Claremont McKenna College campus


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

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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
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


Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Students Say

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."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

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.

Colleges that Create Futures

Practical Experience

Claremont McKenna has a big footprint in Silicon Valley companies, and they use their alumni relationships to great effect. Through the Information Technology Advisory Board, or ITAB, CMC students have access to “executives working in the technology field, who have a special interest in advancing the importance of technology at CMC.” ITAB’s flagship program is the Silicon Valley Networking Trip, a week-long trip to meet with companies and CMC alums in Silicon Valley for “students who have demonstrated an interest in management leadership in the computing or technology corporate arena.” While learning about the various career possibilities in technology fields, students also “gain exposure to job opportunities in technology” and begin networking and establishing relationships with CMC alumni, who often hold high positions in these companies. Many of the biggest technology firms have been represented at the event, including Apple, Google, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and a number of Silicon Valley startups, including ones founded by CMC alumni. Each company represented provides private meetings with corporate executives who are CMC alumni, a presentation about the company and the work it does, and time for students to ask questions of the presenter. The students attending these meetings have usually done some research into the companies and can ask probing, relevant questions about the company, its markets, and emerging industries that the company might be taking an interest in. The questions and answers session is certainly one way that students can distinguish themselves and demonstrate their value to these corporate executives.
The companies also provide a panel of young employees, who talk about their roles in the company and represent different departments like marketing, sales, software engineering, and operations. Students are also given a tour of the company’s facilities and talk with recruiters to discuss career opportunities. According to the school, “the goal is for these relationships to evolve into summer internship and full-time job opportunities for CMC students in the Silicon Valley,” and often times that is exactly what happens. Through the Silicon Valley Networking Trip, students have secured internships at top companies and startups alike, and they have been sent all over the world. The program does a great job matching students up with employers based on their skills and interests. While the companies are based in the Silicon Valley, the school doesn’t just bring economics majors. Everyone from politics to philosophy joins in, including one international relations student who was sent to Bangalore, India by Infosys. But beyond the direct benefits students get from jobs or internships, the experience is a great way to learn about the structures and needs of various companies and practice the art of networking—an ever more important skill in today’s interconnected job markets.
Because there is a great mix of large companies and small, nimble startups represented at the networking trip, students interested in entrepreneurial opportunities get a chance to learn from founders with different strengths and approaches. A current environment, economics, and politics major told us, “The focus on developing students to succeed in the real world—there is a very strong focus on skills such as networking and learning to interact in a business context. There are also numerous internship and recruiting opportunity to support students.”
Leadership Opportunities

Within the School of Economics and Finance, the Robert Day Scholars Program provides students with leadership development opportunities. Students attend workshops and meet with business and government leaders to learn about management techniques and offer insights into their industries or fields. Students network with alumni and friends of CMC in the business community to where they develop personal contacts and get job and internship leads, and they also take part in planned visits with potential employers to discuss business and industry needs. A current student confided that “the focus on cultivating leadership skills” at CMC was a major factor in their choice to attend.
Alumni Network

Claremont McKenna comes in at number three on The Princeton Review’s 2016 ranking list for Best Career Services. So it’s fitting that alumni find themselves in the highest ranks of business and government, including as the CEOs of Trust Company of the West, Abercrombie & Fitch, Toys “R” Us and as head of European Markets at Goldman Sachs. CMC has also produced leaders in government, like Montana State Governor Steve Bullock and former California Congressman David Dreier, a 32-year veteran of Congress and longtime Chairman of the House Rules Committee. A current literature student informed us that “most people here are highly motivated, entrepreneurial people that will find success in their future whether it be on Wall Street, Capitol Hill or with their own start-up.” A rock-solid network with “amazing alumni contacts” makes those aspirations a reality. Through their alumni career contacts database, the Career Services Center 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 alum and enlist him or her as a mentor. In fact, “some older students do tend to branch out more and spend time with alumni in Los Angeles” where they gain valuable insights into life after CMC and further access to the “extensive and helpful alumni network.” Beyond alumni, CMC’s robust internship database allows undergrads to search through a myriad of interesting opportunities. One student sums up the Claremont experience: “The opportunities and resources of professors, study abroad, internships, career services are unsurpassed, yet the balance of academics and social life is very balanced.” With all of these outlets, it’s no wonder CMC grads are so successful.
Special Facilities

Few colleges have entire programs devoted to state and local policy, but the Rose Institute has been studying—and shaping—local and state policy in one of the countries largest and most diverse states for over three decades. The Rose Institute, founded by lawyer, business leader, and activist Edessa Rose, has a history of breaking new ground and even “developed the nation’s first comprehensive statewide demographic and political database.” Since then, the institute has be a leader in demographic analysis, redistricting research, political and environmental studies, and most major political events in California—including a “complex and delicate study of South Central Los Angeles during the 1993 Rodney King riots” commended by the Ford Foundation, according to the college. And since its inception, “the Institute committed itself to conducting research with faculty-student teams.” Today the Rose Institute provides students “a hands-on opportunity to take on real-world policy problems under the guidance of leading experts in their respective fields.”
Hardly anywhere else in the country can undergraduates get this kind of exposure to cutting edge, practical research into major political events. Students involved in the Rose Institute’s research opportunities “have contributed significantly to the Institute’s survey research programs, providing high-quality interviewing services, assisting in data presentation, and often playing key roles in analysis. Today, all Rose Institute students are trained 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.
The Rose Center conducts a huge number of research efforts, including a joint venture between the Rose Institute and CMC’s Lowe Institute for Political Economy called the Inland Empire Center. The Inland Empire is a metro region east of LA that has, despite being the country’s 14th largest metro area, been subject to shockingly few political and economic analyses. The Inland Empire Center, established in 2010, seeks to change that. Through another of its research efforts, the Miller-Rose Initiative Database, the Rose Center shifts focus away from California and onto the country as a whole. “Originally developed by Dr. Ken Miller of Claremont McKenna College and student researchers as the empirical basis for Dr. Miller’s book Direct Democracy and the Courts,” the college explains, the Initiative Database tracks every ballot initiative in the country, from 1904 to 2013, and also tracks post-election challenges to voter passed initiatives. It has served as an invaluable resource for political science researchers nationwide and is indicative of the valuable and lasting research opportunities available to CMC students.


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

Full-time tuition at Claremont McKenna College is $50,700 annually. Meal plans and housing range in price, but together room and board generally run about $15,740 per semester. As at any private school, the annual cost to attend CMC can be a bit pricey; however, the school offers aid to students in a wide range of financial situations.

Bang For Your Buck

Not only is CMC need-blind in its admission policies, but the college is committed to meeting every student's financial need through a combination of merit-based scholarships and need-based awards. There is a no-packaged-loan policy. In addition to state and federal grants, the school offers a number of merit-based scholarship awards derived from gifts and endowments given to the college. Army ROTC Scholarships are also available. The school's website offers detailed information about the amount of aid granted to incoming students in recent years based on their family's income level. Furthermore, for students interested in an unpaid internship with a public or nonprofit organization, the Sponsored Internship Program will provide funding for students to pursue internships anywhere in the world.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



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

Students Say

"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

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Students Say

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."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Stags)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Athenas)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

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


School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Cash-Out Parking
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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple and Dell.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

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

Office of Admission
888 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 621-8088


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
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

Information Sessions

9:00, 1:30

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


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.