Claremont Graduate University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.14 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 2,038
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: ---
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 28% part-time, 72% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $34,836
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2.2 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2015

I don't have too much more to say...the other reviewers have done an excellent job at pointing out the pros and the cons of the Claremont Graduate University. One thing I did want to address is the misconception that many current students, alumni and applicants have: This misconception is that Claremont Graduate University is just as exclusive and prestigious as the 5 undergraduate Claremont Colleges. This is WRONG! The well-deserved reputation of the 5 undergraduate Claremont Colleges as being premier small Liberal Arts Colleges with very low admissions rates and extremely talented students and faculty does not extend to the Claremont Graduate University. I have a B.A. from Pomona College as well as a M.A. from the Graduate University, and the differences in the quality of students and the quality of the curriculum are huge! The graduate school was nothing like Pomona or the other Claremont Colleges (I took classes at 3 of the other colleges...the only one I didn't take classes at was Harvey Mudd.) As an undergraduate, I always felt intellectually challenged and in good company. At Claremont Graduate University, the classes were so easy and the students were a joke...definitely not Claremont Colleges material. I guess this is more of a warning for applicants, Claremont Graduate University is NOT the Claremont Colleges experience and in speaking to older alumni it never has been. So if you want to attend mainly for the name "Claremont" don't do it.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

The classes were small, allowing direct interaction with both peers and professors. The assignments were, for the most part, thought-provoking. My experience at CGU contributed considerably to my intellectual and professional progress. I strongly recommend this university.
4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2019

The academics are great but the staff and administration is a joke. I'm already paying six figures for my degree, and I can't even get a response back from student accounts or financial aid regarding my account! I'm not even trying to get free money I'm just asking for a status! The counselors are a joke too. If your an interdisciplinary student, expect to get one adviser who knows about half of your degree and then leaves you floundering and guessing for the rest.
2.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2020

I was an Economics PhD student in Claremont Graduate University. Claremont Graduate University is a Graduate Programs only school in Claremont College in Claremont, California. Some professors in the program are nice. The courses are tough, but students are not so top level.
3.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2009

Small yet intellectually stimulating learning environment.
4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

CGU offers a lot of opportunities to gain experience in the work field. CGU offers a lot of support through ton campus activities, professor/advisor availability and staff .
1.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

Claremont Graduate University is insanely overpriced for the quality of education it offers. If it wasn't for its connection to the Claremont Colleges Consortium, it would have gone out of business long ago. I wish I never would have gone here. I'm going to be paying off students loans for the rest of my life, and my degree isn't worth the paper it's printed on. I paid Ivy League prices and got worse than a community college education. Oh, and when you go to get a job, employers will look at where you got your degree and laugh at you.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Cognitive Psychology
Graduation Year: 2021

Claremont Graduate University is an excellent institution, in major part, due to the researchers that are employed by the university. Many of them are some of the leading researchers in their respective fields and that spreads to the student body. I highly recommend this university to students.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: The faculty is supportive and invested in student success. There are great resources and groups for underrepresented students such as ethnic minorities and disabled students, which creates an even more welcoming environment. All accepted students receive merit-based fellowships toward their tuition. Cons: Very expensive and the course load can be quite heavy for full-time first year graduate students. If you are a Masters student, there seems to be more emphasis on preparing for a Ph.D than a career with a terminal Masters; however this may be a pro for those who eventually want a Ph.D.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2016

The Teacher Education program at Claremont Graduate University provides the support and the resources we need in order to become effective teachers. I love the fact that the class sizes are small which allows students to get to know their advisors and professors. The cons would be that since t is a private school tuition is a little steep, but the program does allow their candidates to obtain a paid internship. Overall, I have had a wonderful experience at Claremont Graduate University.
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