CMCReturns - Learn more about our Fall return to campus

For Counselors

CMC student Lindsay Burton

As counselors, mentors and advisors, you play an important role in the college admission process for the students you serve. At CMC, we value the relationships we build with you as well as with your schools and organizations. We greatly appreciate the valuable assistance you provide us as we recruit and evaluate applicants.

This webpage will keep you up to date on our counselor programs, admission policies, and news about the college. Check out our recent mailings to prospective students featuring CMC highlights and current student profiles!

Counselor Events 

CMC admission officers are hosting virtual events for counselors throughout the fall. Check out our events to register. We look forward to connecting with you soon!


Eight of the Best Counselor Programs 

The deans and directors of admission of eight nationally recognized colleges invite you to a counselor program in your area. The colleges each have an undergraduate-focused educational experience replete with a low student-faculty ratio, an intimate learning environment, and a challenging curriculum. 

Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, CA

Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

Connecticut College
New London, CT

Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA


Haverford College
Haverford, PA

Kenyon College
Gambier, OH

Macalester College
St. Paul, MN

Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY

Register for Eight of the Best Counselor Programs

Schedule of Events
Introductions (10 minutes)
Individual College Presentations (20 minutes)
Q&A (30 minutes)

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 – 5 pm ET

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – 11 am ET

Friday, April 30, 2021 – 9 am ET

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 – 5 pm ET

Friday, June 25, 2021 – 9 am ET


Behind the Curtain: ATI Counselor Breakfasts

In addition to student programs, the deans and directors of admission at Bates College, Claremont McKenna College, Franklin & Marshall College, Lehigh University, and the University of Chicago are also hosting breakfasts for local high school counselors. Please join us at the counselor breakfast in your area to learn more about our institutions and admission processes. 


Who We Are

Claremont McKenna College educates students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions. CMC attracts students who approach education pragmatically and who intend to make a difference in the world. It is a place where the world of ideas and events work together as one, as opposed to being polarized and isolated concepts and experiences. Graduates leave CMC well-prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.

CMC Updates

  • 2020 Fall Preview Program, Saturday, October 3 and Saturday, October 10

The 2020 Preview Virtual Fly-In Program application is now live! The deadline for all applications is Sunday, September 13, 2020

Claremont McKenna College continues to take informed actions in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. As the situation continues to evolve, our top priority remains the safety, health and well-being of our community and prospective applicants. At this time, our Preview Program will transition to a virtual platform. 

During the Fall, Claremont McKenna College will host a virtual fly-in program for students from historically underrepresented communities - first generation American, first generation to college, students of color, low income students and students from rural communities - who demonstrate strong academic excellence and genuine interest in exploring all that CMC has to offer. This program is open for students who will be seniors in high school in the Fall of 2020. Prospective applicants get an inside look into the life of a "CMCer" and can expect the following learning outcomes:

  • Discover CMC: The opportunity to explore the academic and cocurricular opportunities offered at CMC through workshops with students, alumni, faculty and staff.  
  • College preparation: Providing information, tools, and assistance navigating the college application process.  

If selected, Saturday programming on October 3 and 10 are required.

You can find the application and more information regarding the program here. Please share this information with students interested in learning more about CMC. If you have any questions please reach out to the Preview Program team at or 909.621.8088.

  • Test-Optional Policies - 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.

  • CMC joined QuestBridge as a college partner in May 2016, and we are excited to welcome our class of 2021 QuestBridge Scholars to campus. QuestBridge is committed to connecting academically outstanding students from low-income backgrounds with educational opportunities at highly selective liberal arts colleges and research universities, with the goal of increasing their presence on college campuses. CMC is proud to collaborate with QuestBridge in these efforts. 
  • CMC’s top priority is to meet the needs of an evolving and increasingly diverse student body. With a commitment to access and affordability, CMC is proud to have mobilized its students, alumni, parents, and friends to support its mission of ensuring that all students have access to the full CMC experience.

