One can easily find groups to play sports or video games with, take on carpentry or other independent construction or engineering projects, start an afternoon game of bocce ball or croquet, compete in the fiercely competitive CMS intramural water polo league, and of course, help in the construction of the campus-wide Rube Goldberg Machine, to name a few popular activities.” “CAP (Committee for Activities Planning) subsidizes concert tickets, sporting event tickets, ski trips, and other events” if at least eight Mudders plan to attend. “Dorms throw some kick-ass parties,” “taking great care to make them fun for people who don’t drink as well.” Favorites include “Casemas,” when “we import five tons of snow to celebrate winter,” and “Slippery When Wet” when students “construct decks to support hundreds of dancing people” and then invite the other Claremont Colleges to test their strength over a flooded courtyard

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
99%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
89
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
74

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
123
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Stags)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Athenas)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: PRISM is the campus group for GLBT students. www.cuc.claremont.edu/qrc

Minority Support Groups: The Office of Institutional Diversity provides a full range of support services. www.hmc.edu/about/administrativeoffices/institutionaldiversity.html

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Claremont McKenna College
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: University of Southern California

Sustainability

Green Rating
75

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
12

Average Number of PC's per Lab
8

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, through bookstore (Follett)

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Pat Lewis
Receptionist

Address
301 Platt Blvd.
Admissions Offic
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone
909-621-8011


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Dorm Lounges
Platt Campus Center Living Room
Hoch Shanahan Dining Hall
Jay's Pizza Place
Linde Student Activities Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mt. Baldy--Angeles National Forest
Beaches
Downtown Los Angeles
Theme Parks (Disneyland, etc.)
Joshua Tree National Monument
Several theme parks, the beaches, and many other attractions are a short driving distance away.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday (some Sat)
8am-5pm and 9am-noon
909-621-8011

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Sept-May 11am,1:30pm and 3:30pm. Jun-Aug 10am, 2pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Before tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.cmsathletics.org/staff_direct

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Monday-Thursday evenings

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Ontario International Airport is 5 miles from campus. The Claremont Doubletree(909-626-2411) shuttle takes passengers from the airport to the hotel, which is just 5 blocks from campus. Taxis are also available at the airport for the ride to campus. Greyhound buses serve Claremont; the terminal is just south of I-10.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-10, exit onto Indian Hill Blvd. North. Take Indian Hill N. for about 1 3/4 miles to 12th St. Turn right (east) on 12th St. for 5 blocks to the admissions office in Kingston Hall at 301 Platt Blvd. (Platt Blvd is the continuation of 12th St. East of Dartmouth Ave.).
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Key Stats

3,678
Applicants
804
Size
14%
Acceptance Rate
1490
SAT Scores

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