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Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College seal.svg
TypePrivate college
Established1955; 66 years ago (1955)
Academic affiliations
Claremont Colleges
Oberlin Group
Annapolis Group
Endowment$319.7 million (2020)[2]
Budget$87 million (2018)[3]
PresidentMaria Klawe
Academic staff
115 (2019)[4]
Undergraduates895 (2019)[4]
United States
CampusSuburban, 38 acres (15 ha)
Colors  Black
AthleticsNCAA Division III – SCIAC
NicknameStags (men) / Athenas (women)
  Men's, Stag
  Women's, Athenas
  Wally Wart
Harvey Mudd College logo.svg

Harvey Mudd College (HMC) is a private college in Claremont, California, focused on science and engineering. It is part of the Claremont Colleges, which share adjoining campus grounds and resources. The college enrolls 895 undergraduate students as of 2019, and awards the Bachelor of Science degree.

The college was funded by the friends and family of Harvey Seeley Mudd, one of the initial investors in the Cyprus Mines Corporation, and named in his honor.[5] Although involved in planning of the new institution, Mudd died before it opened in 1955. The campus was designed by Edward Durell Stone in a modernist style.

Admission to Harvey Mudd is highly competitive, and the college is known for its intense academic culture.[6] Graduates earn the highest mid-career salaries of any college or university in the United States, according to data from payscale.com.[7]


Harvey Mudd was founded in 1955.[8][9] Classes began in 1957, with a founding class of 48 students and one building–Mildred E. Mudd Hall, a dormitory. Classes and meals took place at CMC, and labs in the Baxter Science Building until additional buildings could be built: Jacobs Science Building (1959), Thomas-Garett Hall (1961) and Platt Campus Center (1963). By 1966, the campus had grown to 283 students and 43 faculty.[8]

Under the presidency of Maria Klawe, begun in 2006, Harvey Mudd became a leading advocate for women in STEM in higher education.[6]

In April 2017, all classes were canceled for two days in response to tensions on campus over workload, race issues, and mistrust of faculty.[10] Contributing events included the deaths of two Mudd students and a Scripps student that year and the leak of a report on teaching, learning, and workload at Mudd.[11]


The former Norman F. Sprague Memorial Library
Outdoor classes at Harvey Mudd

The original buildings of campus, designed by Edward Durell Stone and completed in 1959,[12] features "knobbly concrete squares that students of Harvey Mudd affectionately call “warts” and use as hooks for skateboards."[13] The school's unofficial mascot "Wally Wart" is an anthropomorphic concrete wart.[13]

In 2013, Travel and Leisure named the college as one of "America's ugliest college campuses" and noted that while Stone regarded his design as a "Modernist masterpiece" the result was "layering drab, slab-sided buildings with Beaux-Arts decoration."[13]

Academic buildings


View of central campus, looking out of the former Norman F. Sprague Memorial Library.

The official names for the dormitories of Harvey Mudd College are (listed in order of construction):[14]

  • Mildred E. Mudd Hall ("East")
  • West Hall ("West")
  • North Hall ("North")
  • Marks Residence Hall ("South")
  • J. L. Atwood Residence Hall (Atwood)
  • Case Residence Hall (Case)
  • Ronald and Maxine Linde Residence Hall (Linde)
  • Frederick and Susan Sontag Residence Hall (Sontag)
  • Wayne and Julie Drinkward Residence Hall (Drinkward)[15]
Galileo Hall and Hixon Courtyard

Until the addition of the Linde and Sontag dorms, Atwood and Case dorms were occasionally referred to as New Dorm and New Dorm II; Mildred E. Mudd Hall and Marks Hall are almost invariably referred to as East dorm and South dorm.

During the construction of Case Dorm some students decided as a prank to move all of the survey stakes exactly six inches in one direction.[16]

South Dorm is in the northwest corner of the quad. "East" was the first dorm, but it wasn't until "West" was built west of it that it was actually referred to as "East". Then "North" was built, directly north of "East". When the fourth dorm (Marks) was built, there was one corner of the quad available (the northwest) and one directional name, "South", remaining.[17] To this day "South" dorm is the northernmost HMC dorm.

The fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth dorms built are Atwood, Case, Linde, Sontag, and Drinkward, respectively. They were initially referred to as "the colonies" by some students, a reference to the fact that they were newer and at the farthest end of the campus; these dorms are now more commonly referred to as "the outer dorms." The college had initially purchased an apartment building adjacent to the newer dorms to house additional students, but it was demolished to make room for Sontag.

Since any HMC student, regardless of class year, can live in any of the dormitories, several of the dorms have accumulated long-standing traditions and so-called 'personalities'.[18]


Harvey Mudd College entrance on Dartmouth Ave.[19]

HMC offers four-year degrees in chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science, biology, and engineering, interdisciplinary degrees in mathematical biology, and joint majors in computer science and mathematics; or in biology and chemistry. Students may also elect an Individual Program of Study (IPS) or an off-campus major offered by any of the other Claremont Colleges, provided one also completes a minor in one of the technical fields that Harvey Mudd offers as a major.[20]

All HMC students are required to take the college's Common Core Curriculum,[21] typically throughout their freshman and sophomore years. This includes courses in computer science, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, writing, and a critical inquiry course.

