Private, co-educational, non-sectarian, undergraduate only, engineering, science and mathematics college. HMC is a member of the Claremont University Consortium, a cluster of autonomous undergraduate and graduate institutions comprised of Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute for Applied Life Sciences.
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.
HMC's strategic vision revolves around six themes:
- Innovation, Leadership, and Impact, Especially in Engineering, Science and Mathematics
- Focus on Experiential and Interdisciplinary Learning
- Unsurpassed Excellence and Diversity at All Levels
- Nurturing and Developing the Whole Person
- Global Engagement and Informed Contributions to Society
- Improvement of Infrastructure and Resources to Support HMC's Commitment to Excellence and Building Community
Harvey Mudd College has been named by the Princeton Review as one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" private colleges and universities. Princeton Review also named Harvey Mudd College a Best Western College. HMC’s Princeton Review rankings also include: Professors Get High Marks (#10) and Most Accessible Professors (#14). Learn more.
The highest earning college graduates in the U.S. come from Harvey Mudd College, according to data released July 2010 by PayScale, an online salary information company, in its 2010-11 College Salary Report. HMC graduates earn on average $126,000 mid-career, beating out MIT, Caltech, Harvard and Princeton. Learn more.
Harvey Mudd College grads receive an average $1.7 million return on their educational investment, according to data released April 2011 by Bloomberg Businessweek and PayScale. HMC shifted up from last year’s No. 4 spot to the No. 2 spot, nestled between the California Institute of Technology and MIT. Learn more.
US News and World Report
Harvey Mudd College (HMC) has been named No. 2 among the nation’s undergraduate engineering programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 edition of "America’s Best Colleges." HMC was again in the Top 20 of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges tied for 18th place among a pool of 226 colleges. Learn more.
HMC was named as one of 25 “cutting-edge schools with an eye to the future” by Kaplan Publishing in its 2008 college guidebook, “You Are Here: A Guide to Over 380 Colleges & Unlimited Paths to your Future.” The book is targeted at high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, and the parents of those students, who are beginning to think about where to apply to college. Learn more.
In the city of Claremont—a suburban community 35 miles east of Los Angeles featuring sidewalk cafes, specialty shops, espresso bars, tree-lined streets, Victorian Homes and a population of 34,000. HMC is conveniently located 25 minutes from the nearest ski slope, 40 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, 45 minutes from the desert and less than an hour away from the Pacific beaches.
Bachelor of Science
HMC also participates in four dual degree programs with other members of The Claremont Colleges. It offers a 3-2 program in economics and engineering in cooperation with Claremont McKenna College; a 3-2 program in engineering with Scripps College; 4+1 B.S. + M.B.A. with the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University; and a 4 + 1 B.S. + M.S.I.S. with the School of Information Systems and Technology at the Claremont Graduate University.
Curriculum and Majors
HMC's required curriculum is divided into four components: the Common Core, which provides the foundation for advanced study; the program in Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, which completes the liberal arts nature of a Harvey Mudd College education by providing humanistic and social scientific perspectives; the Major, which builds depth and technical competence; and the Integrative Experience, which explicitly addresses the interface between society and science and technology. Review the academic catalogue to learn more.
Majors offered at HMC include: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, independent study program, off-campus major and joint programs in chemistry and biology, computer science and mathematics, and mathematical biology.
Residential, with 99% of students living on campus. A complex of nine academic buildings anchor the west end of the 39-acre campus, while eight dormitories cluster around spacious quads on the "student end" of campus. The dining commons and campus center stand in the central area. The overall form of the college follows the initial building design by famed architect Edward Durrell Stone, whose work at HMC is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright's "textile block" construction of the 1920s.
Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty (2012-13): 87
Faculty with Ph.D.s or terminal degrees in their fields: 87
Two-thirds of HMC's classes have fewer than 20 students, and more than 80% of classes have fewer than 30 students. With a few rare exceptions, full-time faculty teach nearly every class on campus.
- Enrollment: 777 students
- Gender: 58% men and 42% women (general population); 52% men and 48% women (Class of 2016)
- Student to faculty ratio: less than 9:1
- Geographic Distribution: 48 states and 25 foreign countries represented
- National Merit Scholar Finalists*: 54
- High School Rankings*: Approximately 92% of freshmen class were ranked in top 10% of their high school class; 35% are valedictorians or salutatorians
(25% of the class is not ranked by their high schools.)
SAT Scores* - Middle 50% Range
- Critical Reading: 680-770
- Writing: 680-760
- Math: 740-800
SAT Subject Test Scores* - Middle 50% Range
- Math 2: 760-800
ACT Composite* - Middle 50% Range
- 33-35 (The highest score on the ACT is 36.)
* For the Class of 2016
A broad range of opportunities is available for undergraduate research in the sciences--often conducted by professors in the various departments--and all students carry out research for at least one year.
The Harvey Mudd College Clinic Program engages teams of juniors, seniors and faculty members in the solving of real world, technical problems for approximately 40 "Blue Chip" companies and a number of government agencies.
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
|Room (dorm, double occupancy)||$7,763|
|Board (16 meals/week plan)||$6,708|
|Student Body Fee||$283|
|Books & Supplies||$800|
Harvey Mudd College's admission process is need based for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Financial aid offers, which include scholarships, grants, loans and work study, are designed to meet the calculated financial aid need.
- Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 83%
- Range of financial aid awards: $50 - $53,821
- Graduate or Professional School: close to 40%
- Workforce: about 60%
- Average Starting Salary: between $75,000 and $80,000