Located in Claremont, California, Harvey Mudd College is one of the nation’s top liberal arts college of engineering, science and mathematics. Unique in the fact that it is an engineering college which also teaches the liberal arts, the college was founded by Harvey S. Mudd in the 1950’s. Harvey Mudd, an accomplished mining engineer, desired to overcome many of the shortcomings of traditional, narrow technical training in his day and chartered the school back in December of 1955. In September 1957, less than one month before Sputnik I launched the space age, the school opened its doors for the first time, beginning with just forty-eight students and seven faculty members. Harvey Mudd College has come a long way since then having recently tied as the #1 Undergraduate Engineering College and named #1 college with the Best Career Placement.
Academic ProgramsHarvey Mudd College awards Bachelor of Science degrees in a variety of majors including Biology; Chemistry; Computer science; Engineering; Mathematics; Physics. Mudd also offers an Independent Study Program, off-campus major, and joint programs in chemistry and biology, computer science and mathematics, and mathematical biology. With courses centered around a solid core curriculum, Mudd’s mission is to educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians who are well versed in all of these areas as well as in the humanities and social sciences so that they are able to assume positions of leadership in their fields while possessing a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society. Harvey Mudd College follows the Honor Code system, granting students freedom and responsibility while expecting them to act with integrity.
Study abroad programs are available across all continents including over 20 countries and the school offers student exchange programs in both France and Australia. Students are required to meet a minimum grade average and be enrolled fulltime in order to be considered for a semester study abroad.
Student LifeA small institution, Harvey Mudd College’s total enrollment is less than 1,000 students. Male students outnumber female by a small percentage and nearly all fifty states and 25+ foreign nations are represented in the student body. The college campus holds nine residence halls, divided into “inner dorms” and “outer dorms”. Inner dorms are U-shaped around a courtyard and the dormitory lounge is located in the center of the dorm; outer dorms are newer and generally arranged in a more classic suit style.
A close-knit community, pranking is a favorite activity (and something for which the school’s Honor Code system gives much opportunity) among students. A variety of student organizations also exist and local attractions and activities abound in and around the Los Angeles area, which is less than one hour away. The Campus Activities Planning Board (CAP) plans and funds off-campus trips wherever students wish to go (with reason) – Disneyland, beaches, mountains, and museums are all options. The Claremont Colleges community also sponsors local events for everyone, most of which are free, giving students opportunities to enjoy the theatre, ballroom dancing, concerts, festivals, and more.