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Harvey Mudd College is a private institution that was founded in 1955. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 777, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 33 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Harvey Mudd College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 12. Its tuition and fees are $44,442 (2012-13).
Harvey Mudd College is located in Claremont, Calif., 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Harvey Mudd is one of the country’s top math, science, and engineering undergraduate colleges. The school offers a variety of student organizations on campus, from the break-dancing club to the Harvey Wallbangers Climbing Club, among others. The college does not recognize national fraternities or sororities on campus. Harvey Mudd competes in a joint intercollegiate athletics program with Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College, fielding NCAA Division III varsity sports for men and women in theSouthern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. As a residential college, freshmen are required to live on campus, and 99 percent of students remain on campus in one of the eight dormitories.
Harvey Mudd College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in math, science, and engineering majors. The school is part of the Claremont Colleges consortium, which includes Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, Pitzer College, Claremont Graduate University, and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. The school was founded by Harvey S. Mudd, a successful mining engineer. A well-known annual school tradition is Foster’s Run, organized by the Gonzo Unicycle Madness club, during which unicyclists ride to a local donut shop. Notable alumni include astronauts George Nelson and Stan Love, as well as U.S. diplomat Richard H. Jones.
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According to its mission statement, Harvey Mudd College 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. The founders of Harvey Mudd College envisioned a distinctive educational experience for its students, combining unusual breadth in their technical education with a firm academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. The required curriculum has three components: the Common Core, which provides the foundation for advanced study; the program in Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, which emphasizes the liberal arts nature of a Harvey Mudd College education; and the Major, which builds depth and technical competence. Unifying all of these is an emphasis on strong oral and written communication, the development of computational skills, and direct experience with a research or design project. Harvey Mudd College's signature Clinic Program provides students with an opportunity to work as part of a team on real projects that entrepreneurs, companies, or national laboratories sponsor. In recognition of the extraordinary impact that the HMC Engineering program has made on undergraduate education, the National Academy of Engineering announced on January 5, 2012 that Professors Clive L. Dym, M. Mack Gilkeson and J. Richard Phillips were awarded the prestigious Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. The award was given in recognition of their leadership in "creating and disseminating innovations in undergraduate engineering design education to develop engineering leaders." Specifically, these three HMC Professors were honored for their contributions to HMC's engineering program, which combines hands-on, experience-based learning with formal design instruction in an approach aimed at creating engineering leaders. The HMC curriculum, as a whole, includes a leadership strategy course in which students meet highly-successful businesspeople, the opportunity to teach K-12 students, and a strong emphasis on writing and presentations. HMC's academic programs are demanding, but the College fosters cooperation rather than competition under a successful student-led Honor Code. Almost every student lives on campus, where the atmosphere is characterized not only by trust, freedom, and responsibility, but also by a sense of humor, fun, and creativity. Students at Harvey Mudd College enjoy the kind of personal attention, small classes, and close working relationships with faculty mentors associated with the finest liberal arts colleges. Students also benefit from the advantages of a larger institution because of the unique Claremont University Consortium, whose member colleges are located across the street from one another and make available classes, dining halls, libraries, parties, sports teams, and other resources far beyond those any one such school could provide. Under the leadership of its new president, Maria Klawe, Harvey Mudd College has developed a vision for its future around six themes: (1) Innovation, Leadership, and Impact, Especially in Engineering, Science and Mathematics; (2) Focus on Experiential and Interdisciplinary Learning; (3) Unsurpassed Excellence and Diversity at All Levels; (4) Nurturing and Developing the Whole Person; (5) Global Engagement and Informed Contributions to Society; and (6) Improvement of Infrastructure and Resources to Support HMC's Commitment to Excellence and Building Community. The College is on its way to realizing its vision.
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When applying to Harvey Mudd College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 2, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 20. The application fee at Harvey Mudd College is $60. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 22.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||22.3%|
|Application deadline||January 2|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 20|
The student-faculty ratio at Harvey Mudd College is 8:1, and the school has 67.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Harvey Mudd College include: Engineering; Physical Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 98.0 percent.
Harvey Mudd College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 777, with a gender distribution of 58.2 percent male students and 41.8 percent female students. At this school, 99.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 1.0 percent of students live off campus. Harvey Mudd College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Harvey Mudd College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Harvey Mudd College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Harvey Mudd College, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Harvey Mudd College.
|Students who have cars on campus||25%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Harvey Mudd College, 51.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $30,475.
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|Tuition and fees||$44,442 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$14,471 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data