Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College, locally referred to as Claremont Mckenna or “CMC”, is a private, four-year men and women’s liberal arts college located in Claremont, California, just 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The college is a member of the American consortium of Claremont Colleges which includes five undergraduate colleges and two graduate schools.

Even though the college today is coeducational, it wasn’t always. CMC was founded in 1946 as a men’s college. It wasn’t until 1976 that CMC began admitting both men and women. The college offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees but focuses primarily on undergraduate education. Total annual enrollment at CMC consists of approximately 1,300 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students. CMC employs about 130 full-time faculty and staff.

A Brief History

Following the conclusion of World War II in 1946, Claremont McKenna College was founded as “Claremont Men’s College” as its offering at the time was tailored towards male war veterans seeking to advance their eduucation and careers. From its inception, CMC’s mission was to develop business and community leaders in the fields of economics, government and international affairs–a mission continued to the present day. In 1976, the college began admitting women and was given its current name, Claremont McKenna College, in honor of one of its founders, Donald McKenna, an American philanthropist. Luckily the name change allowed the college to continue using its nickname, “CMC”.

Academics

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) offers over 30 undergraduate majors through 12 academic departments and 10 research institutes. The most popular fields of study at CMC include economics, psychology, government, and international relations. The faculty to student ratio at CMC is 1:9 and over 80% of classes have less than 20 students. The college has a freshman retention rate of 96%, indicating that students are very satisfied, as well as a 4-year graduation rate of roughly 85%.

Outside of their major, students must complete two humanities courses, two science course, three social science courses, and a calculus course in order to graduate. Students are also required take three semesters of a foreign language and be able to pass a test demonstrating their proficiency in the language. Additional graduation requirements include completion of a senior thesis and three semesters of physical education.

Claremont McKenna curriculum places a lot of emphasis on the social sciences, especially government, economics, psychology, and international relations, which not surprisingly are the most popular areas of study at the college. In fact, about 40% of CMC students pursue majors in economics or government. In addition to a long list of traditional majors, CMC also offers a large selection of multi/inter-disciplinary majors including science and management, biology-chemistry, management engineering, public affairs and philosophy, econ-accounting, and economics, environment, and politics (EEP). Through the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, which was founded in 2007, CMC offers a 4+1 BA/MBA program which enables students to earn their Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Claremont McKenna and their Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. This joint degree program takes 5 years to complete.

Where most four-year colleges and universities offer minors, Claremont McKenna offers “interdisciplinary sequences”. Interdisciplinary sequences include computer science, Asian-American Studies, financial economics, genocide, gender studies, human rights, ethics, and leadership, holocaust studies, and legal studies.

Up until just a few years ago, CMC required all science majors to complete 3 year-long courses in introductory chemistry, biology, and physics. However, CMC now offers a double year-long introductory science course through the Joint Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Scripps, and Pitzer colleges that allows much more flexibility than the previous requirement.

Over 50% of CMC students participate in the college’s study abroad program. While not technically a study abroad program, the Washington Program take students off campus to study government in Washington at night and complete an internship. All Washington Program courses are taught by Claremont McKenna professors.

According to a report produced by PayScale.com in 2009, CMC is ranked number one in the nation among liberal arts colleges for highest starting salary. The average starting salary for CMC graduates is approximately $53,000 a year. However, the large majority of CMC students (about 80%) go on to attend graduate school following graduation.

School Rankings

Claremont McKenna College is selective for a reason, it’s one of the highest ranked liberal arts colleges in the nation. In 2010, Forbes ranked CMC the second best college in the state of California and the 9th best college nationwide among all colleges and universities. Consumer’s Digest ranked CMC 8th on its list of “Top Value” among all liberal arts colleges nationwide and The Wall Street Journal ranked it the 8th best feeder school into top law, business and medical graduate schools. Newsweek has repeatedly ranked CMC among the top 25 colleges in the United States in several categories, including “Most Desirable School”, “Stocked With Jocks”, “Brainiac Schools”, and “Great Education, Great Tan”. In 2011, CMC was also named the “Happiest College” in America by The Daily Beast, an opinion website run by Tina Brown, the former editor of Vanity Fair and Talk Magazine.

Admissions and Financial Aid

With one of the lowest acceptance rates in the nation, Claremont McKenna College is a very selective college. In 2012, CMC admitted just over 12% of applicants. The median SAT score for entering freshmen is 1410 and the majority of new students were in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Claremont McKenna College lives by a need-blind basis admission policy and is fully committed to ensuring that all students that qualify to attend the college are admitted, irregardless of financial status.

For the 2011-’12 school year, tuition was just over $41,000 a year and average room and board expenses were just shy of $14,000 a year. About half of all students at CMC receive financial assistance. In 2011, CMC extended over $20 million in financial aid packages–which did not include any student loans.

Student Housing

Every entering freshman at CMC is guaranteed four-years of on campus housing–and as student life revolves around campus events and activities, on-campus housing is the most attractive option for most students. Dormitories are organized into three regions: South Quad, Mid Quad, and North Quad. In addtion to dormitories, there is a large complex of student apartments (used almost exclusively by seniors) situated along the East end of campus. Unlike many other schools where students are expected to perform all housekeeping responsibilities, all dorm rooms at CMC are attended to on a weekly basis by housekeeping staff.

