Claremont McKenna College

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Claremont McKenna College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Claremont, CA, a predominately suburban area. About a thousand students are enrolled at Claremont McKenna College.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores between 1360 (25th percentile) to 1510 (75th percentile) on the SAT and between 31 (25th percentile) to 34 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is usually submitted among applicants accepted to this school. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Claremont McKenna College average GPA ranges from 3.82 to 3.96 for accepted students. Only 10 percent of applicants are admitted to this school due to the large number of applicants and the increase competition for enrollment. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Claremont McKenna College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Claremont McKenna College was reported as 10.3% in Fall 2020 with over 6,070 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 31 - 34
  • Average GPA: 3.82 - 3.96

How Hard Is It to Get into Claremont McKenna College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Claremont McKenna College is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Claremont McKenna College has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 9.4%
  • 2017-2018: 10.4%
  • 2018-2019: 9.3%
  • 2019-2020: 10.3%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 9.2%

How Does Claremont McKenna College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Claremont McKenna College is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Scripps College32.0%
Pomona College7.4%
Pitzer College13.7%
Harvey Mudd College13.7%
La Sierra University55.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Claremont McKenna College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading670 - 730
Math690 - 780
Total Score1360 - 1510
ACT®Score Range
English32 - 35
Math29 - 34
Composite Score31 - 34
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