Recent highlights of the College’s advancement success include:

  • Raising over $200 million for The Student Imperative, an initiative launched in 2014 to expand financial aid and scholarships, create opportunity funding, develop our scholar community program, and establish the Soll Center for Student Opportunity.
  • Establishing the Kravis Opportunity Fund which provides students already receiving financial aid extra funding resources for summer internships and experiences. 
  • Maintaining its commitment to meet 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated financial need, through generous financial aid packages often supported by the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends of the College.
  • Accepting an invitation to join the American Talent Initiative, a prestigious national alliance comprised of 68 of the nation’s most respected colleges and universities dedicated to expanding access and opportunity for highly-talented, lower-income students.
  • Continuing to set records for giving, in its many forms.

In 2017-2018 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Athletics finished third in the Directors' Cup Standing which ranks 400-plus NCAA Division III schools based on their athletic department's success in NCAA postseason competition. 

  • 10 of CMS's 21 teams won conference championships during the 2017-18 school year. 
  • 14 of CMS’s 21 teams advanced to the NCAA Championships during the 2017-18 school year.
  • CMS won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) All-Sports Trophy for the tenth year in a row.
  • 11 CMS student-athletes were selected as “Conference MVP” in their respective sports, and over 100 athletes made the All-Conference teams.
  • 37 athletes were All-Americans.
  • 270 athletes made the SCIAC All-Academic team for excellent academic and athletic achievement.

CMS information for prospective student-athletes available at

  • Upcoming Athenaeum Speakers – The Athenaeum speaker series hosts prominent leaders from all over the world and from a variety of professions four nights a week throughout the academic year. This program highlights CMC’s dedication to creating an environment that values diverse perspectives and fosters the free exchange of ideas.

CMC Resources

  • Charged with seeing the campus through the eyes of the student, The Soll Center for Student Opportunity assists students in exploring, cultivating, and articulating their skills, interests and talents into real-world opportunities. Partnering with the multiple constituencies that advise, mentor and guide our students, including faculty, staff, alumni and parents, the Center aims to empower students to formulate individual goals and strategies for achieving them through the use of resources, thoughtful exploration and early engagement in personal and professional development. The Center is home to three important resources:
    • Career Services – The Career Services team is organized into eight "interest clusters" to help CMC students explore the many options available to them: Accounting & Financial Services; Consulting; Creative & Entertainment; Government, Law & Public Policy; Medicine, Healthcare & Biotech; Non-Profit & Education; Science & Environment; and Technology & Entrepreneurship. The team offers many services to help students learn about themselves, explore areas of professional interest, and create and implement a customized action plan. Career Services also guide students in how to: network and connect with students, alumni, faculty, parents and employers; develop best-practice resumes and cover letters; explore what experiences and internships are best suited to their interests; and prepare for life after college including graduate school.
    • Scholar Communities – The Scholar Communities Program is comprised of several individual experiential learning communities created to support students in a variety of disciplines and fields. Each Scholar Community provides powerful benefits to enrolled recipients from merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships, designated funding for summer internships, research, service or academic travel, and faculty or staff mentorship.
    • Sponsored Experiences – The Sponsored Experiences Program offers quality student summer experiences and internships across a variety of industries and locations. Last year, nearly 280 students benefited from almost $1 million of financial assistance to help fund a unique set of international and domestic student experiences.


  • The CARE Center (Civility, Access, Resources, and Expression) seeks to proactively engage and educate the CMC community through respectful and civil communication. It has a dual goal of providing a place for civil dialogue and expression while also providing resources to support inclusion and remove institutional barriers to student success. The Center's four core principles provide the foundation for all its activities: openness to all, intellectual pluralism, evidence-based decision making, and student-centeredness.

The CARE Center provides students with counseling, advocacy, and advising in a supportive environment. In addition the the Center's Director and sixteen CARE Student Fellows, the Center hosts sessions on a various of topics, such as academic advising, mental health, and financial aid. Collaboration with various resources across the Claremont Consortium ensures full access to CMC students.

The Center's programming promotes dialogue on a wide range of topics related to experience and identity.

  • Monthly educational workshops enhance the understanding of, and appreciation for, CMC's diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Recent workshop topics include implicit bias, the impact of socioeconomic disparity, and cultural appropriation. 
  • The "Real Talk" series facilitates discussion about issues arising from current event events. Recent topics include post-election dialogue, immigration policy in the US, and NFL player Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest. 
  • VISA (Values, Identity, Scholarship, Arts) Talks is a partnership with the Office of the Dean of Faculty wherein faculty and staff gather with students to share their personal and professional stories. 


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