Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College is a liberal arts college of science, engineering and mathematics. At HMC, we seek to educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society. The founders of Harvey Mudd College envisioned a distinctive educational experience, combining unusual breadth in their technical education with a firm academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. The required curriculum has three components: the Common Core, which provides the foundation for advanced study; the program in Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, which emphasizes the liberal arts nature of a Harvey Mudd College education; and the Major, which builds depth and technical competence. Unifying all of these is an emphasis on strong oral and written communication, the development of computational skills, and direct experience with a research or design project. Celebrating its 54th year in 2017, HMCs signature Clinic Program provides students with an opportunity to work as part of a team on projects sponsored by entrepreneurs, companies, and national laboratories. Of the students in the graduating class of 2016, over three-fourths were engaged in either internship programs or undergraduate research opportunities that challenged them to apply their academic experiences in real-world settings. HMCs academic programs are demanding, but the College fosters cooperation rather than competition under a successful student-led Honor Code. Almost every student lives on campus, where the atmosphere is characterized not only by trust, freedom, and responsibility, but also by a sense of humor, fun, and creativity. Students at Harvey Mudd College enjoy the kind of personal attention, small classes, and close working relationships with faculty mentors associated with the finest liberal arts colleges. Students also benefit from the advantages of a larger institution because of the unique Claremont University Consortium, whose member colleges are located across the street from one another and make available classes, dining halls, libraries, parties, sports teams, and other resources far beyond those any one such school could provide. Under the leadership of its president, Maria Klawe, HMC continues to distinguish itself as an innovative institution: In 2016, 5 seniors and 6 alumni received National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowships and 2 seniors and 7 alumni received honorable mentions; 3 students received a Goldwater Scholarships; 1 student received a Watson Fellowship; A computer science and mathematics major received a Computing Research Association (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award.The prestigious program recognizes undergraduates demonstrating outstanding potential in computing research.A CS faculty member was awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant; For being a longtime mentor to the next generation of women engineers, engineering Professor Elizabeth Orwin '95 received the Orange County Engineering Council's Distinguished Educator Award and Presidents Award. Jack Cuzick '70, recipient of the 2015 American Cancer Society Medal of Honor and Fellow of the Royal Society received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.President Maria Klawe was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. In addition to that recognition, she continues to publish and speak widely, including a TED talk at TEDxUCLA.Finally, HMC was again awarded the distinction of being one of the nations "Best Value" colleges according to the Princeton Review and continues to be ranked highly for overall college return on investment in PayScale's College ROI Report.

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Private, Coed 1955 N/A Semester $272.6 million + 301 Platt Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 621-8000
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87 100.0 California Claremont 1009