Beginning with applicants for Fall 2017, Harvey Mudd College will not require that students submit results for the optional essay section of the new SAT, and nor will we require that students submit the ACT with writing results. We will continue to require either the SAT or the ACT as well as 2 subject tests, one of which must be Math 2.
Our decision not to require the essay section of these tests in no way reflects a belief on the part of the College that writing is not important. In fact, it is because we require additional writing samples that we feel we can make this policy change while still having enough evidence of a student’s writing ability to make our decisions. Writing is a central piece of our curriculum, and the writing ability of our alumni is one of the skills that makes them so in demand in their life after Harvey Mudd.