Founded in 1955, Harvey Mudd College (HMC) is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in Claremont, California. The college is well known for its excellent science, engineering and mathematics programs. It is a member of the American Consortium of Claremont Colleges.
As a member of the Claremont Colleges, Harvey Mudd College shares educational resources such as campus security, libraries, health services, and dining halls with other member institutions, which include Scripps College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, however, each college has its own board of trustees, faculty and staff, endowment and admissions process. Harvey Mudd Students are encouraged to take courses and participate in programs at the other consortium colleges. Together, the Claremont Colleges provide students with the educational opportunities and resources of a major university, while providing them the one-on-one attention unique to smaller colleges. At graduation, Harvey Mudd Students will receive their diploma from Harvey Mudd College, irrespective of how many courses they took from other consortium colleges.
Harvey Mudd College was named in memory of Harvey Seeley Mudd, the founder and president of Cyprus Mines Corporation and Vice President of the California Institute of Technology Board of Trustees. Harvey Mudd was heavily involved in the planning and funding of the college, but died prior to its opening.
Harvey Mudd College was originally established as a science and engineering college, and its mission today remains in line with its origins, to educate and develop well-rounded engineers, scientists, and mathematicians, who are also versed in the humanities and social sciences, and that can make a meaningful impact on society. Currently, the college offers four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, computer science, and engineering, as well as multi/-interdisciplinary degrees in mathematical biology, biology and chemistry, and computer science and mathematics. Harvey Mudd also provides students the option of a self-designed degree composed of courses of their choosing. Students are permitted to earn their major from any one of the Claremont College Campuses, as long as they earn a minor from Harvey Mudd College in one of the technical areas where majors are offered.
Unlike most mainstream liberal arts colleges, Harvey Mudd College places a lot of emphasis on science education. In fact, a full third of Harvey Mudd curriculum is made up of science, math, and engineering courses—and this doesn’t include science and math courses required by most majors at the college. However, in an effort to ensure it produces well-rounded students, another third of core curriculum is made up of courses in social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The final third of curriculum is composed of courses required in the major. Harvey Mudd College also places unusually strong undergraduate emphasis on research. By graduation most students have been involved in research at some level.
Harvey Mudd College Reputation
The mean SAT score for the middle 50% of entering freshmen at HMC falls between 740 and 800 (out of a possible 800) in math, 680 and 760 in writing, and 690 and 760 in critical reading. Close to a third of HMC students are National Merit Scholars and a relatively large percentage (40%) of undergraduates from HMC go on to earn a Ph.D.—the highest rate of any higher education institution in the United States. Among national undergraduate colleges, HMC produces the largest number of science and engineering Ph.D.s. According to a report from the National Science Foundation, compared to all colleges and universities nationwide, HMC is surpassed in Ph.D. production in science and engineering by only two institutions, Caltech and MIT.
In U.S. News & World Report‘s 2013 report of ‘America’s Best Colleges’, Harvey Mudd College is ranked 12th among liberal arts colleges and is ranked #2 for undergraduate engineering schools. Harvey Mudd has also achieved top national rankings by Forbes, Kaplan and Newsweek.
Harvey Mudd College is well-known for having very low grade inflation rate. Compared to other similar colleges and universities that boast high numbers of students who graduate with a 4.0 GPA, only 7 students have ever graduated from Harvey Mudd with a perfect 4.0.
In 1997 HMC won the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, whereby becoming the only undergraduate college to ever win first place. Since 1997 no other American undergraduate-only college or university has ever won first place.
For most of its history, Harvey Mudd College has only accepted SAT scores for their admissions process. However, in August 2007, the college began accepting ACT scores and abandoned its former SAT-only admissions policy.
According to data provided on PayScale.com, Harvey Mudd College graduates are among the highest paid of any undergraduate-college students in the United States. While all of HMC’s programs are highly-ranked, the college’s math department received the AMS award for ‘Exemplary Program or Achievement in Mathematics’ in 2006 and several of the department’s faculties are recipients of the Morgan Prize, the highest award bestowed in the area of mathematics.
