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Claremont, California

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Chances of getting into Claremont McKenna College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
13%
Admission Difficulty for Claremont McKenna College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into Claremont McKenna and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Claremont McKenna is 13%.  It ranks #4 in California and #28 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Claremont McKenna is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 708 out of 5,306 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 8 percent (SAT 1330/1500 ACT 31/34). Claremont McKenna College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.89. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 44% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Claremont McKenna application fee is $70 and applications are due by Jan 2.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Claremont McKenna College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Claremont McKenna SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1330-1500
Applicants Submitting SAT 
51%
SAT Scores for Claremont McKenna College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 660
SAT Math 25th 670
SAT Composite 25th 1330
SAT Scores for Claremont McKenna College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1500
Average SAT Score 1420

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1330 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 1240. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. Claremont McKenna ranks #7 in California and #49 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Claremont McKenna College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1500 and Above Good >22%
1415 to 1500 Avg + 13%-22%
1330 to 1415 Avg - 7%-13%
1245 to 1330 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 1245 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 33
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Claremont McKenna College
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 and #35 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Claremont McKenna College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >26%
32 to 34 Avg + 13%-26%
31 to 32 Avg - 9%-13%
30 to 31 Reach 6%-9%
Less than 30 Low <6%
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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 #12 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.

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*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

83% 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 83%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

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Admission Statistics

Claremont McKenna College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,909 2,397 5,306
Accepted 389 319 708
Acceptance Rate 13% 13% 13%
Enrolled 158 157 315
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 41% 49% 44%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 2, 2023
Days left to Apply
94

Applicants have 94 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 2, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Claremont McKenna College is $70.

Application Requirements

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

Claremont McKenna College Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
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?

13% 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 1330 and 1500. 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.