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Claremont Graduate University Reviews

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  • 09/19/2016

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    good

    Dorm Life

    not important

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is good. The clincial component of teacher education is awful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wouldn't waste a dime on this expensive program.

    In three sentences

    the Teacher Education program is awful. Elitist, arrogant and highly overpriced program.

  • 11/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Studious, academically-oriented students with an interest in research and a preference for a more casual atmosphere.

    Bang for the buck

    Your mileage may vary here. As a private college, it borders on sell-a-kidney expensive, but in some fields, it's still worth every penny. Some students may even find it priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Claremont is a fairly sleepy area, so there's not much. There are a number of student-run clubs, but most of them are practically dormant. The Graduate Student Council occasionally organizes events. For the most part, in terms of fun, you're on your own.

    Food and Dining

    There's only one spot for food on the actual CGU campus, and it's...decent. The other Claremont colleges have better options, and Claremont Village has an absolute glut of restaurants, though, so it's still easy to be spoiled for choice.

    Dorm Life

    Graduate Housing offers a decent variety of events--movie nights, yoga, Bollywood dancing--but it's really not a focus.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors will expect a great deal from you. Most of them aren't unreasonable and are willing to listen to students who find the workload excessive, but that doesn't mean that they'll make it easy.

    In three sentences

    Small, friendly programs that emphasize collaboration with fellow students. It's academically rigorous, but its atmosphere is very laid-back. A great program for students who want to be challenged without feeling threatened by their peers.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 6

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Claremont village is minutes away from the campus and they hold lots of events such as wine walks, and weekly farmer's markets. It is a cute little area that is fun to walk around in and plenty of places to eat or grab a coffee.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is limited, but it is good quality. However, it is on the pricey side. If you go explore other parts of the Claremont Colleges, you will find other eateries that are less expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The nice part about being in graduate school is the ability to live in apartments for student housing. This allows you to have more independence and peaceful atmosphere in order to study.

    Academic Rigor

    No matter where you go, graduate school is a place of high academic rigor. It is expected that students are self-motivated and driven to always do their best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should really try to get to know your advisor and professors because they will help you succeed in obtaining fellowships and grants, as well as direct you to particular databases and journals that coincide with your research. Students should maintain a schedule of not only their assignments, but all aspects of their life. This will help you clearly see how much time you are able to dedicate to studies, work, and personal life. Being organized is a necessity in order to succeed because it will allow you to finish papers or study for exams in a more structured way.

    In three sentences

    Claremont Graduate University is a small campus with big university resources. It has small classrooms that allow you to truly connect with your professors and fellow classmates. It is an innovative and creative place that encourages students to explore and research topics beyond their own field.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    GCU have conferences, guest speakers and student events of all kinds very often.

    Food and Dining

    Great food!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your advisor, as soon as possible. Ask all the questions you need.

    In three sentences

    Claremont Graduate is a very cozy and beautiful campus. The faculty were very personable and approachable. The registration process was somewhat confusing.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always sending out notices about unsafe events warning students to keep an eye out. I always appreciate these emails so I know what to look out for and what precautions I need to take.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Association is great. Very involved and participates in plenty of events.

    What to do for fun

    There are PLENTY of events going on here between all the universities within the Claremont Consortiums. Outside of academic events, downtown Claremont is quite close and is a nice area to hang out.

    Food and Dining

    I love the coffee shop here on campus. It's a lifesaver!

    Dorm Life

    From what I've heard, it is pretty normal. CGU does offer housing to students, which nice since not all graduate school do.

    Academic Rigor

    The emphasis here is placed on students learning the material. While grades are important, I have heard on more than one occasion that the goal is for students to learn, and the emphasis on grades is limited.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Whether it is working with a professor on research or getting involved with the Student Association, getting involved exposes you to so many more opportunities. These may turn out to be internships, job offers, or simply interesting professionals, but it can only help!

    In three sentences

    CGU is an amazing school and they have the best faculty I have ever seen. They are always opening opportunities for students to network and meet other students as well as professionals outside of the Claremont Consortium. Their programs are top notch, in any of their schools.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is important to the university. Anyone can call security for an escort, especially late in the evening or for disabled students. Security can be contacted by phones located in different areas on campus or inside many of the buildings. The security office always open for students to come in and ask questions or get assistance. There are bicycle and foot patrols that offer assistance as well as keeping an eye open for the safety of everyone on campus.

    Greek Life

    I have no knowledge of any Greek activities at CGU

    Clubs and Activities

    This university has activities for all students and there are activities in different departments or disciplines. The university is an independent university but is situated in a consortium atmosphere with 6 other institutions that share theaters for live performances or guest appearances, research resources, and each college within the consortium, individual schools will promote events and activities and CGU students are always invited to participate.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student will have a great experience. Students fresh out of undergraduate studies, older students returning to attain an advanced degree, international students, students with a limited income, or students like myself--I am 60 years old today but I am nearly done with a PhD. Support groups for students of different ethnicities or spiritualities are available for students that keep them connected with their personal side. It is a great school for students who might want to design an area of study within a discipline because they have an idea for a career that can help society. An example would be an MBA student that wants to promote social entrepreneurs (businesses that benefit society or environment first and financial gain second).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I do not know about traditions or locations, but there are many areas on campus where students can meet or study.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive but some disciplines are highly rated; the university's reputation is highly rated but the excellence of their graduates who make their own names and reputations build the school's credibility and academic excellence too.

    What to do for fun

    Claremont has an Alpine Village atmosphere, but many graduate students do not spend a lot of time there because they are working adults with families and do not always socialize before or after classes. There are activities on campus from guest singers, musical artists, fine arts exhibits, and guest speakers. The events are highly social in nature because refreshments or intermissions help students mingle or meet others.

    Food and Dining

    The local are a has a wide selection of foods (Italian, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and more). On campus there is a cafe/ dining area with food for vegans, vegetarians, and health conscious students. There are cultural groups that plan a day of specialty foods where all students are invited to sample foods from around the world.

    Dorm Life

    I know new buildings have many types of rentals available; studio apartments or apartments with one or two rooms that students can share or live with a significant other. Security and safety is also an area that student housing takes care of.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are professionals and scholars and the studies include a wide variety of topics to satisfy current areas of interest in business, information technology, and education as well as a solid education in theory. Rigor includes faculty expectations of student mastery and interaction. Students are encouraged to publish or deliver papers at conferences that feature their interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Besides a getting a great education, you will gain context to what you can do with it. A mathematics major can add to the field of K-12 teaching through interdisciplinary studies so your discipline or area of study is not confined to only one outcome. You are free to explore areas within your discipline or to discover areas that can complement others. No matter your area of study, you will find support.

    In three sentences

    The university includes social justice and transdisciplinary (interdisciplinary) studies in its curriculum. Because I have the opportunity to learn on a deeper level and how each discipline is interconnected, the awareness I gain is not just in my area of study. These things promote lifelong learning, personal growth, and an awareness of others and the world we live in.