Harvey Mudd College campus


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
678 - 770
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
740 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
33 - 35


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomathematics and Bioinformatics, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

Students Say

Harvey Mudd College, according to its mission statement, “seeks to educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.” As a result, its students “really understand their impact on both their global and campus communities.” Breadth is also instilled in a Harvey Mudd education through its membership in the “Claremont Colleges,” a 5-college consortium that includes Pomona and Claremont, and because of this, its “students are more well-rounded than most in the sciences and get to pursue their passions outside of the STEM fields.” Students also praise the “broad core curriculum at Harvey Mudd,” which “produces scientists who can rise to meet interdisciplinary challenges within the sciences” and facilitates “great post-grad opportunities.” Classes are hard but rewarding: “The brutal work fosters an extremely collaborative environment where people focus not on the grade they get but the learning behind it.” “Academics are perfect. Could not ask for more rigorous and interesting learning.” HMC undergrads demonstrate a “commitment to” Harvey Mudd’s “honor code,” which requires students “to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity both personally and academically and to respect the rights of others.” This ethic, as well as support systems like “the proctor mentor system in the dorms,” which positions RAs to act as resources to students “without all of the policing,” creates a “tight community” on campus. “There is no segregation based on class year, major, race, academic ability, dorm or anything. Everyone is respectful, smart, aware, supportive, and unique.” Professors are almost universally reported to be “incredible,” “truly dedicated to undergraduate teaching,” and “always willing to spend hours outside of class answering questions.” HMC’s small classes and lack of graduate programs focuses faculty attention on undergrads: “My only ‘large’ class as a freshman is an intro to CS Class of 100 students and by the fifth day the professor knew all 100 names.” Overall, “the work at HMC is very challenging, but I have had the best support system; from the Academic Excellence tutors providing help for all required core classes to the professors who are readily accessible and enthusiastic helpers.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

George Nelson

Richard Jones

Michael G. Wilson
Movie Producer

Stan Love

Wes Cherry
Developer of Microsofts' Solitare game

Jonathan Gay
Developer of Flash software

Sage Weil
Inventor of the web ring concept

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

The typical Harvey Mudd College graduate has a starting salary of around $73,300, and 58 percent of graduates feel their jobs have a lot of meaning in their lives. Students feel that at Mudd, “the Office of Career Services finds more than enough summer internships,” and one student in particular notes that one dedicated adviser “worked very hard to help me find a summer internship, calling many of his friends and passing around my resume.” Students especially feel that their professors have been very helpful about finding them jobs and internships, and that Mudd provides “first-rate preparation for graduate study or (especially for the engineering major) success in the job market.”

Colleges that Create Futures

Hands-on Coursework

Harvey Mudd requires a unique combination of coordinated courses in all the STEM disciplines—biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, math and physics—as well as classes in academic writing and critical inquiry. The Core gives students a solid foundation in STEM courses and highlights the relationships between them. Not surprisingly, this focus on STEM disciplines attracts science-minded students. “Mudd is basically a school of science nerds, and being around people who think like-mindedly to me was important in my college decision. I love that at Mudd I can make a science joke and the people around me get it, and I love that everyone is as dedicated to science, and as hard working as I am,” a mathematical and computational biology major told us.
Harvey Mudd isn’t just about STEM classes, though. In keeping with its mission to educate scientists who understand the implications of their work on society, Harvey Mudd also requires one quarter of students’ coursework be in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. The students certainly appreciate this approach. One undeclared major explained, “Given how much groundbreaking work is being done in interdisciplinary fields, I liked the idea of a sort of ‘liberal sciences’ degree—one where I’d really be getting breadth before and while digging into one particular subject.” Another student agreed, explaining that the school “has a good math and science program, but also ensures its students are educated in the humanities and social sciences.” “I wanted a strong liberal arts education AND a strong STEM education, and Harvey Mudd was one of the few places where I could have both,” a physics major explained. The faculty designed the Core, and any revisions to the curriculum require full faculty approval.
Students and graduates alike recognize the value of Harvey Mudd’s emphasis on hard work. Glen Hastings, a Business Operations Manager at Facebook, who graduated in 1993 with a BS in Chemistry, explained how his time at Harvey Mudd impacted his career: “My career trajectory was shaped by Mudd initially through the specific jobs that I had immediately post-graduation which leveraged the chemistry and engineering that I learned at Mudd. Subsequent to that, the elements of hard work, intellectual curiosity, and the confidence to learn that were fostered at Mudd shaped my decision to go to business school, transition to consulting, and then move on to strategy and analytics at Yahoo and Facebook.”
Undergraduate Research

As a strictly undergraduate institution, Harvey Mudd offers research opportunities that many students wouldn’t expect to find until graduate school. “It is an undergraduate institution, so the focus is all on undergrads. We get all the research positions, on-campus jobs, etc.,” a computer science and mathematics major told us. An engineering student cited the “small community [and] lots of research opportunities,” as the main reasons he chose to attend the school. After just one year of coursework, students have the opportunity to become full research collaborators, working directly with faculty rather than graduate students or post-docs. Students also may pursue paid research opportunities through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, during which they partner with faculty to explore a topic of mutual interest. Roughly 200 students—a quarter of the student body—take part in the summer program. Beyond these optional experiences, the college also requires either a capstone research or Clinic Program experience, providing all students with real-world research or design experience. In the Clinic Program, juniors and seniors work in small groups with a faculty adviser in partnership with a corporate client. Students work together to present solutions to real-world, technical problems for their client. These projects run from September through May, and involve 1,200 to 1,500 hours of work, giving students valuable experience before graduation. It is no wonder that many students identified the “many opportunities for students to do research or pursue internships” as a major asset.
Faculty Mentors

