So you’ve been invited to Summer Institute…

What is Summer Institute?

Summer Institute (SI) is a free summer program that welcomes students to campus a week and a half before New Student Orientation. Its mission is to increase the leadership development, personal and academic success of participants, and it targets students who are underrepresented in science, math, and engineering.

What is the cost of participating in SI?

SI is free of charge to students, including room and board.

When does SI take place?

SI will take place from Sunday, August 18 to Tuesday, August 27. New Student Orientation will start on Wednesday, August 28.

What happens during SI?

SI scholars will become familiar with the resources and programs available at HMC and the Claremont Colleges. They will participate in a variety of workshops in understanding healthy behaviors, career exploration and community engagement. Co-curricular programming includes a low- and high-ropes course1, a community service project, and developing your multicultural, allyship, community-building and leadership skills.

1 The ropes course is done through the Boojum Institute Challenge Course, located in the San Jacinto Mountains (about a two-hour drive from campus). The outdoor course involves activities using ropes, logs, cables, and other props. Boojum uses hands-on adventure-based games and creative challenges to develop self-confidence, mutual support and leadership. It is not a physical endurance test nor does it require extraordinary physical ability. SI scholars will be lead by experienced staff members of the Boojum Institute.

Why was I invited to SI?

We believe students invited to SI would benefit from having additional time to learn about the culture and resources at HMC. This year we extended an SI invitation to 25% of admitted students.

What are the benefits of SI?

Previous participants say that SI gave them greater confidence in their transition to Harvey Mudd and provided them with a strong, supportive community. Over the years a large number of our SI participants have gone on to assume leadership roles at HMC including, proctors, mentors, student organization leaders, Orientation directors, and ASHMC presidents.

What if I want to take a class at my local college this summer?

Given that SI starts on August 18, students interested in taking any summer courses must plan accordingly and register for courses taking place in the earlier part of summer.

This is particularly important for those students that received conditional admission: completion of any missing coursework should take priority over participation in SI. Proper planning should prevent any scheduling conflicts.

What if I’m a recruited athlete for a CMS fall sport?

There may be a few conflicts, but the SI and CMS staffs will work together in order for you to be able to participate in both.

How do I sign up?!

Please submit the Summer Institute Agreement Form by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.

SI is designed to accommodate around 50 students. Therefore, it is possible that not all students who indicate interest will be able to attend SI.

I have more questions. Who may I contact?

Office of Institutional Diversity

Division of Student Affairs