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Impressions Of
Claremont McKenna College

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Reasons to attend and to not attend Claremont McKenna College

To Attend

  • “It’s a small school and all the things that come along with that. You get close access to your professors and can build relationships with them. If you want to take that initiative, that’s there. You also get to meet people really easily. If you meet somebody, you’re definitely going to see them again pretty quickly because the campus is so small.”
  • “The academic culture is not competitive. It’s collaborative for sure. I don’t feel competition with my classmates.”
  • “Amazing academics. The classes that I’ve taken are amazing and they’ve opened my eyes to so many different things and ways of thinking. I feel like after going to CMC I could do anything because the work is really hard. I’m prepared for writing work and I also am able to do quantitative work even though my background isn’t in that area.”
  • “California is sick. That comes with the weather, the mountains, and the beaches. We get to experience the natural elements at CMC.”

To Not Attend

  • “The campus is really small. It can feel restrictive because there’s no anonymity. Expect to be seen by people you know pretty much everywhere you go. It can feel like there’s very little space for yourself on campus.” [There are about 1,300]
  • “The level of socioeconomic diversity is pretty poor. People here, in general, are pretty wealthy and that can be striking to me because people who don’t come from that level of privilege can feel like they don’t fit in as well. Not being able to afford something your friends are going can be sad.” [Socioeconomically, 20% of students come from the top 1%.]
  • “If you’re worried about being in a pre-professional community and you think you might not like being in that community, it probably isn’t the place for you. People have professional aspirations and they’re not learning for the sake of learning, they’re learning a skill because they’re going to use that in a job in the future. A lot of people do Economics and Computer Science because those are lucrative spaces even though it might not be their personal passion.” [In the Class of 2017, some of the most popular majors were Economics, Economics-Accounting, and Mathematics.]
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