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.
You can add Harvey Mudd College to your college list in both the Common Application and the Coalition Application, but our member or HMC-specific questions are not ready. We will be ready to accept first-year applications from the Common Application by August 25 and Coalition Application by August 30 and transfer applications by September 20. Thank you for your patience!
Early Decision I
Early Decision II
|Application due||Nov. 15||Jan. 5||Jan. 5||Mar. 15|
|Optional interview deadline||Nov. 15||mid-Dec.||mid-Dec.||n/a|
|Merit scholarships deadline||Jan. 20||Jan. 20||Jan. 20||n/a|
|CSS Profile & FAFSA||Nov. 15||Jan. 5||Feb. 1||Mar. 2|
|IDOC||Dec. 1||Jan. 20||Feb. 15||Mar. 16|
|Decision release||Dec. 15||Feb. 15||Apr. 1||May 5|
|Reply date||Jan. 5||Mar. 5||May 1||Jun. 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.
In 2020 we announced two important changes to our previous standardized testing policy:
- We will no longer be considering SAT subject test scores.
- For the high school classes of 2021 and 2022, HMC will be ACT/SAT optional for all applicants.
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.
- 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
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
|Class of 2025||Percent|
|Two or more reaces||14%|
|Geography||Number and Percent|
|Middle 50% Scores||Score|