In 1957, when the Space Race made technical education a priority in the United States, the College 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.
Harvey Mudd College seeks 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.
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There are nine residence halls on campus, each classified as either an “inner dorm” or an “outer dorm.” Most of the dorms have unique legacy suites, many of which are responsible for playing dorm music. The inner dorms are all U-shaped around a courtyard, with the dorm lounge located in the center of the dorm. Rooms are organized by suites, commonly two rooms that open out to the courtyard connected by a bathroom. The residents commonly socialize in the courtyard and lounge.
The IFC Library houses a growing collection of gender and women’s studies books and films that are available to students, faculty, and staff at The Claremont Colleges. Books and films may be checked out or viewed at our library, Vita Nova 106, Scripps. We also have senior theses, magazines, and other resources.
Visiting the Harvey Mudd College campus is the best way to learn more about our community. There’s plenty to see and do on campus and around the region. While visiting, learn more about the other Claremont Colleges, and explore the City of Claremont as well as the historic Claremont Village.
At the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, the City of Claremont is best known for its tree-lined streets, historic buildings and The Claremont Colleges—nationally and internationally renowned for their academic excellence.
Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College are associated in a joint program of intercollegiate athletics, intramural and recreational activities, physical education and club sports known as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Athletics.
Harvey Mudd has just about every kind of club you can think of, sponsored by the Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College (ASHMC), many of which have a SHMC (pronounced “shmick”) on the end, NerfSHMC and GameSHMC for example. There’s also a Harvey Mudd Club Fair at the beginning of the year (the first Friday of the first semester) where you can sign up for Mudd-only clubs and a Turf Dinner (a 5-College dinner and club fair) where you can sign up for 5-C clubs that are open to the entire Claremont Colleges community.
Harvey Mudd College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges