Claremont McKenna College
Undergrad: about 1,200 students
Location: Claremont McKenna is located in the college town of Claremont about half an hour away from downtown LA. CNN/Money magazine rated Claremont the fifth best place to live in America, and the highest rated in California.
Why it’s Great: CMC prepares its graduates well for successful careers in the real world. Nearly half of the students study abroad or complete off-campus studies and internships. According to a 2009 PayScale report, CMC ranked 1st among all liberal arts colleges for the highest starting salary, and 77% of students attend grad school within five years of graduating.
Awards: The Princeton Review2011 lists Claremont McKenna among the nation’s top twenty schools in about a million categories including: "Happiest Students" (2), "Most Popular Study Abroad Program" (11), "Best Career Services" (7), "Dorms Like Palaces" (8), "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" (16), "Most Politically Active Students" (10), "Most Accessible Professors" (12), "School Runs Like Butter" (7), "Great Financial Aid" (13), "Easiest Campus to Get Around" (8), and "Best Quality of Life" (4). How’s that for awards?!
Fun Fact: The Marian Mine Cook Athenaeum holds over a hundred events for students at CMC including formal dinners, speakers four nights a week, wine and cheese receptions with professors, and free daily afternoon tea (including pastries and chocolate-covered strawberries… yum!).
The CMC Campus