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Harvey Mudd College, according to its mission statement, “seeks to educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.” As a result, its students “really understand their impact on both their global and campus communities.” Breadth is also instilled in a Harvey Mudd education through its membership in the “Claremont Colleges,” a seven-member consortium that includes Pomona and Claremont McKenna, and because of this, its “students are more well-rounded than most in the sciences and get to pursue their passions outside of the STEM fields.” Students also praise the “broad core curriculum at Harvey Mudd,” which “produces scientists who can rise to meet interdisciplinary challenges within the sciences” and facilitates “great post-grad opportunities.” Classes are hard but rewarding: “The brutal work fosters an extremely collaborative environment where people focus not on the grade they get but the learning behind it.” “Academics are perfect. Could not ask for more rigorous and interesting learning.” HMC undergrads demonstrate a “commitment to” Harvey Mudd’s “honor code,” which requires students “to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity both personally and academically and to respect the rights of others.” This ethic, as well as support systems like “the proctor [and] mentor systems in the dorms,” which positions RAs to act as resources to students “without all of the policing,” creates a “tight community” on campus. “There is no segregation based on class year, major, race, academic ability, dorm or anything. Everyone is respectful, smart, aware, supportive, and unique.” Professors are almost universally reported to be “incredible,” “truly dedicated to undergraduate teaching,” and “always willing to spend hours outside of class answering questions.” HMC’s small classes and lack of graduate programs focuses faculty attention on undergrads: “My only ‘large’ class as a freshman is an intro to CS Class of 100 students and by the fifth day the professor knew all 100 names.” Overall, “the work at HMC is very challenging, but I have had the best support system; from the Academic Excellence tutors providing help for all required core classes to the professors who are readily accessible and enthusiastic helpers.”

Student Body

“Harvey Mudd has a strong community of talented students that build each other up.” Many HMC students offer similar praise for the college’s “small, tight knit community in which everyone looks after one another.” The “typical student is friendly, outgoing, and passionate about their (sometimes slightly weird) interests,” and “it’s really easy to form close friendships, whether in your dorm or through study groups.” “Everyone at the school is extremely enthusiastic about learning,” and the college’s culture promotes lots of intellectual bonding amongst “nerds, but the kind that can hold conversations.” “Most people are top of their class from high school, so freshman year, everyone is a bit cocky (but Mudd humbles you really quickly).” Undergrads value that “the honor code works very well, and students are pretty much always eager to help one another.”

Campus Life

Students agree that Harvey Mudd enables tremendous growth, which isn’t always easy: “You feel really smart before Mudd, you feel really stupid during Mudd, and after Mudd you feel like a genius.” Socially speaking, “conversations at dinner are probably really weird and nerdy from an outsiders point of view,” and “people care about...lots of other serious issues along with more frivolous ones.” Many appreciate that “campus-wide parties are funded by the college, ensuring that they are safe and well-funded,” and these include “a foam party, where a dorm courtyard is filled with soap foam,” and “a holiday party where (literally) tons of snow are trucked in.” There’s plenty to do on campus, but “Claremont Village is within a 20-minute walk,” and “it takes about an hour and a half to get to LA’s Union Station from Mudd, and downtown LA and Little Tokyo are both accessible from there.” “A lot of students do drink, but there is honestly never any pressure. I don’t drink at all and I have never felt any pressure to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with.” One student sums up the HMC life this way: “Work really, really hard, play hard.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Pat Lewis

301 Platt Blvd.
Admissions Offic
Claremont, CA 91711


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Dorm Lounges
Platt Campus Center Living Room
Hoch Shanahan Dining Hall
Jay's Pizza Place
Linde Student Activities Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mt. Baldy--Angeles National Forest
Downtown Los Angeles
Theme Parks (Disneyland, etc.)
Joshua Tree National Monument
Several theme parks, the beaches, and many other attractions are a short driving distance away.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday (some Sat)
8am-5pm and 9am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Sept-May 11am,1:30pm and 3:30pm. Jun-Aug 10am, 2pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Before tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

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Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Monday-Thursday evenings


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Ontario International Airport is 5 miles from campus. The Claremont Doubletree(909-626-2411) shuttle takes passengers from the airport to the hotel, which is just 5 blocks from campus. Taxis are also available at the airport for the ride to campus. Greyhound buses serve Claremont; the terminal is just south of I-10.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-10, exit onto Indian Hill Blvd. North. Take Indian Hill N. for about 1 3/4 miles to 12th St. Turn right (east) on 12th St. for 5 blocks to the admissions office in Kingston Hall at 301 Platt Blvd. (Platt Blvd is the continuation of 12th St. East of Dartmouth Ave.).


Applicants: 4,737
Acceptance Rate: 10%



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