Fact Sheet

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Claremont McKenna College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, prepares students to make a difference. The College educates students for thoughtful and productive lives and roles of responsible leadership through its strong, real-world mission. Admission to the College is need-blind and emphasizes the demonstration of leadership accomplishments. The College attracts a student body that is broadly diverse and accomplished beyond the classroom.

Located on a scenic, tree-lined residential campus 30 miles east of Los Angeles, Claremont McKenna is a member of The Claremont Colleges, a seven-college consortium modeled after Oxford University. CMC students choose from more than 2,200 classes and participate in co-curricular activities with 7,000 other students at Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College, as well as the Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute. Students have the best of both worlds: the intimacy of a small residential college with small classes and a student-faculty ratio of nine to one, and the shared resources of a larger research university.

Overview of CMC

Printable 2019-2020 Fact Sheet (PDF)


Claremont, CA (35 miles east of Los Angeles)

The Claremont Colleges

1 square mile. 8,500 students. 3,000 faculty and staff.

Percent of CMC students who cross-register at another Claremont College: 99%

Based on the Oxford/Cambridge style of shared university resources, including: Varsity Athletics, Health Center, Campus Safety, Science Programs, Dining Halls, Libraries, Clubs, Concerts, Speakers, & Classes.

Claremont McKenna College
Harvey Mudd College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Scripps College
Claremont Graduate University
Keck Graduate Institute

Campus & Features

69 Acres. Short walking distance from shops and restaurants in downtown Claremont Village.

11 Research Institutes for student-faculty research.

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum: Speakers 4 nights a week.

Academic Year

Two Semesters.

Degrees Awarded

Bachelor of Arts
Master of Arts in Finance


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Areas of Study

32 majors and 11 sequences. 

Top Majors Class of 2019*

Economics, Government, Psychology, International Relations, Economics-Accounting, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE), History, Computer Science, Biology

Undergraduate Admission Figures

Applicants 6,066
Admitted 625
Enrolled 328
SAT Range for Middle 50% 1380-1490
ACT Composite Range for Middle 50% 31-34

Student Enrollment and Diversity

Degree-seeking Undergraduates 1,335
Percentage of first-generation students 21%
States and Territories Represented 47
Foreign Countries Represented 46
Women 50%
Men 50%
White 41%
Nonresident Alien 16%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 12%
Two or more races 7%
Unknown 5%
Black 4%
American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander both <1%
Percentage of students of color (includes American Indian/Native American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Black and African American, Pacific Islander, and two or more races) 38%

Faculty and Classes

Tenure and tenure-track faculty** 166
PhD or other terminal degree 99%
Average class size 18
Percent of classes with less than 20 students 83%
Student to faculty ratio 8 to 1

Student Life & Involvement

Full-time, First-time Freshmen Retention Rate 95%
Students who live on campus 96%
Students who participate in internship programs 94%
Students who conduct research with faculty 75%
Students who participate in off-campus study*** 39%


Six-Year Graduation Rate 91%
Class of 2016 through 2018 graduates employed full-time 6 months after graduation 78%
Class of 2016 through 2018 graduates that are seeking full-time employment 4%

Financial Information

Comprehensive Fees 2018-2019

Tuition & Fees $56,475
Room & Board $17,300
Total Cost $73,775
Core Operating Budget FY2018-19 $126,407,000
Endowment Market Value (as of 6/30/2019) $865,475,000

Financial Aid

Students receiving aid 47%
Average need-based scholarship and grant award $57,151
Total scholarships/grants dollars for need-based aid $29,008,084
Average debt from borrowers at graduation $21,450

*Including dual and double majors
**Including all Keck Science Faculty
***Includes Silicon Valley; Washington, DC; domestic exchange