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.