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Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,260
Tuition
$44,085
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Science is not terrible but is definitely not one of the strong points of CMC, as unlike Pomona, they have a shared science department with Scrips and Pitzer. This makes it so you have to compete with students from other schools for spots in classes. The Keck Science building looks super nice in the pictures online, but in reality it feels outdated in it's layout and construction. It is a fairly drab cement building. They needed more lab space so lots of the labs are held in portable buildings across the road from Keck. Keck has a unique science program called AISS that only has a comparable program at Princeton. It is accelerated and integrates 2 semesters of both physics, chemistry, and biology. It is only for freshman and it is brutal in terms of courseload, disorganization, and two hours of class every single day and 5 hours on Friday. AISS is for students who are crazy passionate about science, aren't easily stressed by chaos and late nights, and want to spend hours upon hours everyday slaving through difficult homework and taking exams every Friday, while other students are sleeping in. It will definitely put you ahead of your peers, but in my opinion, its not worth sacrificing many of the fun aspects of adjusting to CMC freshman year. Students generally get into good Med-Schools, which isn't surprising considering the caliber of students that CMC attracts.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are brilliant at CMC, although fairly homogeneous in terms of being socially liberal and politically conservative. This is no surprise as it is predominately an economics school.

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5 College Freshman

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

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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.

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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
Hometown
Philadelphia
Major
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.
 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
8:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
152
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
22
Total FT Faculty
152
Faculty with Terminal Degree
100%
Average Faculty Salary
$107,977
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Graduation Rate
92%
Programs/Majors Offered
52
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 18 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 18 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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