Fast Facts: Harvey Mudd College


  • Founded: 1955
  • Degrees offered: Bachelor of science
  • Majors: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, independent study program, off-campus major, and joint programs in chemistry and biology, computer science and mathematics, mathematical and computational biology, and mathematics and physics

Students 2021-22

  • Number of students: 905
  • Gender ratio: 50 percent female, 50 percent male
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1

Faculty 2021-22

  • Faculty: 95 tenured or tenure track; 98 percent hold PhD or highest degree in field
  • Faculty gender ratio: 39 percent female, 61 percent male

Tuition and Financial Aid 2021-22

  • Tuition: $60,402
  • Room and board: $19,333
  • Financial Aid: About 70 percent of students receive financial aid

Graduate Placement 2021

  • Graduate or professional school: 26.6 percent
  • Workforce: 63.7 percent
  • Median starting salary for Class of 2021: $117,500


  • 7,934 alumni and counting


  • Endowment: $320 million as of June 30, 2020
  • Budget for fiscal year 2019–2020: about $72 million


Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings 2021

  • No. 1 — Best Liberal Arts College

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2022

  • No. 2 – Best Undergraduate Engineering Program
  • No. 6 – Most Innovative Schools
  • No. 14 — Best Undergraduate Research
  • No. 23 — Best Computer Science Programs (highest undergraduate-only institution)
  • No. 17 — Best Senior Capstone Programs
  • No. 28 – Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • No. 15 — Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • No. 61 — Best Value Schools
  • Selected – Ethnic Diversity unranked list (second highest score)

PayScale 2020-21

  • No. 1 – Highest Mid-Career Salaries, PayScale’s 2020-21 College Salary Report
  • No. 1 – Best Schools for Return on Investment, PayScale’s 2020 College ROI Report.

Princeton Review 2021-22 Rankings

From The Best 387 Colleges, 2022 Edition: 

Note: Due to the pandemic, The Princeton Review did not include their usual college ranking lists that highlight specific ways in which schools stand out. For the 2022 Edition, because COVID-19 limited student access to on-campus offerings, they chose instead to include a special “Great Lists” feature with 26 unranked lists that recognize those schools that have frequently appeared on these lists in the past.  Harvey Mudd was featured in the follow “Great Lists.”:

  • “Great Professor Accessibility”
  • “Great Professors”
  • “Students Study the Most”
  • “LGBTQ- Friendly”

From The Best Value Colleges 2021 edition

  • No. 1 – Best Career Placement
  • No. 2 – Top 20 Best Value Colleges for Students With No Demonstrated Need
  • No. 5 – Top 50 Best Value Colleges (Private Schools)

Kiplinger’s 2019 (most recent)

Note: Kiplinger’s has paused their rankings during the pandemic.

  • No. 27 – Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges

Forbes 2021

  • No. 89 – America’s Top Colleges (list includes both large universities and small liberal arts colleges)

Faculty Awards and Accolades

  • National Academy of Engineering’s 2012 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education
  • Inaugural American Mathematical Society Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department, 2005
  • Five Mathematical Association of America Alder Awards for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning Faculty Member
  • Two Mathematical Association of America Haimo Awards for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics
  • Seven NSF Career Awards recognizing extraordinary faculty in early stages of their careers, for faculty in the Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering and Physics departments
  • American Physical Society’s Prize to a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution
  • Three American Chemical Society Awards for Research at an Undergraduate Institution
  • Council of Undergraduate Research Fellow, Chemistry Department
  • Four Henry Dreyfus Teacher–Scholars in Chemistry, based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates and a compelling commitment to teaching