Future Achievers in Science and Technology (FAST)

15th Annual Future Achievers in Science and Technology Program

The Future Achievers in Science and Technology (FAST) program is free to apply to and free to attend if invited. The program provides high-achieving, college-bound high school seniors with an opportunity to interact with Harvey Mudd students, professors and other college-bound students who share a passion for the STEM fields. This year we are hosting two separate in-person FAST programs (pending any changes with COVID) running on two separate dates. Our September program will focus on students who are not from the Southern California area while our October program is for students within a 250 mile radius from Claremont, CA. Both programs will have an overnight component. Students will lodged at a local hotel near Claremont, CA. Transportation to and from the hotel will be provided by Harvey Mudd.

FAST participants will learn first hand about our campus community by getting to know and working with current students, faculty and staff. FAST will also include sessions that explore research, student life and a session to ask admission staff any questions you have about our admission process. The program is currently open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who live within the 50 U.S. states.

The FAST program is intended for students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM – women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, students from low income or rural backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students who are first-generation to college.

FAST application – due October 2, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT

Here you can learn about the application requirements and access the 2022 FAST application.

2022 FAST Program Details

The Future Achievers in Science and Technology (FAST) program is a two day, on-campus program. This year our September program will focus on national students and our October program will focus on students within a 250 mile radius from Claremont, CA. The program dates are September 18th – 20th, 2022 (National program) and October 27th -28th, 2022 (Local program).

Things to know

FAST invitees will:

  • Get an inside-look into Harvey Mudd and learn about the HMC experience from current Harvey Mudd students and other community members.
  • Interact with other college-bound students from around the nation who share their passion for STEM.
  • Tour of campus and Claremont Colleges.
  • Interact with faculty and staff including a research lab tour
  • Complete a required Admission Interview (virtual or in person to be decided)
  • Stay overnight at a local hotel
  • Receive a fee waiver for their first-year application to HMC.

Program Impact

Camille Simon

Fall 2016 FAST Program

Camille, Class of 2021

“… for for the first time, I was able to see what it was like to be surrounded by students interested not only in STEM, but in a challenging yet collaborative environment.”

Learn more about other FAST alumni experiences in our FAST Outcomes page.

Get the word out!

Do you know someone perfect for this program? Tell them all about it https://www.hmc.edu/admission/fast/


Check out our FAST Frequently Asked Questions!

Can’t find an answer to your question? Contact Assistant Director of Admission Roberto Peña at rpena@hmc.edu.