Claremont McKenna College

Ask us to define ourselves, and we CMCers will tell you that we're a "specialized" school: one that educates leaders for business, government and the professions.

CMC is a liberal arts college that was founded as an institution to educate responsible future leaders through what we call 'learning for the sake of doing'. We want students to use their knowledge in practice to build leadership skills for the next generation. CMC was founded in 1946 and was the third of what is now five Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California. This consortium allows students to take advantage of academic and social experiences across the five schools while also experiences the small, tight-knit community of 1,350 students on campus.

Basic details

  • Region: West
  • Location: Claremont, California
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 10%
  • Average ACT score: 32
  • Average SAT range: 1400-1460 (without writing included)
  • Test optional? Yes
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance, Anthropology, Area Studies, Art History, Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama/Theatre Arts, Economics, Education, Ethnic/Cultural Studies, English, Environmental Sciences, Film/Cinema Studies, Gender Studies, Geology, History, Humanities, International Relations, Journalism, Languages, Law, Liberal Arts, Literature, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Military Sciences, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology, Theology/Religion, Urban Studies
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship; Need-based aid (we meet 100% of need for international students)
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $82,000


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity sports: Men's Athletics / Track and Field, Women's Athletics / Track and field, Men's Baseball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Men's Football / Soccer, Women's Football / Soccer, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Rugby, Men's Swimming and Diving, Women''s Swimming and Diving, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball, Men's Water Polo, Women's Water Polo

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