Claremont Colleges: Wikis


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The Claremont Colleges are a consortium of five undergraduate and two graduate schools of higher education located in Claremont, California, United States. Unlike most other collegiate consortia, such as the Five Colleges Consortium in Massachusetts and the Tri-College Consortium in Pennsylvania, the Claremont College campuses are adjoining and within walking distance of one another. Put together, the campuses cover roughly one square mile.

The purpose of the consortium is to provide the specialization, flexibility and personal attention commonly found in a small college, with the resources of a large university.[1] Their compartmentalized collegiate university design was inspired by the University of Oxford.

Claremont McKenna College
Harvey Mudd College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Scripps College
Honnold/Mudd Library



The five undergraduate colleges are:

The five undergraduate Claremont Colleges are commonly referred to as the "5Cs." In mid 2008, the Consortium began talks with the National University of Singapore to build a sixth undergraduate Claremont College, off-site, in Singapore. The partnership, expected to be announced in November 2008, will be the first of its kind for a liberal arts college.[2]

The two graduate universities are:

The Claremont School of Theology is affiliated with the consortium, but is not a member.

Shared facilities, programs, and resources

Each college is independent in that, for example, students receive their degrees from the one college in which they are enrolled and administration and admissions departments are independent. However, large or expensive facilities and programs are shared. All seven Claremont Colleges are served by the Claremont University Consortium.

Shared academic departments include the Intercollegiate Women's Studies Center, the Intercollegiate Department of Chicano Studies, the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies, the Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies, the Intercollegiate Department of Religious Studies, the Intercollegiate Department of Media Studies, and the Five-College Theater Department.

Shared intercollegiate programs include the European Union Center of California, the Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center, the Office of Black Student Affairs, the Office of the Chaplains, Hillel, the Asian American Resource Center, the Queer Resource Center, and the Women's Union. The Colleges also coordinate budgets and course schedules to allow for cross-registration.

Shared facilities include the Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, Campus Safety, the Tranquada Student Services Center (which houses Baxter Medical Center, Monsour Counseling Center, and the Health Education Outreach,) McAlister Center (home of the Office of the Chaplains and the Claremont Card Center), Huntley Bookstore, all dining facilities and several sports facilities.

In addition, three of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, and Scripps College, share a single, joint science program. These three colleges pool their resources to create the largest academic department in Claremont. There are no graduate studies that take place there. However, the Joint Science Department asserts that the intimacy of the department and amount of undergrads that perform research is outstanding. Research is conducted at and courses utilize the Robert J. Bernard Field Station, an 86-acre (350,000 m2) nature preserve of native Coastal Sage Scrub ecosystem. For more information regarding the field station click here: [1].

KSPC 88.7 FM is the non-profit community radio station associated with the Claremont Colleges. Students from the colleges host KSPC shows and help run the station.


Athletics teams from Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College and Scripps College compete as one team. Male athletic teams are called the Stags, and women's teams are called the Athenas [2]. The teams participate in the NCAA's Division III and in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Pomona College and Pitzer College compete together in the SCIAC. Their team is called the Sagehens [3].

In addition to the Stag/Athenas and the Sagehens, there are several prominent 5C club sports teams, including roller hockey (Claremont Centaurs), men's and women's rugby union, both of whom attended Division II Nationals in 2006, men's lacrosse, field hockey, crew, cycling, women's ultimate (The Greenshirts), who attended Nationals in 2004 , and men's ultimate frisbee, (The Braineaters), 2008 Southern California Sectional champions.

Additionally, the Claremont Men's Volleyball Club had its inaugural season in 2007. Despite its novelty, it proved to be one of the most successful clubs this season, finishing in 5th place out of 48 Division II teams at the National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

In popular culture

The Claremont Colleges are featured in the horror novel World War Z as the setting of a documentary featuring a battle between the students of the colleges and a horde of infected Californians. The documentary is used to combat deaths due to a previously unknown psychological disorder known as apocalyptic demise syndrome, or ADS.

External links


  1. ^ James A. Blaisdell, the creator of the Claremont Colleges, declared in 1923 "My own very deep hope is that instead of one great, undifferentiated university, we might have a group of institutions divided into small colleges—somewhat of an Oxford type—around a library and other utilities which they would use in common. In this way, I should hope to preserve the inestimable personal values of the small college, while securing the facilities of the great university."
  2. ^ Claremont Port Side: The Sixth College

Simple English

This is a list of colleges and universities which are the Claremont Colleges:

  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Keck Graduate Institute
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Scripps College



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