The president of Claremont McKenna recently announced that one of the college’s top admissions officials has been doctoring the school’s reported SAT scores since 2005. According to the announcement, the school’s Critical Reading and Math section scores were typically inflated 10 to 20 points each.
Claremont McKenna believes that the admissions official in question acted alone. Still, its students are worried that this scandal might affect the school's overall reputation.
Claremont McKenna’s popularity among applicants and its U.S. News ranking have increased in tandem since 2005. During the 2004–2005 admissions cycle, the college was ranked 13th among national liberal arts colleges and received about 3,700 applications for a class of 400 students. During the current admissions cycle, the school was ranked 9th and received over 5,000 applications.