Much of what Claremont is today is the direct result of actions taken by the community’s founders more than 100 years ago. Trees planted at the turn of the century now compete with nearby mountain peaks for dominance of the local skyline. The Claremont Colleges have become some of the nation’s most highly respected educational and cultural institutions. The historic central core remains a vital residential and retail district, one of the last true “downtowns” in the region. And the spirit of Claremont’s original “town meeting” form of self-governance lives on in today’s active and involved citizenry—citizens who continue to build on the successes of the past in order to ensure an even brighter future.
The Claremont Colleges is a higher education consortium similar to the Oxford-Cambridge model. It consists of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, and two graduate institutions. The undergraduate colleges are: Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions are Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute. Each academic institution has its own campus, its own students and faculty, and its own distinctive mission. The seven independent institutions offer rigorous curricula, small classes, distinguished professors, and personalized instruction in a vibrant residential college community that provides intensive interaction between students and faculty. Undergraduate students may choose from more than 2,000 courses offered each year across the colleges. With 7,700 students and 3,600 faculty and staff, located on more than 560 acres of land, the consortium generates an endless variety of intellectual, cultural, and social activities. Befitting a town with seven renowned colleges, Claremont fosters the arts and is home to several unique museums and the world’s largest collection of Native California flora.
Local museums include The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, the only paleontology museum located on a high school campus in the nation, and the traveling Claremont Museum of Art. Visitors to Claremont will also find multiple galleries both at the colleges and around town, while the Village and campuses will reveal dozens of pieces of world-class public art.
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