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 2021-2022 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 and centers 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

33 majors and 11 sequences. 

Top Majors Class of 2021*

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

Undergraduate Admission Figures

Applicants 5,632
Admitted 633
Enrolled 358
SAT Median (EBRW + Math) 1470
ACT Composite Median 33

Student Enrollment and Diversity

Degree-seeking Undergraduates 1,414
Percentage of first-generation students 18%
States and Territories Represented 47
Foreign Countries Represented 48
Women 51%
Men 49%
White 37%
Nonresident Alien 15%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 14%
Two or more races 7%
Unknown 5%
Black 5%
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) 44%

Faculty and Classes

Tenure and tenure-track faculty** 168
PhD or other terminal degree 99%
Average class size 18
Percent of classes with less than 20 students 74%
Student to faculty ratio 8 to 1

Student Life & Involvement

Full-time, First-time Freshmen Retention Rate 98%
Students who live on campus 93%
Students who participate in internship programs 94%
Students who conduct research with faculty 75%
Students who participate in off-campus study*** 43%


Six-Year Graduation Rate 93%
Class of 2020 graduates employed full-time or in graduate school 6 months after graduation 96%

Financial Information

Comprehensive Fees 2020-2021

Tuition & Fees $58,111
Room & Board $17,906
Total Cost $76,017
Core Operating Budget FY 2020-21 $101,891,000
Endowment Market Value (as of 6/30/2020) $1,222,151,000

Financial Aid

Students receiving aid 47%
Average need-based scholarship and grant award $56,690
Average need-based financial aid package $61,467
Average debt from borrowers at graduation $17,774

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