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College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at our school. Most guys act like typical frat boys though. Some describe it as a perk of CMC, that the whole school is basically it's own fraternity.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: No greek life but CMC is like one big frat. We are a big family.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life at Claremont McKenna. The only exception is a new Jewish fraternity started in late second semester. Since it hasn't really had much time to create a presence on campus, I can't give an accurate review of how it affects the campus's social atmosphere.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Theoretically Nonexistent – There are no actual Greek orgs on campus, but that's only because there's no need. The campus itself is one big frathouse (much to some students' chagrin).

College Sophomore

Greek Life: One reason that I liked CMC was that there was no Greek life at any of the 5Cs. We're such a small school that you don't need a frat or sorority to form a network of close friends. There are still plenty of parties on campus, all of which are opened to anyone.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 244th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1182nd
    Where Greek Life Rules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Friede
International Relations
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Claremont McKenna doesn’t have a great system: the entire school is one giant frat. CMC hosts almost all of the big parties of the 5Cs, and the average student loves to get their party on.

There are weekly parties on Thursdays called TNC (Thursday Night Club). There are also parties on Fridays and Saturdays, which tend to be a little bigger/themed. Some of the student favorites include toga parties, Monte Carlo, and Halloween. The student government, ASCMC, has $250,000 a year to play with, and they focus on making the parties epic. Alcohol is always provided at the parties (usually it’s kegs, but occasionally it's something else), and some parties have amazing raffle prizes, such as trips to Vegas or even Paris!

ASCMC also subsidizes other student activities, such as trips to pro-sports games and on-campus music festivals. There are many levels of ASCMC involvement, from über-busy presidents to more laid-back senators. For the most part, people don’t need a Greek life at CMC because they never have to search for a party.

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Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 14 responses

  • 93% We don't have Greek life.
  • 7% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Very difficult.
  • 14% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Somewhat easy.
  • 29% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 100% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 6 responses

  • 17% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 0% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 67% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 17% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
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