Local Atmosphere

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

Local Atmosphere: LA is only 30 miles away, Pasadena is only a 30 mins drive, the beach is only 40 mins away, the mountains and skiing resorts are only 2 hours away. What else could you ask for?

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: CMC is located in Claremont, California, a.k.a. "The City of Trees and PHD's", a.k.a. "The sleepy town of wealthy retired people and the Claremont colleges". The mountains behind Claremont are pretty, but often brown and dry. Claremont doesn't have too much to do, but fun things in L.A, Anaheim, Hollywood and Pasadena are all within a 45 minute drive (assuming good traffic). A car is ideal for getting around the area.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is a vibrant social scene at the Claremont Colleges; if there isn't a party going on at one of the 5Cs (and there usually is), the Claremont Village is a good place to go and spend a low-key night with friends. It's only about a 10 minute walk from campus and there are plenty of cute boutiques and stores, restaurants, a movie theater, and places to satisfy your sweet tooth... I highly recommend 21 Choices frozen yogurt! Many of these places even offer discounts for college students. It isn't the exciting hustle and bustle of a big city, but the village does provide a break from being on campus every once in a while, and it has a nice community and family-oriented atmosphere.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small village where people can go to dinner, movies, or get Jamba Juice. The other 5 colleges do make a sort of 5 campus bubble that usually has everything you would ever want or need on a given night.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Claremont Village is nice but otherwise there is nothing else

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Friede
Hometown
Philadelphia
Major
International Relations
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Claremont is a beautiful town, but it’s far from a college town. There are several restaurants that are delicious, but pricey. There’s a bar called The Press, which is fairly calm and not cheap. There are several frozen yogurt places that offer a cheap off-campus hangout, but most students stay on campus on weekends for a reason: there isn’t much in the Village.

Once you have access to a car, Claremont changes from a slightly boring place to live in to an awesome place with a wealth of options. Just a short drive away are countless places for college students to go and have fun. If you drive ten minutes, you can find lots of shopping centers with Targets and Best Buys and more specialized stores. Just a little bit further away are the most popular off-campus trips involving drives to Mt. Baldy (for skiing and snowboarding), the beach, and Los Angeles. If that doesn’t do it for you, there’s Disneyland, Joshua Tree National Park (and music festival), Las Vegas, Santa Monica, and San Diego. Los Angeles is probably the most popular trip because there are so many different things to do. There’s shopping, clubs, bars, people watching, museums, etc. Basically, if you can’t find it in Claremont, it’s in LA, 45 minutes away.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, an Angels minor league baseball club in the area, has dollar beer nights. Throw a couple back, and you won't even wonder why a dinosaur is their mascot.
  2. Ben Harper's family owns the folk music store in the Village.
  3. Claremont McKenna sits in the shadow of the tallest mountain in Southern California. So in the spring, you can hit the beach and the ski slopes in the same day!
  4. The tallest buildings in Claremont are the seven-story South Quad towers on campus.
Notable Natives
  • Kylie Bivens - soccer player
  • Ben Harper - musician
Local Slang
The Village: The small collection of shops and restaurants near campus
Points of Interest
  • Disneyland
  • The Getty Museum
  • Hollywood
  • San Diego
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Universal Studios
  • Venice Beach
Shopping Centers
  • Montclair Plaza
  • Ontario Mills
  • Victoria Gardens
Movie Theaters
AMC Ontario Mills 30
4549 Mills Circle
Ontario
(909) 484-3000
Movie Theaters
Edwards La Verne
1950 Foothill Blvd.
La Verne
(909) 392-4894
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Angels: MLB
  • Anaheim Ducks: NHL
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Galaxy: Soccer
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
  • San Diego Chargers: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: CA: 45 minutes
  • Pasadena: CA: 30 minutes
  • Santa Monica Beach: CA: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 20% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 60% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 12% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 8% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 4% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 96% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 25 responses

  • 44% No way.
  • 40% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 16% Totally.

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