In 2018, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that, in response to student "complaints first to mental-health counselors and then to outside evaluators", the college was "considering how to ease pressure on students without sacrificing rigor."[22]


For the class of 2023, the college received 4,045 applications and admitted 553 applicants (a 13.7% acceptance rate). Of the 224 freshmen who enrolled, the middle 50% of SAT scores were 780–800 in mathematics and 710–770 in critical reading, while the ACT Composite range was 33–35.[4]

Harvey Mudd, along with Wake Forest University, long held out as the last four-year colleges or universities in the U.S. to accept only SAT and not ACT test scores for admission.[23] In August 2007, at the beginning of the application process for the class of 2012, HMC began accepting ACT results,[24] a year after Wake Forest abandoned its former SAT-only policy.[23]


Academic rankings
Forbes[25] 23
Liberal arts colleges
U.S. News & World Report[26] 25
Washington Monthly[27] 5

Harvey Mudd maintains the highest rate of science and engineering Ph.D. production among all undergraduate colleges and second highest (Caltech ranks first and MIT third) compared to all universities and colleges, according to a 2008 report by the National Science Foundation.[28][needs update]

Washington Monthly ranked Harvey Mudd 5th in 2020 among 218 liberal arts colleges in the U.S. based on its contribution to the public good, as measured by social mobility, research, and promoting public service.[29]Money magazine ranked Harvey Mudd 136th out of 744 in its "Best Colleges For Your Money 2019" report.[30]

In U.S. News & World Report's 2021 "America's Best Colleges" report, Harvey Mudd College is tied for the 25th best U.S. liberal arts college, is 2nd among undergraduate engineering schools in the U.S. whose highest degree is a Master's, and is ranked as tied for 6th "Most Innovative School" among 50 liberal arts colleges evaluated.[31]Forbes in 2019 rated it 23rd in its "America's Top Colleges" ranking of 650 military academies, national universities and liberal arts colleges.

Among newer college rankings, Niche College Rankings ranks Harvey Mudd as the 3rd best liberal arts college and 28th best college in the U.S.[32][33] Also, according to payscale.com, Harvey Mudd graduates earn the highest mid-career salaries for a Bachelor's degree among all colleges and universities (MIT, Naval Academy, Princeton, and Caltech round out the top 5).[7]

Tuition and other costs

In 2016, Harvey Mudd was for the second year in a row the most expensive college in the United States, with the total annual cost of attendance (tuition, fees, and room and board) being $69,717. About 70% of freshmen receive financial aid.[34]


Athletes from Harvey Mudd compete alongside athletes from Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags and Athenas (CMS).[35] The teams participate in NCAA Division III in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The mascot for the men's teams is Stanley the Stag, and the women's teams are the Athenas. Their colors are cardinal and gold.

Athletics history

According to the Division III Fall Learfield Director's Cup Standings for the 2016-2017 year, CMS ranks 12th among all Division III programs, and first among SCIAC colleges.[36]


There are 21 men's and women's teams.[37]

Men's sports

Women's sports

Athletic facilities

Axelrood Pool
  • Baseball — Bill Arce Field
  • Basketball and Volleyball — Roberts Pavilion
  • Football and Lacrosse — John Zinda Field
  • Softball — Softball Field
  • Soccer — John Pritzlaff Field
  • Swimming and Diving — Matt M. Axelrood Pool
  • Tennis — Biszantz Family Tennis Center
  • Track and Field — Burns Track Complex[38]


The other sports combination of the Claremont Colleges, and CMS' primary rival, is the team made up of Pomona College and Pitzer College known as the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens (PP).

Relations with Caltech

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), another school known for its strength in the natural sciences and engineering, is located 26 miles (42 km) away from Harvey Mudd College. From time to time, Mudders have been known to amuse themselves by pranking Caltech. For example, in 1986, students from Mudd stole a memorial cannon from Fleming House at Caltech (originally from the National Guard) by dressing as maintenance people and carting it off on a flatbed truck for "cleaning".[39][40] Harvey Mudd eventually returned the cannon after Caltech threatened to take legal action. In 2006, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) replicated the prank and moved the same cannon to their campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[41]

Notable alumni

Notable Harvey Mudd College alumni include:

  • Donald D. Chamberlin (1966), Co-inventor of SQL
  • Richard H. Jones (1972), Diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Israel
  • Stan Love (1987), Astronaut
  • George "Pinky" Nelson (1972), Astronaut
  • Sean “Day9” Plott, esports commentator and game designer

Notable faculty

See also

  • Association of Independent Technological Universities


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