Fast Facts: Harvey Mudd College

History

  • 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, and mathematical biology

Students

  • Number of students: about 800
  • Gender ratio: 46 percent female, 54 percent male
  • Student distribution: 48 states and 26 foreign countries
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Students living on campus: 99 percent

Faculty

  • Faculty: 96 tenured or tenure track; all hold PhD or highest degree in field
  • Faculty gender ratio: 38 percent female, 62 percent male

Tuition and Financial Aid 2016–17

  • Tuition: $52,383
  • Room and board: $17,051
  • Financial Aid: About 75 percent of students receive financial aid

Graduate Placement 2015–16

  • Graduate or professional school: 28 percent
  • Workforce: 56 percent
  • Median starting salary for Class of 2016: $105,555
  • Alumni: 6,005 and counting

Finances

  • Endowment: $284 million as of June 30, 2014
  • Budget for fiscal year 2013–2014: $58 million

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2017

  • No. 1 – Most Innovative Schools
  • No. 1 – Freshman Retention Rate, tied with Amherst and Pomona
  • No. 2 – Best Undergraduate Engineering Program
  • No. 4 – High School Counselors’ Top College Picks, tied with Bowdoin, Smith, U.S. Air Force Academy, Vassar and Wellesley
  • No. 6 – Campus Ethnic Diversity, tied with Amherst and Pomona
  • No. 13 – Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching
  • No. 21 – Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, tied with Wesleyan
  • Selected – Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects (unranked list)

PayScale 2015–16

  • No. 3 – Highest Mid-Career Salaries, PayScale’s 2017 College Salary Report
  • No. 3 – Best Schools for Return on Investment, PayScale’s 2016 College ROI Report. (Harvey Mudd ranked No. 1 from 2012-2015)

Princeton Review 2016–17

From Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, 2016 edition:

  • No. 1 – Best Career Placement
  • No. 3 – Top 25 Colleges That Pay You Back for Students With No Demonstrated Need
  • No. 4 – Top 50 Colleges That Pay You Back
  • No. 15 – Top 25 Best Schools for Internships

From The Best 381 Colleges, 2017 Edition:

  • No. 1 – “Best Science Lab Facilities”
  • No. 2 – “Students Study the Most”
  • No. 9 – “There’s a Game?”
  • No. 11 – “LGBTQ-Friendly”
  • No. 16 – “Most Accessible Professors”
  • No. 17 – “Professors Get High Marks”

Kiplinger’s 2016

  • No. 31 – Best Values in Private Colleges
  • No. 10 – Ten Great Colleges Where Your Kid Can Graduate in Four Years or Less
  • No. 7 – Great Colleges Where Alumni Earn the Most Money

Forbes 2016

  • No. 1 – Top Colleges That Produce the Highest Earning Grads
  • No. 59 – Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges, 2016
  • No. 10 – Forbes’ Top 25 Western Colleges, 2016

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
  • Three NSF Career Awards recognizing extraordinary faculty in early stages of their careers, for faculty in the Biology, Chemistry and Computer Science departments
  • American Physical Society’s Prize to a Faculty Member for Research in 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