Claremont Graduate University, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, and five highly regarded undergraduate colleges—Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer colleges—comprise The Claremont Colleges, a consortium unique in American higher education. Although located on contiguous campuses in the pleasant southern California city of Claremont, each institution has its own student body, faculty, governance, curricular emphasis, style, and mission.
Through intercollegiate cooperation, the Colleges provide university-scale services and facilities, including a two-million-volume library system, health and counseling centers, ethnic centers, an interfaith chaplaincy, a performing arts complex, and an ongoing panoply of events open to the Colleges community. In addition, the Claremont School of Theology and the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden are affiliated with Claremont Graduate University.
Because many of the 500 faculty members from the undergraduate colleges and affiliated institutions participate actively in Claremont Graduate University’s programs, CGU students benefit from potential access to a faculty of far greater depth than the University could provide independently.
Pomona, founding member of the group, is an independent, coeducational college offering instruction in all major fields of the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences. Strongly committed to the value of a residential educational community, it emphasizes both liberal arts and paraprofessional training, providing students with considerable exposure to a wide range of fields and first-rate preparation for future professions.
Claremont University Consortium
CUC is the central planning and coordinating body of The Claremont Colleges and the nucleus of the cluster plan. It is responsible for the development of central academic resources and programs, intercollegiate organization and coordination, the establishment of new colleges and professional schools within the group, and the administration of central services and facilities.
Scripps is a liberal arts college for women. Its curriculum offers a wide variety of humanities, fine arts and social science courses. Scripps offers the bachelor of arts degree, with more than 30 majors in five fields: the arts, languages and literature, philosophy and religion, science, and social sciences.
Claremont McKenna College
CMC offers the bachelor of arts degree in 26 fields, often combined by students in dual majors. Most of the college's students choose a major or part of a dual major in economics, government or international relations. CMC is unique among liberal arts colleges in that it actively supports faculty and student research and publications through seven research institutes.
Harvey Mudd College
HMC is a coeducational college of science and engineering. The curriculum is designed to create scientists and engineers with unusual breadth in their technical education and a firm academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. Engineering students may opt for a fifth-year master's program.
Pitzer is a coeducational liberal arts college with a strong commitment to the values of a residential educational community. It offers concentrations in all major fields of the liberal arts with curricular emphasis on the social and behavioral sciences. Its particular strengths lie in encouragement of independent work and the development of a critical approach to the traditional disciplines.
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences (KGI), the seventh and newest member of The Claremont Colleges, is the first American graduate school dedicated exclusively to the emerging fields of the applied life sciences. KGI’s mission is to combine the vast power of ongoing developments in molecular biology, biotechnology, chemistry and related fields with creative, application-centered engineering. Professionally-oriented master’s degrees requiring two full years of study will be KGI’s primary offering, along with a smaller but highly innovative doctoral program to be initiated within a few years. KGI’s first students enrolled in August 2000.