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4 College Senior

Academics: Academics are very good. Many professors are fantastic, and almost all professors really care about students and will go out of their ways to help you. All classes are taught by professors rather than by TAs. Our Philosophy department is particularly fantastic, and I believe it's the best department at CMC. Our government and economics departments are good, but overrated. There's not a lot of diversity in either department (mostly older conservative white men, many of whom are not great teachers), though they are getting better. That said, many individual professors in those departments and others are fantastic.

About half of students study abroad (or go to programs in Silicon Valley or DC), though it feels like more, and I would recommend doing this.

I would not come here to study science or engineering unless I'm also majoring in the humanities or social sciences, since our joint science department (shared with Scripps and Pitzer) is overcrowded and underfunded. There are no performing or visual arts programs to speak of, although you can take classes at the other schools, especially Pomona and Scripps. In general, being able to take classes at the other schools is a great thing. Many CMCers take introductory computer science at Harvey Mudd, one of the best engineering schools in the country.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Very engaging professors with very engaging classes. Most are discussion based. Appropriate amount of work. Great class selection and prof selection

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4 College Junior

Academics: Each department has an amazing group of faculty supporting it. For the Literature department, there are alot of classes to choose from, usually out of British or American authors. There is alot of reading and writing, although this prepares students to be excellent analyzers and critical thinkers. We have a career services office that hooks us up with almost any internship or career path we are interested in. The support of faculty, in whatever major you have, is overwhelming and I'm very thankful for it.

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5 College Junior

Academics: We have some of the country's best professors in the field, many of whom have had incredible extensive experience in their areas of expertise, whether that is government policy or microbiology. Curriculum depends on the professor, but the school holds them to a very high standard. The registration process is as good as any taking place at a small liberal arts school would be. We also have the unique option of taking any major from the surrounding schools and make it our own, which expands our horizons only further.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Science is not terrible but is definitely not one of the strong points of CMC, as unlike Pomona, they have a shared science department with Scrips and Pitzer. This makes it so you have to compete with students from other schools for spots in classes. The Keck Science building looks super nice in the pictures online, but in reality it feels outdated in it's layout and construction. It is a fairly drab cement building. They needed more lab space so lots of the labs are held in portable buildings across the road from Keck. Keck has a unique science program called AISS that only has a comparable program at Princeton. It is accelerated and integrates 2 semesters of both physics, chemistry, and biology. It is only for freshman and it is brutal in terms of courseload, disorganization, and two hours of class every single day and 5 hours on Friday. AISS is for students who are crazy passionate about science, aren't easily stressed by chaos and late nights, and want to spend hours upon hours everyday slaving through difficult homework and taking exams every Friday, while other students are sleeping in. It will definitely put you ahead of your peers, but in my opinion, its not worth sacrificing many of the fun aspects of adjusting to CMC freshman year. Students generally get into good Med-Schools, which isn't surprising considering the caliber of students that CMC attracts.

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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.

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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 85%
  • 20 to 49 students: 14%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 5%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 9%
  • Finance, General: 5%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 7%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Computer labs
  • The library
  • Lounges
  • Outside in the sunshine
  • Reading rooms
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't come here if you don't want to be in a tight community of very driven and involved students.
  • Get to know your professors-go to office hours, talk to them after class, ask questions.
  • Go to the Ath!! You'll hear some amazing speakers-and you can usually network with professors.
  • If you don't have any experience drinking alcohol, you may be traumatized when you come here.
  • Request any dorm but Phillips.
  • Take advantage of Jim Nauls as a resource (he will subsidize ANYTHING that you want to do).
  • Take advantage of the classes offered at the other 4Cs.
Did You Know?
  • Claremont students can cross-register for any classes across the consortium, often including graduate-level classes, and students can even major through another college while still receiving a Claremont McKenna College degree.
  • Claremont McKenna does not offer minors. Instead, students may choose to dual major, which slightly reduces the course load of both majors, making two areas of study more manageable. Best of all, tell someone at home you're a bio-lit dual major, and they'll assume you're actually doing the full double!
  • Claremont also offers sequences, which allow students to get credit for other areas of study. Some examples are the Leadership, Gender Studies, Human Rights, Genocide and Holocaust Studies and Financial Economics sequences. Students may only get credit for one sequence.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 26 responses

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  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 13 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 12 responses

  • 42% This was my dream school.
  • 50% This was one of my top choices.
  • 8% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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