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Claremont McKenna College Data & Information Overview

230 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
11% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Claremont McKenna College Ranked?

#13 Best Colleges in Nation
#3 Best Colleges in CA
Social Sciences Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Claremont McKenna College was awarded 230 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social sciences.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Claremont McKenna is ranked #13 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Claremont McKenna is also ranked #3 out of 168 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Claremont McKenna?

11% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
28% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 11%, Claremont McKenna is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 28% of students accepted to Claremont McKenna submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 700 and 750. Math scores were between 720 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Claremont McKenna College  ( 700 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Claremont McKenna College  ( 720 to 780 )
Claremont McKenna received ACT scores from 25% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Claremont McKenna College  ( 32 to 35 )

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Claremont McKenna College Faculty

8 to 1 Student to Faculty
95% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Claremont McKenna is an impressive 8 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Claremont McKenna College is 95%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  95 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Claremont McKenna College

98% Freshmen Retention
85% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 98% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Claremont McKenna College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Claremont McKenna the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 85%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  85 out of 100

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Claremont McKenna College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,240 Full-Time Undergraduates
43.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
51.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,262 undergraduates at Claremont McKenna with 1,240 being full-time and 22 being part-time.

How Much Does Claremont McKenna College Cost?

$21,993 Net Price
29% Take Out Loans
$32,260 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Claremont McKenna is $21,993. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Claremont McKenna

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,387 $8,693 $15,962 $28,087 $43,248

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Claremont McKenna, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Claremont McKenna, approximately 29% of students took out student loans averaging $8,065 a year. That adds up to $32,260 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Claremont McKenna is 1.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Claremont McKenna Graduates Make?

$86,571 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Claremont McKenna make around $86,571 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Claremont McKenna students since it is 104% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Claremont McKenna College

California State
1,240 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in Claremont, California, Claremont McKenna College is a private not-for-profit institution. Claremont is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Claremont McKenna are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 500 E 9Th St, Claremont, CA 91711-6400
Phone: 909-621-8000

Claremont McKenna College Majors

44 Majors With Completions
431 Undergraduate Degrees
10 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 44 majors graduated from Claremont McKenna College. Of these students, 431 received undergraduate degrees and 10 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 116 $95,566
Political Science & Government 38 NA
Child Development & Psychology 38 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 28 NA
International Relations & National Security 24 NA
Mathematics 21 NA
Philosophy 19 NA
Computer Science 17 NA
History 14 NA
General English Literature 13 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Claremont McKenna College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

This is a decrease from the 1,264 students who took online classes the previous year.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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