Athletics

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

Athletics: Many people at CMC are involved in sports

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 Freshman

Athletics: We are an extremely athletic campus, and so many people play sports or do clubs. Tennis and Gold team have been #1 nationally for d3 and are consistently a national contender. Games arent always that well attended, except for when CMS plays Pomona-Pitzer. Then its a frenzy in the stands.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are a large part of the Claremont McKenna community. Something like 33% (or even higher if I can remember correctly) of the student body plays on a varsity sport and that's not including club, intramural, or recreational sports. Although our Football team has been sucking as of late we have great golf, cross country, swimming and water polo teams. Students can often be found walking around campus in workout gear because they either are about to go to the gym or have just left.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Fun for Everyone – Sports are played by a good amount of the student body whether team or club. If you want to play a sport its offered. Last semester I spent my Tuesday and Thursday afternoons playing golf on the college's dime.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 439th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1167th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Friede
Hometown
Philadelphia
Major
International Relations
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Athletes at CMC exemplify the student athlete. While many student athletes at other schools need to choose between their sport and a social life, at CMC, it is very possible to have both. Some athletes are even in season twice a year.

Because of CMC's size, everybody knows a varsity student athlete (roughly 40% of students play varsity). Even more students are involved in club teams and pick-up games, making campus a very athletic place. CMC joins forces with Harvey Mudd and Scripps to make the "Claremont-Mudd-Scripps" teams (CMS). CMS plays Division III, and they are very successful. Popular spectator sports include men’s water polo, football, and women’s volleyball. All in all, CMS isn't overly competitive, with one exception: The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. Any game between CMS and Pomona-Pitzer is highly attended with boisterous fans. Games against other schools draw small crowds of close friends of the athletes. Admission is free.

Non-varsity athletes have just as much fun as their varsity counterparts. Intramural sports are alive and well at CMC, and inter-dorm competition is intense. The most popular IM is inner tube water polo, which draws huge crowds of athletes and spectators. CMC does have required gym, which comes in every variety of activity. From ballroom dancing to rock climbing, tennis to yoga, there is a gym class for everyone. CMCers are a very active bunch who enjoy a healthy dose of competition and fun.
 

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
Basketball: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
School Colors
Maroon and gold
School Nickname
Athenas for women's teams Stags for men's teams
Men Playing Varsity Sports
269 - 40%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
216 - 37%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • BASEketball
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Home run derby
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Lawn sports Olympics
  • Paintball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball, beach and court
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ducey Gymnasium
  • Frank G. Wells Fitness Center
  • R. Ernest Smith Weight Room
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball are probably the best-attended sports on a regular basis. Volleyball is the best-attended women's sport. Anytime a team makes the playoffs or plays Pomona-Pitzer, the seats are full.
Most Overlooked Teams
Soccer, swimming, tennis, golf, rugby
School Spirit
CMCers love CMC, but it isn't school spirit in the traditional sense. People don't turn out to every football game to root for the Stags (although we'll always come out to talk trash to Pomona), but the school spirit manifests itself mainly through the social life. CMCers are always looking for a new, creative, over-the-top, indulgent way to all have fun together. School spirit is best seen in big afternoon barbeques with Slip `N Slides down Green Beach, or in the wee hours of the marathon 24-hour party, or during an intense game of IM inner tube water polo.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are free; seating is first-come, first-served.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Hiking on Mt. Baldy, easy walks around the campuses and to the Village

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 17 responses

  • 29% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 18% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 47% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 29% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 43% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 21% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 63% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 16% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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