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Overall Score: 79.64

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA http://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 undergraduate students. The college's core curriculum includes some first-year seminars and a senior thesis, but it also requires students to complete three semesters of physical education within their first two years, though there are a variety of course options to help fulfill the requirement, like breakdancing, horseback riding and surfing. Graduates of Claremont McKenna often go on to have lucrative careers, with median earnings around $86,600. 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 2022-2023
$78,600
% of students who get any grants
47%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$23,200
Average price for low-income students
$5,390

Admissions

Acceptance rate
10%
Median SAT/ACT score
1440/33
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
1,340

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit grants
5%
Average merit grant
$18,190

Student Success

Graduation rate
93%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
$15,000
Early career earnings
$86,570
% earning more than a high school grad
82%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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