On the Frontlines of National Security

In his work as a policymaker, Richard Johnson ’01 draws upon skills he learned at CMC

She Saw Herself at CMC

Now Courtney Hooks ’23 thrives in small, liberal arts college environment

Where Trust Is Natural

At CMC, Adhitya Venkatraman ’22 has found a place to grow academically and experientially

Founding Father

Donald McKenna’s legacy lives on

Origin Story

CMC began in 1946 with one building, 15 acres, and great expectations

Early Faculty: Jacob Anton de Haas

Professor of international economics became a major promoter of CMC

The First President and First Lady

Dr. George C. S. Benson and Dr. Mabel Benson developed the intellectual framework for CMC

Big Dreams

Jimena Landa ’22 created her own internship with the Mexican delegation to the U.N. and joined the Model U.N. team

True Blue

Scott Akasaki ’98 landed a dream job with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Slam Dunk

Kate Parrish ’21 developed a work ethic and made lasting friendships at CMC

Our Mission

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 contributes 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.

By the Numbers

Claremont McKenna College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, prepares students to make a difference. The College educates students for thoughtful and productive lives and roles of responsible leadership through its strong, real-world mission. Admission to the College is need-blind and emphasizes the demonstration of leadership accomplishments. The College attracts a student body that is broadly diverse and accomplished beyond the classroom.


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