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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 more. CMC itself is small, with just over 1,000 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 90% graduation rate, and its median early career earnings come in at $66,800, which is 6% 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$74,900
% of students who get any grants
46%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,600
Average price for low-income students
$7,090
admissions
Acceptance rate
10%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1430/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,334
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$16,953
student success
Graduation rate
90%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$14,500
Average salary within 3 years
$66,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
68%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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