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HARVEY MUDD COLLEGE (HMC) is a private residential liberal arts college of science , engineering , and mathematics , founded in 1955 and located in Claremont, California
Claremont, California
, United States
United States
. It is one of the institutions of the contiguous Claremont Colleges , which share adjoining campus grounds. The college's mission is: "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."

Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
shares university resources such as libraries, dining halls, health services, and campus security, with the other institutions in the Claremont Colleges , including Pitzer College , Scripps College , Claremont McKenna College , Pomona College
Pomona College
, Claremont Graduate University , and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences , but each college is independently managed by its own faculty, board of trustees, and college endowment and has its own separate admissions process. Students at Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
are encouraged to take classes (acceptable for academic credit at Harvey Mudd College) at the other four undergraduate Claremont colleges, especially classes outside their major of study. Together the Claremont Colleges provide the resources and opportunities of a large university while enabling the specialization and personal attention afforded by the individual colleges. The Bachelor of Science
diploma received at graduation is issued by Harvey Mudd College.

The college is named after Harvey Seeley Mudd , one of the initial investors in the Cyprus Mines Corporation . Although involved in the planning of the new institution, Mudd died before it opened. Harvey Mudd College was funded by Mudd's friends and family, and named in his honor.


* 1 Academics

* 1.1 Admissions * 1.2 Rankings

* 2 Student life

* 2.1 Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
dormitories * 2.2 College traditions

* 3 Athletics

* 3.1 Athletics history * 3.2 Sports * 3.3 Athletic facilities * 3.4 Rivals

* 4 Architecture * 5 Relations with Caltech
* 6 Notable alumni * 7 Notable faculty * 8 Commencement speakers * 9 See also * 10 References * 11 External links


Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
entrance on Dartmouth Ave.

In keeping with the college's mission, HMC offers four-year degrees in chemistry , mathematics, physics , computer science , biology , and engineering , as well as interdisciplinary degrees in mathematical biology , and a joint major in either computer science and mathematics; or biology and chemistry. Students may also elect to complete an Individual Program of Study (IPS) made up of courses of their own choosing. Usually between two and five students graduate with an IPS degree each year. Finally, one may choose 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.

Because of its mission statement , Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
places a strong emphasis on general science education, requiring a full one-third of math, science, and engineering courses, known as the "common core", outside of one's major. Students are also required to take another one-third of their courses in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, in keeping with the school's tradition of "science with a conscience". The final one-third of courses comprises those in the student's major. The integration of research and education is an important component of the educational experience at Harvey Mudd College; upon graduation, every student has experienced some kind of research, usually in the form of a senior thesis or a Clinic Program. The undergraduate focus of HMC means that, unlike many larger science and engineering institutions, undergraduates at HMC get unique access to research positions over the summer and during the school year.

A unique opportunity for HMC students is the Clinic Program, which focuses primarily on projects in the fields of engineering, computer science, physics, and math. In the Clinic Program, teams of students work for a year on a project suggested by a company. They are expected to make regular reports to the company and to deliver a product at the end of the year. The Clinic Program offers students a first-hand look at a particular industry and allows the sponsoring company to hire an inexpensive Clinic team of four students, whom they often try to recruit after graduation.


For the class of 2020, Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
received 4,180 applications and admitted 538 applicants (a 12.9% acceptance rate). Of the 216 freshmen who enrolled, the middle 50% of SAT
scores were 740–800 in mathematics, 680–780 in critical reading, and 670–760 in writing, while the ACT Composite range was 32–35.

Harvey Mudd College, 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 in their admissions process. In August 2007, however, at the beginning of the application process for the class of 2012, HMC began accepting ACT results, a year after Wake Forest University abandoned its former SAT-only policy.








Harvey Mudd today still 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 .

Money magazine ranked Harvey Mudd 79th in the country out of the nearly 1500 schools it evaluated for its 2016 Best Colleges ranking. The Daily Beast ranked Harvey Mudd 78th in the country out of the nearly 2000 schools it evaluated for its 2013 Best Colleges ranking. According to U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report
's 2017 America's Best Colleges rankings, Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
is tied for the 21st best liberal arts college in the United States
United States
and is rated 2nd among undergraduate engineering schools in the U.S. whose highest degree is a Master's. Forbes in 2016 rated Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
No. 59 in its "America's Top Colleges" ranking, which includes 660 military academies, national universities, and liberal arts colleges.

Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
is one of the few colleges in the U.S. with very low grade inflation . As of 2010, only seven students in the history of the college have achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA .

In 1997, Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
became the sole American undergraduate-only institution ever to win 1st place in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest . As of 2015, no American school has won the world competition since.

The Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
mathematics department is highly ranked and was the 2006 recipient of the American Mathematical Society award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. Two of the department's alumni, Joshua Greene and Aaron Archer, were winners and honorable mention for the Morgan Prize in 2002 and 1998 respectively. The Morgan Prize is an annual award given to an undergraduate student in the US, Canada, or Mexico who demonstrates superior mathematics research.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, CampusGrotto.com. ranked Harvey Mudd as the most expensive college in the country with tuition, room & board, and other costs near $67,255


The cost for attending Harvey Mudd (tuition, student body fee, and room "> View of central campus, looking out of the former Norman F. Sprague Memorial Library.

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

* 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)

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. They did such a precise job that the construction crew didn't notice until after they had laid the foundation (and after the prank team informed someone on the project about the shifted stakes), but California
earthquake law forced them to re-survey the site and bring in engineering consultation. The cost of this (nearly $5,000) was borne by the pranksters . Galileo Hall and Hixon Courtyard

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. 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'. Two examples of these traditions are the parties Long Tall Glasses (a formal affair thrown by North) and TQ Day (a tequila-centered "beach" party thrown by West). The personality of a given dorm experiences changes over the years, however, as Harvey Mudd alumni may find upon visiting their alma mater long after graduation.


Individual dorms at Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
have their own unique traditions, but the college itself hosts some campus traditions.

In the early 1970s the first unicycle appeared on campus. The unicycling club, known as Gonzo Unicycle Madness, was formed, and to this day organizes an annual 9.6-mile (15.4 km) ride, known as "The Foster's Run", to the "Donut Man" donut shop in Glendora (originally known as "Foster's Donuts", hence the name of the event) for strawberry donuts. Upon return to the campus, the ritual of the "shakedown" takes place (dismounting and then repeatedly jumping up and down), a necessary procedure after a unicycle ride of nearly 20 miles (32 km). Sometimes unicyclists on campus also meet to play unicycle hockey . Although interest in unicycle riding declined somewhat in the 1990s, the club has more recently become popular on campus again.

A student-led organization, "Increasing Harvey Mudd's Traditional Practices" (IHTP), works to revive college traditions that have slowly faded over the years, and also starts new traditions that the group hopes to see take root on campus. It hosts annual events such as the 5-Class Competition, Friday Nooners, Wednesday Nighters, Frosh/Soph Games, and the Thomas-Garrett Affair.

Interdorm competitions are also regularly held, ranging from water polo to broomball .


Axelrood Pool

The school's athletic program participates, in conjunction with Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College (other consortium members) and are named CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS. The teams participate in NCAA Division III in the Southern California
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference . The mascot for the men's team is Stag
and the women's teams is Athena. The mascots are named Stanley the Stag
and Athena. Their colors are cardinal and gold.


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. The Claremont McKenna golf team ranked first among NCAA Division III teams according to Golf Digest, and 17th overall (including Division 1 schools). The rankings are based on the "Balanced" category which is "for students who place equal emphasis on school and sports."


There are 21 men's and women's teams.


* Baseball * Basketball * Cross Country * Football * Golf

* Soccer * Swimming and Diving * Tennis * Track and Field * Water Polo


* Basketball * Cross Country * Golf * Lacrosse * Soccer * Softball

* Swimming and Diving * Tennis * Track and Field * Volleyball * Water Polo


* 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


The other sports combination of the Claremont Colleges is the team made up of Pomona College
Pomona College
and Pitzer College known as Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens (P-P).


The former Norman F. Sprague Memorial Library

The original buildings of campus were designed by Edward Durell Stone . Most are covered with thousands of square concrete features, called "warts" by the students, which would be perfectly suited to buildering except that, while some are set into the wall, others are simply glued on. In addition, these warts have the unusual usefulness of being great 'shelves' for unicycles and skateboards. One can walk towards Galileo Hall and see the warts (especially those near the entrances of buildings) being used as racks for unicycles and skateboards. Interestingly enough, the unofficial mascot of Harvey Mudd (featured on many college handbooks and other publications) is one of these concrete blocks with a face, arms, and legs, named "Wally the Wart."

Most of the computer labs and many classrooms are located in the basements (called the Libra Complex) of the concrete-block buildings. All of the buildings that make up the Libra Complex are interconnected via a series of underground tunnels, enabling convenient inter-building access.

Travel and Leisure
Travel and Leisure
's October 2013 issue named the college as one of the ugliest college campuses in America, noting that while Stone regarded his design as a "Modernist masterpiece with a twist", the result was "layering drab, slab-sided buildings with Beaux-Arts decoration".


The California
Institute of Technology , another school known for its strength in the natural sciences and engineering, is located 26 miles (42 km) away (nearly the distance of a marathon) 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". Harvey Mudd eventually returned the cannon after Caltech
threatened to take legal action. In 2006, MIT
replicated the prank and moved the same cannon to their campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts


Main article: List of Harvey Mudd College people

Notable Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
alumni include co-inventor of SQL Donald D. Chamberlin (1966), astronauts George "Pinky" Nelson (1972) and Stan Love (1987), and diplomat Richard H. Jones (1972).


