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About Claremont Mckenna College

Claremont McKenna College is a private, nonprofit school located in the suburban setting of Claremont, CA, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

Founded in 1946, Claremont Mckenna College currently enrolls around 1,346 students a year, including 1,343 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $865,475,000. For each full-time student, Claremont Mckenna College spends about $31,563.

Admissions Facts About Claremont Mckenna College

Acceptance rate: 10%

Mean ACT score: 32

Mean SAT score: 1429

Offers early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Claremont Mckenna College is January 5

All regular decision applicants should hear back April 1.

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What's the acceptance rate at Claremont McKenna College in 2021?

Claremont Mckenna College is a extremely difficult school to get accepted to. Around 10 percent of all applicants are admitted to Claremont Mckenna College each year. In 2021, Claremont Mckenna College admitted 625 of the 6,066 people who applied.

The mean composite SAT score is 1429. The mean ACT scores is 32.

In 2021, 578 applicants were waitlisted and 43 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Claremont Mckenna College a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 95 percent of students who start at Claremont Mckenna College come back the next year. Out of the 337 students who started at Claremont Mckenna College as first-time freshman, 284 graduate within four years.

Around 91 percent of students who started at Claremont Mckenna College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 77 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $76,000 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $22,470 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Claremont Mckenna College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Claremont Mckenna College a good school for YOU?

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Claremont Mckenna College's application deadline is January 1. All applicants should hear back from Claremont Mckenna College by April 1.

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College Info

Claremont Mckenna College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Claremont Mckenna College is Jan 5.

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

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Claremont Mckenna College ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


31 to 34


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Claremont Mckenna College is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Claremont Mckenna College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Claremont Mckenna College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1380 - 1490


Math SAT Range

690 - 780


Reading SAT Range

670 - 730

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1490 and Above


1380 to 1490


1380 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Claremont Mckenna College students is 1429. Applicants with SAT scores of 1490 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Claremont Mckenna College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1380 to 1490 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1380 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Claremont Mckenna College.

Claremont Mckenna College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Claremont Mckenna College is like? There are approximately 1,346 students enrolled at Claremont Mckenna College, including 1,343 undergraduate students and 3 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 45% percent are from CA and 55% percent of students are from other states.


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