Claremont McKenna College Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Claremont McKenna College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

Can I get into Claremont McKenna College? The school has a 9% acceptance rate. Last year, 599 out of 6,342 applicants were admitted making Claremont McKenna College an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent. Of those applicants who were admitted, 54% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Claremont McKenna College is a prized outcome for many students.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Claremont McKenna College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 680
SAT Math 25th 700
SAT Composite 25th 1380
SAT Scores for Claremont McKenna College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1520
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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 6 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1380 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 1310. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1450 out of 1600. 50 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Claremont McKenna College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1520 and Above Good >14%
1450 to 1520 Avg + 9%-14%
1380 to 1450 Avg - 5%-9%
1310 to 1380 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 1310 Low <3%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Claremont McKenna College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Claremont McKenna College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 33
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Claremont McKenna College 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 33 and above have very competitive chances. 60 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Claremont McKenna College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Claremont McKenna College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >14%
32 to 33 Avg + 9%-14%
31 to 32 Avg - 5%-9%
30 to 31 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 30 Low <3%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Claremont McKenna College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

Admission Statistics

Claremont McKenna College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,379 2,963 6,342
Accepted 306 293 599
Acceptance Rate 9% 10% 9%
Enrolled 154 167 321
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 50% 57% 54%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 17 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Claremont McKenna College and what considerations affect 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.