Even though CMC has many other perks, students come for a stellar education with amazing faculty. The professors at CMC do not disappoint; they are friendly, accessible, and intelligent. They are focused on teaching first and research second. If you take advantage of office hours, they offer incredible research opportunities and internships that one would never see at a large university.
What’s amazing about CMC academics is the unique approach to learning: it’s hard to find a class that merely involves memorizing facts and spitting them back out. Most classes are a combination of lecture and discussion, with many opportunities for students to lead the class. CMC professors work hard to make sure students are interested in the material being covered, and they always try to relate the academia to the real world.
CMC students are expected to work hard, but there are few horror stories of anyone killing themselves with work. What’s unique to CMC is the lack of competition between students: everyone wants to do well, but they are only competing with themselves. This leads to lots of study groups and a generally more enjoyable academic atmosphere.
While CMC is known for two specific majors, government and economics, all departments have excellent faculty. Even though CMC has a lot of general education requirements, I’ve never heard someone complain about GEs because all the professors are so amazing—you can’t help but be interested.