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Chances of getting into Claremont McKenna College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
10.3%
Admission Difficulty for Claremont McKenna College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High
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How hard is it to get into Claremont McKenna and can I get accepted? The school has a 10% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 625 out of 6,066 applicants were admitted making Claremont McKenna a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent. Claremont McKenna College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 52% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Claremont McKenna College is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Claremont McKenna SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1360-1510
Applicants Submitting SAT
51%
SAT Scores for Claremont McKenna College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 690
SAT Composite 25th 1360
SAT Scores for Claremont McKenna College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1510
Average SAT Score 1440

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Claremont McKenna College?

Claremont McKenna College typically requires applicants to be in the top 7 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1360 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1280. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1440 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in California for highest average SAT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Claremont McKenna College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1510 and Above Good >16%
1435 to 1510 Avg + 10%-16%
1360 to 1435 Avg - 6%-10%
1285 to 1360 Reach 4%-6%
Less than 1285 Low <4%
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Claremont McKenna ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
31-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
56%
ACT Scores for Claremont McKenna College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 29
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Claremont McKenna College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Claremont McKenna?

Admission data indicates that Claremont McKenna regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Claremont McKenna College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Claremont McKenna College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >18%
32 to 34 Avg + 10%-18%
31 to 32 Avg - 7%-10%
30 to 31 Reach 5%-7%
Less than 30 Low <5%
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Claremont McKenna GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.89*
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Claremont McKenna College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Claremont McKenna. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Claremont McKenna College was 3.89 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #9 in California for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Claremont McKenna is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.89 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

74% of Claremont McKenna College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Claremont McKenna College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 74%
Top 25% of class 96%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

Claremont McKenna College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,194 2,872 6,066
Accepted 334 291 625
Acceptance Rate 10% 10% 10%
Enrolled 173 155 328
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 52% 53% 52%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 2, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Claremont McKenna College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Claremont McKenna College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Claremont McKenna College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=112260 IPEDS survey data for Claremont McKenna College.

FAQs

Does Claremont McKenna College prefer SAT or ACT?

51% of students submit their SAT scores to Claremont McKenna. 56% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Claremont McKenna College?

10% of those who apply are granted admission to Claremont McKenna. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Claremont McKenna College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1360 and 1510. 51% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Claremont McKenna College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. 56% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.