The Claremont University Consortium

The Claremont University Consortium

The Claremont University Consortium consists of five undergraduate colleges (Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College) and two graduate schools (Claremont Graduate University and Keck Gradual Institute of Applied Life Sciences). While the colleges are very different from another (each has its own campus, student body, faculty, administration, etc.), students at any of the schools may participate in academic and extracurricular programs offered by the other colleges.

The model was designed on the principles of Oxford and Cambridge Universities which have large student bodies but are very supportive to students. The consortium offers the benefits and resources that a larger university might have, but maintains the intimate atmosphere that can only be found at a small college. And unlike the Five College and Tri-College Consortiums, the members of the Claremont Consortium have adjoining campuses, making it easier for students to wander to and fro the seven institutions.

Each member of the Claremont Consortium has something unique to offer. The undergraduate members of the consortium are as follows:

Claremont McKenna College In addition to a wide variety of undergraduate majors, Claremont McKenna places an emphasis on business and economics and offers a master’s degree in finance. In competition with Pomona for most selective member of the consortium.

Harvey Mudd College The smallest member of the consortium, with student body of less than 800, Harvey Mudd prides itself as a liberal arts college of engineering, science, and mathematics. Accordingly, there is a very math-science oriented core curriculum that students must complete by the end of their fifth semester.

Pitzer College The academic program at Pitzer places an emphasis on the social and behavioral sciences. The community also has a strong sense of political activism that has a significant presence on campus. Pitzer is the only Claremont College that is test optional.

Pomona College The oldest and largest of the Claremont Colleges, Pomona offers a traditional liberal arts undergraduate education. Rather than placing a specific emphasis on its academic program, Pomona offers a wide range of majors and paraprofessional training.

Scripps College The token women’s college of the bunch and not much bigger than Harvey Mudd, Scripps is especially known for its core curriculum in interdisciplinary humanities. Students here will reap the benefits of attending a highly selective, small women’s college while maintaining the great resources provided by the larger consortium.

Here’s a quick comparison of the facts and figures of each of the colleges:

Consortium Member Total Undergraduate Enrollment Acceptance Rate Students Receiving Financial Aid Student Faculty Ratio
Claremont McKenna 1254 13.6% 54% 8:1
Harvey Mudd 770 17.9% 83% 9:1
Pitzer 1084 15.7% 40% 11:1
Pomona 1560 13.0% 53% 8:1
Scripps 950 36.0% 61% 9:1

What interests you about the Claremont Colleges?