CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE (CMC) is an independent, coeducational, and
private liberal arts college with a curricular emphasis on economics,
finance, international relations, government, and public affairs. CMC
is also a member of the
Founded as a men's college in 1946, CMC became coeducational in 1976.
Its 69-acre campus is located 35 miles (56 km) east of Downtown Los
Angeles . The college focuses primarily on undergraduate education,
but in 2007 it established the
Robert Day School of Economics and
CMC is regarded as the 2nd best liberal arts college in the country
(and 11th among all undergraduate institutions) by
* 1 History * 2 Organization and administration
* 3 Academics
* 3.1 Ranking * 3.2 Admissions * 3.3 Financial aid * 3.4 Curriculum
* 4 Campus life
* 4.1 Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum * 4.2 Housing * 4.3 Student journalism
* 5 Athletics
* 5.1 Athletics history * 5.2 Sports * 5.3 Athletic facilities * 5.4 Rivals
* 6 Traditions * 7 The Consortium * 8 Research institutes * 9 Fundraising * 10 Presidents * 11 Notable alumni and faculty * 12 See also * 13 References * 14 External links
Claremont McKenna College
The school became coeducational in 1976 and was renamed after Donald McKenna , a founding trustee, in 1981. The name change allowed the college to keep its popular acronym, "CMC". The college's motto is "Crescit cum commercio civitas", or "Civilization prospers with commerce".
On the evening of March 9, 2004, visiting Assistant Professor of
Psychology Kerri Dunn reported that her car had been vandalized and
painted with racist, sexist and anti-semitic slurs. In response there
was a series of demonstrations, candlelight vigils and community
meetings. The investigation by the City of Claremont's police
department and the
On September 27, 2007, the College announced a $200 million gift from alumnus and trustee Robert Addison Day to create the "Robert Day Scholars Program" and a master's program in finance . CMC literature professor Robert Faggen sent a letter signed by several other literature professors to CMC president Pamela Gann , saying they were concerned that the gift will "distort the college into a single focus trade school."
On January 30, 2012, Gann announced that a senior admissions officer
had been inflating
ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
CMC is chartered as a private, non-profit organization and is a
member of the seven-institution
2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
APPLICANTS 6,350 6,342 7,152 6,043 5,518
ADMITS 657 599 698 613 647
ADMIT RATE 10.3% 9.4% 9.8% 10.1% 11.7%
ENROLLED TBD 321 343 327 337
ACT RANGE * TBD 31-33 29-33 30-33 29-33
CMC is classified as "most selective" by U.S. News "> Bauer Center, with the San Gabriel mountains in the background.
Claremont McKenna's curricular emphasis is on its social sciences, particularly economics, government, international relations, and psychology. CMC also offers an Oxford-style tutorial Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major with two separate tracks of 14 students each. Other multi-disciplinary majors include management engineering, philosophy and public affairs, science and management, econ-accounting, biology-chemistry, and environment, economics, and politics (EEP). CMC also offers the Robert A. Day 4+1 BA/MBA, in which students receive both their BA from Claremont McKenna and their MBA from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in 5 years.
CMC's science program is offered through the Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges. The Keck Science Department offers a double year-long introductory science class to allow more flexibility than the former 3 year-long introductory biology, chemistry, and physics courses that most science majors must complete.
Many CMC students study abroad or participate in one of two domestic
programs, one in
More than 75% percent of students attend graduate school within five years of graduation, and those who choose to go straight to the workforce average a starting salary of $57,156 for the class of 2014, with average signing bonuses averaging $7,905. Of those CMC graduates applying to medical school, 80% get into their first or second choice institutions. According to a 2009 PayScale report, CMC ranked first among all liberal arts colleges in the nation for highest starting salary.
View of the Kravis Center, completed in 2011, from Columbia Avenue.
MARIAN MINER COOK ATHENAEUM
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum hosts more than one hundred dinner
and lecture events with speakers each year, serving as the college's
central intellectual and social hub. Students enjoy getting to know
their professors at wine and cheese receptions and formal dinners
preceding lectures. The Athenaeum hosts speakers four nights a week,
and also serves daily afternoon tea in its library, featuring
chocolate-covered strawberries and pastries. Afternoon tea is free to
students, faculty, and staff. The Athenaeum has hosted such speakers
as former President
As a residential community, student life is centered on campus with 94% of students living at the College and four years of housing is guaranteed. Claremont's dorms are divided into three regions: North Quad, Mid Quad, and South Quad. In addition, the student apartments sit on the East edge of campus, and are occupied primarily by seniors. All dorm rooms are attended to by housekeeping staff every week. North Quad is made up of Appleby, Boswell, Green, and Wohlford Halls, which were the campus's first dorms. In north quad, every room opens to the outdoors instead of opening to an interior hallway. North quad rooms are all doubles grouped into suites of four rooms that share a bathroom.
CMC's Mid Quad is home to Beckett, Berger, Phillips, Crown, Marks and Claremont Halls, which feature long interior corridors, double and single rooms, large shared-bathroom facilities, and all-dorm lounge areas.
The tallest buildings in Claremont are "The Towers," Auen, Fawcett, and Stark Halls, which make up South Quad. Each tower has seven floors with approximately twelve students per floor. Each floor has a common area and a large shared bathroom, and there is an all-dorm lounge area on the ground floor. Stark Hall, the newest of the South Quad dorms, is substance-free. Auen and Fawcett underwent complete interior renovations in the summer of 2008. Crown Hall
The Student Apartments lie to the east of the college's athletic facilities and to the west of Claremont Boulevard. Each apartment is divided into four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Until recently, half the apartments were reserved for men and half for women, and apartments were allotted based on credits. In any given year, most of CMC's 260–300 seniors can live in the apartments.
