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400 N. Claremont Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 621-8000

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College

As one of the nation's most selective private liberal arts colleges, CMC sits among the intellectually-stimulating, socially-fulfilling, seven-college community known as The Claremont Colleges, a system modeled after England's Oxford University. 

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

What you’ll find here is the intimacy and rigor of a top-tier liberal arts college with the resources of a powerhouse research university. The freedom to build your own course of study. A focus on learning beyond the classroom. An opportunity to acquire the skills you need to thrive.

CMC makes the world your personal laboratory, and that means real day-to-day opportunities to work side by side with professors in ways sure to benefit your career and academic potential.

An education that takes you places––that’s what you’ll find at CMC. Whether you’re studying abroad, landing that plum internship, or signing up for semesters in Silicon Valley or the nation’s capital, let your world adventure start here.


Claremont McKenna College is a highly selective, independent, coeducational, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college. Its mission, within the mutually supportive framework of The Claremont Colleges, is to educate its students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions, and to support faculty and student scholarship that contribute to intellectual vitality and the understanding of public policy issues. The College pursues this mission by providing a liberal arts education that emphasizes economics and political science, a professoriate that is dedicated to effective undergraduate teaching, a close student-teacher relationship that fosters critical inquiry, an active residential and intellectual environment that promotes responsible citizenship, and a program of research institutes and scholarly support that makes possible a faculty of teacher-scholars.


Getting Ponded: If it’s your birthday, you better be vigilant as it is a tradition for students to get thrown into one of the fountains located in the center of campus as a celebration. Whether you try and avoid it or you accept the inevitable, students will be picked up wherever they may be on their birthday and be thrown into one of the fountains on campus by their peers and friends. Thankfully the warm Southern California climate makes getting “ponded” not too bad an experience at all.

Thesis Party: Similarly, to getting ponded—another celebration takes place within the school’s fountains and that is Thesis Party. At noon on the due date of senior thesis (essentially the most intense research paper you’ll have to write while at CMC) seniors turn in their theses and afterward celebrate with music, champagne, and their fellow classmates by having a dance party in the fountain. The celebration is a great way to commemorate getting through the majority of work for your undergraduate career and a great way to blow off all the stress built up during writing thesis.

W.O.A!: As part of the first-year orientation experience, many incoming students sign up for W.O.A! (Wilderness Orientation Adventure) which is a student-run program designed to allow the incoming class to meet each other, get a feel for the CMC social community, and enjoy a week long adventure doing a range of outdoor activities such as backpacking, camping, rock climbing, canoeing, and many more fun opportunities. There are numerous W.O.A! locations all over California including Yosemite, Catalina Island, and Santa Barbara just to name a few. Every trip is headed by a group of current students and a member of the faculty to ensure safety while still allowing the freshmen to enjoy themselves and develop friendships all before the start of classes.

The Ath: The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is quite possibly CMC’s most impressive feature. The Athenaeum, popularly referred to as the “ath,” is a venue for guest speakers and faculty to give presentations on a variety of issues ranging from both foreign and domestic politics, to technology, to social issues, and everything else in between. The Ath hosts over 100 dinner and lecture events, making it a social and intellectual hub for students to learn more about issues while connecting with professors and distinguished leaders of various industries. In addition to the four guest speakers it hosts on a weekly basis, the Ath also treats students to tea every day for free in which students can enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries, rice krispie treats, various pastries, and good conversation.

Student Life:

On the campus of CMC, there are over 40 different clubs and organizations you can join that cater to a variety of interests, cultures, and activities. Beyond the CMC-specific clubs, the Claremont Colleges have a host of 5C organizations. The members of these groups include students from Pomona, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd. All events and programs hosted through these groups cater to students across the 5C’s. If you find that the current list of clubs does not match your interests, we encourage you to create your own organization!

Approximately 94% of CMC students live on campus. There are fourteen residence halls and one student apartment complex. There are no "freshman dorms" at CMC. All residence halls are composed of students from various class years. A minimum of 20% of each residence hall is reserved for new students.

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Intramural Sports Program provides an opportunity for the Claremont McKenna, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont Graduate and Keck Graduate community to participate in organized recreational competition in a variety of sporting activities. Participants may choose to compete individually or as a member of a team in a wide array of activities that promote healthy lifestyles and encourage friendly competition in a fun, safe environment.



Stag and Athena
Athletes from CMC, Harvey Mudd College, and Scripps College compete under one program – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Athletics. The mascot for the men's team is Stag, and that of the women's teams is Athena.

Claremont McKenna College today:

Claremont Mckenna's areas of study consist of 33 majors and 8 sequences. Double, dual, individualized, off-campus majors, and over 2,000 courses available for cross-registration across the consortium.


Founded in 1946, CMC is one of the youngest of the nation's top colleges and enrolls approximately 1,200 students.

Famous graduates:

Thomas Chris Leppert (born June 15, 1954) is the former Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and one of the world's largest education providers. He had oversight of the company’s operating divisions until his resignation was announced in July 2015. Leppert served as mayor of Dallas, Texas from 2007 to 2011, and previously worked as CEO of the Turner Corporation.

Stephen Clark "Steve" Bullock (born April 11, 1966) is an American politician who is the 24th Governor of Montana. He has served in that office since 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Interesting facts about Carleton College:

1 square mile. 7,500 students. 2,500 faculty and staff. The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford/Cambridge style of shared university resources, including: Varsity Athletics, Health Center, Campus Safety, Science Programs, Dining Halls, Libraries, Clubs, Concerts, Speakers, & Classes.

Claremont Mckenna ranked #1 in Princeton Review’s Their Students Love These Colleges, #1 in Princeton Review’s Best-Run Colleges, and #3 in Princeton Review’s Best Quality of Life (2016).