In a recent Today Show broadcast, Princeton Review author Robert Franek discussed his new book, Colleges That Pay You Back, which ranks overall return on investment across American colleges and universities. Harvey Mudd ranked third overall, taking into account outstanding academics and financial assistance coupled with effective job placement. A major reason for that ranking, as Franek notes, is “a strong Office of Career Services,” which earned Harvey Mudd the additional honor of “Best Career Placement.”
The Harvey Mudd College Office of Career Services (OCS) assists students in every stage of career development, from selecting a major and searching for jobs and internships to exploring careers and researching graduate schools. The office has been lauded for its well-attended, well-organized fall and spring Career Fairs, which connect students with more than 150 prospective employers per year, allowing them to forge more intimate relationships with industry participants and to secure jobs, internships and valuable connections.
“Harvey Mudd students are excellent candidates for the positions offered by our participating employers, who describe Mudders as being motivated, hardworking and creative,” says Judy Fisher, director of career services. “The dedicated team in the Office of Career Services is committed to providing support to students, alumni and employers. We’re proud to help build mutually beneficial relationships and to have this work recognized so prominently.”
OCS offers many programs to help prepare students for life after Harvey Mudd, including a business etiquette dinner, networking workshops, mock interview training and a variety of career information sessions featuring both alumni and non-alumni recruiters. Its “Beyond the Bubble: Life After HMC” seminar series prepares students for career and life success with lessons in workplace politics, financial planning, cooking and more. Online, OCS connects students with recruiters through the 5-C job posting website ClaremontConnect, which allows students and recruiters to update postings and profiles in real time.
For the 2013–2014 academic year, 56 percent of Harvey Mudd graduates went on to full-time employment, while 36 percent attended graduate or professional school. Harvey Mudd alumni who enter industry report the highest median starting and mid-career salaries of any college graduates in the United States, according to PayScale.