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Really great professors and campus life. As a student who chose not to drink, I never felt left out or pressured. CMC has a very inclusive social scene. There are a lot of ways to get involved on campus, and it truly feels like a close-knit community.
One of the biggest regrets of my life has been attending Claremont McKenna College. If you want to go to an insular, close-minded place where affluent WASPs are drunk 24/7, this is the place for you. I've certainly enjoyed moments of it, and had a few really good professors. As an African-American male, I have experienced multiple racist incidents, and have often felt like I don't belong here. If you're an upper-class white athlete from SoCal, I say go for it. But for everyone else, if you want to be academically challenged in a real liberal arts college (which isn't entirely focused on economics), to see a return on your financial investment, and to have actual name-recognition outside of southern California, I recommend going somewhere else.
CMC is located 35 miles east of Los Angeles in the city of Claremont. Famous for its tree-lined streets and world-renowned colleges, Claremont offers unique warmth, engaged charm, and community spirit. Claremont Village has a wide array of restaurants and shops as well as a movie theater and art museum. You can explore further by attending one of the many college-sponsored trips to cultural and entertainment destinations in Los Angeles as well as various outdoor excursions in the local mountains, desert, and beaches.
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Claremont McKenna College was an amazing environment! The small amount of students attending helps the students have a chance to get to know everyone
Claremont McKenna College is one of the premier colleges on the West Coast in my opinion. Its focus on academics and its success at placing graduates at jobs in their fields are its most stellar achievements.
Where do I begin, I have so much to say about how much I love this school. When I first came to Claremont McKenna, I feared that it would be difficult to make friends as it is such a small school. However, the first day shocked me completely. Everyone was so freaking nice, like unbelievably nice. In the last 3 months of being here, I know about 250/360 kids in my class, and of course a lot of upperclassmen. The party scene here is exactly what I want from a school ,inclusivity, but everyone definitely shares a work hard, play hard mentality. We know how to party, but we also know how to be the scholarly students we got in here for being. The party scene truly is spectacular. The dining hall food is amazing. Sports teams are great as 1/3 of the student body participates in sports There are pretty much a million ways to get involved on campus. I want to continue rambling about how much I love it here, but I also have an econ quiz tomorrow, but I hope that helps. S'GO STAGTHENAS!
I loved taking the summer course called High School Leadership and Communication. It made me more interested in going to this school, and I love how well-organized the program was. I love their philosophy on leadership. It really encourages others to become leaders in their community. Go CMC!
Most classes are uninspiring, and good profs are hard to get. Unless you major in Econ and CS, job opportunities are virtually nonexistent. You need family connections, or else people think you go to community college. "Research" here is a joke. Dorms suck unless you love the smell of weed and the sight of people throwing up. Despite low acceptance rate (misleading because E/D rate is 30%), a lot of people here are dumb and overconfident. Avoid if you seek intellectual stimulation. Come if you love the sound of your own voice.
CMC is an amazing school that offers you learning experiences and resources that other schools do not. It is incredibly rigorous and you will work very hard but you will be very hirable when you graduate.
If the only thing you care about in life is getting rich and becoming powerful, then CMC will be a great place for you and will help you achieve that (and will call it "leadership" to boot). If, on the other hand, you care about making the world a better place or about finding meaning in life beyond money, you should most definitely stay away.
Social life is incredible, everyone here has a unique story to tell and are not only genuinely interesting but genuinely interested in your background and story. We are a very open community and we love to party. The professors are outstanding and the opportunities are endless, especially with the resources of all the Claremont colleges. Overall the experience is as big or small as you want to make it, but no matter every bit of work is so worth the value of the education and the experience is truly life changing.
Have not felt unsafe on campus.
Don't receive nearly as much recruiting as bigger schools do.
Science classes (gen bio gen chem) have horrible profs and lab TAs.
Facilities are not as clean as they make it seem during orientation. The walls are very thin in mid-quad, you can practically hear everything your neighbor is saying through the wall when you're in your room. RAs are relatively laid back, they won't fine you for alcohol or drug use.
There is not a lot of emphasis on athletic success at CMC. There are varsity sports, but players don't receive a lot of benefits for being a student athlete, unlike D1 schools. There is a new gym facility that was recently opened, it's huge and amazing.
If you're of a lower socioeconomic status, you're time spent at CMC will be harder.
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The campus is very secure. Every once in a while townies will come on campus and cause problems, but it's very rare.

The CMC "bros", however, can be a bit problematic when drunk (i.e. not super concerned about asking for consent). The campus security is active, but more needs to be done by the students to prevent sexual assault.
I've had a solid experience with the vast majority of my professors and with the courses I've taken. Classes here are typically difficult, but professors are mostly helpful. The variety of courses offered here is pretty weak until the upper division; GEs are very rigid and are very boring- and don't offer any foray into anything other than Government, Econ, Philosophy and History (basically the big 4 majors here). The addition of an Arts requirement would perhaps bring the students out of their boxes a bit more.
CMC, while not as well known as Stanford, Harvard or Amherst, carries the same reputation with those who've heard of it. Graduating from this school is nearly a guaranteed job somewhere. The alumni network is relatively active-- but the best resource is the career services department on campus. They work very hard to find students great jobs that are the right fit.
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