Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College is a member of The Claremont Colleges Consortium that includes Pomona, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges. The consortium is a unique grouping, allowing for optimal use of resources shared between the schools. All five colleges have their own campuses, adjacent to one another, each with individual styles of architecture and distinct missions. The colleges are located 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.  Claremont McKenna College, the second largest of the consortium, attracts ambitious students, with interests in economics, government, and public affairs.  Walking around the campus, you will find students throwing a Frisbee on the quad or cooling off in the fountains.

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Transportation: Claremont is located about 10 miles west of Ontario International Airport (ONT). Other airports in the region include Los Angeles International (LAX), John Wayne/Santa Ana (SNA), Burbank (BUR) and Long Beach (LGB). Each is between 30-50 miles from Claremont. The closest Amtrak station is in Pomona, a few miles from the campus. Metrolink serves Claremont from Los Angeles. The station is south of campus.

Stay: You could choose to make Los Angeles your base, just 30 miles east, but with L.A.’s notorious traffic you might just miss your tour. Roll out of bed at boutique Casa 425, just a mile from campus. The Doubletree is another popular choice in Claremont. Many families choose to stay in nearby Pomona at the Sheraton Suites Fairplex.  For a full list of area hotels, many by the Ontario airport click here

Coffee: Right on campus head to student-run, The Motley, at Scripps College. Serving micro-roasted Klatch coffee, L.A.'s Art of Tea, and student baked pastries and other savories. It has a great vibe, and is full of students from all of the five schools. In downtown Claremont head to Starbucks, The Coffee Bean or Augie’s

Breakfast: Claremont's original diner, The Village Grille, has been a staple for over 60 years. For a quick meal head to 42nd Street Bagel, located in Claremont village. Euro Café has an extensive breakfast menu serving Portuguese, Italian and Continental cuisine.The Spot serves fresh juices and smoothies.

Lunch: Located at the northeast tip of the campuses, the Pitzer's Grove House serves great sandwiches and salads. The national chain, Le Pain Quotidien, has a spot in the village.  Everyone loves Dr. Grubb’s, serving health minded cuisine to a packed house. Crepes de Paris is good not just for their crepes, but also for their sandwiches and salads. Students fill up on falafels and shawarma at Saca’s Mediterranean Restaurant.



Casual: It’s all about Belgian beers and gourmet burgers at gastropub The Back Abbey (don’t skip the soft pretzel). Eureka Burger is another favorite spot for burgers. Union on Yale, serving seasonal Californian fare has both indoor and outdoor seating available. If you like Spanish tapas, book a table at Viva Madrid. Two popular eclectic spots are Bua Thai and Walter’s, which has many Afghan specials on their menu, and live music on Fridays.               


A Step Up:Enjoy the weather and dine on the outdoor patio at Bardot, one of Claremont’s top spots for contemporary Californian cuisine. For Italian cuisine book a table at Tutti Mangia Italian Grill, or Aruffo’s. At Uno Tre Otto, an extension of Amy's Farm in Ontario the dishes are seasonal, highlighting the local produce on an ever-changing menu. Other good options include the New American menu at The Press Restaurant or The Whisper House, located in The Claremont Packing House, a historic landmark in Claremont Village with artisan shops and restaurants. (Home also to Eureka and Augie’s.)

Sweets: The Fresh Strawberry donut from The Donut Man has been a favorite of generations of CMC students. I Like Pie Bake Shop serves seasonal miniature pies. Choose one of the flavors of the day at 21 Choices, serving frozen yogurt till 11 pm weekdays and 12 pm on the weekends.

Local Attractions: One student describes visiting Claremont…”If you have extra time enjoy a walk from the campuses to the village and explore. It’s a great area, with lot’s of big trees, cute craftsman homes, and a quirky, charming center with a record store, cheese cave, and bustling farmer’s market on Sundays. There are fun boutique shops, great frozen yogurt, and a movie theater, plus tons of restaurants. “ Go for a hike at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, aka "The Loop", or drive up Mount Baldy and hike one of the trails there. Claremont is 35 miles from Los Angeles, and about a one-hour drive from Disneyland, Southern California beaches, and Joshua Tree National Park. For detailed itineraries for Los Angeles including great places to eat, check out our specialized travel guides below.

L.A. Itineraries

— Quotes From Campus —

The 5C consortium has been a huge part of my experience at CMC. It adds a lot of diversity and opportunity to your academics, social life, and to the food you eat. I’ve made some great friends at every Claremont College and am a huge fan of the consortium system.
— Ella
Going to CMC is kind of like going to summer camp with really smart people – there’s a playful culture here. I’m continually impressed by students’ driven, “gung-ho” attitudes.
— Chris
This is the happiest college in the country. Period.
— Austin
I love the welcoming community, small classes and elite professors.
— Julia





Stags (male sports) Athenas (female sports)

School Colors

Cardinal and Yellow

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

ED 1 and 2


Average - 1470


Average - 32




Small - 1,343 Undergraduates




Admissions Office

888 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-5901

(p) (909) 621-8088
(f) (909) 621-8516

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

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