WISTEM FAQs

Will the WISTEM program take place in 2022?

We are thrilled to host our sixth annual Women’s Inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (WISTEM) program! This year, we have modified the program so it takes place in a virtual setting. As a component of the WISTEM program, it is our plan to offer an all expenses paid fly-in program to visit Harvey Mudd College. Our ability to offer the in-person program will depend on any COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time. WISTEM will still connect participating students with a cohort of like-minded peers while also helping them build computational skills, learn more about admission and financial aid, and meet women of color in STEM professions. Read in-depth details about WSITEM 2022 on our website.

About the Program

Could I participate in the residential/online portion of the program only?

No, WISTEM students must agree to participate in the ENTIRETY of the residential AND online components in order to be accepted to WISTEM. We want to acknowledge that we do not have a date confirmed for the residential component of the program; however, our hope is to host this in-person component in the Fall.

What will be included in the WISTEM Online program? How much time can I expect to dedicate to the program?

How much time you dedicate to the WISTEM program is really based on your own time management skills. Weekly WISTEM webinars highlight women of color in the STEM professions and explore the college application process. Weekly assignments involve reflective posts on Discord, personal essay draft, co-present a final presentation, and more. Assignments are scheduled to be completed weekly and should not take more than 1-2 hours of work per week.

About the Application Process

 Who should apply to WISTEM?

The WISTEM program is open to high school seniors (or equivalent) that are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, live in the United States and its territories, and are considering the STEM fields as they begin their college search and application process. Women of color are particularly encouraged to apply for the program as its online component will highlight women of color in the STEM professions.

Can undocumented students apply to WISTEM?

Undocumented students are welcome to apply to WISTEM, but should know that ultimately they would apply for first-year admission to HMC and need-based financial aid as international students. Our funding for international student financial aid is limited.

How do I apply?

See the Applying to WISTEM page to learn about the application process.

What should I do if my grades for the first half of 11th aren’t ready by the deadline?

We understand grading schedules vary between schools. If final grades for spring semester of 11th are not available, then we ask students include a copy of their progress report or quarter grades. We only require UNOFFICIAL transcripts, so we can accept screen shots from electronic grade books, scanned report cards/progress reports, etc.

Are Standardized Test required to apply to WISTEM?

No, standardized testing (e.g., SAT, ACT or SAT Subject Tests) results are NOT required to apply to the WISTEM program. You will notice a section of the application will ask for the results of any standardized tests you have taken as this can assist the admission committee in decision-making process. However, we understand that many students will not have taken standardized tests by the fall of their junior year in high school.

When is the application due? May I ask for a deadline extension? Could I submit some of the required materials after the deadline?
The 2022 WISTEM Application is due on July 5, 2022. Given the level of interest in the WISTEM program, we are unable to grant extensions. Similarly, we are unable to accept materials submitted after the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

About WISTEM Decisions

How many students are invited to WISTEM?

The WISTEM program is small by design. Only 20 students will be invited to the 2022 WISTEM cohort.

When will I be notified about my WISTEM application?

Students receive email notification by July 11, 2022 at 6:00 pm PT. All WISTEM correspondence is done via email, so make sure you enter a valid email address in the online application form.

What if I’m not invited to the program?

Given the small size of the program (20 students!), we are unable to accommodate every interested applicant. Unfortunately we end up turning down most of the very talented students that apply to WISTEM every year. Please know that a negative decision from us is a result of our space and budget constraints, and not due to lack of confidence in you as a potential first-year applicant. WISTEM application results have no effect on your first-year HMC application.

If you are not invited to join WISTEM, you should absolutely continue to consider HMC for first-year admission, and if time and expense permit, visit our campus!

  • Register for a campus tour and information session via our events calendar. (Visits during your senior year could include an overnight stay and/or admission interview.)
  • Check out our required application materials for first-year admission.

About Travel

When a date is confirmed for the residential component of the program, we will post more information regarding travel arrangements.

Who will pay for my travel to HMC?

The WISTEM program is completely FREE for invited students. Harvey Mudd will fully fund air travel to Ontario airport for students located outside of Southern California. Students in Southern California will be reimbursed for round-trip travel mileage; this also applies to students located on the southern portion of the California Central Valley.