Claremont McKenna College: Narrative Description

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500 East 9th St.
Claremont, CA 91711
Tel: (909)621-8000; (909)621-8088
Admissions: (909)621-8088
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Part of The Claremont Colleges Consortium. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 50-acre small town campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $316 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2.4 million. Total enrollment: 1,066. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 3,528 applied, 22% were admitted. 83% from top 10% of their high school class, 97% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 11 National Merit Scholars, 12 class presidents, 7 valedictorians, 36 student government officers. Full-time: 1,066 students, 47% women, 53% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 21 other countries, 53% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 4% black, 14% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 0.1% 25 or older, 96% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 97% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; interdisciplinary studies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, internships. Off campus study at 5 members of The Claremont Colleges, Haverford College, Colby College, Spelman College, Morehouse College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 3 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/2, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/2 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $38,990 includes full-time tuition ($29,010), mandatory fees ($200), and college room and board ($9780). College room only: $4870. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location and reciprocity agreements. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 280 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Debate/Forensics Club, newspaper, Volunteer Student Admission Committee, Civitas (community service club). Major annual events: Athenaeum Lectures, Winter Madrigal, Monte Carlo Night. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 972 students; 1,008 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Honnold Library plus 3 others with 2 million books, 1.4 million microform titles, 6,028 serials, 606 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.3 million. 120 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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