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Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, California

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Claremont McKenna College overview
Location Claremont, California
Online claremontmckenna.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Claremont McKenna College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Claremont McKenna College, located in Claremont, California, is a private liberal arts institution that offers a distinctive educational experience through its emphasis on public affairs, economics, and government. Established in 1946 as a men's college and becoming coeducational in 1976, Claremont McKenna is one of the seven Claremont Colleges and situated approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The campus is known for its consistent use of Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style which complements the Southern California landscape. A highly selective college, Claremont McKenna endeavors to enroll students who present a record of academic success and leadership potential. Popular majors at the college include economics, government, and international relations, which align with the institution's focus on producing leaders in the fields of business, the public sector, and international affairs. While not primarily known for its athletics, the college participates in NCAA Division III sports as a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. On-campus living is an integral part of the student experience at Claremont McKenna, with a majority of students residing in the college's housing throughout their tenure.

In the most recent statistical year 5,709 prospective students applied, and 591 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 322 enrolled in the school.  1,383 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 6 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $60,480 plus fees of $235. Claremont McKenna is ranked 18 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Claremont McKenna is rated within the top 5% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1440/1550
ACT 33/35
Estimated GPA 3.89

Applications Accepted

Claremont McKenna College overview
Applications Due Jan 5, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Claremont McKenna College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$235
Room and Board $18,712
Budget for Other Expenses$1,500
Total One Year Cost$82,127

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$97,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

91% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Claremont McKenna College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 44%
Psychology 10%
Biology 7%
Business 7%
General Studies 7%

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