Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College

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Claremont McKenna College

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Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is a private, coeducational liberal arts college and a member of the Claremont Colleges located in Claremont, California. The college is highly selective, with an admission rate of 12.6% in 2012.

Founded as a men's college in 1946, CMC became co-educational in 1976. Its 69 acre campus is located 35 miles (56 km) east of Downtown Los Angeles. The college focuses primarily on undergraduate education, but in 2007 it established the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, which offers a masters program in finance. As of 2013, there are 1,254 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students.

Honors: A Top Liberal Arts College

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On March 12, federal authorities announced charges against dozens of individuals who were allegedly involved in bribery and fraud to gain admission to highly selective universities throughout the country. The alleged criminal conduct includes the payment of bribes to coaches to falsely designate applicants as athletic recruits, and the facilitation of cheating on college entrance examinations. These activities were allegedly coordinated and facilitated through an admission consulting firm based in Newport Beach, CA.

Wed, 13 Mar 2019

The real time feedback flashed on large screens inside Roberts Pavilion: “Housing and jobs are driving people out—to Seattle, to Denver, and around the country.” “The ‘American Dream’ is changing, people no longer have as strong a desire for the white picket fence.” “When people aren’t homeowners they are less emotionally and physically invested in their communities.”

Tue, 12 Mar 2019

George Thomas was installed as the Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions during a March 7 ceremony at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

Fri, 08 Mar 2019

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Thu, 07 Mar 2019

Business and government leaders will gather on campus Tuesday to discuss state and local housing policy, as well as learn about the likely path of the economy in the coming year.

“Inland Empire Vision: Recession in 2019?” consists of three components: an economic forecast, a housing policy panel, and an interactive Q&A. It is the annual joint conference for the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and Lowe Institute of Political Economy.

Wed, 06 Mar 2019

Corporations spend millions trying to identify, develop, and retain future leaders. Yet measuring charisma or whether someone “sounds like a leader” is challenging. So is figuring out how to nurture those talents to prepare people to lead in a rapidly changing world.

Mon, 04 Mar 2019

It was the most exhausted Charlie Harris ’19 felt at CMC. And his brain loved every minute of it.

This past fall, Harris and 11 other 5C students were selected to participate in an inaugural Salvatori Center seminar centered on a complex, contemporary question, “Will Capitalism Destroy Itself?” The Saturday roundtable (the first of two on different topics slated for this academic year) re-engages with a liberal arts approach that can get lost in a sea of graded papers and structured syllabi, said George Thomas, director of the Salvatori Center.

Fri, 01 Mar 2019

Hundreds of Claremont Colleges students, faculty, and staff honored the lives of CMC students Jeremy Peterson and Eric Cramer at a candlelight vigil Wednesday.

The memorial on Butler Plaza outside the Bauer Center began with a reflection on loss and grief from Pastor Jeff Liou. CMC President Hiram E. Chodosh followed with a tribute to Peterson and Cramer’s many passions and ambitions.


Thu, 28 Feb 2019

Professor Henri Cole was installed as Josephine Olp Weeks Professor of Literature in a February 26 ceremony at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

Cole has published nine collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, which was a 2004 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. A memoir, Orphic Paris, was published by New York Review Books last spring.  

Tue, 26 Feb 2019

Timothy W. Wright III ’77 will receive the Distinguished Public Service Award at Claremont McKenna College’s 72nd commencement ceremony, to be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18.

A lawyer and former government official, Wright served in the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

Wright grew up in Compton, where he was student body president at Compton High School. At CMC, he was an activist student leader and standout football player. Wright completed his law degree at UCLA.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019