Application Instructions for Transfer Applicants

Please use the links below to learn more about CMC's application process for transfer applicants. The Office of Admission looks forward to reviewing your application.

Application Checklist
  • Common Application or Coalition Application

  • $70 application fee or fee waiver

  • Additional academic credentials:

    • College Report from most recent college

    • Two Academic Evaluations/Recommendations

    • Official College Transcript(s) from all postsecondary institutions attended

    • Official High School Transcript(s) from all secondary schools attended

    • Official SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing scores (sent directly from the testing agency). Community College students are exempt from this requirement

  • FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (if applying for financial aid)

Common Application and Coalition Application

CMC accepts the Common Application and the Coalition Application for transfer admission, without preference for one over the other. Applications can be submitted online at commonapp.org or mycoalition.org.

Application Review

The CMC Admission Committee conducts a holistic review and seeks to consider the whole person during the application review. There is no formula. While your academic record is the most important component of your application, strong consideration is given to course selection, reasons for transfer, extracurricular involvements, essays, recommendations and personal circumstances. The Admission Committee utilizes every aspect of your application to better understand your personal and academic background, strengths and accomplishments, and your likelihood for success at CMC.

Academic Record and GPA

Competitive applicants present a record of academic achievement that indicates the ability to do successful work at CMC. There is no minimum GPA required for admission, nor is there any GPA which will guarantee admission. Your grade point average (GPA) is evaluated within the context of the institution that you attend and the rigor of the curriculum you have taken. You should have at least a 3.3 GPA to receive serious consideration. Most successful applicants to CMC have earned a 3.5 or higher. We prefer to see that you have been enrolled full time, unless there are extenuating circumstances, and have no unexplained withdrawals on the transcript. 

Official Transcripts

CMC requires that you submit an official transcript from each college or university you have attended, as well as a final high school or secondary school transcript or official documentation of a GED.

It is advisable that you meet with your college representative early in the transfer process to ensure that courses will transfer to CMC and meet the general education requirements. A grade lower than "C" will not earn transfer credit at CMC.

College Report

Please have your College's Dean, Academic Affairs official, or Registrar complete this form and send it to CMC. The form is available on the Common App and Coalition Application websites.

Two Academic Evaluations/Recommendations

These forms should be completed and submitted by faculty or teachers who have taught you in a course, such as, professors, lab instructors, or graduate teaching assistants.

Mid-Term College Grades

Please have your current professors and teachers complete this form with mid-term grades and send it to CMC. While this form is not a required application component, we encourage students to submit their mid-term grades when available.

SAT with Writing or ACT with Essay

All transfer applicants must submit SAT with Writing/Essay or ACT with Writing scores if transferring from a four-year college or university. CMC will continue to accept the old SAT for transfer applicants. If you are transferring from a two-year community college or test optional four-year college, and did not have to take the test for admission to your current institution, you are not required to take it for admission to CMC. SAT Subject tests are not required.

Standardized test scores must be submitted directly to CMC by the appropriate testing agency. Scores received via any other means (i.e. fax or high school transcript) will not be considered official.

If the payment associated with requesting your scores from the ACT or The College Board poses a financial hardship for you, please email us at admission@cmc.edu to request assistance with the payment.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Students whose native language is not English must also submit official results from the TOEFL or IELTS. A minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam or a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based TOEFL exam is required. For the IELTS, a minimum band score of 7.5 is required.

This requirement is waived if English was your primary language of instruction for four years of high school or if your current institution's primary language of instruction is English.

Interviews

While interviews are not required, they are highly recommended. Interviews for CMC are evaluative and are a part of your application. The interview allows you to tell us more about your personal background, as wells as your accomplishments, talents, and goals. The interview process also provides you with a valuable opportunity to understand the CMC experience through a one-on-one interview with an Admission Officer, Senior Interviewer or alumni interviewer. If possible, we recommend scheduling an interview on- or off-campus. Interviews typically last about 30 minutes. To schedule an interview, please visit cmc.edu/admission/visit.

Optional Video Response

After submitting your application, you will receive instructions by email from the CMC Admission Office on how to submit an optional two-minute video. Similar to interviews, the optional video response gives you an opportunity to tell us more about yourself beyond the information you provided in your application. The most compelling video responses have a genuine voice and highlight your thoughtfulness and authenticity.

While the video response is not required, if you were unable to schedule an interview, the video response is a great opportunity for you to tell us about yourself beyond what you provided in your application.

