Harvey Mudd College

301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, California 91711
Claremont, California 91711
(909) 621-8011
Accrediting Agency:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Harvey Mudd College was chartered in December 1955 and opened its doors in 1957 with 48 students and seven faculty members. Since that time, the college has continued its mission of providing students with a challenging scientific and technological education in conjunction with the liberal arts. The college is nationally recognized for its innovative Clinic Program, in which students are given the opportunity to work in teams devoted to solving problems posed by sponsoring organizations within industry, government, and the nonprofit realm. Harvey Mudd College emphasizes undergraduate research and as a result, the college’s graduates earn Ph.D.’s in science and engineering at one of the highest rates in the country. This highly-selective college keeps its enrollment small on purpose to cultivate an exceptional student body. Enrollment at Harvey Mudd College is only about 700 students. The college is a member of the Claremont University Consortium, a handful of well-regarded autonomous higher education institutions.

Programs Offered

HMC only offers undergraduate programs and specializes in science, math, and engineering. Even so, its Bachelor of Science programs include course work in the humanities and social sciences. The college offers a wide variety of programs through seven academic departments, which include biology; chemistry; computer science; engineering; humanities, social sciences, and the arts; mathematics; and physics. Within these academic areas, students can often pursue several emphases. For example, biology students can choose from molecular biology, environmental biology, a joint major in chemistry and biology, and mathematical and computational biology, not to mention pre-med preparation and study abroad options. The ability to complete a joint major, such as chemistry and biology, or to combine two different academic areas into one major, such as mathematical biology, sets HMC’s programs apart for students who are interested in a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to higher education.


Harvey Mudd College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. The college has maintained this accreditation since 1959.


Prospective students apply to Harvey Mudd College using the Common Application and the HMC Supplement, which provides information specific to the college. Both applications include an essay component. Potential first-year students can choose early decision or regular decision. To be eligible, students should take at least one year-long high school course (or semester-long college course) in chemistry, physics, and calculus; four years of English; and two to three years of social science, including at least one year of history. Two years of a foreign language are recommended. Admissions staff take special note of students who take honors, AP, and IB courses, particularly in math, science, and English. Students should make sure they have their counselor submit a school recommendation. Students will also need to have recommendations from a math or science teacher as well as a humanities teacher sent in. Other required admissions documents include official high school transcript, midyear report, SAT or ACT exam, and two SAT subject exams (one must be math). The college recommends that students sit for an interview as well.


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