Each quad is home to several student dorms. South Quad includes “The Towers”, the tallest buildings in the entire city of Claremont, Auen, Fawcett and Stark Halls. Mid Quad is made up of Berger, Beckett and Phillips Halls, which feature both single and double rooms, student lounges, long interior corridors, and shared bathrooms. North Quad is home to Boswell, Appleby, Green, and Wohlford Halls, which are CMC’s oldest dorms. In North Quad rooms open to the outdoors instead of an interior hallway.

Apartments

Along the east edge of campus, situated between the college’s athletics facilities and Claremont Boulevard, lie the Senior Apartments. The Senior Apartments are made up of four individual complexes (numbered 651, 665, 671 and 681). The apartments are large enough to house most of CMC’s 260+ seniors, but each year some seniors find themselves living in the dorms when the apartments have filled up. Apartments are allocated to students based on credits.

Most seniors at Claremont McKenna College want to live in the Senior Apartments. Each apartment has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. This setup provides seniors the opportunity to live with three friends of their choice. Apartment dwellers are also provided an attractive meal plan option that allows them to eat at one of several dining halls located on campus. Seniors living in the senior apartments do not however receive the free housekeeping services provided to students living in the dorms. The Senior Apartments also tend to be quieter than the dorms, except for the occassional party.

The Claremont Consortium

The Claremont University Consortium, commonly referred to as the “Claremont Colleges” or the “7-Cs”, is composed of a group of five undergraduate and two graduate schools. Together these institutions provide centralized students services such as libraries, dining halls, healthcare, mail, and other facilities throughout the campuses, including Honnold/Mudd Library and the Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, Scripps Performing Arts Center and Seaver Theater Complex, Bridges Auditorium and Concert Hall, Monsour Counseling Center, W.M. Keck Science Center, and the Huntley Bookstore.

CMC students are able to take classes and participate in programs at any other Claremont College. In fact, students can take up to 2/3 of their classes at any other college and can even choose a major from another college if the major isn’t offered at CMC. The Claremont University Consortium also enhances student life as students get the opportunity to meet and interact with students from all seven colleges.

The underlying mission of the consortium is to provide students the resources of a larger university without giving up the benefits of attending a small, liberal-arts schools.

General Information

Admission Office
890 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6425
(909) 621-8088
Fax: (909) 621-8516
admission@claremontmckenna.edu
Contact: Richard Vos
Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid
Main Address
500 East Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-8088
www.claremontmckenna.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 1,211
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 320
Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,211

Setting
Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $60
Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 22%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 98%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $35,190 $37,060 $38,510 $40,230 +4.47%
Books and Supplies $900 $900 $900 $900 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $11,330 $11,930 $12,524 $13,000 +3.80%
Other $1,100 $1,100 $1,000 $1,200 +20.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $48,520 $50,990 $52,934 $55,330 +4.53%
In-state Off Campus $36,090 $37,960 $39,410 $41,130 +4.36%
In-state with Family $36,090 $37,960 $39,410 $41,130 +4.36%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 181 57%
Grant or scholarship aid 167 52% $4,891,705 $29,292
• Federal grants 35 11% $171,345 $4,896
• Pell grants 35 11% $138,220 $3,949
• Other federal grants 32 10% $33,125 $1,035
State and local government grant or scholarships 25 8% $237,846 $9,514
Institutional scholarships or grants 167 52% $4,482,514 $26,841
Student loan financial aid 46 14% $264,454 $5,749
• Federal student loans 26 8% $106,804 $4,108
• Other student loans 34 11% $157,650 $4,637

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 304 20
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 3
American/united States Studies/civilization 1
Asian Studies/civilization
European Studies/civilization
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 1
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 1
Russian Studies
Women’s Studies
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 18
Biochemistry 1
Biology/biological Sciences, General 11
Cell/cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Molecular Biology
Neuroscience 6
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20 20
Accounting 19
Finance, General 20
Non-profit/public/organizational Management 1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Mass Communication/media Studies 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Computer Science 1
Engineering 4
Engineering, Other 4
Engineering Technology, General 5
Engineering/industrial Management 5
English Language and Literature/letters 14
English Language and Literature, General 14
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1
French Language and Literature 2
German Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 2
History 13
History, General 13
Mathematics and Statistics 7
Mathematics, General 7
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 26
Human Biology 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 25
Natural Resources and Conservation 7
Environmental Studies 7
Physical Sciences 5
Chemistry, General 2
Geology/earth Science, General
Physics, General 3
Psychology 26
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Psychology, General 26
Social Sciences 143
Anthropology
Economics, General 71
International Relations and Affairs 36
Political Science and Government, General 35
Sociology 1
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General
Film/cinema/video Studies
Fine/studio Arts, General 1
Music, General 2
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African Studies B
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian American Studies B
Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Gay/Lesbian Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Pacific Area/Near Rim Studies B
Regional Studies B
South Asian Studies B
Southeast Asian Studies B
Spanish/Iberian Studies B
Western European Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Accounting/Business Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B

Communications & Journalism
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B

Engineering
Engineering – General B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Chinese B
Classics B
French B
German B
Italian B
Japanese B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Premedicine B

History
History – General B

Law & Legal Studies
Law & Legal Studies – General B
Prelaw B

Mathematics
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology – General B

Social Sciences
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
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