Submission of this video is optional and you will be provided with a prompt.

Deadlines for Transfer applicants

CMC reviews transfer applicants for admission for Spring or Fall admission. Please follow the deadlines below to ensure your application for admission is reviewed.

Admission Deadlines

Spring Admission

Begin Accepting Applications September 1
Admission Application Deadline November 1
Notification Date December 15
Candidate's reply due early January 1

Fall Admission

Begin Accepting Applications September 1
Admission Application Deadline April 1
Notification Date May 15
Candidate's reply due June 1

CMC has limited financial aid for transfer students and is need-sensitive during our admission process. If you are applying for financial aid you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service PROFILE forms no later than March 1 for the academic year beginning in the fall. For mid-year transfer you may use the FAFSA and PROFILE forms they submitted for the current year. If the PROFILE was not required for the college the student currently attends, it must be filed as soon as possible.

FAFSA forms are available online at fafsa.ed.gov or from any college financial aid office. PROFILE forms are available online at collegeboard.com or may be obtained by calling the financial aid office directly at (909) 621-8356.

For more information on Financial Aid, visit their website at . Questions may also be referred to (909) 621-8356 or submitted online to finaid@claremontmckenna.edu.

Spring Admission

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE due November
FAFSA due November 1
Award notification December 15

Fall Admission

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE due March 1
FAFSA due March 1
Award notification May 15

How many credits do I need in order to transfer?

Any student who has taken college courses after finishing high school is considered a transfer applicant. There is no minimum number of units required to transfer to CMC. However, transfer students may not transfer in more than 16 CMC units.

How will my credits transfer?

Each course at CMC is equivalent to 4 semester units or 6 quarter units and students need to have completed 32 courses in order to graduate. There are general education requirements that must be completed as well as specific requirements for the major.

In order for a course to transfer to CMC from another college there must be an equivalent course offered at CMC or one of the other Claremont Colleges. Courses with grades of C- and below will not be transferable. When talking to an admission officer or the registrar, be sure to ask about credit you received at your current college for AP or IB tests. The policy for accepting these scores may be different at CMC.

CMC does not accept CLEP credits, online or web based courses, or distance learning courses. There may be additional restrictions on other non-traditional courses or courses taken in a non-traditional setting (such as military service). Please consult the registrar regarding the specifics of your situation.

For more information you may contact the following offices:

  • CMC admission at (909) 621-8088 or admission@cmc.edu
  • Registrar at (909) 621-8101 or registrar@cmc.edu

We recommend that you keep all your course syllabi and descriptions in case there is a need for additional information.

What emphasis is placed on my high school record?

The question is best answered on an individual basis. In general terms, more emphasis is placed on the college record. However, individual circumstances may determine how the admission committee regards the high school transcript.

If the applicant had an excellent record in high school, then there is no need to be concerned. Some transfer applicants to CMC have had poor high school records, but in college have earned excellent grades. These students should not be discouraged from applying to CMC. However, students who did not have a strong high school record may need to spend more time at another college establishing a pattern of strong academic performance than students who had strong high school records.

Will my present college GPA transfer to CMC?

The grades you earned at your other institution(s) will always be present on your transcript. However, your grades from other institution(s) will not be figured into your CMC grade point average.

What about housing?

Housing is not guaranteed for transfer students. However, CMC has had a record in recent years of being able to house on campus most transfer students who have made the request. Once students are housed on campus, they are guaranteed on-campus housing for the rest of their time at CMC. Students may live off campus if they wish.

Could I live off campus instead of in the residence halls?

Since housing is not guaranteed, transfer students may find off campus housing if they wish. Please note, however, CMC is a residentially oriented campus and students who only come to campus to attend class will miss out on a large part of campus life. CMC is also looking for students who seek to be a part of the campus community beyond just the classroom. Students who choose to live off campus are strongly encouraged to find housing close to campus.

How many students apply to transfer and how many get in?
Application Year Number Applied Number Admitted
Fall 2016 426 22
Spring 2016 78 6
Fall 2015 451 72
Spring 2015 76 10
Fall 2014 412 31
Spring 2014 68 8
Fall 2013 331 47
Spring 2013 67 27

Contact

Office of Admission and Financial Aid

Claremont McKenna College
888 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 621-8088
Fax: (909) 621-8516
Email:

Campus Location

Kravis Center
888 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711