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301 Platt Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 621-8000


Harvey Mudd Colleg

Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College, the nation’s top liberal arts college of engineering, science and mathematics was chartered in December 1955.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

Harvey Mudd offers a challenging and invigorating academic environment, where undergraduates learn to think across disciplines, participate in collaborative, professional research with high-profile sponsors, understand the social implications of science and learn to communicate their ideas.

Additionally, Mudd students support one another through the collaborative nature of the College’s academic program. Much of the work can be done in teams or groups. Most Harvey Mudd students rarely do homework by themselves or work on problem sets alone. Thanks to a noncompetitive academic environment, group assignments at Mudd are pleasant experiences where peers encourage one another and everyone is motivated to put forth their best effort.


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.


The Foster's Run: Maybe one of the coolest and oldest of Harvey Mudd traditions is The Foster’s Run. Unicycles became a thing on campus in the 1970s. Before long, a unicycle club called Gonzo Unicycle Madness was formed, which still thrives today. The Foster’s Run is a 9.6 mile unicycle ride to what was once Foster’s Donuts and is now the Donut Man donut shop. The reward for making the trip is delicious strawberry donuts. Once riders return to campus, they participate in “the shakedown,” which is essentially getting the kinks out after a nearly twenty-mile unicycle ride.

Crib Races: Crib Races consist of a team of students racing through an obstacle course trying to take care of their baby (another student). They dress the baby, feed the baby and change the baby in a range of silly obstacles.

Frosh Soph Games: Who will be the victor? The incoming first years or the experienced sophomores? Students from each grade compete in a series of games to see who has what it takes to claim the title.

Turkey Trot: Everyone needs a good round of physical activity before they head home to eat loads of Thanksgiving food. Join the DOS Muchachos for a race through a variety of Thanksgiving themed stations.

5-Class Competition: Pitting the five classes against one another, first years, sophomores, juniors, seniors and alumni compete in a range of activities to prove their prowess. Every Alumni Weekend this event gives alumni the chance to show that they’ve still got it.

Wednesday Nighters: A showcase for student talents or lack thereof. 

Student Life:

Harvey Mudd College is a residential campus where students learn together in and outside the classroom and lab. Ninety-nine percent of students live on campus all four years, creating an energetic, supportive community.

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. A member of NCAA Division III and the nine-member Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), CMS sponsors 21 intercollegiate sports for men and women. Students who do not participate in intercollegiate competition may join intramural sports teams for men and women.

Club sports of ballroom dancing, fencing, men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rugby, men’s and women’s ultimate Frisbee, men’s roller hockey, volleyball, cycling and equestrian play an important role in The Claremont Colleges’ list of activities.



Stag and Athena / Wally the Wart
Athletes from CMC, Harvey Mudd College, and Scripps College compete under one program – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Athletics. The mascot for the men's team is Stag, and that of the women's teams is Athena.

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. 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."

Harvey Mudd College today:

Harvey Mudd offers a bachelor of science in the following majors: Biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, Independent Study Program, off-campus major and joint programs in chemistry and biology, computer science and mathematics, and mathematical biology.


Harvey Mudd has an enrollment of about 800 students from 48 states and 26 foreign countries.

Famous graduates:

Michael Gregg Wilson, OBE (born January 21, 1942) is an American producer and screenwriter, best known for his association with the James Bond film series.

George Driver "Pinky" Nelson (born July 13, 1950) is an American physicist, astronomer, science educator, and a former NASA astronaut.

Interesting facts about Harvey Mudd College:

Harvey Mudd College opened in September of 1957, less than a month before Sputnik I launched the Space Age. Forty-eight students and seven faculty who shared the dream of starting a technical college that would emphasize the humanistic aspects of technology were on hand when the school opened its doors.

Harvey Mudd's mathematics department was awarded the very first Award for Exemplary Program by the American Mathematical Society for the strength of their overall program. They were selected to receive this award out of all the colleges and universities in North America!