Harvey Mudd College campus

Overview

Applicants
3,678
Acceptance Rate
14%

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

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

Selectivity Rating

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
90%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Majors

  • 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.”

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$73,300

Median Mid-Career Salary
$143,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
58%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
99

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

Dates

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 Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


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

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.”

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Other

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
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


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.).