Claremont, CA
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5 College Freshman

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

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.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Some of the Best Professors anywhere. I would imagine the workload is more than most schools, but the opportunities, and the class options here are amazing.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at CMC are amazing students here, as our unoffical motto says, Work hard, Play hard. The proffesors are brilliant as are the students and everybody puts in the effort. Great study areas and class rooms. registration is frustrating as a freshman, but gets much better as you move up.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 21st
    Most Caring Professors
  • 43rd
    Most Available Classes
  • 57th
    Smartest Professors
  • 71st
    Best Registration Process
  • 86th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Friede
International Relations
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Even though CMC has many other perks, students come for a stellar education with amazing faculty. The professors at CMC do not disappoint; they are friendly, accessible, and intelligent. They are focused on teaching first and research second. If you take advantage of office hours, they offer incredible research opportunities and internships that one would never see at a large university.

What’s amazing about CMC academics is the unique approach to learning: it’s hard to find a class that merely involves memorizing facts and spitting them back out. Most classes are a combination of lecture and discussion, with many opportunities for students to lead the class. CMC professors work hard to make sure students are interested in the material being covered, and they always try to relate the academia to the real world.

CMC students are expected to work hard, but there are few horror stories of anyone killing themselves with work. What’s unique to CMC is the lack of competition between students: everyone wants to do well, but they are only competing with themselves. This leads to lots of study groups and a generally more enjoyable academic atmosphere.

While CMC is known for two specific majors, government and economics, all departments have excellent faculty. Even though CMC has a lot of general education requirements, I’ve never heard someone complain about GEs because all the professors are so amazing—you can’t help but be interested.

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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 85%
  • 20 to 49 students: 14%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 11%
  • International Relations and National Security Studies: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 5%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Computer labs
  • The library
  • Lounges
  • Outside in the sunshine
  • Reading rooms
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't come here if you don't want to be in a tight community of very driven and involved students.
  • Get to know your professors-go to office hours, talk to them after class, ask questions.
  • Go to the Ath!! You'll hear some amazing speakers-and you can usually network with professors.
  • If you don't have any experience drinking alcohol, you may be traumatized when you come here.
  • Request any dorm but Phillips.
  • Take advantage of Jim Nauls as a resource (he will subsidize ANYTHING that you want to do).
  • Take advantage of the classes offered at the other 4Cs.
Did You Know?
  • Claremont students can cross-register for any classes across the consortium, often including graduate-level classes, and students can even major through another college while still receiving a Claremont McKenna College degree.
  • Claremont McKenna does not offer minors. Instead, students may choose to dual major, which slightly reduces the course load of both majors, making two areas of study more manageable. Best of all, tell someone at home you're a bio-lit dual major, and they'll assume you're actually doing the full double!
  • Claremont also offers sequences, which allow students to get credit for other areas of study. Some examples are the Leadership, Gender Studies, Human Rights, Genocide and Holocaust Studies and Financial Economics sequences. Students may only get credit for one sequence.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 17 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 17 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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