Local Atmosphere

Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
780
Tuition
$44,442
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small town but lots of dining, thrift shops, etc.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is cute, but you don't go to Mudd for Claremont. As for Claremont itself: it's pretty bland, the locals don't seem to care too much for college students, although there are spots where students seem to congregate (a cute independent record store, some coffee shops, etc.). Frankly, if you're dying to get off campus, Claremont has little to offer, but there are TONS of school-subsidized events that take you to LA or Pomona for concerts/festivals/shows/beach/hiking/etc.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Claremont, although a small town, is bustling with activity. There are many quaint clothing shops, as well as more well-known brands. It also has a movie theater and lots of food options–from pizza to sandwiches to fancier fare, and of course ice cream and frozen yogurt.

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2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Can't Get Anywhere Without a Car – Love HMC and the 5C community, and off-campus Claremont is ok, but LA area is downright boring, and horribly inaccessible unless you 1. have a car and 2. are willing to drive 45 min+ one way to get anywhere. Nearest grocery store is a mile, so good luck carrying a significant amount of food unless you have a car or outfitted your bike for it. Same goes for if you need to buy pretty much anything else, so I end up ordering a lot of stuff from Amazon.

The one good thing is hiking/skiing 20-45 min away, but again, you need a car.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not much to do in Claremont – Even though freshmen aren't allowed to bring cars, there were some who got away with it. I'd recommend bringing one if you can or befriend with people who have cars. You need a car to go to Von's and Trader Joe's. Yes, it's very doable to walk there but you're a Mudder so you never have time besides feeding yourself, doing homework and going to classes. Besides, having a car would let you bring more groceries back.

The village is just down the street from Mudd and it's kind of nice to go there. Claremont is a nice quiet college town so it's a big contrast from LA. However, this means that if you get claustrophobic from Mudd and want to get off campus, you'll find that there isn't much to do.... besides going to the village or Starbucks/Fruizen across the street.

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Yih-Jye Edward Wang
Hometown
Hacienda Heights, Calif.
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Claremont is a quiet town filled with academic-minded people. A quarter of the adult population of Claremont holds a bachelor’s degree, while more than a quarter have graduate or professional degrees. While not considered a typical college town, you can see the influence that the 5C has on the surrounding environment. The Claremont community is generally very friendly toward students, but there aren’t any nightclubs in the immediate vicinity. The city is expanding, however, and continues to offer more youthful entertainment. For example, the Claremont Village expanded to include more restaurants and a movie theater. Claremont is very small-town America—the door-to-door mailman, the farmer’s market, and no fast food places to be seen. The surrounding neighborhoods are not quite as charming—Upland reeks of strip clubs and fast food, and Pomona has a fairly high crime rate. Generally, students rarely venture away from the “Mudd bubble.” Although Claremont’s small-town charm might be appealing to many, it does get a bit monotonous after awhile.

A lot of students get up-in-arms when the Claremont Police Department shuts down a party. Aside from the noise issues that continue to be fought about over Foothill Boulevard, college students rarely have problems with the Claremont community. Also, it is also nice to be close enough to Los Angeles to experience a big city without actually living in one.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. There's an antique car show held monthly in the Village.
  2. The Folk Music Center has open-mic nights on the fourth Sunday of each month. For only a dollar per person, you can catch some of the area's top acts. The Center also brings in national acts as part of its ongoing concert series.
  3. Every year, Claremont has an event called Village Venture. According to Claremont, it is the Autumn's largest arts and crafts fair in the Inland Valley.
  4. Fast food is not allowed! You have to drive to Upland (about two minutes away) to find Del Taco, the nearest fast food joint.
  5. Get your kicks on the notorious Route 66. Experience a piece of history while riding down a stretch of the beautiful Foothill Boulevard.
Notable Natives
  • Mark McGwire
  • Snoop Doggy Dogg
  • Robin Williams
Local Slang
  • C: Term to refer to anything within the five undergraduate schools
  • CMS: Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd College, and Scripps athletics
  • End: Academic end
  • Flex out: To spend the extra flex dollars left for the week
  • Mudders: Harvey Mudd students
  • Prefrosh: Prospective student
  • Scrippsies: Girls from Scripps College
  • Sketchy: Suspicious or distrustful, as in "Fifty percent of CMC guys are sketchy."
  • The Village: Claremont's inner village and restaurant center
Points of Interest
  • John R. Rodman Arboretum
  • Mount Baldy
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens
Shopping Centers
  • Brea Mall
  • Montclair Plaza Mall
  • Ontario Mills
Movie Theaters
Edwards La Verne 12
1950 Foothill Blvd.
La Verne
(800) 326-3264
Movie Theaters
Edwards Ontario Palace 22
4900 E 4th St.
Ontario
(909) 777-3456
Movie Theaters
Laemmle's Claremont 5
40 W. Second St.
Claremont
(909) 621-5500
Movie Theaters
Ontario Mills 30 Theaters
Intersection of I-10 and I-15
Ontario
(909) 484-3000
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Ducks: hockey
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: baseball
  • Los Angeles Clippers: basketball
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: baseball
  • Los Angeles Lakers: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: CA: 45 minutes
  • Pasadena: CA: 20 minutes
Did You Know?
  • Despite numerous expansion projects, the herbarium at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens is actually running out of space. The herbarium grows by a whopping 10,000 specimens per year. Now over 75 years old, the herbarium offers students at Mudd a quiet place to study.
  • When HMC first opened in 1957, it only had 48 students and seven faculty members. Harvey Seeley Mudd, the mining engineer from whom the school and several of its building take their names, died two years before the school opened, but the influence he left upon the school is undeniable. Mudd served as chairman of the Board of Fellows of what is now the Claremont Graduate University, and helped lay the groundwork for HMC.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 7 responses

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  • 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 7 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 14% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 86% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% 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 8 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 0% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 100% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 8 responses

  • 25% No way.
  • 75% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.

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