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 includes costs, financial aid, and admissions data such as average SAT and ACT scores. The "GPA-SAT-ACT Graph" link provides admissions statistics and details about acceptance rates and average test scores/grades for admitted students.

Claremont McKenna College
Claremont McKenna College. Bazookajoe1 / Wikimedia Commons

Claremont's programs and majors focus on economics, political science, international relations, and finance. Admissions to Claremont McKenna are very competitive, with an acceptance rate of 11%. 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: 11%
  • Enrollment: 1,324 (1,301 undergraduates)
  • School Type: undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college
  • Admissions: School Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT Graph
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Harvey Mudd College
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: 804 (all undergraduates)
  • School Type: undergraduate science and engineering school
  • Admissions: School Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT Graph 
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Pitzer College Quad
Pitzer College Quad. Whoaboy / Wikimedia Commons

Founded as a women's college in 1963, Pitzer is now coeducational. Academics are supported by a healthy 12 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: 1,076 (all undergraduates)
  • School Type: undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college
  • Admissions: School Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT Graph
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Pomona College
Pomona College. CMLLovesDegus / Wikimedia Commons

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.

  • Location: Claremont, California
  • Acceptance Rate: 12%
  • Enrollment: 1,650 (all undergraduates)
  • School Type: undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college
  • Admissions: School Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT Graph
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Scripps College
Scripps College. Mllerustad / Flickr

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.

  • Location: Claremont, California
  • Acceptance Rate: 28%
  • Enrollment: 988 (972 undergraduates)
  • School Type: women's liberal arts and sciences college
  • Admissions: School Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT Graph
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The Claremont College Graduate Schools

I have not profiled the two graduate universities that are part of the Claremont Colleges, but you can access their webpages through the links below:
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