Claremont McKenna Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Claremont McKenna College
How hard is it to get into Claremont McKenna and can I get accepted? The school has a 9% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 584 out of 6,272 applicants were admitted making Claremont McKenna 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. Claremont McKenna College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 56% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Claremont McKenna College is a prized outcome for many students.
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Claremont McKenna SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT51%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||670|
|SAT Math 25th||680|
|SAT Composite 25th||1350|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||730|
|SAT Math 75th||770|
|SAT Composite 75th||1500|
|Average SAT Score||1430|
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 8 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1350 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 1270. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1430 out of 1600. The school ranks #7 in California for highest average SAT composite score. 51 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1500 and Above||Good||>14%|
|1425 to 1500||Avg +||9%-14%|
|1350 to 1425||Avg -||5%-9%|
|1275 to 1350||Reach||3%-5%|
|Less than 1275||Low||<3%|
Claremont McKenna ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT56%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||32|
|ACT Math 25th||28|
|ACT Composite 25th||31|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||33|
|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 #6 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Claremont McKenna College.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|34 and Above||Good||>17%|
|32 to 34||Avg +||9%-17%|
|31 to 32||Avg -||6%-9%|
|30 to 31||Reach||5%-6%|
|Less than 30||Low||<5%|
Avg. High School GPA3.89*
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Claremont McKenna College. 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. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Claremont McKenna extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.89 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.89 GPA.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||53%||58%||56%|
What are the requirements for admission to Claremont McKenna College and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
51% of students submit their SAT scores to Claremont McKenna. 56% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
9% of those who apply are granted admission to Claremont McKenna. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1350 and 1500. 51% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.