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Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA
Founded in 1955, Harvey Mudd College has developed a reputation for its leading science and engineering programs. Although it's classified as a liberal arts institution, the college offers degrees in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics, and it also allows students to devise their own individual programs of study. Mudders do take a healthy dose of humanities and social science courses as part of the core curriculum, and they can enroll in any classes offered by the other undergraduate Claremont Colleges: Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Pomona and Scripps. Harvey Mudd professors tend to be highly rated. In contrast to many other science-oriented schools, the faculty focuses on teaching rather than research, and it shows. Although the school has only about 900 students, its retention rate is near 100%, and it's known for producing grads who go on to earn high salaries. In fact, Harvey Mudd alums post median early career salaries of well over $100,000. The coursework may be intense, but Harvey Mudd students join with McKenna and Scripps colleges to field Division III football, basketball and soccer teams, among others. Students with artistic flair can join the school's improv group, known as DUCK, or take part in battle tie-dye (a real thing).


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4.1 years
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% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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