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The Forum headed over to the admissions office to interview Richard “Dick” Vos, Vice President & Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, to probe him about CMC’s upcoming Class of 2014. He answered our questions and shared his thoughts on CMC’s potential new members.

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Early Decision, Regular Decision & Yield

“We accepted 110 early decision students, and we want 190 regular decision students.”

Just over 17% of applicants were accepted by CMC for the Class of 2014. The admissions rate has fluctuated between 15-19% in recent years.

Composition of Class

“The people we admitted are really strong, and very diverse geographically. There are more international students than we’ve had before. More applied, and more were admitted. I think that goes along nicely with the college’s recent globalization efforts.”

The admitted group of 732 students looks like this:

  • 385 women (53%)
  • 347 men (47%)
  • 168 Asians/Pacific Islanders (23%)
  • 98 Latinos (13%)
  • 62 African-Americans (8%)
  • 263 California (36%)
  • 120 non-US (16%) — the most represented countries are India, China, United Kingdom, Jordan, Singapore, Canada and the Philippines
  • 41 Washington (6%)
  • 30 Texas (4%)
  • 26 Colorado (4%)
  • 21 Arizona (3%)
  • 20 Massachusetts (3%)
  • 40 other states which have between 1 and 18 students

SAT Scores & Acceptance Rate

“The range is more important than the average. It’s at least as strong as last year’s freshman class. 4,264 applied for Early Decision or Regular Decision freshman admission, and the acceptance rate was 17.2%.  We’ve received 288 transfer applications, and will begin reading them next week.   We expect to notify transfer applicants around May 14th.”

Admissions Outlook

“We’ve accepted roughly the same amount of people from California, but state budget cuts to the UC system may change the landscape with regards to enrollment. Fewer may choose the UCs now and may choose Claremont McKenna, Stanford or Occidental. Our worries about how the economy would change the class last year were unfounded – they were legitimate, but it turned out fine. Families still wanted to send their kids to great schools.”
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Dean Vos left out specifics when we inquired about the class’ SAT range, a data point that supposedly drives the US News & World Report College Rankings. As biased observers, CMC students cannot help but remain interested in the premier college ranking source, which updates its lists annually. While its methodology is often debated, its influence is widely accepted. It should be noted, however, that admissions statistics have a year delay in their calculations and only make up a small fraction of each school’s total score.
Either way, congratulations to the talented group on receiving their letters. Expect to see figures on the exact composition of the Class of ’14 soon.
  • wondering

    sooooo… what’s the point?

  • wondering

    sooooo… what’s the point?

  • Angered Male

    They accepted more women than men. That is sexist and an outrage. I demand equal rights.

  • Angered Male

    They accepted more women than men. That is sexist and an outrage. I demand equal rights.

  • Kenley

    Thanks for the info, Lewis. Should be interesting to see how we rank this year.

  • Kenley

    Thanks for the info, Lewis. Should be interesting to see how we rank this year.

  • http://claremontconservative.com Charles C. Johnson

    My thoughts after looking at this data can be found at claremontconservative.com, but let me just say that I think it’s very interesting that at time when the school is struggling financially that they are taking the most international students (read: full paying students) that they have ever taken before.

  • http://claremontconservative.com Charles C. Johnson

    My thoughts after looking at this data can be found at claremontconservative.com, but let me just say that I think it’s very interesting that at time when the school is struggling financially that they are taking the most international students (read: full paying students) that they have ever taken before.

  • divya

    hahaha Charles ,thats true. Admit those that bring the money.

  • divya

    hahaha Charles ,thats true. Admit those that bring the money.

  • Hank McThickneck

    Charles’ thoughts on this one are particularly hilarious. He takes one of his hunches based upon an opinion that International Students are inferior to Americans and tries to turn it into a fact; It’s really cute!

    • http://claremontconservative.com Charles C. Johnson

      Sigh. I never said that international students are inferior. It would be great if sometime people wouldn’t just make things up to libel me…

      • hearsay

        “I don’t personally have a problem with recruiting international students, although anecdotal evidence suggests that international students often have very low SATs”

        Thats the quote. We report, you decide. I read that as saying international students are inferior.

      • Epic

        Whenever you see or hear Charles, remember this:

        “Something is deeply wrong with this kid and it seems that the best we can do is pat him on the head and keep him away from sharp objects.

        He’s kind of like the the infant in the backseat with the plastic toy steering wheel who insists that he is in control of the vehicle — you just kind of have to let him think he’s right so he’ll be quiet.”

      • Cookie Monster

        I think it’s just chronic narcissism.

        From his latest post in which he’s now accusing the admissions staff of destroying the school:

        (Referring to a cash reward he’s offering for what is basically understood to be common knowledge):

        “The proof of that will make for an awesome mantle piece when I make it big.”

