Claremont McKenna College leads in new ranking of liberal arts college value

CMC students seated at a table wearing black suits to a Networking Trek with Henry R. Kravis ’67 in New York, one of many opportunities available through the campus career center.

A new ranking names CMC the top liberal arts college for return on investment, according to a Forbes report of cost and post-graduate earnings data.

The study found that CMC graduates are able to pay back their education in just 1.5 years. The ranking also factors “how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment.” DegreeChoices, a resource for students researching prospective colleges, conducted the analysis. The study drew on publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard as well as the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to generate rankings on more than 2000 undergraduate institutions. CMC earned the highest liberal arts college score based on these metrics.

CMC’s Soll Center for Student Opportunity offers individualized support and coaching for students as they conduct internship and job searches, playing an integral role in connecting them with well-paying and meaningful careers.

“It’s gratifying to be recognized for the value of the liberal arts education CMC offers and the opportunities our students have in their chosen fields,” said Director of Student Opportunities Ursula Diamond. “It’s a testament to the team at the Soll Center, our faculty, and the strength of the signature experiences that we offer.”

In addition, CMC’s parents and alumni are supportive of CMC students as they pursue careers. “They offer internships, identify employment opportunities, lead job shadow days, provide career and graduate school informational discussions, and conduct mock interviews,” said Allison Aldrich P’24, Ex Officio Trustee and president of the CMC Parent Network Board, which is dedicated to career development.

“These fantastic results affirm the strategy and direction that we as alumni are proud to support,” said Scott Torrey ’91 P’23 P’26, Ex Officio Trustee and CMC Alumni Association President.


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