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Claremont McKenna College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Claremont McKenna College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Claremont McKenna College Ranked?

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2021 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 26 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social sciences.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Claremont McKenna as #23 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, Claremont McKenna is ranked at #5.

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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 10%, 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 45% 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 740. Math scores were between 680 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Claremont McKenna College  ( 660 to 740 )

SAT Math Scores for Claremont McKenna College  ( 680 to 770 )
Claremont McKenna received ACT scores from 66% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Claremont McKenna College  ( 30 to 34 )

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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 92%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  92 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Claremont McKenna College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Claremont McKenna College has a freshmen retention rate of 97%. 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  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Claremont McKenna for first-time, full-time students is 77%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  77 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Claremont McKenna

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,343 undergraduates at Claremont McKenna with 1,340 being full-time and 3 being part-time.

Claremont McKenna Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 98.52 out of 100, Claremont McKenna is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  98.52 out of 100
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How Much Does Claremont McKenna College Cost?

The overall average net price of Claremont McKenna is $23,889. 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 +
$10,542 $9,971 $14,692 $31,714 $47,289

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 35% of students took out student loans averaging $5,273 a year. That adds up to $21,092 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Claremont McKenna is 2.0%. 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?

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.

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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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 44 majors graduated from Claremont McKenna College. Of these students, 453 received undergraduate degrees and 12 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 109 $82,400
Political Science & Government 41 NA
Child Development & Psychology 36 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 31 NA
International Relations & National Security 31 NA
Accounting 25 NA
Mathematics 23 NA
History 17 NA
Computer Science 15 NA
General Biology 14 NA

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

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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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