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Claremont McKenna Admissions Information

Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, CA (map)


As one of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges (also including Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer), Claremont McKenna College has the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college, paired with access to all of the resources of a larger university system. The colleges are within walking distance to one another and share a number of programs and facilities – students of any one college may cross-register at any of the others.

Claremont McKenna’s specialties lie in the school’s more applied programs such as international relations, government, economics, and business. However, as a small liberal arts college, CMC also stresses a broad fundamental education to go along with the aforementioned practical skills . Classes at CMC are challenging and rigorous, but the professors are some of the most accessible anywhere.



Basic Info

Main Address: 500 East Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
United States of America
Phone Number: (909) 621-8000  
Website: http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts College  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, Club, Intercollegiate, Intramural Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 1,261  
Percent out-of-state: 53%  
Percent international: 6.45%  
Female to Male ratio: 45:55  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Guaranteed On-Campus Housing For All Undergraduates
Apartments For Single Students
Coed Housing
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Academic Groups
Debating Club
Humor Magazine
International Student Groups
Minority Student Groups
Radio Station
Singing Groups
Student Union
Chamber Orchestra
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Groups
Improv comedy
Literary Magazine
Political Discussion Groups
Religious Groups
Speakers Forum
Theater Program

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #11, Most Popular Study Abroad Program
  • Ranked #8, Dorms Like Palaces
  • Ranked #16, Lots of Race/Class Interaction
  • Ranked #12, Most Accessible Professors
  • Ranked #13, Great Financial Aid
  • Ranked #4, Best Quality of Life
  • Ranked #7, Best Career Services
  • Ranked #2, Happiest Students
  • Ranked #10, Most Politically Active Students
  • Ranked #7, School Runs Like Butter
  • Ranked #8, Easiest Campus to Get Around

Admissions Information

Because Claremont McKenna's strengths lie in its academic programs for applied skills, the school's admissions staff considers each applicant's potential for success--both at CMC, and also after graduation. The admissions staff looks at the whole applicant, from academic abilities, to outside interests and involvement with clubs and organizations, to demonstrations of leadership.

Claremont McKenna also offers an optional interview, either on-campus or through its alumni network. Although these interviews are said to exist primarily for providing information rather than for assessing applicants, they are a valuable opportunity for an applicant to present him or herself to the admissions office in another way.

Admissions address: Office of Admission and Financial Aid
890 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone number: (909) 621-8088  
Fax number: (909) 621-8516  
Admissions Website: http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/admission/  
Email: admission@claremontmckenna.edu  
Contact Person: Richard Vos, Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid  
Number of first-year applications received: 3,856  
Percent of applicants admitted: 17%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 2  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision I); January 2 (Early Decision II)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: School Report
Mid-Year Report
Two Teacher Evaluations
Standardized Test Scores
Application Fee
Optional Interviews

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT with writing
SAT II Subject Tests only required for home-schooled students.
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores for all test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 4054  
ACT code: 0224  
Learn more about other Small California schools:
Pitzer   Occidental   Harvey Mudd   Pomona  

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