There are eighty-nine tenured or tenure track faculty at Harvey Mudd, all of whom hold PhDs or an equivalent degree in their fields. The school’s small size leads to a 9:1 student to faculty, a benefit that isn’t lost on the students we surveyed. A chemistry major told us, “I wanted to go to a small school where I could really interact with professors,” while a mathematics and computer science major cited “close contact with professors” as a key strength of the school. Beyond being available, faculty members at Harvey Mudd really care about their students. “Undergraduate education is our No. 1 priority, and everything we do is student-centered. We pride ourselves on close student-faculty interactions both in the classroom and beyond,” Dr. Karukstis said. Students agree. “The professors at our school are all excellent and are all incredibly smart, and are always willing to help you if you come in with questions or even just want to chat. The professors are part of the reason why Harvey Mudd is so great and successful,” a physics major told us, while a computer science major added, “The professors at Harvey Mudd are enthusiastic and truly care about their students. They aren’t just interested in delivering facts; in addition, they relate concepts to their real-world applications, showing students how the material they learn now can be used in their future work.” Finally, an undeclared major shared, “The professors are extremely competent, knowledgeable, and successful at what they do. But even more than that, they are jumping at the opportunity to help students and are the most helpful and kind people I’ve ever met. I’m blown away by the quality of my courses and amazed by how much I’ve learned in a single semester.”
Furthermore, the faculty at Harvey Mudd is 62 percent male and 38 percent female, which is one of the highest percentages of female professors at any STEM-focused school in the United States. The college puts a high value on encouraging diverse students to pursue STEM fields. The student body is nearly gender balanced with 46 percent female and 54 percent male students. The computer science department faculty worked together in 2006 to redesign the computer science curriculum to make it more engaging and supportive of women; in the four years after these changes were made, the percentage of female computer science majors at Harvey Mudd jumped from 10 percent to 40 percent, the highest of any co-ed college in the nation. Harvey Mudd now averages about 40 percent female computer science majors annually.
Alumni Network

Graduates from Harvey Mudd are hard working and adaptable team members, and potential employers know it. Alumnus Glen Hastings, Business Operations Manager at Facebook, relayed to us something he’d been told by a fellow Harvey Mudd graduate: “If you have an MIT grad and a Caltech grad on a team, you have two smart people. If you add a Mudder, you have much more than three smart people. The Mudder simply makes the team better than the sum of its parts.”
Mr. Hastings, who majored in chemistry, valued the real-world experience he gained through summer research, the Clinic Program, and working as a student grader. Students we surveyed also mentioned work grading and tutoring as valuable experiences during their undergraduate careers. Beyond the experiences they gain during college, students can also rely on an active alumni network once they graduate. “There are a number of alumni at my company and in the Silicon Valley and I often attend social events in the area. I currently do not recruit students, but I set up the alumni LinkedIn group and assist the career services office with networking and outreach,” Mr. Hastings told us.


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



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

Students Say

“Harvey Mudd has a strong community of talented students that build each other up.” Many HMC students offer similar praise for the college’s “small, tight knit community in which everyone looks after one another.” The “typical student is friendly, outgoing, and passionate about their (sometimes slightly weird) interests,” and “it’s really easy to form close friendships, whether in your dorm or through study groups.” “Everyone at the school is extremely enthusiastic about learning,” and the college’s culture promotes lots of intellectual bonding amongst “nerds, but the kind that can hold conversations.” “Most people are top of their class from high school, so freshman year, everyone is a bit cocky (but Mudd humbles you really quickly).” Undergrads value that “the honor code works very well, and students are pretty much always eager to help one another.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed

Students Say

Students agree that Harvey Mudd enables tremendous growth, which isn’t always easy: “You feel really smart before Mudd, you feel really stupid during Mudd, and after Mudd you feel like a genius.” Socially speaking, “conversations at dinner are probably really weird and nerdy from an outsiders point of view,” and “people care about …lots of other serious issues along with more frivolous ones.” Many appreciate that “campus-wide parties are funded by the college, ensuring that they are safe and well-funded,” and these include “a foam party, where a dorm courtyard is filled with soap foam,” and “a holiday party where (literally) tons of snow are trucked in.” There’s plenty to do on campus, but “Claremont Village is within a 20-minute walk,” and “it takes about an hour and a half to get to LA’s Union Station from Mudd, and downtown LA and Little Tokyo are both accessible from there.” “A lot of students do drink, but there is honestly never any pressure. I don’t drink at all and I have never felt any pressure to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with.” One student sums up the HMC life this way: “Work really, really hard, play hard.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Stags)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Athenas)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

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


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

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, through bookstore (Follett)

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Pat Lewis

301 Platt Blvd.
Admissions Offic
Claremont, CA 91711


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
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

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

Information Sessions

Before tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Monday-Thursday evenings


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.).