Local Atmosphere

Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
940
Tuition
$43,620
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's a small suburb, so it is quiet and safe but somewhat boring.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Nice college town, dubbed as the "land of trees and PHDs." Many families and retirees live in the area, its very safe. The Claremont Village is the place to go to for dining and shopping, its right outside the claremont colleges about a 10 minute walk away.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is a cute enough town but there isn't much. Though we are close to LA, it is largely inaccessible unless you have a car, which most don't. So, you are stuck on campus. it is far from ideal.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The surrounding area is very small, quiet, and quaint. It consists mostly of retirees and young families. While a nice surrounding atmosphere for college, it provides little entertainments and would be too small for me to actually live in.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is a really cute town with a ton of great restaurants and cool shops. The restaurants are awesome and there is a ton of choices for whatever food you are interested. On Fridays they have live music all around town, which is super fun to walk around and listen to. If you don't find what you want in Claremont, there is a metro station located a 7 min walk from Campus that is a short 35 min ride to Union Station in LA. This is really awesome because LA is home to major sporting events, more concerts, as well as many more things to do that you have easy access to without having to live in Los Angeles.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenna Tico
Hometown
Santa Barbara, CA
Major
Undeclared
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Claremont is a quiet, old-fashioned town that loves education and tradition. The local atmosphere is very peaceful and conducive to learning. Many have dubbed the city to be a bubble in which students are surrounded by quaint beauty and old customs. Most students will say that there is really nothing for young people to do in Claremont, and this is pretty much true. There are only two local popular bars, no large shopping centers or clubs, and the only downtown area (the Village), is made up of a very limited variety of restaurants and stores. Everything shuts down soon after night falls, and while the local Village area is charming, it is geared more towards families and the elderly, the main inhabitants of the city.

This being so, the Colleges usually have to be careful when parties are thrown that the noise level does not warrant a complaint from surrounding neighborhoods. During the past years, it has been expected at every popular and well-publicized party that there will be an early shut down, which is unfortunate and has become quite aggravating to students. After all, this is a college town, and the campuses are very conscientious and well conducted for all but three or four days a month. The lack of social venues and community restrictions result in most Scripps students leaving campus on the weekends, and it is known that most who can, do. Some go to Upland and nearby cities for fast food and to hang out at coffee shops, others head towards the LA area for shopping, dancing, and other entertaining things to do.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Claremont Village is known for its quaint and rare stores, including Rhino Records.
  2. Claremont Books and Print is one of the biggest used bookstores around.
  3. Most of the streets are named after colleges.
  4. There is a Claremont Farmer's Market every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  5. The main street, Foothill, is a part of the historic Route 66.
Notable Natives
  • Ben Harper
  • Mark McGwire
  • Robin Williams
Local Slang
  • The Colleges: Refers to the Claremont Colleges, the center of the city
  • Downtown: Refers to LA.
Points of Interest
  • L.A.'s Chinatown
  • Mount Baldy
  • Santa Ana Botanical Gardens
Shopping Centers
  • Brea Mall
  • Montclair Plaza
  • Ontario Mills
Movie Theaters
Edwards La Verne 12
1950 Foothill Blvd.
La Verne
(909) 392-4885
Movie Theaters
Edwards Ontario Cinema Palace 22
4900 E 4th St.
Ontario
(909) 476-1500
Movie Theaters
Edwards Ontario Mountain Village Stadium 14
1575 North Mountain Ave.
Ontario
(909) 460-5312
Movie Theaters
Laemmle Claremont 5
450 W. 2nd St.
Claremont
(909) 621-5500
Movie Theaters
Mission Drive-In Theatre
10789 Ramona Ave.
Montclair
(909) 628-0511
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 Kings: hockey
  • Los Angeles Lakers: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: CA: 45 minutes
  • Pasadena: CA: 20 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 17 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 17 responses

  • 6% Painfully remote.
  • 12% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 41% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 41% 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 19 responses

  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 5% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 89% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 18 responses

  • 44% No way.
  • 33% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 22% Totally.

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