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Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate13%

Harvey Mudd College Admissions

Harvey Mudd College is extremely difficult to get into. Harvey Mudd College admitted 13% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 4,440 applications received in 2023, 593 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Harvey Mudd College, the regular decision application deadline is January 5 and the fee for the application is $70.

Students who submit their applications to Harvey Mudd College for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Harvey Mudd College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Harvey Mudd College's admissions stats.

Harvey Mudd College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 43%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 17%
Waitlist Yes

Harvey Mudd College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Harvey Mudd College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 5 February 15
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 5 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Harvey Mudd College?

Harvey Mudd College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 5. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Harvey Mudd College is 19%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 13%. Last year, Harvey Mudd College admitted 96 of the 502 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➑️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Harvey Mudd College Admissions

How To Get Into Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College is an extremely difficult school to get into. Harvey Mudd College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Harvey Mudd College accepted 13% of students, approximately 593 from 4,440 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Harvey Mudd College, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to Harvey Mudd College

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Harvey Mudd College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Harvey Mudd College

Wondering what factors are considered by Harvey Mudd College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Harvey Mudd College for more information on admission factors.

Harvey Mudd College Application Requirements

To apply to Harvey Mudd College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Harvey Mudd College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Harvey Mudd College?

Harvey Mudd College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Harvey Mudd College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 43% of Harvey Mudd College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Harvey Mudd College?

To be competitive with other Harvey Mudd College applicants, you should aim to score between 1480 and 1560 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Harvey Mudd College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1560 and 25% of scored lower than 1480, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Harvey Mudd College students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 720 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Harvey Mudd College students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 720 or higher.

To be most competitive at Harvey Mudd College, you should strive to earn between 34 and 36 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 36 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Harvey Mudd College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 36, and three out of four students scored lower than 36 on the ACT.

A 34 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Harvey Mudd College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 34.

More Information on Transferring to Harvey Mudd College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Harvey Mudd College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 5.

Transfer students can enroll in Harvey Mudd College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Harvey Mudd College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Harvey Mudd College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Harvey Mudd College.

Does Harvey Mudd College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Harvey Mudd College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Harvey Mudd College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ Harvey Mudd College does not accept International Baccalaureate credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Harvey Mudd College?

❌ No, Harvey Mudd College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Harvey Mudd College's acceptance rate?

βœ… Harvey Mudd College has an acceptance rate of 13%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Harvey Mudd College?

βœ… Harvey Mudd College's early decision acceptance rate was 19% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Harvey Mudd College? Harvey Mudd College is a selective institution. The Harvey Mudd College acceptance rate is 13%. This means that the institution accepts 13 out of every 100 applicants.


Harvey Mudd College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Harvey Mudd College is Jan 5.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Harvey Mudd College is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Harvey Mudd College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1480 - 1560


Math SAT Range

760 - 790


Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

Harvey Mudd College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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