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Academics

Students at Claremont McKenna really love their school. With its "phenomenal academics," "brilliant professors," "amazing career services center," and "perfect weather," it's no wonder CMC students are "the happiest students in America." Claremont McKenna is known for its government and economics majors, but philosophy, international relations, and the Keck Science program also get high marks. CMC is a part of the Claremont College Consortium, so if students are looking for something that CMC doesn't have, they can probably find it at one of the four sister schools. Students rave about Claremont's emphasis on "professionalism" and all of the "great research and internship opportunities." The workload is heavy, and professors set "high expectations," so "students spend their weeks slaving over their papers, books, readings, research projects, problem sets, etc." Despite the intense workload, students love their professors. "Professors are absolute geniuses in their field," one student gushes. They're "helpful and encouraging," "incredibly accessible," and even "willing to Skype on the weekends to answer questions." "This sounds corny," one student admits, "this really is a place where professors become like family." Students spend a "good deal of out-of-classroom time" with their teachers. "When you take both academics and quality of life into account," a cognitive neuroscience major says, "I can't believe I almost went to an Ivy over this place."

Student Body

Claremont McKenna doesn't accept students who aren't amazing. "Amazing" means a "really smart" person who's "incredibly motivated and career-driven." It's "a tight-knit community of driven, competitive, and intelligent people who know how to be successful and have a great time." "A lot of kids are political and well-informed"; most are "active on campus," very into sports, and involved with internships or clubs. But even though the environment is "academically strict, the students…rarely fit the 'nerdy' stereotype." Students are extremely well-rounded; they "know how to lead a discussion…clock hours in the library, play a varsity or club sport, and hold a leadership position in a club or organization," and they also know how to throw "a great party on Saturday night."

Campus Life

Life is good at Claremont McKenna. The "constantly beaming California sun and the close vicinity to both mountains and beaches" mean students spend their time outdoors when they can. But even when students are lounging in the sun or playing Frisbee, they're not really taking a break. The "conversation doesn't end in the classroom," a student explains, and the "intellectual culture… really allows for twenty-four-hour learning." While Claremont McKenna has the campus and "community-life and identity of a small school" it "still [has] the resources of the other four C's." Even without the other schools students feel "completely pampered" because "the school cares about its students so much." A Spanish major says, "The relationship between the students and the administration is excellent here," and the "student government and Dean of Students Office…subsidize incredible off-campus trips and on-campus parties." One of the best things about Claremont McKenna is the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, which hosts prestigious guest lecturers four nights a week. One student wisely asks, "Where else could you have dinner with Jesse Jackson, Mitt Romney, etc.?" Students agree, "There's a niche for everyone, and the welcoming, accepting atmosphere makes fitting in easy."

Overview

Applicants
6,342
Acceptance Rate
9%

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
670 - 750
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
670 - 750

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
700 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
700 - 770

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
162
with Terminal Degree
157

104
Men
58
Women
23
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, Other

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering/Industrial Management

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Henry Kravis '67
Co-Founder, Co-Chairman & Co-CEO, Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts & Co.

George Roberts '66
Co-Founder, Co-Chairman & Co-CEO, Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts & Co.

Robert Day '65
Chairman of the Board, Trust Co. of the West

Julie Spellman Sweet '89
Gen Counsel, Secretary & Chief Comp Offcr, Accenture

Douglas Peterson '80
Pres & Chief Exec Offcr, McGraw Hill Financial

Sue Matteson King '85
Chief Mkt Officer, Allianz Global Investors

G. Jeffrey Records, Jr. '81
Chairman & CEO, Midfirst Bank, Part Owner OK City Thunder

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$54,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$105,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$50,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$96,000

Percent High Job Meaning
47%

Percent STEM
12%


Students Say

Undergrads at Claremont McKenna love to shower the "AMAZING career services center" with praise. And it's no secret why! The office is with students every step of the way, from initial career exploration to landing that first job offer. Through their alumni career contacts database, the office makes it fairly simple for current students to connect with alums working in industries of interest. Even better, Mentor Connect allows students to find an accomplished alumn and enlist him/her as a mentor. The mentor can provide insight into his/ her working world, offer professional (and educational) guidance and networking opportunities. Beyond alumni, CMC's extensive internship database allows undergrads to search through a myriad of interesting opportunities. With all of these outlets, it's no wonder CMC grads are so successful.

Claremont McKenna College hosts eleven different research institutes or centers, each with a different academic focus or research objective. The purpose of the programs housed here are to provide CMC students with graduate-level research opportunities in nearly every field so that they are well prepared for graduate school or the job market. For example, The Financial Economics Institute offers student research analyst positions in the summer and during the school year that allow students to work closely with faculty on their research projects. Across campus, The Rose Institute of State and Local Government has spent the last thirty years developing and revolutionizing how local and state economic, political, and demographic data is collected and analyzed. The Institute trains its student researchers in GIS, survey research, fiscal analysis, and legal and regulatory analysis. For anyone wanting to pursue a career in politics or in government, these are certainly skills that will get a foot in the door. A current environment, economics, and politics major told us that CMC's greatest strength is "the focus on developing students to succeed in the real world."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,850

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$42,445

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,266

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
27%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,375

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,580
Required Fees
$245
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,220
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,347
Foreign Countries Represented
37

Demographics

10.42%
Asian
4.54%
African-American
14.14%
Hispanic
41.96%
Caucasian
5.88%
Unknown
17.04%
International

49% female
51% male
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
97%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
238
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Stags)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Athenas)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Southern California

Sustainability

79/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Dell.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Georgette R. DeVeres
Assoc. VP & Dean of Admission & Fin Aid

Address
Office of Admission
888 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone
(909) 621-8088

Email
admission@cmc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
Roberts Pavillion
Emett Student Center (The Hub)
Kravis Center
Keck Science Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Disneyland
J. Paul Getty Museum
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens
Venice Beach
L.A. County Museum of Arts

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10:00, 2:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
9:00, 1:30

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Ontario International Airport is a 15-minute drive from campus. Taxis and limousines are available for the drive to campus from the airport; a shuttle also is available to the Double Tree hotel near campus. Greyhound buses serve Claremont; the terminal is just south of I-10. MetroLink trains pick up just off campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-10 (San Bernardino Freeway), exit at Indian Hill Blvd and turn north (toward the mountains). Turn right on 10th Street. 10th Street dead-ends into Columbia Avenue. Turn right on Columbia Avenue. The Admission Office is in the Kravis Center on Columbia Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets. Turn right on 1st Street. Turn left on College Avenue. Turn right on 6th Street. Turn left on Drive approximately a half mile to Columbia Avenue(a dead end). Turn right (south) onto Columbia and proceed to the Admission Office on Columbia Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets.


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