Update - ED2 and RD Deadline Extended

Our Early Decision 2 and Regular Decision application deadline is extended to January 11, 2021. Learn more about applying to CMC as first-year here

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Admissions and Financial Aid staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. As a result of our remote working environment, there will be no information sessions, campus tours, and in-person events until further notice. Our responsibility to manage the risk of coronavirus spread, along with adhering to state and local guidelines, outweighs our significant disappointment with not being able to introduce you to CMC in person and host you on our beautiful campus. 

However, our commitment to communicating with you and sharing as much as we are able to about the CMC experience remains steadfast. While we are not on campus, our main phone lines and email will remain operative during our normal business hours of Monday through Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST). 

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We also look forward to connecting with you virtually! Please click here for more information about our virtual events for prospective students and families. 

Take care of yourself and everyone around you.

CMC adopts SAT, ACT test-optional policy for Fall 2021 applicants

With many high school students unable to take the ACT or SAT this summer due to COVID-19 cancellations, Claremont McKenna College is adopting a test-optional policy for first-year applicants for fall 2021 admission. As a result, applicants for fall 2021 are not required to submit an ACT or SAT score to be considered for admission. However, we will continue to accept ACT or SAT test scores from applicants who wish to include them. As we have in the past, CMC admission staff will evaluate an applicant’s preparation based on key evaluators such as their high school profile, strength of curriculum, and student academic performance. CMC will continue to employ an expansive and holistic review process that allows admission officers to evaluate an applicant’s academic and personal accomplishments within individual context. This process is applied to applicants with or without an ACT or SAT test score.

CMC will continue to require an English language proficiency test for applicants whose native language is not English or whose primary language of instruction in high school has not been English.

Review CMC's full statement on our policy change for students applying for admission in fall 2021 here


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