Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Claremont McKenna College? We’ve put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Claremont McKenna offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Claremont McKenna College Ranked?

Quality Badge

2022 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 287 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is economics.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Claremont McKenna as #5 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! This is an improvement over the previous year, when Claremont McKenna held the #23 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Claremont McKenna also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

See all of the rankings for Claremont McKenna College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Claremont McKenna?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Claremont McKenna since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 13%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 62% 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 660 and 730. Math scores were between 670 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Claremont McKenna College  ( 660 to 730 )

SAT Math Scores for Claremont McKenna College  ( 670 to 770 )
Claremont McKenna received ACT scores from 44% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Claremont McKenna College  ( 31 to 34 )

Learn more about Claremont McKenna College admissions.

Claremont McKenna College Faculty

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 91%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  91 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Claremont McKenna College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Claremont McKenna College has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Claremont McKenna College.

Claremont McKenna College Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

The overall average net price of Claremont McKenna is $22,161. 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 +
$8,566 $6,591 $19,009 $17,636 $45,035

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 33% of students took out student loans averaging $5,560 a year. That adds up to $22,240 over four years for those students.

Get more details about paying for Claremont McKenna College.

How Much Money Do Claremont McKenna Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Claremont McKenna make around $72,900 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Claremont McKenna graduates since it is 83% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Claremont McKenna College make the most money.

Location of Claremont McKenna College

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.

Get more details about the location of Claremont McKenna College.


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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 44 majors graduated from Claremont McKenna College. Of these students, 429 received undergraduate degrees and 13 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 118 $90,856
Political Science & Government 36 $42,682
Computer Science 35 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 29 NA
Child Development & Psychology 28 NA
International Relations & National Security 21 NA
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 20 NA
General Biology 15 NA
Mathematics 14 NA
Other Engineering 13 NA

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

Online Learning at Claremont McKenna

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 1,264 students took at least one online class at Claremont McKenna College. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,264 1,264
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Claremont McKenna College.

If you’re considering Claremont McKenna College, here are some more schools you may be interested in knowing more about.

Curious on how these schools stack up against Claremont McKenna? Pit them head to head with College Combat, our free interactive tool that lets you compare college on the features that matter most to you!

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

Find Schools Near You