Factbook

This page contains links to several interactive dashboards about Claremont McKenna College. The information is updated annually in the fall. 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 near the top of each page. Once you make your selections using the checkboxes, hit the “Apply” button and the charts and tables will adjust. Data construction and methodology notes are available when you hover over the ‘i’ symbol in circle at the top, right-hand corner of each page. Tooltips with additional details will appear as you hover over the graphs.

To access information about undergraduate fall first-year applications, click on the thumbnail to the right.

  • CMC is a highly selective institution with admit and yield rates around 10% and 50%, respectively.
  • CMC is committed to helping first-generation college students succeed, and offers support for all students through the Student Opportunity and CARE centers.
  • 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.

View Admission charts and data

First Year Applications Chart

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, 40% of which are on need-based aid, with more variation in the first-year cohort.
  • Information is also available for the proportions of undergraduate and first-year students with Pell grants, student debt at graduation, and financial aid budget sources.

View Financial Aid charts and data

Percent of Students on Aid Chart

Student enrollment information is captured on census date, which is the 11th day of the semester. Filters are available on every page and will allow you to adjust the information based on your needs or interests.

  • Student enrollment counts by gender, classification, race & ethnicity, location, and off-campus study are included in this series.
  • CMC enrolls about 1,300 undergraduate students.

View Enrollment charts and data

Enrollment by class and location chart

Retention rates are for the first to second year. Graduation rates are provided at four-, five-, and six-years from the point of entry, with filters for gender and race/ethnicity.

  • First-year to sophomore retention rates are in the mid-90s.
  • Students depart between semesters for a variety of reasons.
  • CMC has high graduation rates, with ≥ 90% completing in six years.

View Retention charts and data

One-Year Retention Rate Chart

Majors are divided into dashboards 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 32 majors, along with several others through The Claremont Colleges Consortium.
  • The most common majors of graduates are Economics, Government, Psychology, International Relations, and Economics-Accounting.
  • 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.

View Majors charts and data

Declared Majors Chart

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 grown by over 50% 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 grown, so have the faculty.
  • Over 80% of CMC classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Roughly 75% or more 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.
  • Almost 95% of CMC graduates have cross-registered during their time at CMC.

View Faculty charts and data

Tenured & Tenure-Track Faculty by Department

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.

View Assessment charts and data

Core Competency Assessment Chart

These dashboards provide summary information about graduating seniors’ plans, for the Classes of 2016 and 2017, six months after graduation. The response rate to the surveys was 56%. The data also includes degrees earned post-CMC, over the last 10 years, from the National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker.

  • Overall, less than 4% of graduates are seeking employment six months after graduation. Nearly 80% are employed full-time, with an additional 12% attending, or planning to attend, graduate or professional school.
  • The most common degrees earned after CMC are JD, MA, MBA, MS, and MD from prestigious schools all over the nation.
  • Students pursue degrees and are employed in a variety of interest clusters.
  • The average starting salaries for graduates working full-time is $66,675.

View Outcomes charts and data

Primary Activity of 2016 & 2017 Graduates at Six Months Out Chart