Claremont McKenna College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

The Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College
The Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College. Victoire Chalupy / Wikimedia Commons

Claremont McKenna is a highly selective school with an acceptance rate of just 10 percent. Students will need grades and test scores well above average, and students with work/volunteer experience, strong writing skills, and depth in extracurricular activities have the best chance of being accepted to the school. Students can apply with the Common Application and must also submit a high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, and letters of recommendation. 

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Admissions Data (2017)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 660 / 740
  • SAT Math: 680 / 770
  • SAT Writing: - / -
  • ACT Composite: 30 / 34
  • ACT English: 30 / 35
  • ACT Math: 28 / 34

Claremont McKenna Description

With an acceptance rate below 20 percent, Claremont McKenna College is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Claremont McKenna's small 50-acre campus is located in the heart of the Claremont Colleges, and students at CMC share facilities and often cross-register for classes at the other schools, Scripps CollegePomona CollegeHarvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. Claremont McKenna has a 8 to 1 student-faculty ratio, a diverse student body, and strong liberal arts credentials that earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Claremont is a college town about 35 miles from Los Angeles.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 1,347 (all undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,045
  • Books: $1200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,740
  • Other Expenses: $1,500
  • Total Cost: $69,385

Claremont McKenna College Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 50%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 46%
    • Loans: 32%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $35,798
    • Loans: $5,977

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Economics, Government, International Relations, Neuroscience, Psychology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 86%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 93%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming, and Diving Track and Field, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Water Polo, Golf, Tennis, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Water Polo, Basketball, Golf, Track, and Field, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Claremont McKenna and the Common Application

Claremont McKenna College uses the Common Application.