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Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA, USA

Claremont McKenna College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the greater Los Angeles area and a member of the Claremont Colleges. CMC confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic majors and students can also cross register to take classes in the other Claremont Colleges. In addition to classroom space, Claremont McKenna is home to The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, a facility that hosts guest speakers four times per week and invites students to engage with them over a meal. For recreation, the college oversees the CMC Bike Shop offering free bike rental and repair services to all students.


Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT is not checked
ACT is not checked
Transcript is checked

Important Deadlines

Application TypeApplication DeadlineReply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted.November 1
Fall Regular DecisionJanuary 10May 1
OtherJanuary 5

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
Out-Of-State Students
Submitting ACT
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 34
Average SAT Composite: 1449


Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Total Number of Students
Total Number of Undergrads
Academic Calendar


See your fit
Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
20-39 Students
40-99 Students
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
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In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
Books and Supplies

Aid & Grants

Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Student Organizations
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups is checked
On Campus Women's Center
On Campus Women's Center is checked


Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman


Divisional Sports Nickname
Stags (men)/Athenas (women)
School Colors
maroon and gold
Varsity Athletics Association
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
24-HR security patrol is checked
Campus emergency phones
Campus emergency phones is checked

After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Los Angeles
San Francisco
New York
6 mos. after graduation
Average Salary
6 years after graduation

What Students Are Saying

Claremont Mckenna College is an amazing community with wonderful students and professors. It's extremely difficult to not fall in love with the college, even students that consider transferring in the beginning change their minds. The education that you get here is invaluable.
Claremont is a diverse school that brings out the drive and passion in every student. Although notorious for being a rigorous school, each professor is willing to take the time to make sure that the students succeed and are prepared adults for the future. With the easy access to the other Claremont Colleges surrounding Claremont McKenna, the student is never bored with their environment and can actually broaden their interests in therms of taking classes offered at the other colleges.
Karissa from Walnut, CA
Claremont McKenna places a high emphasis on leadership and ethics. The school is designed for students to actively learn and participate in activities they genuinely enjoy. Their motto is work hard, play harder.
Jessica from Claremont, CA
Claremont McKenna is a place for the bold, adventurous, and ambitious. If you are serious about getting something done, in many cases there is funding and support available. It's just a matter of having the courage and strength to know what you want and work for it!
Clevelander at CMC
Welcome to a school where everyone there truly wants to be your best friend. Filled with dedicated and courageous undergraduate students, Claremont McKenna is not only a place of top-notch academics, but a haven of fun and adventure. With a student body that will make you feel at home, there is a good reason Claremont McKenna College was voted 2015's happiest college in America.
Mia from Carmel, IN
CMC is an Ivy League tier college that boasts professors that worked in their fields, not only academia, a state of the art gym, and the benefits of a college consortium. Claremont McKenna is unique since, instead of most liberal arts colleges, it makes a point of practical preparation for the professional world. Furthermore, due to its selectivity and small class population, Claremont McKenna has a tight knit community where most of its students share the same professional and recreational interests.
Taylor from Lake Forest, CA
I enjoyed the atmosphere while I visited the campus. I thought the campus was nice and fit what I am looking for in a college. I was able to talk to representatives and thought they gave me great information for the admission process and any other questions I had.
Christina from Los Angeles, CA