Student Life at Harvey Mudd College
The average annual cost of attending Harvey Mudd College—including tuition, room & board, and other fees—was roughly $56,000 for the 2012 academic year. However, many students receive financial assistance that is either merit-based or need-based to help with expenses. Approximately 43% of all students received need-based financial assistance and 40% received merit-based financial assistance, awards, and/or scholarships.
Harvey Mudd offers 8 on-campus dormitories and residence halls for the benefit of their students: Mildred E. Mudd Hall (“East”), North Hall (“North”), West Hall (“West”), Case Residence Hall (Case), Marks Residence Hall (“South”), J. L. Atwood Residence Hall (Atwood), Ronald and Maxine Linde Residence Hall (Linde), and Frederick and Susan Sontag Residence Hall (Sontag).
During the initial stages of development of Case Dorm, a few Harvey Mudd students, as a joke, moved all of the survey stakes for the foundation precisely 6 inches from their original position. They did such a meticulous job that the construction team didn’t realize the stakes had been moved until after the foundation had been laid. The pranksters finally came forward and admitted to having moved the stakes and the site had to be completely resurveyed at a cost of $5,000. The students bore all costs associated with the resurveying.
| Admission Office |
301 Platt Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711-5901
Fax: (909) 607-7046
Contact: Peter Osgood
Director of Admission
| Main Address |
301 Platt Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711
| Size |
Total undergrads: 738
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 202
Degree-seeking undergrads: 738
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
| Application Fee |
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $55
Online application fee: $55
| Enrollment Rates |
Percent applicants admitted: 52%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 67%
Tuition & Fees
|Estimated Expenses for Academic Year||2008-’09||2009-’10||2010-’11||2011-’12||% change 2010-’12|
|Tuition and fees||$34,891||$36,635||$38,467||$40,390||+5.00%|
|Books and Supplies||$800||$800||$800||$800||0.00%|
|Living Arrangement – On Campus|
|Room and Board||$11,415||$11,971||$12,570||$13,198||+5.00%|
|Living Arrangement – Off Campus|
|Room and Board||$0||$0||$0||$0||0.00%|
|Total Expenses||2008-’09||2009-’10||2010-’11||2011-’12||% change 2010-’12|
|In-state On Campus||$48,006||$50,306||$52,737||$55,288||+4.84%|
|In-state Off Campus||$35,691||$37,435||$39,267||$41,190||+4.90%|
|In-state with Family||$35,691||$37,435||$39,267||$41,190||+4.90%|
|Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students|
|Type of Aid||Students||Percent||Amount||Average Per Student|
|All students financial aid||172||85%|
|Grant or scholarship aid||166||82%||$3,426,006||$20,639|
|• Federal grants||22||11%||$147,367||$6,699|
|• Pell grants||22||11%||$85,367||$3,880|
|• Other federal grants||22||11%||$62,000||$2,818|
|State and local government grant or scholarships||10||5%||$97,080||$9,708|
|Institutional scholarships or grants||166||82%||$3,181,559||$19,166|
|Student loan financial aid||76||38%||$416,493||$5,480|
|• Federal student loans||73||36%||$332,793||$4,559|
|• Other student loans||17||8%||$83,700||$4,924|
All Degrees and Programs
|Program Completions for Most Recent Year||BA/BS||MA/MS||Doctor||AA/AS||CERT|
|Grand Total of All Programs||176||–||–||–||–|
|Biological and Biomedical Sciences||13||–||–||–||–|
|Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other||2||–||–||–||–|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||6||–||–||–||–|
|Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other||3||–||–||–||–|
|Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services||20||–||–||–||–|
|Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics||1||–||–||–||–|
|Mathematics and Statistics||22||–||–||–||–|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General||8||–||–||–||–|
|Mathematics and Computer Science||8||–||–||–||–|
|Natural Resources and Conservation||1||–||–||–||–|
|Geology/Earth Science, General||1||–||–||–||–|
|Visual and Performing Arts||2||–||–||–||–|
|Fine/Studio Arts, General||1||–||–||–||–|
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.
|Arts, Visual & Performing|
Digital Art and Animation B
Digital Audio Technology B
Digital Arts Engineering B
Software Engineering B
Security & Protective Services
Fire Protection/Safety Technology B
Fire Services Administration B
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate or diploma
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