Harvey Mudd College

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301 Platt Boulevard

Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 621-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 2
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#16 Overall Score: 85 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Harvey Mudd College is a private institution that was founded in 1955. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 783, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 16. Its tuition and fees are $46,509 (2013-14).

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 the Southern 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 former U.S. diplomat  and current Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency Richard H. Jones.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Harvey Mudd College is a liberal arts college of science, engineering and mathematics. At HMC, we seek 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, 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. Celebrating it's 50th year in 2013, HMC's signature Clinic Program provides students with an opportunity to work as part of a team on projects sponsored by entrepreneurs, companies, and national laboratories. Of the 178 students in the graduating class of 2012, over 68% were engaged in either internship programs or undergraduate research opportunities that challenged them to apply their academic experiences in real-world settings. that challenged than 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 president, Maria Klawe, Harvey Mudd College continues to distinguish itself as an innovative institution: this year alone, our students and faculty continue to receive national and international distinction through their academic contributions. Professor Rachel Levy (Mathematics) received the 2013 Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguish Teaching by a Beginning Faculty member; twelve Harvey Mudd College students presented their research findings at the 245th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, April 7-11 in New Orleans; President Maria Klawe was featured on the latest episode of PBS's Emmy-nominated NOVA web series, The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, HMC was again given the distinction as one of the nation's "Best Value Colleges" according to The Princeton Review's newly released book, "The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition;" and Harvey Mudd College hosted the Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium (WAGS) February 16-17, 2013, making the College the first undergraduate institution to host the prestigious event.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1955
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $225,508,933


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 19.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 19.2%
Application deadline January 2
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 20

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Harvey Mudd College is 9:1, and the school has 63.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Harvey Mudd College include: Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Physical Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 84%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering 35%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 26%
Physical Sciences 18%
Mathematics and Statistics 14%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3%

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Student Life

Harvey Mudd College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 783, with a gender distribution of 56.3 percent male students and 43.7 percent female students. At this school, 99 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 1 percent of students live off campus. Harvey Mudd College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 783
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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

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Paying for School

At Harvey Mudd College, 51 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $32,612.

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Tuition and fees $46,509 (2013-14)
Room and board $15,151 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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