Claremont Colleges

Claremont Colleges
Consortium of private colleges in Claremont, California, U.S. It comprises Pomona College (founded 1887), the Claremont Graduate School (1925), Scripps College (1926), Claremont McKenna College (1946), Harvey Mudd College (1955), and Pitzer College (1963).

Each offers a broad range of degree programs, and they share a high academic reputation. The campuses are adjacent to one another and many facilities are shared.

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      consortium of private liberal arts colleges and graduate institutions in Claremont, California, U.S. The consortium comprises five undergraduate schools (Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College) and two graduate ones (Claremont Graduate University and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences). The campuses are adjacent to one another, and many facilities are shared, including the consortium's four libraries with nearly two million volumes. The concept of a “cluster” of colleges was developed in the 1920s. It was hoped that, by closely affiliating several autonomous institutions, the group could generate the resources of a large university while maintaining a small-college ambience. The cluster is supported and coordinated by the Claremont University Consortium.

      Pomona, the oldest of the colleges, was founded in 1887 by Congregationalists in the town of Pomona. It moved to Claremont in 1889. It is coeducational and focuses on fine arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Facilities include the Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations, the Evey Canyon Ecological Preserve, the Pacific Basin Institute, and an art museum. Total enrollment at Pomona, the largest of the undergraduate colleges, is about 1,500.

      Scripps College, for women only, was established in 1926. It offers humanities instruction founded on a three-semester program that introduces students to basic cultural, philosophical, and literary traditions and concepts. Total enrollment at Scripps is about 800.

      Claremont McKenna College, coeducational since 1976, was founded in 1946 as Claremont Men's College. Its emphasis is on economics, government, international relations, and public affairs. The college is home to nine research institutes, including the Roberts Environmental Center, the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, and the Kravis Leadership Institute. Enrollment at Claremont McKenna is approximately 1,000.

      Founded in 1955, Harvey Mudd College offers coeducational instruction in engineering, science, and mathematics, as well as in humanities and social sciences. Enrollment at Harvey Mudd is about 700.

      Pitzer College was founded in 1963 to provide women with instruction in social and behavioral sciences. The college is now coeducational. It focuses on the sciences and humanities and encourages student individuality and independence in academics. Facilities include the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and the Center for California Cultural and Social Issues. Enrollment is approximately 950.

      Claremont Graduate University, founded in 1925, offers a broad range of master's and doctoral degree programs in humanities, management, education, information science, psychology, politics and economics, social sciences, fine arts, botany, religion, applied women's studies, and mathematics. Enrollment is approximately 2,000. The university has several research facilities, including the California Institute of Public Affairs, the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and the Claremont Research Institute of Applied Mathematical Sciences, and the Claremont School of Theology is affiliated with it.

      The Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, founded in 1997 and opened in 2000, offers a professional master of bioscience degree. It prepares students for careers in the bioscience industry by combining science and technology instruction with management training. Enrollment is approximately 65.

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