This page contains links to several interactive dashboards about Claremont McKenna College. The information is updated annually. Any questions regarding appropriate use of this information or its contents should be directed to the Office of Institutional Research at IR@cmc.edu or (909) 621-8650.
You can make selections about how you would like to view the data by using the filters and menus that appear on most of the pages. Terms, definitions, and methodology are available in the “Notes” tab of each collection. Tooltips with additional details will appear as you hover over many of the figures.
The visualizations below provide information about undergraduate fall first-year applications and enrolling students.
- CMC is a highly selective institution; typical admit rates and yield rates are roughly 10% and 50%, respectively.
- CMC is committed to helping first-generation college students succeed, and offers support for all students through the Soll Center for Student Opportunity and CARE Center.
- Entering first-year students have consistently high test scores, participate in service in high school, and value CMC’s focus around internships, the consortium, leadership, and the liberal arts.
CMC is dedicated to affordability in helping students and families manage costs once admitted.
- Close to 50% of all undergraduate students receive financial aid at CMC, approximately 40% are on need-based aid, with variation in the first-year cohort.
- The proportion of CMC undergraduate and first-year students who receive Pell grants has increased substantially over the last ten years.
- The average amount of debt at graduation is approximately $20,000.
- Approximately 75% of CMC’s financial aid budget is funded by the institution.
Student enrollment information is captured on census date, the 12th day of the semester. Filters are available on most pages and allow you to adjust the information based on your needs or interests.
- CMC typically enrolls about 1,300 undergraduate students annually.
- Counts of students by gender, classification, race & ethnicity, and location are included in this series.
- Maps showing the numbers of students based on their permanent address, state, and country are available, along with global education destinations and proportions at graduation.
Retention rates are listed for first-time students who return in their second year. Graduation rates are provided at four-, five-, and six-years from the point of entry. All figures can be disaggregated by gender and race/ethnicity.
- First-year to sophomore retention rates are in the mid to high 90s.
- Over ninety percent of students complete their CMC degree within six years.
The Majors dashboard has several tabs representing current student major declarations, majors of recent graduates, and sequences for both enrolled students and recent graduates. There are also longitudinal visualizations representing majors of graduates over the last 20 years.
- CMC offers 33 majors and 11 sequences, as well as additional options through The Claremont Colleges Consortium.
- The most common majors of recent graduates are Economics, Government, Psychology, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE), International Relations, Mathematics, Philosophy, Computer Science, History, and Literature.
- Over a third of graduates complete dual or double majors. Dual majors allow students to combine two disciplines without completing the full requirements for two majors.
Tenured and tenure-track faculty by department, the student to faculty ratio, course sections by size, percentages of course sections taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty, average class sizes, and cross-registration information are all included in this series.
- The number of tenured and tenure-track faculty has steadily increased in the last 10 years, including the Keck Science department, a joint program with Pitzer and Scripps Colleges.
- The student-to-faculty ratio is 8 to 1; as the student body has increased, so have the faculty.
- Close to 80% of CMC classes have fewer than 20 students.
- About 70% of course sections are taught by tenured or tenure-track faculty (including Keck Science proportionally).
- The average course size is 18-19 students, with variations by department.
- Over 95% of CMC graduates have cross-registered during their time at CMC.
Claremont McKenna College is committed to improving student learning through thoughtful and ongoing academic program assessment. The learning goals of a CMC education are to teach students transferable abilities including analytic skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills, and to impart intellectual breadth and preparation for responsible leadership and citizenship through exposure to a variety of academic disciplines. The second and third tabs show senior self-evaluations of responsible leadership over time and in comparison to other institutions.
These dashboards provide summary information at 6-months after CMC, often referred to as the first destination. Knowledge rates for this population are over 80% based on data collected from alumni surveys, LinkedIn data scraping, National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), and CMC’s international student advisor’s records.
- Approximately 82% of alumni are employed full-time, part-time, in a service program or serving in the military, with over 13% enrolling in graduate programs. Four percent are seeking employment at six months after graduation.
- Students are employed in a variety of interest clusters, the largest are Accounting & Financial Services, Consulting, and Technology & Entrepreneurship.
- The median starting salaries for 2021 graduates is $73,000.
The longitudinal outcomes have two primary data sources: public LinkedIn profiles and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). Data from LinkedIn has been merged with information from the CMC student database to verify that the individuals are CMC graduates. However, LinkedIn is a very dynamic source of data, where individuals are frequently joining and updating their profiles. The NSC data is for CMC alumni who earned a master’s and/or doctoral graduate-level degree(s) after graduating from CMC.
- Over 6,000 CMC Alumni were matched with their public LinkedIn profiles, with graduates going back to the late 1940s.
- Alumni are employed by a vast variety of companies all over the United States and the globe.
- As they progress in their careers, close to 70% of Alumni are in Executive or Senior level positions within their companies.
- The most common degrees earned after CMC are masters, law degrees, and MBAs, but many alumni also obtain PhDs and MDs, from prestigious schools in the US.
Internships are an integral part of CMC students’ professional development and a major reason why students choose to attend CMC. These dashboards contain data over the last three years showing internships by major, class year, location and interest cluster.
- Graduating seniors report high participation in internships; the most recently available data shows 9 out of 10 having an internship during their time at CMC.
- The CMC sponsored internships and experiences program provides funding to students for pursuing unpaid internships during the summer to explore careers and take advantage of experiential learning.
- Snapshots of summer internships and experiences show over 60% of returning students participating over the last three years with variation by major.