Required Additional Writing

Below are the additional writing prompts that will appear on the Common Application for Harvey Mudd College. Please note that there is no additional writing supplement for Harvey Mudd College beyond these samples.

Short Answer

Please answer the following (500 word limit):
What influenced you to apply to Harvey Mudd College? What about the HMC curriculum and community appeals to you?

Essay

Choose any one of the essay topics below (500 word limit):

  1. Many students choose HMC because they don’t want to give up their interests outside of STEM and because they’ve seen exciting connections between their work in STEM and their work in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts – or HSA as we call it at HMC. Tell us about your dream HSA class. Your answer might (but doesn’t have to) include projects you could do, texts you might want to read, or topics you would want to explore.
  2. “Scientific research is a human endeavor. The choices of topics that we research are based on our biases, our beliefs, and what we bring: our cultures and our families. The kinds of problems that people put their talents to solving depends on their values.” -Dr. Clifton Poodry.  How has your own background influenced the types of problems you want to solve?
  3. What is one thing we won’t know about you after reading your application that you haven’t already reported in the Common Application “Additional Information” section?