Facilities

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

Facilities: There are some really beautiful new buildings on campus. There are also some horrifically bad facilities. They are building a new gym though. That should be ready to go in 2-3 years.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance has a great scholarship and mentorship program that prepares admitted students for job interviews, networking, leadership, and work. They also give out $15k in scholarship money for students in their senior year

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything is great, the gym is old but it is being torn down and CMC is building one of the best athletic facilities in the nation starting this year. Other than that everything is new, accessible, and useful for students.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: our PPE programs is one of the best in the world. The Social scene is all inclusive and fun. Undergraduates have job and research opportunities unlike any liberal arts school in the country.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The academic programs are excellent even if you're not an economics or government major, which is the college's focus. Events can be subsidized, there are key speakers at least 4 days a week, and there are so many opportunities you won't even know where to start. As far as the social scene goes, you will definitely never be bored.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 239th
    Best Library
  • 508th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1157th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1342nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1358th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Friede
Hometown
Philadelphia
Major
International Relations
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CMC has a staff and budget dedicated to making campus look well cared for at all times. Even in California droughts, CMC has green grass and flowers growing everywhere. The campus always looks great, but the architecture leaves much to be desired. CMC buildings were built for function and not aesthetics—many lovingly describe it as “motel style.”

The dorms are comfortable and the classrooms get the job done. The strength of CMC’s facilities are not in CMC facilities only, but in the Consortium. There’s an amazing library, six dining halls, four cafés, three fitness centers, and many theaters/auditoriums. The Emett Student Center has recently been renovated, and it’s a great place to enjoy a snack and watch some TV. The gym at CMC definitely needs some work, as it looks old and the machines are outdated, but rumor has it it’ll be fixed up soon. CMC has a beautiful pool and track. The gym at Scripps is like a resort, and many students work out there.
 

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
76
Campus Size
50 acres
Student Centers
Emett Student Center
Main Libraries
Honnold-Mudd Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Afternoon Tea in the Athenaeum
  • The Coop at Pomona
  • The Hub in the Student Center
  • The Motley Coffee Shop at Scripps
  • Outside (get a tan; white is outlawed in California)
  • Snack Time in Collins
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Honnold CafĂ© in the library
  • The Motley on Scripps' campus
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but movies are often screened in Pickford Auditorium.
School Slang
  • 5Cs: The Five College Consortium: Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, and Pomona
  • The Ath: The Athenaeum, the nice dining room where we host our speaker series and eat delicious food
  • Camp Sec: Campus security force
  • GE: General Education, basic requirement classes you need to take to graduate
  • Green Beach: The grassy spot between Green dorm and Parents field-named a beach because we're too lazy to actually go to a real beach.
  • Informs: The e-mail information messages sent to students daily
  • The Lei: Shady strip club on foothill; funniest signs ever
  • Mix Bowl: Local fast food Thai place open late; avoid the Hotdog Pad Thai
  • Parents: The big grassy field to play on between Green and the Towers
  • Pods: The little lounge buildings attached to the North Quad dorms with huge rooms on top
  • Ponding: Getting thrown in the fountain on your birthday (and sometimes for no reason at all)
  • Poppa: The main computer lab on campus, named after an alumnus (not because it's the big daddy lab)
  • Prospie: A visiting high school student
  • Round Table: Pizza place open late, kinda like cheesy cardboard
  • RTA: Resident Technology Assistant; the person who can solve all your computer troubles
  • South Park: The computer lab in South Quad in the Stark Dorm
  • Story House: The facilities office, responsible for keeping the campus looking amazing 24/7
  • The Towers: Auen, Fawcett, and Stark, the South Quad's seven-story dorms
  • The Village: The little four-block shopping area a few minutes away with great restaurants and cool local clothing boutiques
Traditions
  • Champagne in the fountain: Champagne in the fountain the day seniors turn in their theses.
  • Madrigal Feast:
  • Monte Carlo: For Homecoming each year, ASCMC turns the dining hall into a giant casino with blackjack, poker, and roulette. Outside, there is a hardwood dance floor where couples can swing dance to big band music all night long. Chips won in the casino can be traded in for raffle tickets with two tickets to Hawaii as the top prize.
  • Ponding: Getting thrown into the fountain on your birthday.
Urban Legends
  • Abercrombie & Fitch is the only interview the Career Services will tell you not to dress up for.
  • Back when we were Claremont Men's College, the students would throw each other into the fountain at Scripps' Seal Court, killing the koi fish. Finally, Scripps told CMC to build their own fountain exclusively for ponding-so we did.
  • Before building the towers, CMC bought the town of Claremont a fire truck tall enough to reach the top so that the school could get their building plans approved.
  • Robin Williams was expelled after just a semester for crashing a golf cart into the dining hall.
  • That Ethan Andyshak paired roommates with the same name on purpose.
Favorite Things To Do
Afternoon Tea: Rice Krispie treats the size of your head, and if you get there in time, mammoth chocolate-covered strawberries. Snack in Collins Dining Hall at night: Drop the books, run to Collins, see some friends, get a cup full of soft-serve, grab a chicken nugget or two and some breakfast for the morning. Campus Sports: Campus golf of all varieties (normally, disc or monster golf), or a lazy Saturday afternoon game of bocce. Grab a bite at the Hub, have dinner at the Athenaeum, play basketball on the dunk hoops, volleyball on one of the many courts around campus, play bocce, play pool in the Student Center, see a movie in Pickford Auditorium, tan by the pool, or use the rock-climbing wall in Ducey.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.claremontmckenna.edu/dos/sao/clubs.php
Student Newspaper
The Collage
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The Claremont Colleges have a lot of clubs that anyone from any 5C can join, and there is a plethora of choices. There are numerous organizations, including athletic clubs, debate, mock trial, minority awareness clubs, and journalistic opportunities. There is community service, theater, political groups, and a variety of "young professional" clubs.



Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • CMC features "Snack on Sunday." Students gather for delicious snacks like nachos and coffee.
  • CMC students were really involved in high school student organizations and most continue in college.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 34 responses

  • 24% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 32% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 35% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 9% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 12% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 41% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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