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). 

Office of Admission:

Office of Financial Aid:

We will continue to add online resources for you to explore campus, so please check back with us frequently. Also, keep reading CMC’s COVID-19 website for updates about CMC’s response to these unprecedented challenges. We truly appreciate your patience, understanding, and resolve. 

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


Follow our Admission student tour guides as they explore their favorite campus spots.

Meet Thomas D’Anieri ’20 and Hailey Wilson ’22



For prospective first-year and transfer students*
Join one of our online information sessions for an overview of the CMC mission and community and for the opportunity to have your questions answered by a CMC Admission Officer. 

  • Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. PDT
  • Thursdays at 5:00 a.m. PDT and 6:00 p.m. PDT
  • All online information session times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Please plan accordingly based on your time zone. 

Register for online information sessions

We are now offering virtual admission interviews! Virtual interviews are available to rising high school seniors and transfer applicants. While admission interviews are not required, they are highly encouraged. 

Register for a virtual admission interview 

Learn even more about CMC through virtual college fairs, high school visits, and other events. Our admission officers are teaming up with high schools, community based organizations, and college access organizations to provide online opportunities to learn more about CMC as well as the college admission process. 

Check out upcoming online events

Want to learn more! Join our email and mail list to get the most updated information about Claremont McKenna College. 

*Please know that we do not use demonstrated interest in our application review. Whether or not you are able to visit campus will not be a factor in our admission review.


For admitted students
Admitted students, congratulations! Did you miss some of our events and sessions in April? Click the link below for recordings and contact information for participating panelists. Also, keep an eye out for emails from the Office of Admission.

Admitted student virtual events

Due to the current pandemic health emergency, Claremont McKenna College is closed to the public. Only specifically authorized students, staff, faculty, and vendors are permitted to be on campus property. Unauthorized pedestrians and vehicles are also prohibited on any part of the campus.

However, during this time the Office of Admission will provide admitted students with a pass that allows them to walk through campus. This exception is only for admitted students and those who will be with them while they are in the Claremont area. Please keep in mind that all buildings are closed and guests are expected to practice appropriate social distancing while on campus.

If you are an admitted student who will be near CMC, please contact us at to request a pass to be on campus.

We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our campus when it is safe to do so. Thank you for respecting this mandate and stay safe!

Explore the Claremont Colleges
Though you physically can’t be on campus, you can still “see” what we’re all about by exploring a virtual tour of the Claremont Colleges. The tour is dedicated to the broader community in Claremont, but offers specific glimpses of CMC life.​

Transfer applicants
Please check the Transfer Application Instructions webpage for the most updated information about applying to CMC.

And, don't forget to follow CMC students on Instagram and Facebook!


At Claremont McKenna College, our students are dreamers and doers — high achievers who understand that learning informs impact and that impact in turn inspires learning. We give them the tools they need for critical decision-making; the experiences they crave for intellectual and interpersonal development; and the community they seek for motivation, inspiration, and lifelong fulfillment.









#7 in U.S. News among national liberal arts colleges (2020)

#8 in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education's U.S liberal arts colleges (2020)

#3 in College Consensus' best colleges in California (2019)

#4 in College Consensus' best U.S. small colleges (2019)

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• Pomona College
• Harvey Mudd College
• Scripps College
• Pitzer College

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Within an hour of the L.A., the beach and the mountains



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