Summer Institute 2018

We Spell Success, S-I!

Summer Institute is selective, highly coveted, long-standing summer program designed to ease students’ transition to Harvey Mudd. It is primarily aimed at underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (i.e., women, students of color and first-generation college students).

Participants will arrive on campus August 12, two and a half weeks before New Student Orientation. In that time, students will enjoy making new best friends, acclimating to their new life at Harvey Mudd and getting a sneak peak at the intellectual challenges awaiting them in their first semester at Mudd.

SI is a free summer program, which includes room, board and a $500 stipend.

Most participants say that participating in SI gives them greater confidence in their transition to Harvey Mudd, as well as provides them with a strong, supportive community. Also, a significant number of campus leaders started out in Summer Institute: 20 proctors, 4 New Student Orientation directors, 2 ASHMC presidents since 2003.

Academics – With a Twist!

The academic sessions are an integral part of SI and are presented by a sampling of Harvey Mudd College’s exceptional faculty. You’ll experience a level of mathematics you’ve never seen before and workshops in all of the scientific disciplines. You’ll get to build important relationships with faculty members, before the academic year has even begun.

Busy has Never Been This Much fun!

Summer Institute is a jam-packed program. When participants are engaged in academic sessions, hands-on faculty talks, and homework, they will be immersed in social justice and leadership experiential workshops, group activities, and gaining familiarity with the resources of The Claremont Colleges. SI also includes off-campus excursions, a community service trip and, of course, some free time.

Have you Ever Climbed a Giant’s Ladder?

Boojum Institute is an overnight trip to the San Jacinto Mountains during the first weekend of SI. Participants and staff will stay at Idyllwild Pines camp and participate in a Challenge Course experience involving low and high ropes activities. We hope this experience fosters cooperation and development of inner strength, leadership skills and interpersonal relationships.