University description (as per official university website)
Our name is Mudd, and we’re proud of it. We’re one of the premier math, science and engineering colleges in the nation. We’re also unique because we are a liberal arts college. Aren’t math, science and engineering mutually exclusive of the liberal arts? Maybe at some places, but not at HMC.
We educate engineers, scientists and mathematicians who become leaders in their fields and have a clear understanding of the impact their work has on society. That’s the big picture.
Now here’s how we make it work. Mudd offers nine math, science, and engineering-based majors, all grounded in a solid core curriculum that includes a healthy dose of humanities and social science courses. Why? Because we know that you don’t have to sacrifice your interest in music or art (or anything else) to be good scientists. And because an understanding of history and politics will make us more effective engineers, chemists, lawyers, doctors and human beings. Add to that all of the hands-on experience we get through our high-level research projects and through our world-renowned Clinic Program, and we fearless Mudders go into the world ready for anything.
Not that Mudd’s all academics. We’re people, too. Longboards get us around campus, the Honor Code gives us freedom and responsibility, pranks keep us laughing, and parties make us famous. So not only do we know how to get things done, we know how to have a good time.
And for all of this, we have Harvey S. Mudd to thank. In the 1950s Mudd, an accomplished mining engineer, wanted to overcome many of the shortcomings of traditional, narrow technical training of his day. Mudd, and his successors who helped establish the college, delivered on his vision in a big way. Not only did they understand the world of science, they understood the people behind it. And today we have Harvey Mudd College, a place created by and for future, forward thinking scientists.
Harvey Mudd College (HMC), the nation's top liberal arts college of engineering, science and mathematics was chartered in December 1955. Two years later, in 1957, when the space race made technical education a priority in the United States, it opened its doors. The founders' vision—to attract the nation's brightest students and offer them a rigorous scientific and technological education coupled with a strong curricular emphasis in the humanities and social sciences—has been successfully realized and expanded upon. In 1963, the college initiated the nationally recognized Clinic Program, which allows student teams to solve problems posed by sponsoring industry, government and nonprofit organizations. The emphasis on undergraduate research for all students has led to HMC graduates earning Ph.D. degrees in science and engineering at one of the highest rates in the nation.
Small by choice, with 700 students and 80 faculty, HMC enjoys an excellent reputation, which has made the college one of the most selective in the country. Our students' educational experience provides them with the capacity to master the tough interdisciplinary problems they will encounter in science and industry. Harvey Mudd College graduates are scientists, engineers, astronauts and ambassadors, as well as teachers, artists and entrepreneurs. The impact our graduates have on an increasingly technological world is what drives HMC to continue evolving and innovating. With continued support from people who care about the education of the nation's future leaders, Harvey Mudd College looks forward to many more years of providing top-notch undergraduate engineering, science and mathematics education.
Costs and Financial Aid
At HMC, we believe that college choice is more about "fit" than "finances." Finding a school where you belong--where you're challenged and feel a sense of community--is the real bottom line.
Still, we know that cost often affects college choice. That's why we want you to know the total cost of your education at HMC and understand all your financial aid options for bringing this great opportunity within reach. (After all, 83 percent of our students receive financial aid, and 40 percent qualify for our merit-based awards).
So let's start with your total Cost of Attendance (COA), which includes both the things you usually expect to pay for (tuition, fees, room and board) as well as things you may not immediately think of (books, supplies, personal expenses and a transportation allowance). The COA provides a more accurate and comprehensive picture of what it will cost to attend HMC. It's also the number we use when we determine how much financial aid you need.