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U.S. College Road Trip! Episode 32- Claremont McKenna College


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Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA is a highly selective, co-educational, liberal arts college founded in 1946. It is renowned for expertise in economics and government. The college's mission is to educate students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions.


Nearby Claremont Village is a charming area with shops, restaurants, and cafes. It's located just a few blocks from the CMC campus. Visit the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. This park is located just a few miles from the CMC campus and offers hiking trails with scenic views of the surrounding area.


The Student Activities staff at CMC advises, mentors, trains, supports, and challenges the students, clubs, organizations, and teams. They provide a robust campus life that is fun and engaging for all students.


Notable alumni include comedian Robin Williams, Heidi Cruz (Managing director at Goldman Sachs) and Caroline Sunshine (staffer in Trump administration).


Here are some unique features of Claremont McKenna College:

  • Location: The college is located on a scenic, tree-lined residential campus 30 miles east of Los Angeles. It is a member of The Claremont Colleges, a seven-college consortium modeled after Oxford University. CMC students choose from more than 2,200 classes and participate in co-curricular activities with 7,000 other students at Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College, as well as the Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.

  • Real-world mission: The college's strong, real-world mission educates students for thoughtful and productive lives and roles of responsible leadership. Admission to the college is need-blind and emphasizes the demonstration of leadership accomplishments.

  • Distinctive social warmth: CMC's distinctive social warmth infuses itself in everything from daily breakfast greetings by friendly staff members at Collins Dining Hall to a communal atmosphere.

  • Wilderness Orientation Adventure trips: CMC welcomes freshmen to campus with Wilderness Orientation Adventure trips.

  • Joint curriculars: CMC's proximity to Los Angeles and joint curriculars with the other six member schools of The Claremont Colleges allows students to tailor their education and access the resources of a large university while still building close relationships with faculty. For example, the Philosophy, Government, and Economics programs have "three courses dedicated to weekly one-on-one debates and paper exchanges in tutorials," and an economics class uses "a digital simulator where we can simulate economic concepts in class in a game-like interface".

  • Supportive administration: The administration is incredibly supportive, and there are "counseling, tutoring, career services, and many resources and locations for students to just go to whenever they need to talk about anything".

Claremont McKenna College had an acceptance rate of 11% in 2021. CMC has adopted a test-optional policy for first-year applicants. Students who choose to submit their test scores should note that the average SAT score of those who submitted scores is 1,475 and the average ACT score is 34.


Here’s the link for admissions to learn more. https://www.cmc.edu/admission

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