Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California was founded in 1955 and is part of the consortium of the Claremont Colleges which are contiguous and within walking distance. These schools include Pitzer College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Sciences. Harvey Mudd is a private institution that specializes in engineering, mathematics, computer science and the physical and biological sciences. Not only do more of its students go on to earn their doctorate, but according to PayScale, their graduates earn higher salaries than any other college in the country.
The mission of Harvey Mudd College is 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.” The vision of the college includes a focus on global engagement as well as innovation, leadership and interdisciplinary scholarship.
Harvey Mudd is located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in Claremont, California. The campus is near the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, close to Claremont Village which offers specialty shops, cafés and places to browse. Residential housing is not separated by year, so students can live in any one of the eight dormitories on campus. The school considers the residential experience very important, with 99% of all students living on campus for all four academic years.
The College takes a liberal arts approach to a core curriculum in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They offer the following nine majors: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Join Major in Chemistry and Biology, Joint Major in Computer Science and Mathematics and a Joint Major in Mathematical and Computational Biology. It is also possible to create an individual program of study (IPS Major) and each year several students elect to pursue this option.
Three colleges participate in a joint athletic program: Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College (CMS). The CMS participates in the NCAA Division III and the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. For students who do not participate in competitive sports, the CMS facilities support a wide range of athletics, including tennis, volleyball, swimming, baseball, softball as well as a track and a Nautilus system. They even have ballroom dancing, sailing, golf and ultimate frisbee.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The annual tuition at Harvey Mudd is very expensive, though most students (75%) receive some form of financial aid. 69% percent of the students receive a grant or scholarship to help offset the tuition costs. Please refer to the school’s website for the most up-to-date tuition and financial aid information.
The Harvey Mudd College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Admission is highly selective, with a reported acceptance rate of 15%. The average test scores for admitted students were also high. The score ranges were as follows: SAT Math (740-800), SAT Writing (680-760), SAT Critical Reading (680–770), ACT Math (34-36), ACT English (32-35), ACT Writing (8-10) and ACT Composite (33-35). The application deadline is in early January and there is a $60.00 application fee. If this fee is a hardship, the school will consider dropping the cost. The application is on the common application website.
For more information about admissions to Harvey Mudd College contact the school directly at:
HMC Office of Admission & Financial Aid
301 Platt Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711