Main article: List of Harvey Mudd College people


Commencement speakers at Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College
(HMC) have included inventors, entertainers, educators, astronauts, and civil rights leaders, among others.

* 2017 — Richard Tapia, University Professor and Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University * 2016 — Carol S. Dweck (Professor/ Stanford University )) * 2015 — Mary D. Nichols ( California
Air Resources Board ) * 2014 — Beth Shapiro (Associate Professor/University of California, Santa Cruz ) * 2013 — Carl Wieman (Nobel Laureate ) * 2012 — Bill Nye
Bill Nye
(the Science
Guy) * 2011 — Marissa Mayer ( Google
) * 2010 — Freeman A. Hrabowski III (President/University of Maryland * 2009 — Dean Kamen
Dean Kamen
(Inventor/Segway ) * 2008 — Bill Nye
Bill Nye
(the Science
Guy) * 2007 — Mae C. Jemison ( NASA
astronaut) * 2006 — Joseph B. Platt (Founding president of Harvey Mudd College) * 2005 — Michael G. Wilson (Class of 1963) * 2004 — Henry Petroski (Professor/ Duke University * 2003 — Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card
(Author, Professor/Southern Virginia University * 2002 — George "Pinky" Nelson (Class of 1972) * 2001 — Joseph Costello (Class of 1974) 1 * 2000 — Bill Nye
Bill Nye
(the Science
Guy) * 1999 — Donna Shirley (Manager of Mars Exploration Program , NASA ) * 1998 — Sheila Widnall (18th Secretary of the Air Force
Secretary of the Air Force
) * 1997 — John Shalikashvili (former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ) * 1996 — Clifford Stoll * 1995 — George E. Brown, Jr.
George E. Brown, Jr.
( United States
United States
Congressional Representative) * 1994 — Walter E. Massey (Provost/VP Univ. Calif.; former President of National Science
Foundation ) * 1993 — Daniel Goldin (Administrator of NASA) * 1992 — Denis Hayes (Environmentalist) * 1991 — Ben J. Wattenberg (Author/Columnist/Commentator) * 1990 — Sandra Kurtzig (CEO/Founder of ASK Computers ) * 1989 — Robert Neelly Bellah (Professor/Sociologist/Author) * 1988 — Ben Bova
Ben Bova
(Author/Editor/Lecturer) * 1987 — Ray Bradbury , ( Science
Fiction Writer) * 1986 — Margaret L.A. MacVicar (Dean for Undergraduate Education, MIT
) * 1985 — Michael G. Wilson (Film Producer/Writer) * 1984 — Bill Cosby (Actor) * 1983 — Arthur Laffer
Arthur Laffer
* 1982 — James L. Gould (Associate Professor of Biology, Princeton University ) * 1981 — Ray Bradbury ( Science
Fiction Writer) * 1980 — Walter J. Mead (Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara ) * 1979 — Richard F. Post (Deputy Associate Director of Magnetic Fusion Energy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
) * 1978 — John A. McCone (Former Director of Central Intelligence and Former Chair of United States
United States
Atomic Energy Commission ) * 1977 — D. Kenneth Baker (President, HMC) * 1976 — Joseph B. Platt (President, HMC) * 1975 — E. M. Benson, Jr. (Executive Vice President and Director, Atlantic Richfield Co., and HMC Trustee) * 1974 — Alvin M. Weinberg (Director, Office of Research and Development, Federal Energy Office ) * 1973 — William H. Davenport (Founding Professor, HMC) * 1972 — Harvey Mudd II (Environmentalist) * 1971 — Myron Tribus (Senior Vice President, Xerox Corp.) * 1970 — Paul D. Saltman (Provost, Revelle College , University of California
at San Diego ) * 1969 — Eugene Hotchkiss III (Executive Dean, Chatham College
Chatham College
) * 1968 — Joseph B. Platt (President, HMC) * 1967 — Herbert F. York (Professor of Physics and Former Chancellor, University of California
at San Diego ) * 1966 — T. Keith Glennan (President, Case Institute of Technology ) * 1965 — Frank R. Collbohm (President, The RAND Corporation ) * 1964 — Herman T. Spieth (Chancellor, University of California, Riverside ) * 1963 — Detlev W. Bronk (President, The Rockefeller University
The Rockefeller University
* 1962 — Donald J. Russell (President, Southern Pacific Company ) * 1961 — Kenneth S. Pitzer (Dean of the College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
) * 1960 — Leonard Carmichael (Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution
) * 1959 — Lee A. DuBridge (President, Caltech

1 Douglas Adams was originally scheduled to speak, but he died of a heart attack two days before the ceremony.


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