Harvey Mudd College: Narrative Description

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301 East 12th St.
Claremont, CA 91711-5994
Tel: (909)621-8000
Admissions: (909)621-8011
Fax: (909)621-8360
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hmc.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed. Part of The Claremont Colleges Consortium. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1955. Setting: 33-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $179.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $21,095 per student. Total enrollment: 704. Faculty: 93 (79 full-time, 14 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 1,904 applied, 38% were admitted. 93% from top 10% of their high school class, 100% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 38 National Merit Scholars, 27 valedictorians. Full-time: 700 students, 32% women, 68% men. Part-time: 4 students, 25% women, 75% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 14 other countries, 57% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 0.4% black, 18% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 1% 25 or older, 97% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 95% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; computer/information sciences; mathematics. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, double major, internships. Off campus study at other members of The Claremont Colleges, Swarthmore College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT, SAT II: Writing Test, SAT Subject Test in Math 2C and second exam of choice (Math 1C is not accepted). Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $40,082 includes full-time tuition ($29,553), mandatory fees ($684), and college room and board ($9845). College room only: $5030. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 80 open to all. Most popular organizations: Delta 'H' Outdoor Club, Etc. Players - Drama Club, club sports, Jazz Orchestra, Society of Women Engineers. Major annual events: 5-Class Competition, Mudd Occasional Ball, Presentations and Projects Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 712 college housing spaces available; 695 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Honnold Library plus 1 other with 3.2 million books, 1.5 million microform titles, 16,308 serials, 10,040 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $645,035. 360 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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