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Claremont, CA
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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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College Junior

Greek Life: We Don't Have Any Sororities or Fraternities – except for possibly one "secret" frat... that's not really all that secret or important (and it doesn't have a house of course)

College Senior

Greek Life: Who Needs Frats When We've Got TNC! CMC has no frats or sororities. And there's really no need for them. We're such a small school and everyone knows everyone. Parties are all-inclusive and students have friends from all the dorms.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: No Greek life. CMC is small enough that it wouldn't really work here. You don't need frats or sororities to meet people, and the school throws parties, so you don't need frats for that either.


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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 12 responses

  • 92% We don't have Greek life.
  • 8% 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.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 13 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.
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