Claremont McKenna College

399 reviews
  1. Claremont, CA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
Claremont McKenna College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
500 E 9th St
Claremont, CA 91711
Website

Claremont McKenna College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
11%
SAT Range
1350-1520
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$23,982/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,225/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,264/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,875/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,675/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,715/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,298Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
38%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Econ "bro" that's probably "studying abroad" in DC
    33%
  • Future consultant hoping to get super rich
    33%
  • Driven
    17%
  • Econ/Accounting or Econ/Finance, White Student
    8%
  • Upper-middle class white boys
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.22 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.32 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Econ Majors
    56%
  • Go-getters
    22%
  • Bros and valedictorians
    11%
  • Super rich kids
    11%

After Claremont McKenna College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$63,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
90%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
70%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses

Reviews

399 reviews
  • Excellent
    115
  • Very Good
    152
  • Average
    105
  • Poor
    21
  • Terrible
    6
I've had some great classes and experiences at CMC, and a few that weren't so great. Anyone coming to CMC should be aware that the social scene is pretty centered on alcohol and partying (though there is a substance free dorm with a strong culture, and a surprisingly high number of people who don't drink/go out). Thankfully, the parties are on campus, hosted by the student government, and open to everyone. There isn't a whole lot of the sketchiness or exclusivity that usually comes with frat parties at larger schools, since parties are open to everyone. I see this as a huge benefit of the school, though I no longer regularly attend parties.

It's really easy to get involved in things you're interested in, whether that's student government, a club, or research. Research opportunities are probably more available for Econ majors than others, and in the sciences/engineering you won't have the same kind of research experiences you would at a school that has real researchers.

We have some great professors here. Philosophy is by far the best, and there are some excellent professors in probably all of our other departments as well. In my opinion as someone majoring in both, our government and economics departments aren't deserving of the reputations they have. I wouldn't come here looking to study science, engineering, or pre-med, unless I'm also really interested in studying the humanities/social sciences. Classwork is generally reasonable, though challenging. People are motivated, but not super competitive with each other or stressed out, which is great.

Many CMC students are smart, motivated, and interested in their academic subjects. Others are more interested in partying. Many are a mix of both. People are not particularly artsy or creative; if you are, you might feel that side of yourself slipping away over your four years here (though we're getting better and now have a dedicated music space on campus). It can feel small after 4 years, but overall great!
  • College Senior
  • 11 months ago
Our varsity sports teams are not all amazing, but participation in athletics is very common at this school. Many CMCers are student-athletes, but generally, academics are above and beyond more important to these students. Sporting events are attended and are fun, but I would compare them more to high school games than college events. While not everyone attends sporting events and some do not participate in varsity or club sports, intramural sports are popular and effortless to get involved with. Overall, school spirit here is about much more than sports team pride. Sco stags and athenas!
  • College Freshman
  • 12 months ago
Not the Place to Find Intense, Hard Academic Learning. Great for Any Othe Priority! You don't ever walk into a classroom full of nerds at CMC. On the downside, this means not too many enthusiastically technical academic conversations. Nerds exist only in small pockets. On the upside, CMC has a wonderful networking atmosphere. You take classes to get the degree, but you go to CMC to learn how to make connections. It's probably the most useful skill for life. The level of academics reflects this dynamic: classes demand enough that you learn the standard things but give you room for parties, friends, sports, and sleeping in. CMC has a strong business slant. It's unusual for such a small school to have a major specifically for Accounting and a sequence (basically, a minor) for Finance. I took a lot of Accounting classes before I decided on another major, but there are truly several strong professors teaching Accounting. That being said, the overlooked Literature department is my favorite. The overall quality of the Literature professors is very high. The Math department is quite bad but has two very good professors. Also, CMC launched online registration in 2008, and it has made the registration process incredibly easy. I never had difficulty registering for classes I wanted to take, though it helped to be open to one or two alternative classes until second semester junior year. Most Science, Math, and Economics majors seem happy with registration. Some Philosophy and Psychology majors I knew had some difficulty getting courses they needed.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • July 29 2011