Claremont McKenna College

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500 E. 9th Street

Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 621-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 1
application deadline

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#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Claremont McKenna College is a private institution that was founded in 1946. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,264, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 69 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Claremont McKenna College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 9. Its tuition and fees are $45,625 (2013-14).

Claremont McKenna College is located in Claremont, Calif., at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The school is part of the seven-college consortium known as The Claremont Colleges, which includes Scripps College, Pomona, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. Students can take classes at any of the member institutions as well as enjoy the social activities, athletics and dining services at the five undergraduate and two graduate colleges. The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics program combines student-athletes from Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Scripps to compete in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Students can find clubs that fit a wide variety of interests, from Without the Box improv group to Shades a cappella group, among many others. All freshmen are required to live on campus, and about 97 percent of students remain in college housing for four years.

Although it is primarily an undergraduate college, Claremont McKenna offers a graduate master’s program in finance through the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance. Claremont McKenna was originally founded as Claremont Men’s College but became coeducational in 1976. While at Claremont McKenna, slightly over half of all students study abroad in locations all over the world. The school is home to 10 distinguished research institutes offering students the ability to conduct graduate-level research with faculty. Notable alumni include actor and comedian Robin Williams and Paul Brickman, who wrote and directed the 1983 film "Risky Business."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Established in 1946, Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is an independent undergraduate liberal arts college with a curricular emphasis on economics, government, and public affairs. Unlike many other colleges, which champion either a traditional arts education or the acquisition of professional and technical skills, CMC builds bridges between the two. By combining the intellectual breadth of the liberal arts with the more pragmatic concerns of public affairs, CMC helps students acquire the vision, skills, and values they will need to be leaders in their chosen fields.

Above all else, CMC works to harness its faculty and the depth of its academic offerings to challenge and inspire students. While some colleges emphasize research breakthroughs, at CMC the greatest discoveries are its students. CMC professors are engaged not only in teaching, but also in collaborating with their students. Whatever field a student chooses to study, the emphasis is on impact: exposing students to singular opportunities that prepare them to make a difference in the world.

Originally founded as Claremont Mens College, CMC became co-educational in 1976 and changed its name to Claremont McKenna College in 1981 after trustee Donald C. McKenna. With an on-campus enrollment of approximately 1,200 students, CMC is singular in its approach to a liberal arts education. In a global economy where competition is the rule, CMC offers students a competitive edge.

CMC students expand their intellectual, cultural, and social service horizons through the many one-of-a-kind educational and life-changing opportunities offered at CM with ten leading edge research institutes, offering students and faculty the opportunity to merge research, teaching, and learning.

CMC is also a member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. Based on the Oxford/Cambridge model, The Claremont Colleges offer CMC students the intimacy and rigor of a top-tier liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university. It is an opportunity students will not find anywhere else in the United States: a chance to be part of warm, vibrant, cohesive community nestled in the heart of a larger and inviting academic universe.

In September 2007, Robert A. Day, a CMC alumnus, pledged a $200 million gift to CMC and subsequently the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance was established and now offers multiple programs, including a Master of Arts in Finance degree.

In 2011, CMC opened The Kravis Center, which creates a defining architectural identity for CMC. Sunny terraces and breathtaking views of the surrounding Claremont Colleges set the stage for the growth of the collaborative culture in a visionary new facility at CMC.

CMC can be summed up as a place that values rigorous academics, gives personal attention to students, and provides an intimate environment. At CMC students can go as far as their imagination takes them.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1946
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $520,583,000


When applying to Claremont McKenna College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Claremont McKenna College is $60. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 13.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 13.6%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Claremont McKenna College is 8:1, and the school has 83 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Claremont McKenna College include: Economics, General; Political Science and Government, General; Psychology, General; International Relations and Affairs; and History, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 8:1
4-year graduation rate 87%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Economics, General 30%
Political Science and Government, General 15%
Psychology, General 15%
International Relations and Affairs 10%
History, General 8%

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Student Life

Claremont McKenna College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,264, with a gender distribution of 52.3 percent male students and 47.7 percent female students. At this school, 94 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 6 percent of students live off campus. Claremont McKenna College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,295
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Claremont McKenna College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Claremont McKenna College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Claremont McKenna College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Claremont McKenna College, 41.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $37,778.

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Tuition and fees $45,625 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,385 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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