Here, you’ll find all you need to get started on your application. We’ve included important dates as well as tips for applying as a first-year, international or transfer student.

Apply Deadlines
Early Decision I
Early Decision II
Regular Decision
Application dueNov. 15Jan. 5Jan. 5Mar. 15
Optional interview deadlineNov. 15mid-Dec.mid-Dec.n/a
Merit scholarships deadlineJan. 20Jan. 20Jan. 20n/a
CSS Profile & FAFSANov. 15Jan. 5Feb. 1Mar. 2
IDOCDec. 1Jan. 20Feb. 15Mar. 16
Decision releaseDec. 15Feb. 15Apr. 1May 5
Reply dateJan. 5Mar. 5May 1Jun. 1

If you are applying for financial aid, please refer to our Financial Aid website for more detailed instruction.

HMC reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received.

Standardized Testing

Since 2020 we announced these additional changes to our previous standardized testing policy:

  1. We will no longer be considering SAT subject test scores.
  2. For the high school classes of 2021 and 2022, HMC will be ACT/SAT optional for all applicants.
  3. HMC will extend its ACT/SAT optional policy through 2023.

We recognize that many students have not and may not have the ability to take standardized tests and do not want students to put their health or the health of their loved ones at risk in order to take these tests. It is our hope that students will take this message to heart and not go to extraordinary lengths or spend their energy in trying to find a way to test if they have not already done so. We are saying here unequivocally that students will not be at a disadvantage in our admission process if they are not able to submit any testing.

Some other important things to know about testing in our admission process:

  • We do not require the optional ACT writing section or the optional SAT essay. They will not be considered even if they are submitted.
  • We have no preference between the ACT or SAT.
  • We do not use standardized testing in our consideration for merit scholarships.

Test-optional Details

  • When students apply to HMC, they will be asked on either the Common Application or Coalition Application to choose their preferred testing plan. That means the students are asked if they want their application to be considered with ACT/SAT test scores or without.
  • Students are able to change their preferred testing from “Do not consider ACT/SAT scores” to “Consider ACT/SAT scores.”
  • Students are able to change their preferred testing plan selection through a form on the HMC Applicant Hub until 5 days after their application deadline. Students get access to the HMC Applicant Hub after they submit their application.

Submitting Test Scores

  • Self-report on the Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Self-report through the HMC Applicant Hub
  • Submit official score reports from the testing agency

See Self-reported Test Scores FAQs

Important: Only depositing students who requested that we consider their ACT/SAT scores will be required to submit official ACT/SAT score reports.

Recommended Test Dates

The following recommended test dates are just that, recommended. If students want to have their test scores considered with their application, these dates would be optimal. However, we will do our best to update students’ applications with scores as they become available. We are ready to work with you however we can.

  • Early Decision I – November test date
  • Early Decision II – December test date
  • Regular Decision – December test date

First-Year Profile

General Number
Applications 4,737
Admitted 473
Enrolled 231
Class of 2025 Percent
Female 50%
Male 50%
First-generation 13%
Race/Ethnicity (IPEDS) Percent
International 11%
Latinx 23%
Asian 19%
Black 8%
Native < 1%
White 22%
Two or more races 13%
No response 3%
Geography Number and Percent
U.S. States 28
non-U.S. countries 16
California 46%
West 18%
Midwest 5%
Northeast 14%
South 4%
non-U.S. 13%
Test-Optional Percent
Applications 39%
Admitted 39%
Enrolled 38%
Middle 50% Scores Score
SAT ERW 710–760
SAT Math 770–800
ACT Composite 34–36