        But I guess that’s the sort of deluded language you’d expect from the infant in the back seat.

        Sad.

      • http://claremontconservative.com Charles C. Johnson

        Are you really so dishonest that you won’t finish the quotation?

        “I don’t personally have a problem with recruiting international students, although anecdotal evidence suggests that international students often have very low SATs relative to the average CMC student. (A much better solution, in my estimation, would be to simply auction off a percentage of the class to the highest bidder.)”

        That way we don’t discriminate against filthy rich American kids. I’m being facetious, but you’d never know it because I doubt you even know what that word means.

  • Hank McThickneck

    Charles’ thoughts on this one are particularly hilarious. He takes one of his hunches based upon an opinion that International Students are inferior to Americans and tries to turn it into a fact; It’s really cute!

    • http://claremontconservative.com Charles C. Johnson

      Sigh. I never said that international students are inferior. It would be great if sometime people wouldn’t just make things up to libel me…

      • hearsay

        “I don’t personally have a problem with recruiting international students, although anecdotal evidence suggests that international students often have very low SATs”

        Thats the quote. We report, you decide. I read that as saying international students are inferior.

      • Epic

        Whenever you see or hear Charles, remember this:

        “Something is deeply wrong with this kid and it seems that the best we can do is pat him on the head and keep him away from sharp objects.

        He’s kind of like the the infant in the backseat with the plastic toy steering wheel who insists that he is in control of the vehicle — you just kind of have to let him think he’s right so he’ll be quiet.”

      • Cookie Monster

        I think it’s just chronic narcissism.

        From his latest post in which he’s now accusing the admissions staff of destroying the school:

        (Referring to a cash reward he’s offering for what is basically understood to be common knowledge):

        “The proof of that will make for an awesome mantle piece when I make it big.”

        But I guess that’s the sort of deluded language you’d expect from the infant in the back seat.

        Sad.

      • http://claremontconservative.com Charles C. Johnson

        Are you really so dishonest that you won’t finish the quotation?

        “I don’t personally have a problem with recruiting international students, although anecdotal evidence suggests that international students often have very low SATs relative to the average CMC student. (A much better solution, in my estimation, would be to simply auction off a percentage of the class to the highest bidder.)”

        That way we don’t discriminate against filthy rich American kids. I’m being facetious, but you’d never know it because I doubt you even know what that word means.

  • http://claremontconservative.com Charles C. Johnson

    “Infant in the backseat”? “chronic narcissism”? And I’m the one that engages in personal attacks? Yikes! Time for a little truth, friends.

    I didn’t say that they were destroying the school, only that they were moving away from the mission of the school, which is that it had a unique mission. They are turning us into another liberal arts college in order to game the rankings.

    I offered a $300 cash reward for anyone who comes forward with real evidence that I’m listed as one of the worst admits ever to Claremont Mckenna, which I think is pretty awesome were it true. I only wonder if I beat Ray Kraft, the serial killer!

    • you dont get it

      personal attack because you are asking for it. and also because you totally deserve it!

  • http://claremontconservative.com Charles C. Johnson

    “Infant in the backseat”? “chronic narcissism”? And I’m the one that engages in personal attacks? Yikes! Time for a little truth, friends.

    I didn’t say that they were destroying the school, only that they were moving away from the mission of the school, which is that it had a unique mission. They are turning us into another liberal arts college in order to game the rankings.

    I offered a $300 cash reward for anyone who comes forward with real evidence that I’m listed as one of the worst admits ever to Claremont Mckenna, which I think is pretty awesome were it true. I only wonder if I beat Ray Kraft, the serial killer!

    • you dont get it

      personal attack because you are asking for it. and also because you totally deserve it!

  • Don Kuhn

    They were WORRIED about how the classes would change last year? Is that because they have a quota system they want to adhere to?

  • Don Kuhn

    They were WORRIED about how the classes would change last year? Is that because they have a quota system they want to adhere to?

  • Don Kuhn

    I would like to know how many of the admitted students were captains of their extracurricular activities.

    As an alum, I feel the school is getting away from “Leaders in the Making” and moving towards revenge of the nerds. . .

  • Don Kuhn

    I would like to know how many of the admitted students were captains of their extracurricular activities.

    As an alum, I feel the school is getting away from “Leaders in the Making” and moving towards revenge of the nerds. . .

  • Athena

    Are we still one of the most selective schools in the country?

  • Athena

    Are we still one of the most selective schools in the country?

  • Curious

    Why are women admitted at a higher rate, but enrolling in lower proportions? Is the yield on females that weak?

  • Curious

    Why are women admitted at a higher rate, but enrolling in lower proportions? Is the yield on females that weak?