Living in the apartments is considered highly desirable amongst CMC's senior class. Seniors get the chance to live with three friends of their choice, and they also have the option to stay on a meal plan and eat at one of the 5-C dining halls, or cook for themselves. Apartment dwellers do not get the maid service of the dorms, but they do get a cable television hookup. Noise levels are more manageable, and tend to be quiet during much of the week and in the days leading up to thesis, and loud from Thursday to Saturday. Most parties and social events at the apartments take place between buildings.
Towers at South Quad
CMC attracts many students with an interest in journalism. Its student publications include the following:
* The CMC Forum: The Forum is the official publication of Claremont
McKenna College and the oldest publication on campus. It features
campus news, opinion and lifestyle articles. Although originally a
newspaper, the Forum is now solely an online news source funded in
part by the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College.
* The Claremont Independent: Founded in 1996, this magazine of
conservative and libertarian writers has frequently produced stories
about the political culture of the
The school's athletic program participates, in conjunction with
Harvey Mudd College and
Scripps College (other consortium members) and
are named CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS. The teams participate in NCAA
Division III in the Southern
According to the Division III Fall Learfield Director's Cup Standings for the 2016-2017 year, CMS ranks 12th among all Division III programs, and first among SCIAC colleges. The Claremont McKenna golf team ranked first among NCAA Division III teams according to Golf Digest, and 17th overall (including Division 1 schools). The rankings are based on the "Balanced" category which is "for students who place equal emphasis on school and sports."
There are 21 men's and women's teams.
* Baseball * Basketball * Cross Country * Football * Golf
* Soccer * Swimming and Diving * Tennis * Track and Field * Water Polo
* Basketball * Cross Country * Golf * Lacrosse * Soccer * Softball
* Swimming and Diving * Tennis * Track and Field * Volleyball * Water Polo
* All incoming freshmen participate in W.O.A!, or "Welcome Orientation Adventure" W.O.A! is a student-run pre-orientation program. Options have included backpacking, camping, and rock-climbing at Yosemite, canoeing down the Colorado River, and community service in Los Angeles. Each trip is led by current students and a member of the faculty or alumni. W.O.A.! allows incoming students to develop friendships and get a sense for the college community before the formal beginning of their college careers. * The "Madrigal Feast" was an annual dinner held in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Both current students as well as alumni typically attended. Guests were treated to a medieval-themed feast, complete with wassail, and a spirited musical performance put on by other students in medieval dress. This 26 year tradition was suspended in 2009. * Secret Society: CMC has a secret society called The Strangers. The society zealously keeps secret its rituals, meeting places, constitution, official history, organizational structure, members’ names and finances. It is said to date back to CMC's founding years.
Several of Claremont McKenna College's traditions are water-related:
* At noon on the due dates of senior theses, the students turn in
their theses to the registrar, after which they are given a bottle of
champagne by the registrar. In recent years, the class president has
provided the champagne. The students spend the remainder of the
afternoon in the fountains at the school, drinking, singing,
celebrating and enjoying the warm
All seven colleges are part of the CLAREMONT UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM , also known as "the 7-Cs." Together the campuses cover over 300 acres (120 ha) and enroll over 6,000 students. In addition there are over 3,500 faculty and staff and more than 2,500 courses available. Garrison Theater
Student life revolves around the colleges as they interact socially and also share seven dining halls, four main libraries, and other facilities spread throughout the campuses. Notable facilities include:
* Honnold/Mudd Library and the Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, the largest collection of any liberal arts college * Bridges Auditorium and Concert Hall * Scripps Performing Arts Center and Seaver Theater Complex * W.M. Keck Science Center * Monsour Counseling Center * Huntley Bookstore
Students attending Claremont McKenna can enroll in up to 2/3 of their classes at the other undergraduate colleges, and can also major at any of the other colleges if the major is not offered at CMC. This is the general academic policy at the schools, and is meant to give students the resources of a larger university while still maintaining the qualities of a small, liberal-arts college.
CMC sponsors eleven different on-campus research institutes and centers. They seek to produce new research and publications while involving undergraduate students in rigorous academic work.
* The Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children * The Financial Economics Institute * The Center for Human Rights Leadership * The Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies * The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies * The Kravis Leadership Institute * The Lowe Institute of Political Economy * The Roberts Environmental Center * The Rose Institute of State and Local Government * The Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World * The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Claremont McKenna completed the largest fundraising campaign ever initiated by a liberal arts college, raising $635 million. The campaign for Claremont McKenna fulfilled for commitments in five priorities:
* $110 million for students: need-based financial aid and merit scholarships, internships, research, speaker series, and other experiences * $110 million for faculty: chairs, research, and new curricula * $100 million for facilities: new buildings, renovations, and master planning projects * $200 million for the Robert Day Scholars Program * $80 million for The Fund for CMC: operating costs
As part of the campaign, the college built the Kravis Center, an
academic building that includes classrooms, faculty offices and
research areas. The building, designed by
Rafael Viñoly , was
completed in 2011. It is named after alumnus
NOTABLE ALUMNI AND FACULTY
Main article: List of Claremont McKenna College people
Notable alumni include:
* Co-founder of
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