“Claremont McKenna doesn’t accept students who aren’t amazing.” “Amazing” means a “really smart” person who’s “incredibly motivated and career-driven.” It’s “a tight-knit community of driven, competitive, and intelligent people who know how to be successful and have a great time.” “A lot of kids are political and well-informed”; most are “active on campus,” very into sports, and involved with internships or clubs. But even though the environment is “academically strict, the students…rarely fit the ‘nerdy’ stereotype.” Students are extremely well-rounded; they “know how to lead a discussion…clock hours in the library, play a varsity or club sport, and hold a leadership position in a club or organization."
Life is good at Claremont McKenna. The “constantly beaming California sun and the close vicinity to both mountains and beaches” mean students spend their time outdoors when they can. But even when students are lounging in the sun or playing Frisbee, they’re not really taking a break. The “conversation doesn’t end in the classroom,” a student explains, and the “intellectual culture… really allows for twenty-four-hour learning.” While Claremont McKenna has the campus and “community-life and identity of a small school” it “still [has] the resources of the other four C’s.” Even without the other schools students feel “completely pampered” because “the school cares about its students so much.” A Spanish major says, “The relationship between the students and the administration is excellent here,” and the “student government and Dean of Students Office…subsidize incredible off-campus trips and on-campus parties.” One of the best things about Claremont McKenna is the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, which hosts prestigious guest lecturers four nights a week. One student wisely asks, “Where else could you have dinner with Jesse Jackson, Mitt Romney, etc.?” Students agree, "There's a niche for everyone, and the welcoming, accepting atmosphere makes fitting in easy."