Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College

Overview

Since it's inception in 1946, Claremont McKenna College has been committed to providing its students with a robust and rigorous world-class liberal arts education. Education at CMC is rooted in the interplay between the double helix of theory and action: this is the place where the world of ideas and the world of events come together as one. Today, CMC ranks among the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1300 young men and women who are eager to engage in intellectually stimulating discussions, seek to develop practical solutions to today's growing challenges and needs and who expect to make significant contributions to their communities. With a need blind policy--students are admitted without regard to their family's financial resources-- and pledge to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted US citizens and permanent residents, CMC is committed to ensuring diversity in its student body.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Multicultural Advisory Council (M.A.C.)

M.A.C. are current students who serve as Admission ambassadors, these students represent diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and are committed to providing insight and support to prospective students as they navigate through the admission application process and learn more about the academic, pre-professional, and extracurricular opportunities at CMC. If you'd like to get connected to a MAC ambassador, please email us at admission@cmc.edu!

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Preview CMC!

Claremont McKenna hosts a Preview program in the fall, funding travel, meals and accommodations for multicultural and first generation students interested in exploring all that CMC has to offer. The program grants prospective applicants an inside look into the life of a CMC student by attending classes, connecting with students and professors, exploring campus resources, all while enjoying the perks of that Southern California sun! For inquiries, email preview@cmc.edu.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Need-Blind, Scholarships, Scholar Community

CMC is committed to being need-blind for our US citizens and permanent residents and meeting 100% of the student’s determined need. We are proud to be a Questbridge College Partner and Chicago Scholars Platinum Partner. We also partner with other community based organizations around the country as well as offer merit scholarships. Students selected for our Scholar Community are provided with the means and support to pursue their specific interests through experiential learning in a variety of disciplines and fields. Learn more about Need-Blind, Scholarships, Scholar Community

First-Year Experience & Transition Welcome Orientation Adventure (W.O.A.)

Claremont McKenna’s orientation program is a 10-day experience where new students will connect with first-year guides who are upperclassmen and who will lead, guide, and mentor them through their first year. All new students participate in a W.O.A. trip and attend sessions on course planning and a host of CMC resources. Students are also assigned a faculty mentor who will advise them on course curriculum. Learn more about Welcome Orientation Adventure (W.O.A.)

Student Life & Support The Soll Center For Student Opportunity

is designed to assist students in recognizing, cultivating, and translating their interests and strengths, especially in leadership and complex problem-solving, into meaningful and exciting real-world opportunities. The Center houses our Career Services which serves students who are looking to discover their personal and professional interests, along with those who have a more defined career path, in their pursuits of internships, fellowships, graduate programs, and full time roles in business, government, and the professions. Career Services also administers a robust Sponsored Internship Program, which financially supports students each year in pursuing transformative domestic and international internships and projects. Learn more about The Soll Center For Student Opportunity

Student Life & Support The Dean of Student (DOS) Office

is committed to helping students make the most of their education through active participation and investment in the opportunities that exist at CMC. The dean and associate dean provide students with supplemental academic coaching and advise and assite them with performing their best academically and personally. Learn more about The Dean of Student (DOS) Office

Student Life & Support The C.A.R.E. Center (Civility, Access, Resources, Expression)

The C.A.R.E. Center (Civility, Access, Resources, Expression) is a major catalyst on our campus for creating an environment to help foster learning about our own identity, respecting others, and making the community a more inclusive place. This happens through weekly education workshops, dialogues, and identity-based discussions as well as a rotation of on-campus and Claremont College resources that offer office hours in the Center. The Queer Resource Center, Office of Black Student Affairs, Student Disability Resource Center, Chicano/Latino Resource Center and the Chaplains office each rotate office hours within the center so students can connect with the external resources they need. Learn more about The C.A.R.E. Center (Civility, Access, Resources, Expression)

Student Life & Support The C.A.R.E Center (Civility, Access, Resources, Expression)

is a major catalyst on our campus for creating an environment to help foster learning about our own identity, respecting others, and making the community a more inclusive place. This happens through weekly education workshops, dialogues, and identity-based discussions as well as a rotation of on-campus and Claremont College resources that offer office hours in the Center. The Queer Resource Center, Office of Black Student Affairs, Student Disability Resource Center, Chicano/Latino Resource Center and the Chaplains office each rotate office hours within the center so students can connect with the external resources they need. Explore The CARE Center at www.cmc.edu/care-center Learn more about The C.A.R.E Center (Civility, Access, Resources, Expression)

Student Diversity

  • 1,347
    Undergraduates
  • 51/49
    male/female
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 10%
    Asian
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 14%
    Hispanic/Latino
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 42%
    White
  • 6%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 17%
    International/nonresident

Student Success

  • 93%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 93%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 97%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 142
    Full-time faculty
  • 22
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 8:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics, International Relations, Government, Psychology, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Pacifica American Mentoring Program (APAM), Brothers and Sisters Alliance, Edunoia, Mi Gente, Queer, Questioning, & Allied Program, Black Student Affairs, Chicano Latino Student Affairs

Affordability

Cost of Attendance

  • $50,700
    Tuition
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $745
    Required Fees
  • $15,740
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $19,646,530
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $46,129
    Average aid package
  • $23,375
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 12%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 39%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 98%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met

Admissions

Applicant Academics

  • 6,342
    # of applicants
  • 11%
    Admitted
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 32
    ACT Composite
  • 650—740
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 670—750
    SAT Math
  • 670—750
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional

Deadlines

  • 1/1, 12/1 merit consideration
    Regular application closing date
  • $70
    Application Fee
  • $70
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/1 and 1/1
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date