Why CMC?

A smiling student poses seated next to Former US Ambassador Samantha Power during her Ath talk visit


Guided by core principles of leadership, opportunity, and interdisciplinary liberal arts, CMC’s cycle of learning and doing defines each new generation of dynamic scholar-leaders. 

Above all, we are a student-driven campus—led by your pursuits and desires to create a real home. CMC’s distinctive social warmth infuses itself in everything from your daily breakfast greeting by friendly staff members at Collins Dining Hall to a communal culture of academics and student activities that emphasizes shared purpose, playfulness, and the pure joy of learning.

What will you benefit from and contribute to at CMC? For starters:

CMC also offers a wide range of meet-all-need, financial, academic, and social support to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. This includes several signature scholarships—most notably, the Frank Seaver Leadership full-tuition scholarship; the McKenna Achievement Award, a merit scholarship of $15,000 given to entering first-years; and generous opportunities to join our 11 distinctive Scholar Communities, experiential learning cohorts created to support students in a variety of disciplines and academic fields. 

Over the past five years, CMC has increased the proportion of entering Pell-eligible students by over 75% and nearly doubled our percentage of students who are first in their family to attend college. We also provide guaranteed funding for a first-year summer experience or internship—with stipends ranging from $5,000 to $7,300 for those who have summer savings obligations—and additional financial assistance beyond the cost of attendance (books, family travel, emergency funds, equipment and supplies) to those most in need through our Kravis Opportunity Fund.

Ready to see CMC for yourself? Plan a campus visit with us or contact our staff for additional information.

We can’t wait to meet you!