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Reviews 708 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: One of the reasons I chose CMC was because their aid offer was the most generous. I am very appreciative of the smooth process as well as their need-blind policy.

College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at our school. Most guys act like typical frat boys though. Some describe it as a perk of CMC, that the whole school is basically it's own fraternity.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: IF I WAS A PARTY PERSON, I would say that there are always options to go out, especially on the weekends. For those of us who choose to take part in other activities, it can be discouraging because all our resources go towards parties.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: We have a small town down the road. It's not the typical college town, but it's an inviting extension to our own supply of cafes and study spots.

4 College Junior

Academics: Each department has an amazing group of faculty supporting it. For the Literature department, there are alot of classes to choose from, usually out of British or American authors. There is alot of reading and writing, although this prepares students to be excellent analyzers and critical thinkers. We have a career services office that hooks us up with almost any internship or career path we are interested in. The support of faculty, in whatever major you have, is overwhelming and I'm very thankful for it.

5 College Junior

Academics: We have some of the country's best professors in the field, many of whom have had incredible extensive experience in their areas of expertise, whether that is government policy or microbiology. Curriculum depends on the professor, but the school holds them to a very high standard. The registration process is as good as any taking place at a small liberal arts school would be. We also have the unique option of taking any major from the surrounding schools and make it our own, which expands our horizons only further.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: As a consortium, we have 6 dining halls to choose from. And each offers delicious and usually pretty healthy options. CMC also offers a late night snack every weeknight.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: My school is very unique in that it has a "wet campus" policy. In short, anyone is allowed to drink in public (at parties, casual events, etc.) and the administration more or less turns a blind eye.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: CMC is known as the "bro's" school. With that in mind, it is usually a male-heavy environment. Nonetheless, there are some brilliant and ambitious women that have done amazing things while still in school. Both guys and girls, even if they're not from California, usually adopt the Cali surfer look with t-shirts and sandals. All the students here are very driven and have high ideals for their own personal development as well as where they see themselves in the world. It's a school full of passionate, well-rounded, and multi-faceted people.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Students have complained of lax campus safety, especially at parties. Our emergency phones are pretty inaccesible as they are in random areas. It's hard for me to say because I tend to lead a pretty cautious lifestyle and never have to interact with security on campus.

3 College Junior

Diversity: As a student of mixed ethnicity, I notice how little the representation is of different races at my school. But there are plenty of resources although major organizations like the student government seem to be run by white male individuals. It's hard to determine how many different economic backgrounds are present because no one talks about it and the school has very generous financial aid.

4 College Junior

Majors: I think that with each year and each new class they admit, the office of admissions have certain types of students they want to bring into their school. My academic and cultural background and the key contributions I could bring to this school happened to be just that.

4 College Junior

Majors: I just recently declared myself a Literature major, which at my school is a bit like a guild of unicorns, in that there are not many of us. The Lit department, however, is the best and I couldn't ask for a better advisor or supporting faculty.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid but I believe my family could benefit from more. It is sometimes diffcult to work with my school to negotiate amounts

5 College Junior

Nightlife: It is a wet campus. I feel very safe and still have fun. Everyone is usually outside in north quad or green beach which is where the best parties take place

3 College Junior

Diversity: There tends to be a lot of kids that come from a wealthy background. A large portion of the student body is from northern california. I would be interested in better Christian groups

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love going to eat in the village. I go to dinner with my parents in the village after every home softball game. Great atmospher and small town feel

College Junior

Scholarships: I am not on financial aid. They tend to be pretty generous, however, they are becoming more strict and are talking about giving student loans instead.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: No greek life but CMC is like one big frat. We are a big family.

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: We are really spoiled at the 5Cs, the food is generally very good. There are 7 dining halls to chose from. Watch out for the freshman 15!

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: LA is only 30 miles away, Pasadena is only a 30 mins drive, the beach is only 40 mins away, the mountains and skiing resorts are only 2 hours away. What else could you ask for?

5 College Junior

Majors: They are very helpful with switching majors. Many students will remain undecided until the end of their Sophomore year. I thought I was certainly going to major in International Relations but found my passion in Psychology my Sophomore year.

5 College Junior

Majors: This is a top Liberal Arts college, so naturally the classes are going to be very rigorous and demanding yet extremely rewarding. Small classes with attentive professors that really care about helping their students. Don't skip class, your professor is most likely going to notice and its going to hurt your grade.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It is a very laid-back campus. Alcohol policies are very lenient, just be safe, don't be stupid and CALL AN RA IF YOU OR A FRIEND NEEDS HELP. The RAs are there to help, not to get you in trouble.

4 College Junior

Diversity: You learn that diversity is more than just where you are from or where your parents are from. People here have diverse ideas and mentalities, I have met some of the most interesting people at CMC. People come from many different backgrounds and walks of life.

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Elizabeth Friede
Hometown
Philadelphia
Major
International Relations
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The overall experience for most people at CMC is positive—provided they know what they are getting into. CMC is truly a unique school: this quality makes it heaven for some and extremely limiting and frustrating for others. CMC is not a liberal arts school; it’s a preprofessional school with a lot of general education requirements.

While technically you can major in something “liberal artsy” such as literature or history, CMC students are constantly thinking about jobs and their future and mostly stick to government and economics. Haters and lovers alike are happy with their professors and classes at CMC; professors are dedicated to teaching and truly want their students to work hard and challenge themselves. For the most part, if you can’t find a class or an activity at CMC, you can head over to one of the other 5Cs. That said, anyone interested in the arts or music should be aware that CMC has no art/music program of any sort, and it can be difficult to get into these classes on others campuses.

CMC students like to have fun. But, for them, having fun involves talking about the economy and a keg. Most social activities involve alcohol and copious amounts of it. While the other 5Cs help spice up the social scene, if you don’t like to drink, CMC will be a difficult adjustment for you. CMC has decent diversity on paper, but when it comes to life goals, CMCers are relatively homogenous. Everyone at CMC is intelligent, driven, and focused on becoming rich and successful. The vast majority of students know what's expected from CMC before they get into it and love it; the few that don’t usually didn’t understand what they were getting into. CMC is a blend of academia and the professional world, of serious and fun. CMCers love their school for a reason; there truly is nothing comparable.

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