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Rank: 106

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CAwww.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 Consortium, which includes nearby Harvey Mudd and Pomona colleges. CMC is small, with just over 1,000 students. It requires students to do three semesters of physical education, but playing sports counts, so check out its roller hockey, Ultimate frisbee and equestrian teams. In the affordability arena, the college earns high marks for its emphasis on need-based aid, which substantially shrinks the cost of attendance for middle- and low-income families, and its graduates end up earning above-average salaries after graduation. Well-known alums include Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Michael Jeffries, the 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 2018-2019
$73,500
% of students who get any grants
48%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$32,800
Average price for low-income students
$11,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
9%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1410/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,364
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
6%
Average merit grant
$15,744
student success
Graduation rate
93%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$63,500
% 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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