Pomona, CMC, Scripps release previously withheld class of 2023 admissions data

Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College and Scripps College released previously-withheld data late last year regarding their incoming classes of 2023.

Last March, for the first time, Pomona and CMC both elected not to publish acceptance rates after releasing their decisions. 

Pomona’s acceptance rate for the class of 2023, excluding students accepted from the waitlist, was 7.0 percent, essentially the same as the previous year. Pomona’s 10,401 applicants marked the largest pool in the school’s history, surpassing the record set in 2018.

CMC’s acceptance rate for the class of 2023, before students were accepted from the waitlist, was 9.6 percent. It was slightly higher than the previous year’s rate of 8.9 percent, the result of about 200 fewer applications and more accepted students.

In March, Pomona admissions director Adam Sapp told TSL the school’s goal was to “move the admissions conversation toward finding the best fit and away from the focus on admission rates.”

The data is now available following the release of the schools’ annual Common Data Set. The CDS is an initiative to standardize institutional information for use by families and organizations like the College Board and college search publications.

Forty-seven students were admitted off Pomona’s waitlist, down from 67 in the previous cycle. CMC admitted 43 waitlisted students, up from 25 for the class of 2022. Both schools’ class sizes remained roughly the same.

Pomona’s yield rate, the proportion of accepted students who chose to attend, including students from the waitlist, was 54 percent, up from 52.8 percent last year. CMC’s was 52.5 percent, down from a previous 55.7 percent yield.

CMC and Scripps withheld demographic information on the new classes last spring, saying they would wait until they knew the characteristics of the classes themselves rather than the admitted pools.

The proportion of non-white students in the CMC class of 2023 grew by about five percent compared to the class of 2022, the result of more black, Asian and multiracial students.

Scripps’ class of 2023 saw six percent more non-white students, mostly due to a rise in Asian and multiracial students, although the percentage who identify solely as black and Hispanic or Latinx fell.

International students make up 16.5 percent of CMC’s class of 2023, up from 15.4 percent for the class of 2022. CMC first-years come from 33 states and 25 countries.

The Scripps class of 2023 is 5.3 percent international students, up from 3.6 percent for the class of 2022. The percentage of Californians in its class of 2023 rose to 43.7 percent, up from 38.5 percent for the class of 2022.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the CMC classes of 2023 and 2022 were 18.9 and 17.5 percent international students, respectively. The correct statistics are 16.5 and 15.4 percent. TSL regrets the error.


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