Harvey Mudd College

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School Spotlight: Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA

If you’re a future engineer who enjoys studying philosophy, or a prospective mathematician who appreciates literature, Harvey Mudd College may be the perfect fit for you. A member of the Claremont Colleges, Harvey Mudd is one of the nation’s preeminent math, science, and engineering colleges. But unlike some other technical institutions, Harvey Mudd fully embraces the study of the liberal arts. All students must complete a writing course as well as five additional classes through the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts. So while a computer science major might be registered for “Complexity Theory” and “Artificial Intelligence,” she could also be learning about “Music of Peoples of the World” and “Third-World Women Writers.” The clinic program is one of the hallmarks of a Harvey Mudd education. Approximately 40 teams of juniors and seniors work collaboratively with a faculty advisor to solve a real-world, technical problem for their host company. After working diligently for eight months on a design solution, the teams present their results on Projects Day each spring. In 2016, American Express, Microsoft, and Time, Inc. were among the more than 40 participating corporate sponsors. Apparently, all of this hands-on work pays off, as the average starting salary for the Class of 2017 was $87,500!

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.