Eligibility Requirements

Below is an outline of courses you’ll want to pursue before becoming a Mudder. If your school offers honors, AP or IB courses, we recommend taking them—especially in math, science and English.

We’re a community of people who like to be challenged, so the more you’ve challenged yourself in high school, the more you look like a future Mudder.


At least one yearlong high school chemistry course and one yearlong high school physics course are required. A semester-long college course in each discipline (chemistry and physics) will also suffice. If you can’t complete one of these courses before high school graduation, you may still be admitted to Harvey Mudd provisionally, but you’ll have to earn an A or B in a college-level summer course before you join us.


At least one yearlong high school course in calculus is required. Otherwise, you must take a semester-long college course.


Four years of English courses are recommended. We expect all applicants to be good writers and speakers who know their way around an adverb.

Foreign Language

Two years of foreign language courses are recommended. Given the many study-abroad opportunities at Harvey Mudd College, it’s a great idea to develop your language skills.

Social Science

At least two years of social science courses are recommended, but three would be better, including at least one year of history.