The Claremont McKenna College Office of Admission finalized their numbers for the class of 2016 early on Thursday morning. CMC received 5,056 applications for the class of 2016, a 12% increase in applicants from last year. The Admissions Office accepted only 12.4% of those applicants, according to Admissions Counselor Brandon Gonzalez.
Gonzalez notes, “With the highest number of applications along with the lowest percentage of admitted students ever in the College’s history, this admission cycle has undoubtedly been one of the most exhilarating and groundbreaking periods at CMC. The class of 2016 will be one of the most talented groups of students we have ever seen.”
Admissions at CMC, and at the 5C’s in general, has gotten more selective over the past few years. This year, Pitzer College had a 15.7% acceptance rate for their class of 2016, down from 24% for the class of 2015. According to Gonzalez, Pomona College had a 12.8% acceptance rate for their class of 2016.
Historically, Pomona College has had lower admission rates than CMC. Last year, Pomona College had a 13.6% acceptance rate for the class of 2015, while CMC trailed with a 13.9% acceptance rate.
However, statistics for the class of 2016 put CMC’s admission rate 0.4% lower than Pomona’s.
Still, since Pomona College has a larger student body than CMC, they have consistently received more applications. For the class of 2015, 7,207 students applied to Pomona.
The almost identical numbers in acceptance rates for CMC and Pomona for the class of 2016 show the potential fluidity of CMC’s lead in acceptance rates.
Applicants for CMC were notified about their admission decision on Thursday night. The class of 2016 profile has not been officially released yet.