Harvey Mudd College ranked No. 2 for undergraduate engineering programs in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2021, maintaining the same spot as last year. Harvey Mudd’s engineering ranking is among colleges that offer a bachelor’s or master’s as the top degree. The College has tied for No. 1 with Rose-Hulman three out of the past six years.
Harvey Mudd’s engineering department was also recognized in the “Best in the Specialties” section, coming in at No. 2 for mechanical engineering, No. 3 for electrical/electronic/communications engineering, No. 4 for civil engineering and No. 4 in computer engineering. Harvey Mudd offers a broad yet deep general engineering degree that emphasizes experiential, hands-on learning and team-based projects with real-world applications.
In a new ranking of computer science programs that included both doctoral and non-doctoral granting institutions, Harvey Mudd came in at No. 20 and was the highest-ranked undergraduate-only college on the list.
Harvey Mudd ranked No. 6 again this year on the list of Most Innovative Schools, this time tied with Bates and Davidson colleges. The ranking highlights colleges making the most innovative improvements in areas such as curriculum and student life.
The College ranked No. 13 for Undergraduate Research and No. 23 for Senior Capstone Programs. Harvey Mudd’s undergraduate research and Clinic Program are both hallmarks of the College’s hands-on educational experience.
The College ranked No. 57 on the Best Undergraduate Teaching list, in a seven-way tie with Barnard, Beloit, Cornell College, Lewis & Clark, New College of Florida and Thomas Aquinas College.
In the overall ranking of national liberal arts colleges, Harvey Mudd came in at No. 25, tied with Colorado College. Last year Harvey Mudd tied for No. 23 with University of Richmond.
In the category of Campus Ethnic Diversity, an unranked list, Harvey Mudd came in second from the top with a score of 0.74, moving up from last year’s score of 0.72. Increasing diversity has been a strategic priority for Harvey Mudd; the 2015–2016 entering class was the most ethnically diverse in the College’s history, and each incoming class since has contributed to building a more diverse community.
On the Best Value Schools list, Harvey Mudd came in at No. 83.
According to U.S. News & World Report, changes to the methodology this year include two new outcome measures pertaining to graduate indebtedness. Less weight was given to SAT/ACT scores, high school class standing and alumni giving rates. This year’s factors included: Graduation and Retention Rates (22%), Social Mobility (5%), Graduate Rate Performance (8%) Undergraduate Academic Reputation (20%), Faculty Resources (20%), Student Selectivity (7%), Financial Resources (10%), Alumni Giving (3%) and Graduate Indebtedness (5%).