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Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate10%

About Claremont Mckenna College

Claremont McKenna College is a private liberal arts school nestled in sunny Southern California. CMK is celebrated for its focus on leadership and immersive learning and renowned for its programs in government, economics, and international relations, Claremont McKenna nurtures critical thinkers ready to make a global impact. The college fosters a dynamic, inclusive community where students thrive academically and socially. Its dedicated faculty, small class sizes, and the consortium of seven close-knit Claremont Colleges enhance the learning experience. With its vibrant campus life and robust extracurricular activities, Claremont McKenna College truly offers an engaging, transformative educational journey.

Did You Know?

The Claremont McKenna campus has several fountains, which makes it easy to uphold one of strangest schools traditions. Students celebrate each other's birthdays by carrying their friends and throwing them into a fountain. The tradition isn't just limited to humans either. President Chodosh put his dog Theo in the fountain to celebrate his first birthday!

Claremont McKenna College is a private, nonprofit college in the suburb of Claremont, California. Claremont Mckenna College was founded in 1946. The college currently enrolls around 1,389 students a year, including 1,388 undergraduates.

Claremont Mckenna College Acceptance Rate

It is extremely difficult to get into Claremont Mckenna College. Claremont Mckenna College admitted 10% of all applicants in 2022. In 2022, 591 out of 5,709 total applicants were accepted.

Claremont McKenna College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 10%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 30%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 28%

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Claremont McKenna College is located in the town of Claremont, California, near Los Angeles.

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Claremont Mckenna College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 10

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Claremont Mckenna College is Jan 10.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Claremont Mckenna College is Mar 15.

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Claremont McKenna College is a member of the Coalition for College.

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Claremont Mckenna College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1450 - 1540


Math SAT Range

730 - 790


Reading SAT Range

710 - 760

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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The median SAT score for Claremont Mckenna College students is 1490. Applicants with SAT scores of 1540 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Claremont Mckenna College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1450 to 1540 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1450 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Claremont Mckenna College.

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Wondering what life at Claremont Mckenna College is like? There are approximately 1,389 students enrolled at Claremont Mckenna College, including 1,388 undergraduate students and 1 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 47% percent are from CA and 53% percent of students are from other states.


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