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3 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity is not great, especially racial and socioeconomic diversity. The majority of students are upper or upper-middle class and white, and you may not feel supported if you are non-white or from a lower income background (though some folks from these backgrounds have great experiences at CMC). There has been a lot of activism over the past year on issues of class and race at CMC, and things seem to be getting better. People are more aware of the diversity of experiences on campus, at the very least.

LGBT folks are generally accepted, though there's a significant proportion of the CMC population for whom old masculine habits die hard (e.g. calling things you dislike gay). Most people are non-religious, although no one really judges you if you are.

Political diversity at CMC is fantastic compared to basically any other college. People are predominantly liberal, but there are a fair number of conservatives on campus due to CMC's history, including the professors. Students and professors are almost always respectful of others' political beliefs and enjoy engaging on political issues in a rational way.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: As a student of mixed ethnicity, I notice how little the representation is of different races at my school. But there are plenty of resources although major organizations like the student government seem to be run by white male individuals. It's hard to determine how many different economic backgrounds are present because no one talks about it and the school has very generous financial aid.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: There tends to be a lot of kids that come from a wealthy background. A large portion of the student body is from northern california. I would be interested in better Christian groups

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4 College Junior

Diversity: You learn that diversity is more than just where you are from or where your parents are from. People here have diverse ideas and mentalities, I have met some of the most interesting people at CMC. People come from many different backgrounds and walks of life.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: CMC is very homogenous in terms of economic background. Most students are from affluent backgrounds, and many have parents who could afford to shell out 30,000+ dollars a year to send them to prep school before CMC. In terms of racial diversity, CMC is predominately white, followed by a considerably large Asian population, and a small Latino community. The student body is overall pretty secular. Though many of the students come from religious backgrounds, most are not practicing and partake in the same party scene. Most students are politically conservative while socially liberal.

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Claremont isn’t winning any diversity awards yet, but it is heading in the right direction. While upper-middle class white kids are dominant on campus, every year there is more ethnic diversity. CMC does have impressive economic diversity now thanks to some very generous financial aid packages. Fortunately, once kids are here, no one really cares what kind of lifestyle students are accustomed to, although it does sometimes create awkward conversation.

CMC students come from all over the country, though California and the Pacific Northwest are particularly well represented. Most international students are from Asia, but there are a fair number from other places, as well. For a liberal arts school, there is political diversity, which is surprising. CMC is unique in the fact that more students are politically and economically conservative than liberal. Political views definitely bring about the most heated debates on campus, with most students being very firm in their viewpoints.

Religion isn't a big issue for most students at CMC. Christianity and Judaisim are the two most represented religions, but most students are open-minded and don't take their religion too seriously.

Sexual diversity is probably the most underrepresented diversity on CMC’s campus. There are definitely some people here uncomfortable with gays and bisexuals. CMC is working on creating awareness and alliances, but this is the biggest diversity issue on campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 43%
20-21: 47%
22-24: 8%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 8%
Native American: 1%
White: 72%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Claremont's student body is relatively laid back, but sexual orientation makes some CMC students more uncomfortable than any other diversity issue. That being said, there is a significant gay population at the five colleges, and being openly gay at CMC isn't an issue. There is a large and well-supported Straight But Not Narrow group at Claremont and a Queer Resource Center available to all consortium students.
Political Activity
Claremont is a unique place; the student body is split almost equally along the political spectrum, which makes for some very good debates. A lot of students are politically active, with a vast majority of students passionate about some issue-everyone is well informed.
Economic Status
Because CMC gives such generous financial aid, students come from all different walks of life, and no one gives economic background a second thought. The school subsidizes the cost of many activities, which allows everyone in the student body to participate.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is the dominant religion at Claremont and is an active community, but there is also a high percentage of Jewish students, and there aren't any religious tolerance issues. InterVarsity, the Christian organization on campus, is the largest organization in the Consortium.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Asian Students Club, Black Student Union, Empowered Black Women, Empowered Latinos/as in Action, Hillel, Jewish Student Union, Muslim Students Association, Office of Black Student Affairs, Pan-African Student Association, Queer Questioning Allied Mentoring Program, Queer Resource Center, Straight But Not Narrow, Taiwanese Student Union, TRANScend, Women’s Forum

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 23 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 48% Liberal
  • 13% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 9% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 19% Liberal
  • 56% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 29 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 11 responses

  • 9% Republican
  • 45% Democratic
  • 18% Independent
  • 9% Other party not mentioned
  • 18% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 42% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 42% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 17% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 23 responses

  • 52% Very accepting.
  • 39% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 9% It's hard to be a minority here.
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