Jun 14, 2024  
2016-2017 Scripps Catalog 

The Claremont Colleges

All of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges—Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Pomona—have a four-year academic program leading to a bachelor’s degree. Graduate education is offered by Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute. Each institution has its own campus, students, and faculty, and its own curricular emphasis and distinctive mission. The campuses lie adjacent to one another on 300 acres, and together, through the central coordinating institution Claremont University Consortium, provide students with a range of services and facilities characteristic of a university.

Enrollment in each of the colleges ranges from 700 to 2,100. Each has its own residence halls and dining halls, and the proximity to classrooms and faculty offices is a significant advantage. All the colleges attract and seek students of varied interests and backgrounds.

The Claremont Colleges offer cross-registration and a number of jointly sponsored programs, and cooperate to provide for all students many facilities and services. The most notable of these are the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges (with more than two million volumes), the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies, the Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center, an international student center, Baxter Medical Center, the Chaplaincy of The Claremont Colleges, Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services, and a bookstore with about 25,000 titles.

Other intellectual and cultural centers, such as the Blaisdell Institute for Advanced Study in World Cultures and Religions and the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, are affiliates of The Claremont Colleges.

With more than 7,000 students and 500 faculty members, the colleges generate a rich variety of cultural and intellectual activities. Guest speakers, symposia, and conferences are frequent, and there are numerous art exhibits, concerts, film series, and theater and dance productions throughout the academic year.

Each of the colleges has activities in which its own students participate, and each attracts a variety of speakers and lecturers, but in many activities, students from the various campuses work together.

Pomona College

Pomona College, incorporated in 1887, is a coeducational college of arts and sciences enrolling approximately 1,500 students. It offers 43 majors in the humanities, arts, natural sciences, and social sciences, leading to the bachelor of arts degree. The founding member of The Claremont Colleges, Pomona makes several of its programs and facilities available to all Claremont students. The Pomona College Theatre Program for The Claremont Colleges offers instruction and performance opportunities to interested students from all the campuses. Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations, in addition to sponsoring a wide array of intercultural events, provides a setting for daily foreign language practice at “language lunch tables.” The Montgomery Art Gallery offers an active program of temporary exhibitions, which open with public receptions and include lectures and related programs for The Claremont Colleges community.

Claremont Graduate University

Claremont Graduate University (CGU), founded in 1925, awards master’s and doctoral degrees in many academic and professional fields. Superior undergraduate students at The Claremont Colleges may work simultaneously toward the satisfaction of their undergraduate degree requirements and a master’s degree in selected disciplines. Applicants must be recommended by their respective colleges and usually enter the program at the beginning of their junior year or later. Interested students should consult their advisers as early as possible, preferably during their sophomore or junior years, to plan their academic programs.

Claremont Graduate University is authorized to recommend candidates to the Commission for Teacher Credentialing for the public school teaching credentials in Clear Multiple Subjects and Clear Single Subject in most recognized teaching areas, as well as the Specialist Credential in Teaching the Learning Handicapped. The CGU Teacher Education Internship Program permits students to earn a first-year teacher’s salary while completing their credential work. Interested students should contact the director of Teacher Education at the Graduate University for specific information early in their undergraduate careers.

CGU has about 2,000 students and a core faculty of approximately 83, supplemented by more than 175 faculty from the undergraduate Claremont Colleges and affiliated institutions.

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College (CMC), established in 1946, is a liberal arts college with a curricular emphasis on public affairs. This focus is designed to train students for leadership in business, the professions, and government. A unique feature of CMC is the opportunity for undergraduates to engage in a wide variety of research at one of eight on-campus research institutes. The College has an enrollment of about 1,200.

Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College (HMC), founded in 1955, is focused on engineering, mathematics, and science education for undergraduates. HMC offers BS degrees in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics, as well as a fifth-year master of engineering degree. The college maintains a student/faculty ratio of 8 to 1 and an enrollment of approximately 750 men and women. The mission of Harvey Mudd College is to “educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”

Pitzer College

Pitzer College, founded in 1963, is a coeducational liberal arts institution that awards bachelor’s degrees in 40 major fields and enrolls about 1,000 students. A flexible curriculum permits students to tailor their education to their individual needs and interests, while examining issues from multiple disciplines and cultural perspectives. The application of knowledge to making the world a better place is a further objective of a Pitzer education. Some 65 percent of Pitzer students study abroad at more than 40 sites throughout the world, including the College’s own programs in Botswana, China, Costa Rica, and Nepal.

Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences

Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, the newest member of The Claremont Colleges, offers a cross-disciplinary graduate program leading to the professional master of bioscience (M.BS) degree. Its primary focus is the development of applications from emerging discoveries in the life sciences, and the education of leaders for the biosciences industry. Enrollment is approximately 85 students.


Students may cross-register within The Claremont Colleges when off-campus enrollments fall within the guidelines listed in the Enrollment  section of this catalog. Individual course restrictions are indicated in semester course schedules. Scripps College does not separately fund course costs, such as materials or travel costs, associated with courses at other Claremont Colleges.