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“CMC is a fantastic place to spend 4 years”
April 2018FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Wonderful college experience — smart peers, great professors, and a lovely place to become an adult

Downers

Slightly less name recognition on east coast than peer schools

Comments

Visit! CMC is all about fit. The 5C community is fantastic, really gives you the social benefits of a slightly larger college with the administrative/logistical benefits of a small school.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Many general education requirements, small class sizes, accessible professors with great research opportunities.

Quality of Life

Everyone lives on campus. It is a safe and happy campus with great people and great facilities.

Admissions

Common app, with supplement questions. Early decision I and II.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

The admission office emphasizes fit with the college's emphasis on a pragmatic approach to academics, and leadership in public affairs. Each applicant writes a supplementary leadership essay, in which they advise a leader of their choice - real or fictional.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Common App + essays

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There are very comprehensive general requirements that involve students in real 'liberal arts'. That is, students must take math, two sciences, humanities, social studies, economics, government, and language in addition to major classes. The selection of GE courses is fantastic, though, and rarely is a real problem to complete. Class sizes are fantastic. Never too large - I have upper division Spanish courses (one of my majors) with six people. All in all... very supportive and fantastic.

Quality of Life

In a word... we are the happiest in the nation!

Admissions

Using the Common Application online, CMC asks you to complete the general application with a personal statement, transcript, etc. CMC also asks students to complete more comprehensive questions, as well as a full extra "leadership" essay analyzing the style and life of a world leader. CMC also considers visits, interviews, and overnight stays. It's very comprehensive. The big scholarship opportunity for CMC are the Seaver and McKenna Scholars apps - best done in advance.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Lots of GE requirements, but also a lot of choices within those, reasonable amount of major requirements, a lot of faculty advising, class sizes at an average of 16, office hours all over the place, healthy competition (not cut-throat), grading is usually consistent within a department, very notable faculty (Jack Pitney, Jamaica Kincaid), numerous study abroad opportunities (50%+ students study abroad), the Washington DC progam is unique, workload is do-able, but tough!

Quality of Life

Great housing (rated one of the top), pricey costs but lots of amenities like housekeeping services, well-maintained facilities, huge library for the Claremont Consortium, dining services are superb, the neighborhood is safe with a nice village area, not a ton of community relations, crimes are scarce and campus safety is top-notch. WE ARE THE HAPPIEST COLLEGE IN THE U.S.!

Admissions

- Common Application

- Early Decision I and II

- Merit and Need based scholarships

- Interviews (alumni ones, too)

- 3 short essay questions in the supplement

- A few fill in the blank questions

- A Leadership essay

Level

4

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Liberal arts school: many general education requirements. All majors are academically excellent, but known for economics and government. Many interdisciplinary majors (EX. Environment, Economics, and Politics). Advisers are professors. Classes are small. Professors are easily accessible. Many research opportunities. Competitive but not in a bad way. Fair grading. Many notable faculty and alumni. Most students study abroad: it is easy and affordable. Workload is fair.

Quality of Life

Housing is great: dorms are nice, housekeepers clean. Cost is expensive but many have great financial aid packages. Campus is well kept my maintenance crew. Facilities are well kept and include a pool, study area, computer labs. Library is a short walk and great pace to study. Dining is great. Surrounding neighborhood is nice: upper class village. Very safe. Very happy.

Admissions

Common application with additional unique supplement. Optional interviews. Early decisions and regular decision. Great financial aid rewards. Some scholarships.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There are a variety of general education requirements as well as major degree requirements. The class sizes are small. The study abroad opportunities are excellent.

Quality of Life

housing is great because most students live on campus. It provides a safe sense of community and a safe environment. The dining halls are pretty great. Overall I am happy

Admissions

The school has many short essay questions that are actually really interesting and creative questions to ask students. Interviews are optional. They also have early decision 1 and 2 as well as regular decision. The financial aid is great.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

Students love dorms and almost everyone lives on campus.

Admissions

Unique essay prompts. Common app.

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Lots of GEs, good academic advising, small classes (less than 19 people), many research opportunities, fantastic faculty, great study abroad opportunities.

Quality of Life

outstanding!

Admissions

Common App + Supplement. Early Decision and Regular Decision. Many financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Graduation Year

2011

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