Application Instructions for Transfer Applicants

Updates for Fall 2020 Transfer Applicants

The CMC Office of Admission is extending the fall 2020 transfer application deadline to Wednesday, April 15. We will continue to accept transfer applications and required documents through this date. Please reference the FAQs below, and contact the Office of Admission at with additional questions.

Continue to check this webpage for additional updates as they become available.

SAT/ACT Test Score Requirements

CMC waives the SAT/ACT test score requirement for transfer students currently attending community colleges and four-year institutions that did not require the SAT or ACT for admission. Please contact if you were not required to submit a test score for admission to your current institution.

If you were required to submit an SAT or ACT test score for admission to your current institution, please request your scores to be sent to CMC through the official testing agency.

If the cost of sending test scores presents a financial hardship, please contact us at for assistance.


Due to current disruptions to many high school and college administrative processes, we will accept unofficial college transcripts and final high school transcripts to complete applications. However, if admitted, applicants will be required to submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions in which they’ve attended—as well as official final high school transcripts or certification of high school completion, before they can enroll at CMC.

College Report

With current disruptions to college administrative processes, we understand that applicants may not be able to submit the College Report by April 15. We do accept the College Report electronically from a college official. If you cannot submit the College Report by April 15, please contact our office with the following information:

  1. Why you are unable to complete the College Report form
  2. Estimate on when you may be able to complete and submit the College Report form

Please note that the College Report will be required before a student can enroll at CMC.

Mid-term Report

The Mid-term Report is not required to complete your transfer application, nor to be admitted to CMC. It is recommended, and if it is possible to provide mid-term grade reports for your current classes, please do so. We accept mid-term reports from faculty via email at

Academic Evaluations/Recommendations

Instruct your recommenders to submit any outstanding academic evaluations to the CMC Office of Admission at

Electronic Submission of Application Materials

Whenever possible, we recommend submitting application documents via email to The College Report and transcripts must be emailed to the Office of Admission by a college official. Academic evaluations must be emailed by the recommender. 


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 or ACT 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)

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 or

Application Review

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

Military and Veteran Assistance

CSAAVE is the state approving agency for Veterans Education Program Approval.


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.

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 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.

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. 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.

SAT or ACT scores

All transfer applicants must submit SAT or ACT 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 SAT or ACT for admission to your current institution, you are not required to take the SAT or ACT 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 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.

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

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:

1. Why do you want to attend Claremont McKenna College?

2. What is intellectual courage?

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.

Admission Deadlines

Spring Admission

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

Fall Admission

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 or from any college financial aid office. PROFILE forms are available online at 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

Spring Admission

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

Fall Admission

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE due March 1
FAFSA due 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 you may contact the following offices:

  • CMC admission at (909) 621-8088 or
  • Registrar at (909) 621-8101 or

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 2019 346 34
Spring 2019 50 16
Fall 2018 342 21
Fall 2017 400 10
Spring 2017 71 3
Fall 2016 426 22
Spring 2016 78 6