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Claremont McKenna College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1946
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 1,152
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: N/A
Admissions Address

890 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.9
Send application by: January 2
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Richard Vos
Admissions office telephone: (909) 621-8088
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 2
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered  
Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: $500 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $190 (Partially refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Lab 2 3
Foreign language 3 3
Social studies 1 2
History 1 1
Academic electives 0 0
Total academic units 16 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 8
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 8
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Important
Geographical residence: Important
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Important
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 22%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 32%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 22%
Total applicants: 3,593
Total acceptances: 805
Total freshman enrollment: 294
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 29%
Male applicants: 1,604
Male acceptances: 365
Male freshman enrollment: 161
Female applicants: 1,989
Female acceptances: 440
Female freshman enrollment: 133
Out-of-state freshmen: 51%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 648
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 214
Students enrolled from waiting list: 0


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 84%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 98%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 51%
Average high school GPA: 3.9
First-year students submitting GPA: 83%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 87%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 650 - 750
Math: 660 - 740
Combined: 1310 - 1490


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 50.6% 53.0%
600-699 37.8% 38.1%
500-599 11.6% 8.9%
400-499 0.0% 0.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 40%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 29 - 33
Math: 28 - 32
Composite: 29 - 33


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 70.8% 69.0% 63.7%
24-29 28.6% 30.6% 35.7%
18-23 0.6% 0.4% 0.6%
12-17 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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