The Claremont Colleges

A Top Consortium of 5 Undergraduate and 2 Graduate Colleges

The Claremont Colleges are unique among college consortia in that the campuses of all the member schools connect to one another. The result is a winning arrangement in which the strengths of a top women's college, a top engineering college, and three top liberal arts colleges combine to give undergraduates a wealth of resources and curricular options. Claremont is a college town located 35 miles from Los Angeles with a population of around 35,000.

In the list below, click on the "school profile" link to access a profile of each school that shows admissions data such as the acceptance rate and average GPA, SAT scores, and ACT scores.

Claremont McKenna College

The Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College
The Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College. Victoire Chalupy / Wikimedia Commons

Claremont McKenna's programs and majors focus on economics, political science, international relations, and finance. Admission to Claremont McKenna is highly competitive with single digit acceptance rate. Originally founded as a men's college, the school is now co-educational. Students can choose from over 40 clubs and organizations ranging from athletics, to career/academic-focused clubs, to social groups. 

  • Location: Claremont, California
  • Acceptance Rate: 9%
  • Enrollment: 1,327 (1,324 undergraduates)
  • School Type: undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college
  • Admissions: Claremont McKenna College Profile

Harvey Mudd College

Entrance to Harvey Mudd College
Entrance to Harvey Mudd College. Imagine / Wikimedia Commons

The most popular majors at Harvey Mudd are engineering, computer science, math, physics, and biochemistry. In athletics, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, and Pitzer play as one team: the Stags (men's teams) and Athenas (women's teams) compete in the NCAA Division III, within the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Popular sports include football, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and track and field.

  • Location: Claremont, California
  • Acceptance Rate: 14%
  • Enrollment: 902 (all undergraduates)
  • School Type: undergraduate science and engineering school
  • Admissions: Harvey Mudd Profile 

Pitzer College

East and West Residence Halls at Pitzer College
East and West Residence Halls at Pitzer College. Lauriealosh / Wikimedia Commons

Founded as a women's college in 1963, Pitzer is now coeducational. Academics are supported by a healthy 10 to 1 student to faculty ratio. Popular majors include political science, economics, biology, psychology, and environmental science. Pitzer plays a very active role in the community, and students can join projects and activities at the Community Engagement Center (CEC) on campus.

  • Location: Claremont, California
  • Acceptance Rate: 13%
  • Enrollment: 1,072 (all undergraduates)
  • School Type: undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college
  • Admissions: Pitzer College Profile

Pomona College

Pomona College
Pomona College. The Consortium / Flickr

Academics at Pomona are supported by an impressive 7 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the average class size is 15. Outside of the classroom, students can join a number of clubs and organizations, including performing arts ensembles, academic groups, and outdoor/recreational sports clubs. Pomona typically ranks among the very best liberal arts colleges in the country.

  • Location: Claremont, California
  • Acceptance Rate: 8%
  • Enrollment: 1,573 (all undergraduates)
  • School Type: undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college
  • Admissions: Pomona College Profile

Scripps College

Scripps College
Scripps College. Lure Photography / Wikimedia Commons

Scripps is an all-women's college (although students can take courses from the co-educational colleges within the Claremont system). Academics are supported by a 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Some of the top majors are Scripps include economics, biology, women's studies, government, psychology, journalism, and English language/literature. Scripps is one of the country's top women's colleges.

  • Location: Claremont, California
  • Acceptance Rate: 24%
  • Enrollment: 1,071 (1,052 undergraduates)
  • School Type: women's liberal arts and sciences college
  • Admissions: Scripps College Profile

The Claremont College Graduate Schools

This article focuses on undergraduate admissions, but realize there are also two graduate universities that are part of the Claremont Colleges. You can access their webpages through the links below: