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.

Figures for the 2020-2021 academic year may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Admission 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, approximately 40% are on need-based aid, with more variation in the first-year cohort.
  • The proportion of first-year CMC students who received Pell grants has nearly doubled in the last ten years.
  • The average amount of debt at graduation ranges from $20,000 – 25,000.
  • Approximately 75% of CMC’s financial aid budget is funded by Institutional funding.

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 most pages and allow you to adjust the information based on your needs or interests.

  • CMC 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 off-campus study destinations.

View Enrollment charts and data

Enrollment by class and location chart

Retention rates are for first-time students who return for their second year. Graduation rates are provided at four-, five-, and six-years from the point of entry. Both visualization have filters for gender and race/ethnicity.

  • First-year to sophomore retention rates are typically in the mid-90s. Figures for 2020 may be impacted by COVID-19.
  • Students depart between semesters for a variety of reasons.
  • Over ninety percent of students complete their CMC degree within six years.

View Retention charts and data

One-Year Retention Rate Chart

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, along with several others through The Claremont Colleges Consortium.
  • The most common majors of recent graduates are Economics, Government, Psychology, Computer Science, International Relations, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE), Neuroscience, Mathematics, History, and Philosophy.
  • 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.

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 25% 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.
  • Over 80% of CMC classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Typically 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. Figures for 2020 may be impacted by COVID-19.
  • About 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 alumni outcomes, including post-graduate degrees and first destination information at 6-months after CMC completion. Graduate degree information comes from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) StudentTracker service. First destination information knowledge rates are over 80% based on data collected from alumni surveys, LinkedIn data scraping, and OPT records.

  • Approximately 84% of alumni are employed full-time, part-time, in a service program or serving in the military, with over 12% enrolling in graduate programs. Four percent are seeking employment at six months after graduation.
  • The most common degrees earned after CMC are masters or law degrees and MBAs, but many alumni also obtain others including PhDs and MDs from prestigious schools in the US.
  • Students are employed in a variety of interest clusters, the most popular being Accounting & Financial Services and Consulting and Technology & Entrepreneurship.
  • The median starting salaries for 2020 graduates is $76,000

View Outcomes charts and data

Outcomes chart

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.

  • Participation in internships has increased over the last several years with 8 or 9 out of 10 seniors reporting that they had an internship during their time at CMC.
  • Over 60% of students participated in a summer internship or experience over the last three years.
  • Summer internships and experiences take places in locations all over the world.
  • 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.

View Internships charts and data

Internships chart