Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, California
4-year Private university


Claremont McKenna College is a private institution established in 1946 with suburban setting located at Claremont. It is ranked 11 in National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. It practices semester-based academic calendar.Although it is primarily an undergraduate college, Claremont McKenna offers a graduate master’s program in finance through the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance.

#11 in National Liberal Arts Colleges
Location Claremont, California
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1946
Selectivity Very High
Size Small
1,386 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $54,405
Outstate Tuition Fee $54,405
Room and Board Fees $19,650
$67,634 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


10% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$70 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Required
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition ApplicationQuestbridge Application

For International Students

100 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

native language is English or, primary language of instruction throughout high school was English

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$68,483 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$58,735 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $82,127
42% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application February 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA, CSS

Merit Scholarships

McKenna Scholars
Total Worth $15,000 merit per year
Eligibility All entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria Exceptional academic and personal achievements
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
Seaver Scholars
Total Worth Full tuition
Eligibility All entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria Exceptional academic and personal achievements
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
Total Worth $1,000
Details The FSEOG is a need-based federal grant available to students with the most exceptional financial need who have not already received a bachelor’s degree. Preference is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients who apply for financial aid by Claremont McKenna’s published deadlines.


1,386 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
97% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
83% Students graduate within 6 years