Incoming Students

Dear First-Year Student:

On behalf of the faculty and staff, let me congratulate you on your admission to Harvey Mudd College and welcome you to our community. As the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, I oversee the first-year academic program and will try to help you make a smooth transition from high school to college.

Our office stands ready to assist you in reaching your goals, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!


Jon Jacobsen
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Advanced Placement

Given the nature of Harvey Mudd’s challenging curriculum, there are few courses for which AP or IB examinations afford placement credit. While a number of students will have some advanced placement from their prior experience, most first-year students will be enrolled in the default sequence of courses which begin at an appropriately advanced level, given the intial conditions of the entering class.

Many of Harvey Mudd’s academic departments offer Placement Exams in the fall before classes start. Students interested in taking a language course in their first semester will also have the opportunity to take a Placement Exam. Most students, however, will find that they have forgotten some material over the summer and may need to review previous studies in order to pass the relevant Harvey Mudd placement examinations.

Transfer Credit for College Courses

Students who desire advanced placement on the basis of work completed at an accredited college before matriculation to HMC must submit to the Registrar an official transcript of their college record, after which they will be excused from such Harvey Mudd College courses as deemed appropriate by the relevant HMC department(s).

Transfer credit awarded for courses comparable to Harvey Mudd College lower division courses is the same as that awarded by HMC in the courses from which the student is excused.

For other courses, the transfer credit is the same as the credit originally awarded (after conversion to semester units). Transfer credit for a course taken elsewhere may be revoked if the student later receives credit for a comparable HMC course. Please be advised that the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts Department  does not offer credit for any pre-matriculation college coursework.

Placement Forms

All placement forms and surveys will be (e)mailed to you during the summer.