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Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CAhttps://www.cmc.edu
The academic emphasis at Claremont McKenna is on political science and economics, but students can take classes offered by other members of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium that includes Pomona College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. CMC itself is small, with around 1,300 students. It requires students to complete three semesters of physical education, but there is a variety of activity course options, like breakdancing, horseback riding, and surfing. Claremont McKenna has a roughly 93% graduation rate, and according to Money's analysis, its median early career earnings are slightly higher than grads from similar colleges. Well-known alums include Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Michael Jeffries, the former CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch. In their downtime, CMC students can relax at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, a college club where students and faculty gather to dine and listen to guest speakers ranging from Condoleezza Rice and Karl Rove to Jonathan Franzen and Ta-Nehisi Coates.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Claremont-McKenna College is not resuming on-campus learning this fall. It hopes to reopen in the spring.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$75,500
% of students who get any grants
45%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,700
Average price for low-income students
$11,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
9%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1430/33
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
1,320
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
7%
Average merit grant
$18,790
student success
Graduation rate
93%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$14,250
Average salary within 5 years
$61,400
% earning more than $28,000
87%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 5

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Claremont-McKenna College is not resuming on-campus learning this fall. It hopes to reopen in the spring.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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