About CMC

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is committed to providing its students with a robust and rigorous world-class liberal arts education, one that includes a practical and pragmatic twist. Rather than dividing the liberal arts and the working world into separate realms, education at CMC is rooted in interdisciplinary learning and integrating theory and practice. This is a place where the world of ideas and the world of events come together. 

Today, CMC ranks among the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling over 1,300 students who are eager to engage in intellectually stimulating discussions, seek to develop practical solutions to today's growing challenges and needs, and who expect to make significant contributions to their communities. CMCers have unprecedented opportunities through the 11 research institutes and centers, Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Soll Center for Student Opportunity, Washington DC and Silicon Valley semester programs, and cross-registration in courses with the other Claremont Colleges

CMC students thrive when balancing rigorous academics with life outside of the classroom. They enjoy a close-knit, collaborative, diverse community dedicated to the free exchange of ideas. They seek to better the world around them by solving real-world problems through innovation and entrepreneurial approaches.

Financial Aid

CMC is committed to Need-Blind Admission

CMC's Need-Blind Admission policy applies to applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents, and means that a family's financial need will not impede an applicant's ability to be admitted. This policy encourages students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to apply to CMC.

Meeting 100% of Your Need 

CMC is fully committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Any student who needs financial assistance is encouraged to apply for financial aid. Please be aware that merit-based scholarships are strictly determined by the Office of Admission. For more information regarding CMC's merit-based scholarships, please contact the Office of Admission at admission@cmc.edu.

Learn more at  about CMC's admission and financial aid policies at https://www.cmc.edu/admission and https://www.cmc.edu/financial-aid

Application Deadlines

Merit Scholarship Deadline

  • Early Decision I - November 1
  • Early Decision II - December 1
  • Regular Decision - December 1

Admission Application Deadline

  • Early Decision - November 1
  • Early Decision II - January 11
  • Regular Decision - January 11
  • Fall Transfer - March 15
  • Spring Transfer - November 15

Notification Date

  • Early Decision I - December 15
  • Early Decision II - February 15
  • Regular Decision - April 1
  • Fall Transfer - May 15
  • Spring Transfer - December 15

Required Application Materials - First Year Applicants

  • Coalition Application and Additional CMC Questions 
  • $70 Application Fee
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
  • One Counselor Recommendation
  • School Report
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official Standardized Test Scores:
    • SAT or ACT
    • TOEFL or IELTS (International applicants only)
  • Mid-Year Report with Updated Transcript
  • FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (if applying for financial aid)
  • Early Decision Agreement (required for ED1 and ED2 applicants only)

Required Application Materials - Transfer Applicants

  • Coalition Application and additional CMC questions
  • $70 application fee or fee waiver
  • College Report from most recent college
  • Two Academic Evaluations/Recommendations
  • Official College Transcript(s) from all postsecondary institutions attended
  • Official High School Transcript(s) from all secondary schools attended
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (sent directly from the testing agency)
    • SAT or ACT
    • TOEFL or IELTS (International applicants only)
  • FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (if applying for financial aid)

Financial Aid

To be consdiered for financial aid students must submit the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by the following dates.

  • Early Decision I - November 1
  • Early Decision II - January 11
  • Regular Decision - January 11
  • Fall Transfer - March 15
  • Spring Transfer - November 15

Additional Financial Aid Information:

  • Net Price Calculator
  • Graduation Rate - 93%
  • Percentage of Students on Financial Aid - 40%
  • Average Financial Aid Award - $52,382

Learn more about Financial Aid at https://www.cmc.edu/financial-aid