Correcting Claremont McKenna's 2010 Admissions Statistics

The school's current rank will not change.


Claremont McKenna College has made public a report from the law firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP that detailed the data that the school is now reporting as correct—specifically, SAT, ACT, high school class standing, and application count data—and the extent of the data falsification that started in 2004.

[Read our earlier post about the final report from O'Melveny & Myers on the data falsification.]

Regarding Claremont McKenna's current rank, No. 9, as published in the 2012 Best Colleges rankings, U.S.News & World Report Editor and Chief Content Officer Brian Kelly said, "Our calculation shows that based on the data now being reported by Claremont McKenna as correct, Claremont McKenna College's ranking will not change."

U.S. News will replace the misreported Claremont McKenna data at and in the U.S. News College Compass tool with new data reported as correct by the school for the fall 2010 entering class, where such data was provided by the school.

Claremont McKenna advised U.S. News that, for the factors used in the Best Colleges ranking, its correct average Critical Reading and Math SAT score for the fall 2010 entering class was 1,385, compared to the originally reported score of 1,410, and that its correct percent of high school students graduating in the top 10 percent of the graduating class was 72 percent, compared to the originally reported figure of 85 percent.

U.S. News will not change Claremont McKenna's current rank. We will continue to handle each case of data misreporting on an individual basis.