Sep 10, 2013 - Claremont, Calif. -
Harvey Mudd College ranked No. 16 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges and No. 2 for best in undergraduate engineering in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings released today.
Among liberal arts colleges, Harvey Mudd placed first for selectivity, had the highest incoming student SAT/ACT percentile range scores (25th-75th), and the highest percentage of first-years who ranked in the top 10 percent in their high school class (95 percent).
In addition to taking the No. 2 spot in undergraduate engineering for the second year in a row, Harvey Mudd’s engineering program received special recognition in the Engineering Colleges' "Best in the Specialties" listings. The College ranked second in computer engineering, fourth in electrical/electronic/communications engineering and fourth in mechanical engineering. Harvey Mudd ranked No. 1 in undergraduate engineering in 2012 (tied with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology).
In the High School Counselors' Picks, Harvey Mudd was rated No. 4, sharing that slot with Williams College. The U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy tied for No. 1, with the U.S. Air Force Academy and Claremont McKenna College following. All five of The Claremont Colleges ranked in the Top 22 of the High School Counselors' ratings.
Harvey Mudd also made the list of Top 25 national liberal arts colleges that value economic diversity. U.S. News bases this assessment on the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants, awarded to those with family incomes under $20,000.
U.S. News and World Report's 2014 rankings are based on a selection of indicators of academic excellence, including: assessment by peers and counselors; (22.5 percent); graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent); faculty resources (20 percent); student selectivity (12.5 percent); financial resources (10 percent); graduation rate performance (7.5 percent); and alumni giving (5 percent).
U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges guidebook
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