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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 06/24/2010

College Tour '10 -- Claremont Colleges

By Valerie Strauss

Claremont Colleges consortium

From a student

[The Claremont Colleges is a consortium of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions and a central organization that provides services shared by all students, faculty and staff. The eight institutions support and strengthen each other to become more than the sum of their parts, and all but one are located on adjacent campuses. The five undergraduate colleges in the consortium are: Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College and Pitzer College. More than 2500 courses are available to students in Claremont. ]

I really like the consortium system they have because there are sooo many resources shared between the five undergrad colleges.

The campuses were also SO pretty! Although Claremont is 45 minutes or so outside of LA, the train ride is 20 minutes-ish and actually goes directly into the center of L.A. so the Claremont Colleges are actually more L.A.-accessible than Occidental College, in a way, because Occidental only has car transportation into the city, and traffic in LA is pretty awful.

Just in general though, California is a pretty good place to be during college (although I’m not going to school there) because of the weather and the people.

Unlike the East Coast, where I definitely feel that people are a lot more uptight, I felt that in California most of the population was relaxed, despite their state’s current economy.

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, e-mail me a brief report at You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series and a map displaying them all.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 24, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  Claremont College consortium, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Scripps College,  
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