Harvey Mudd College is a unique institution that somehow manages to blend a solid liberal arts education with a rigorous STEM curriculum. In fact, the school's mission and philosophy is to graduate students who are well-rounded and fully effective not only in their careers but as humans and citizens, as well. This unique approach still manages to graduate students who are leaders in their STEM fields. In fact, Harvey Mudd can boast its status as the nation’s 3rd best institution for accounting.
Overview of Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd also stands out for its small student body. Currently they have fewer than 1,000 students on campus. The small student body pays off in terms of a terrific 8:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Also, though they have a campus with a strong STEM focus, the faculty maintains an even 50/50, female/male gender balance.
Students at Harvey Mudd do not lack for opportunities, either. Majors span the sciences including biology, computer science, mathematics, physics, and engineering. There are also dynamic joint programs that combine disciplines such as chemistry and biology, computer science and mathematics, and mathematics and physics. Students can also help forge an individual path with the independent study program.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||8:1|
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|High School GPA||Considered but not Required|
|High School Rank||Considered but not Required|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Recommended|
|Application Deadline||November 15|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
As a small, private, non-profit educational institution, Harvey Mudd is not a cheap school. In the 2018-19 school year, students had a tuition bill of $58,660 and a total educational cost of $79,539. After various financing schemes, students were able to achieve a net price of approximately $38,800. Low-income students' net cost was between $13,000 and $24,000 and those from the wealthiest families had a net cost of just over $49,000.
With such high costs, 76% of all Harvey Mudd students receive some form of financial aid. The 67% that receive grants or scholarships tend to get between $33,000 and $36,000. Student loan recipients receive up to $7,000 in federal loans. The 3% that receive loans from private or other sources amass just over $14,000 in debt. While Harvey Mudd students do accrue financial burdens to complete their education, the personal and financial outcomes make it all worthwhile.
|Average net price||2017-2018|
|Average Total Aid||$35,660|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||76%|
|Room & Board||$18,679|
- Tuition In-State - $58,660
- Tuition Out-of-State - $58,660
- Books and Supplies - $800
- Room & Board - $18,679
- Other - $1,400
While Harvey Mudd can boast a high ranking for accounting, it demonstrates academic excellence across the boards. That top status is reflected in its retention rates, graduation rates, and acceptance numbers. The institution's retention rates demonstrate a student body that sees the inherent value of a Harvey Mudd education from their very first year. 97% of first-year students return for a second year of learning and growth.
First-year students not only see their friends return in the second year, but 85% of them walk across the graduation stage together within four years. That number rises to a laudable 92% of students receiving diplomas within six years. All these numbers stem from a favorable student-faculty ratio as well as a highly competitive acceptance rate.
The student-faculty ratio at Harvey Mudd is a stunningly good 8:1. With such great numbers, students are free to approach their professors and engage them in discussions. Independent projects and unique research topics are facilitated by the favorable class size.
Harvey Mudd's incoming first-year students are the cream of the crop. Their SAT scores alone tell a tale of academic excellence. Their combined SAT scores fall in the 1,490-1,560 range that includes math scores in the 770-800 range. Combined ACT scores are likewise impressive and are in the 34–35 range.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Engineering Majors||83 Total Graduates / 39%|
|Engineering, General||83 Graduates|
|Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||47 Total Graduates / 22%|
|Mathematics and Computer Science||44 Graduates|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other||3 Graduates|
|All Computer Information Science Majors||42 Total Graduates / 20%|
|Computer Science||42 Graduates|
|All Physical Science Majors||24 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Physics, General||14 Graduates|
|Chemistry, General||9 Graduates|
|Theoretical and Mathematical Physics||1 Graduates|
|Mathematics and Statistics||8 Total Graduates / 4%|
|Mathematics, General||8 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||7 Total Graduates / 3%|
|Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other||4 Graduates|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||1 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||0%|
Outcome & Salary
Harvey Mudd students quickly apply their educations in the working world and redeem their tuition bills when the paychecks start rolling in. Their 10-year projected return on investment is a jaw-dropping $875,000 and the 20-year projected ROI is over $2,400,000.
These earnings begin with entry-level salaries that bring Harvey Mudd graduates around $88,000 before bonuses, benefits, and other compensation. By mid-career, alumni frequently crack six figures when they reach at least $150,000 per year in straight salary before other compensatory factors are included.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$88,800|
|College Grads Average Salary||$103,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$158,200|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,030,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$2,612,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$155,072|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$874,928|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$2,456,928|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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