When 306 of this year’s first-year applicants to Claremont McKenna College opened their admissions letters on March 24, they got the good news they were hoping for — and even more. But the joy from a $10,000 annual scholarship wouldn’t last long.
Both Pomona College and Harvey Mudd College broke diversity records as they offered admission to students in the class of 2026 earlier this month.
Although originally just a COVID-19-era necessity, test-optional admissions policies at the 5Cs may be sticking around. During the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, each of the 5Cs were test-optional, a pattern they shared with two- thirds of colleges and universities across the country. But even as classes resume in person, the 5Cs are taking a second look at their traditional testing requirements.
While the class of 2025 is Pomona College’s largest class to date, by the numbers, it also represents one of the less diverse class profiles in several years.
Seven percent of the students in Claremont McKenna College’s class of 2024 are related to alumni or donors, according to a report from the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. And in a shift from the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Pitzer College says it did not provide any manner of preferential treatment to legacy or donor-related students for those entering the class of 2024.
After becoming one of the first schools to make standardized test scores optional, Pitzer will try ignoring them altogether beginning fall 2022.
Pomona College extended its test-optional policy through the fall 2024 admissions cycle, a three-year addition to its initial policy rollout.
TSL slides into the DMs of 5C admissions accounts to find out who exactly is behind the memes, gifs and Cecil content.
Admissions offices at the Claremont Colleges have revamped their offerings to connect with prospective students during the COVID-19 pandemic, including developing video tours, hosting virtual fly-in programs and changing application requirements.
A new report provides details on preferential admissions practices for legacy students and applicants related to college donors.