Required Application Materials

Your First-Year Application

  • Common Application or Coalition Application. A personal essay is required for either application. Harvey Mudd does not have a preference between the two applications.
  • $70 application fee or fee waiver. Fee waivers are available to those who demonstrate financial need. Request a fee waiver through the Common Application or Coalition Application. The application platform may ask your counselor to complete a fee waiver form to affirm your request. We also honor fee waivers from the ACT, College Board, and NACAC.
  • Required Additional Writing. An additional essay and short answer response is required. Preview the required additional writing topics and questions.
  • School Report and Counselor Recommendation submitted by your counselor
  • Teacher Recommendation from a math or science teacher
  • Teacher Recommendation from a humanities, social science, or art teacher

Official Transcripts

  • Official High School Transcript
  • College/University Transcript (if applicable). This is not required for any ungraded college enrichment program/courses.


  • Admission Interview. For information on how to arrange an interview, see the interviews page.

Questions? See our Application FAQs.

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

This year we have announced two important changes to our previous standardized testing policy:

  1. We will no longer be considering SAT subject test scores. Read full announcement
  2. For the high school classes of 2021 and 2022, HMC will be ACT/SAT optional for all applicants. Read full announcement

We recognize that many students will not have the ability to take standardized tests in the near future and do not want our 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 is, 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 Final Test Dates

Again, we recognize that test dates may be cancelled and that students may not have access to testing at all. The following recommended final 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