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Rank: 132

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CAwww.hmc.edu
Founded in 1955, Harvey Mudd College has developed a reputation for its leading science and engineering programs. Although it's classified as a liberal arts institution, the college offers degrees in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics, as well as individual studies and off-campus majors. Mudders do take a healthy dose of humanities and social science courses as part of the core curriculum, and they can enroll in any classes offered by the other Claremont Colleges: Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Pomona and Scripps. Harvey Mudd professors tend to be highly rated. In contrast to many other science-oriented schools, the faculty focuses on teaching rather than research, and it shows. Although the school has only 800 students, its retention rate is near 100%, and the average salary for graduates is about double the national average. The coursework may be intense, but Harvey Mudd students join with the other Claremont colleges to field Division III football, basketball and soccer teams, among others. Each year, the students perform one of Shakespeare's plays during Alumni Weekend.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$76,200
% of students who get any grants
71%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$38,100
Average price for low-income students
$15,800
admissions
Acceptance rate
13%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1500/34
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
847
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
95%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
21%
Average merit grant
$11,822
student success
Graduation rate
93%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$25,500
Average salary within 3 years
$81,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
74%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 5

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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