Diversity

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

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

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very diverse, and getting more and more diverse every year. Everybody is nice to everybody.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Campus is fairly diverse ethnically and very diverse politically, but lacks somewhat in sexual or religious diversity. Most international students are either secular or Christian, and the Muslim and non-theist presence on campus is very small. However, surrounding campuses like Pitzer more than compensate for this.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: The school really capitalizes on its diversity, particularly its attractiveness for foreign students, during applications. However, the school remains predominantly white and middle-upper class. Jokes are often made about how coming to Claremont is like going to school in a little slice of India or Asia, but that may very well be because most students were accustom to even less diversity in high-school. However, the nature of the community does mean that we, as students, have a great deal of cross-cultural interaction.

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  • 440th
    Most Conservative Schools
  • 745th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 957th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Friede
Hometown
Philadelphia
Major
International Relations
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Claremont isn’t winning any diversity awards yet, but it is heading in the right direction. While upper-middle class white kids are dominant on campus, every year there is more ethnic diversity. CMC does have impressive economic diversity now thanks to some very generous financial aid packages. Fortunately, once kids are here, no one really cares what kind of lifestyle students are accustomed to, although it does sometimes create awkward conversation.

CMC students come from all over the country, though California and the Pacific Northwest are particularly well represented. Most international students are from Asia, but there are a fair number from other places, as well. For a liberal arts school, there is political diversity, which is surprising. CMC is unique in the fact that more students are politically and economically conservative than liberal. Political views definitely bring about the most heated debates on campus, with most students being very firm in their viewpoints.

Religion isn't a big issue for most students at CMC. Christianity and Judaisim are the two most represented religions, but most students are open-minded and don't take their religion too seriously.

Sexual diversity is probably the most underrepresented diversity on CMC’s campus. There are definitely some people here uncomfortable with gays and bisexuals. CMC is working on creating awareness and alliances, but this is the biggest diversity issue on campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
12%
Hispanic
8%
International
9%
Native American
0%
White
46%
Unknown
18%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
59%
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 43%
20-21: 47%
22-24: 8%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
32%
Male Faculty
68%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 8%
Native American: 1%
White: 72%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Claremont's student body is relatively laid back, but sexual orientation makes some CMC students more uncomfortable than any other diversity issue. That being said, there is a significant gay population at the five colleges, and being openly gay at CMC isn't an issue. There is a large and well-supported Straight But Not Narrow group at Claremont and a Queer Resource Center available to all consortium students.
Political Activity
Claremont is a unique place; the student body is split almost equally along the political spectrum, which makes for some very good debates. A lot of students are politically active, with a vast majority of students passionate about some issue-everyone is well informed.
Economic Status
Because CMC gives such generous financial aid, students come from all different walks of life, and no one gives economic background a second thought. The school subsidizes the cost of many activities, which allows everyone in the student body to participate.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is the dominant religion at Claremont and is an active community, but there is also a high percentage of Jewish students, and there aren't any religious tolerance issues. InterVarsity, the Christian organization on campus, is the largest organization in the Consortium.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Asian Students Club, Black Student Union, Empowered Black Women, Empowered Latinos/as in Action, Hillel, Jewish Student Union, Muslim Students Association, Office of Black Student Affairs, Pan-African Student Association, Queer Questioning Allied Mentoring Program, Queer Resource Center, Straight But Not Narrow, Taiwanese Student Union, TRANScend, Women’s Forum

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 20 responses

  • 10% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Conservative
  • 10% Moderate
  • 50% Liberal
  • 10% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 19 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Conservative
  • 63% Moderate
  • 16% Not sure
  • 5% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 20 responses

  • 5% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 55% Very accepting.
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