Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,260
Tuition
$44,085
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 663 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: good financial aid. trust me you'll need it

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Take about an hour to get to Los Angeles, there is nothing to do around Claremont

5 College Freshman

Academics: Everyone is focused on their future and constantly looking for internships and jobs.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: CMC is in the process of renovating all of their dorms. The already renovated dorms look great!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Many people at CMC are involved in sports

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food in the village is all upscale and very good

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is no diversity for people of color. I am a Hispanic from Los Angeles and there is currently no other. Also, there is no gay culture at CMC. Being gay myself, I usually resort to places such as Pomona and Pitzer. There needs to be more gay people

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's great if you're into those things

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Very lenient on drinking and on dorm visiting.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: All there is to do is go out to the same party with the same people. Not much to do around the city itself.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is mostly in the 50-60's for the daytime most of the year. In the night it get down to the high 30's or low 40's.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost no one lives off of campus. Everything goes on right on campus and thus no one wants to be far from that. It's also quite expensive off campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: CMC is a great school with good food, good academics, good students, and a pretty lenient alcohol and weed policy. The small school atmosphere is boring however.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is not very strict. Things are getting stricter for underaged drinking however. They are doing their best to make parties worse and worse as years go by.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The tech department gives free printing (even in color). There are student tech assistants in every dorm.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: CMC is pretty white. People are very very accepting of everyone however.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorms are beautiful, most are horrible, tiny, and old.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You can pretty much do whatever you want. Drink on campus, smoke weed in your dorm room.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers are, on average, fantastic. Classes are hard.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: A liberal arts college but definitely focused on economics and finance. Those classes are great, philosophy department is great.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone loves basketball. No one goes to any other sporting events. Our football team is horrible. Most other sports are really really good.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking spots are right next to dorms and classrooms

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls are very outgoing and strong. They almost seem guy-like in their confidence and demeanor. They are not that attractive however.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The school has a very liberal alcohol policy. They have been steadily changing that however. With the new policy changes, parties are getting very stale, boring, lame, whatever you might call them but anything but fun.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: People generally don't have to ever leave campus if they don't want to. If you do however, you can easily take a train into Union Station in LA. Other than that, you better have your own car...

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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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