“We pledge to promote an atmosphere that values the dignity and upholds the rights of every individual, to raise the community’s awareness and understanding of diversity issues, and to recruit and retain community members from diverse backgrounds.”
— Harvey Mudd College Blueprint for Diversity, 2000
Harvey Mudd College is committed to unsurpassed excellence and diversity at all levels, a commitment that is echoed in the third goal set forth in the college’s strategic planning vision, “HMC 2020, Envisioning the Future.”From its earliest days, HMC has attracted students of extraordinary ability. Typically, more than 90 percent of HMC students have come from the top 10 percent of their senior classes, and more than 20 percent have been valedictorians or salutatorians. We enroll more National Merit Scholars than nearly every other U.S. undergraduate college, and the median SAT scores of our entering students are in the top five percent in the nation.
Over the last decade, HMC has made substantial progress in recruiting female students, with women making up 42 percent of the student body in 2012-13, compared to an average of 20 percent as recently as during the 1990s. Even more impressively, we have increased the number of female faculty to 40 percent overall. This places HMC at the top of the list of institutions with leading undergraduate programs in these areas.
Our success in increasing the number of women on campus is significant, but we still need to improve our diversity with respect to race and backgrounds among students, faculty, senior leadership and staff. Creating a campus that is equally accepting and supportive of all its members is consistent with the College’s mission and honor code. In 2000, the College created the Blueprint for Diversity, which seeks to develop and implement programs to improve the campus climate for diverse populations.
At the start of the 21st century, HMC has been focused on developing new programs for education, advising and retention of all students, especially those from groups that are underrepresented in science and engineering. Our work continues as we seek to promote discussions between people with different viewpoints and encourage training that will allow people to engage in positive and meaningful interactions. We seek curriculum, culture and community that enable the success of exceptionally talented people from all backgrounds.
Within the last few years, HMC has added student chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, both of which have been active on campus and in the community. The College also has an active chapter of the Society for Women Engineers. The contacts that students make within these organizations at the regional and national level expose them to a variety of individuals who have taken diverse paths to success.
At HMC, we are committed to promoting this message for all our students, faculty and staff—Excellence and success can be attained by many different paths. We are committed to recognizing and celebrating the wide range of achievements by all members of our community. We strive to create a culture in which our members feel empowered to take the necessary risks that lead to greater success as well as to the failures that lead to greater learning and personal growth.