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
  • Class of 2018: 87 percent in top 10 percent of class; 40 percent valedictorians or salutatorians
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Students living on campus: 99 percent

Faculty

  • Faculty: 89 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 2014–15

  • Tuition: $48,315
  • Room and board: $15,833
  • Financial aid: Nearly 80 percent of students receive financial aid up to $56,450

Graduate Placement

  • Graduate or professional school: Nearly 40 percent
  • Workforce: Nearly 60 percent
  • Average starting salary: Between $75,000 and $80,000
  • Alumni: 6,005 and counting

Finances

  • Endowment: $241 million as of June 30, 2013
  • Budget for fiscal year 2011–12: $52 million

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015

  • No. 1 – Undergraduate Engineering College, tied with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • No. 15 – Liberal Arts Colleges, tied with Colby College, Hamilton College and Wesleyan University
  • No. 5 – High School Counselors’ Picks

PayScale 2014–15

  • No. 1 – Highest Mid-Career Salaries, PayScale’s 2015 College Salary Report
  • No. 1 – Best Schools for Return on Investment, PayScale’s 2014 College ROI Report

Princeton Review 2014–15

From Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In, 2015 edition:

  • No. 1 – Colleges That Pay You Back – Even If You’re Not Eligible for Need-Based Financial Aid
  • No. 1 – Best Career Placement
  • No. 3 – Top 50 Colleges That Pay You Back

From The Best 378 Colleges. 2014 edition:

  • No. 3 – “Best Science Lab Facilities”
  • No. 5 – “Students Study the Most”
  • No. 10 – “Professors Get High Marks”

Kiplinger’s 2015

  • No. 39 – Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges

Forbes 2013–14

  • No. 15 – Forbes’ Most Entrepreneurial Colleges, 2013
  • No. 52 – Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges, 2014
  • No. 7 – Forbes’ Top 25 Western Colleges, 2014

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 (APS) Prize to a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution
  • Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Fellow, Chemistry Department
  • Four Henry Dreyfus Teacher–Scholars in Chemistry, based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates and a compelling commitment to teaching