Pitzer College is the most “artsy” campus with many cartoon panels/vignettes painted on the walls. The huge “Dali-style” mural on the outside of the dining hall is impressive. There is an arboretum on the far side of campus by the tennis courts and even an interesting small cactus garden. Scripps College is located in the center, surrounded by Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna and the graduate university. Continue reading
The San Gabriel Mountains are immediately north of the campus. There is a healthy competition among the students to see which campus uses less water in this ecologically fragile environment. Students are attracted to the Claremont campuses where they can pick limes and grapefruit on their way to class. Continue reading
These five premier colleges are the western version of New England’s small ivies and live up to that reputation superbly. Within a hundred years they have replicated and branded their identities well short of the three centuries of their peers in the northeast. Each has a particular architecture that drives its own character academically and socially. Continue reading
Cal Tech has a small, very select undergraduate student body passionate about the physical sciences. They collaborate with the larger graduate student body so much so that in the second year of course work, undergraduate students are in some classes with graduate students.
These undergraduates are expected to step up their effort and perform at graduate level. Continue reading
The scientific facilities are exceptional from electron particle accelerators to the Hale telescope that supports the planetary sciences. Students at the top of their high school class are drawn to Cal Tech’s off campus research facilities in Hawaii and Peru for astrophysics and planetary sciences.
The cannon in front of Fleming house has a history of disappearing, as other technical rival colleges steal it away. Continue reading