Application Instructions for Transfer Applicants
Use the links below to learn more about CMC's application process for transfer students. Please contact the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The Admission Committee looks forward to reviewing your application.
Common Application or Coalition Application
$70 application fee or fee waiver (The application fee is automatically waived for all spring 2021 transfer applicants.)
Additional academic credentials:
College Report from most recent college
Two Academic Evaluations/Recommendations
Official College Transcript(s) from all postsecondary institutions attended
Official final High School transcript or proof of high school equivalency.
FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (if applying for financial aid)
CMC is test-optional for transfer applicants, which means standardized test scores are not required for admission. Please review the test score section below for more information about our test-optional policy.
Keep in mind that your application will be incomplete until we have received all required application components. Please contact the Office of Admission if you have questions about missing application components.
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.
Admission to CMC is based on a holistic review process that considers a broad range of factors, including a prospective student’s academic and leadership achievements, commitment to CMC’s values, and potential to benefit from and contribute to CMC’s mission.
American Honors Transfer Network
CMC is a member institution with the American Honors Transfer Network. If you are a community college student in the American Honors Program and have questions about applying to CMC, please contact Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs at email@example.com.
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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. Applicants for transfer will not be considered if they have already completed a bachelor's degree from another institution in the U.S. or abroad.
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 high school equivalency (i.e. 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.
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. You can also download the Common Application College Report here and the Coalition Application Transfer Report here.
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 the mid-term report form with mid-term grades and send it to CMC. While this form is not a required application component, we encourage all students to submit their mid-term grades. This is especially encouraged if you are in your first semester or year at your current institution.
The Mid-term Report forms are available on the Common App and Coalition Application websites. You can also download the Common Application Mid-Term Report here and the Coalition Application Curriculum Report here.
Test-Optional Admission Policy
CMC is test-optional for all transfer applicants. This means that transfer applicants are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores with their application to be considered for admission. Applicants must indicate on their application whether or not they choose to include standardized test scores in their application.
- For applicants using the Common Application, the test-optional question will appear in the CMC Questions section of the application.
- For applicants using the Coalition Application, the test-optional question will appear in the Application Questions section.
Some international transfer applicants may still be required to submit English proficiency test scores. Please review our International Transfer Application Instructions for more information about English proficiency requirements.
Reporting Test Scores
CMC will accept official and self-reported test scores. CMC does not require the SAT Essay, ACT writing, or SAT subject tests.
Applicants may submit test scores in one of the following ways:
- Send scores directly from the College Board or the ACT.
Self-reported—choose one of the following options:
- Enter your test scores in the testing section of the Common Application or Coalition Application.
- Submit scores through the self-reporting form in your CMC applicant portal. This form will be available once you have submitted your application.
- Submit a copy of the score report as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change Test-Optional Preference Policy
After submitting their application, applicants will have seven (7) days to change their test-optional preference. They can access a form in their CMC applicants portal to report the change. Applicants can change their test-optional preference once within the seven-day grace period.
CMC will continue to superscore the ACT or SAT. This means we will accept the highest scores from each section of the ACT or SAT, regardless of the test date. We do not superscore across test types. Students must self-report all subsections from each test date. For example, if an applicant would like to use the superscore of two ACT test dates, the applicant must provide scores for all sections taken in both testing dates. CMC will then superscore self-reported and official scores, and include the superscore in the application review.
Verification of Self-Reported Test Scores
Enrolling students who chose to include test scores in the application must send official test scores prior to their entering term at CMC. The Admission Office will compare self-reported scores with official test scores. Students will be contacted in the event of any discrepancies.
Beyond Academic Promise
CMC actively recruits a diverse group of students from around the world. In the application process it is important to provide information that helps us understand your personal background as well as your academic preparation. As a selective college we are interested in knowing who you are, what is important to you, and what you have accomplished outside of the classroom. Your essay, extracurricular activities, short answer response, interview, and/or video response are perfect opportunities to highlight these aspects and show us how you can contribute to and benefit from the CMC community and mission.
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.
Interviews are only offered before the transfer application deadlines and can be completed before you submit your application for admission. If you are unable to schedule an interview we strongly encourage that you consider submitting the option video response. Applicants who interview may submit the video response as well.
Supplemental Essay Prompts
The CMC admission office would like to know a bit more about you and how you see yourself connecting with our campus as a student. The following are required supplemental essay prompts found in both the Common Application and Coalition Application:
- Why do you want to attend Claremont McKenna College?
- One of the hallmarks of a CMC education is the first-year humanities program that all students take in their first year at the College. The program has two components: the Freshman Humanities Seminar (FHS) and the Freshman Writing Seminar (FWS). While each FHS and FWS seminar has a distinctive approach in terms of texts and topics, their pairing gives first-year students a shared academic experience in small, writing-intensive courses that foster critical thinking about a wide range of important issues. Transfer students typically take the FHS or FWS during their first year at CMC. Depending on transfer credit and class standing, some transfer students will take both the FHS and FWS.
FHS introduces first-year students to some of the crucial questions that human beings face with relation to society and the world. Individual sections are taught by faculty from a range of departments. Past and current topics include:
- Democracy and Leadership
- Women in Science
- Unconventional Thinking
FWS, taught by faculty from the literature department, develops students’ abilities in written and oral communication at the college level. Past and current topics include:
- Art of the Personal Essay
- Blackness in American Cinema
- Post-Apocalyptic Humanity
For the purpose of this essay prompt, pick one FHS or FWS seminar to study at CMC. What part of your personal experience—or your desire to know more about an area outside of your experience—best explains your seminar choice? View the full list of FHS and FWS topics.
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.
Video response prompts all transfer applicants:
1. Claremont McKenna College is a special community because it is composed of talented people who individually and collectively contribute to improving the life of the College. How do you hope to contribute to the CMC community?
2. The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum represents the intellectual mantelpiece of the Claremont McKenna College community, bringing students, faculty, and staff closer together through active engagement and discussion on a daily basis. Knowing that diversity of thought and respectful dialogue are vital elements to the Athenaeum’s mission, who is someone you would want to hear speak at the Athenaeum in order to better understand a diverse perspective or experience from that of your own?
3. Developing a personal narrative is key to understand one’s own values and unique voice. Instances of personal adversity are key markers when determining an individual’s character, resoluteness, and sources of inspiration. When was the last time you were moved to great emotion and how did you positively respond from that moment in time?
4. People support each other and their communities in various ways. How do you support those around you and how has this shaped your unique perspective.
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.
Begin Accepting Applications September 1
Admission Application Deadline November 1
Notification Date by December 15
Candidate's reply due early January 1
Begin Accepting Applications September 1
Admission Application Deadline March 15
Notification Date by May 15
Candidate's reply due June 1
Admission at CMC is need-blind for transfer applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. However, CMC may be need-sensitive when admitting transfer students from the waiting list. 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
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE due November 1
FAFSA due November 1
Award notification by December 15
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE due March 15
FAFSA due March 15*
* If you are a California resident you many be eligible for the Cal Grant (check eligibility requirements here). If you meet the Cal Grant elibility requirements, the FAFSA or CADAA and the Cal Grant GPA Verification for (if applicable) must be submitted by March 1.
Award notification by 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.
Applicants for transfer will not be considered if they have already completed a bachelor's degree from the U.S. or abroad.
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 review our Transfer Credit for Transfer Students, and contact the following offices with additional questions.
- CMC admission at (909) 621-8088 or email@example.com
- Registrar at (909) 621-8101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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