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Claremont Mckenna College Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Claremont Mckenna College, the regular decision application deadline is January 5 and the fee for the application is $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Considering Applying Early to Claremont Mckenna College?

Claremont McKenna College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/5.

The early decision acceptance rate at Claremont Mckenna College is 28%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 10%. In 2021, Claremont Mckenna College admitted 195 of the 691 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Claremont McKenna College

Claremont Mckenna College is aextremely difficult school to get into. Claremont Mckenna College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Claremont Mckenna College **accepted 10% of students, around 625 of the 6,066 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Claremont Mckenna College, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT. In 2021, Claremont Mckenna College waitlisted 578 students. Of those, 328 eventually got in.

What Does Claremont Mckenna College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Claremont Mckenna College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Claremont Mckenna College Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Claremont Mckenna College must submit the following items. Double check with Claremont Mckenna College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Claremont Mckenna College?

Out of all students that were admitted, 14% submitted a class rank. At Claremont Mckenna College 83% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Claremont McKenna College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 14%

Claremont Mckenna College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 56% of Claremont Mckenna College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 53% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Claremont Mckenna College?

To be competitive with other Claremont Mckenna College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1380 and 1490 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Claremont Mckenna College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1490 and 25% of scored lower than 1380, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Claremont Mckenna College student is 1429.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Claremont Mckenna College students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 670 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Claremont Mckenna College students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 670 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Claremont Mckenna College?

To be most competitive at Claremont Mckenna College, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Claremont Mckenna College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Claremont Mckenna College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

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Transferring to Claremont McKenna College

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Claremont Mckenna College during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Claremont Mckenna College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Claremont Mckenna College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Claremont Mckenna College.

Does Claremont Mckenna College accept transfer credits?

Claremont Mckenna College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Claremont Mckenna College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Claremont Mckenna College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Claremont Mckenna College?

Claremont Mckenna College. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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Claremont Mckenna College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into Claremont Mckenna College? Claremont Mckenna College is a selective institution. The Claremont Mckenna College acceptance rate is 10%. This means that the institution accepts 10 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

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

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1490 and Above


1380 to 1490


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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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