Claremont Graduate University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.16 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 72 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 2,136
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: ---
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 28% part-time, 72% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $32,874
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3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2015

This school has been an excellent place for me to flourish as a scholar.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2017

SCGH is a rigorous graduate program and is a new model at CGU. I really enjoy the teachers and students, but am constantly confronted with the cost.
0.83 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2013

For doctoral programs, CGU simply cannot compete with other schools. Almost no students receive full funding from the department, unless they receive external scholarships; most current PhD students receive only a 33% tuition remission. The faculty are mixed: some are great, many are not. The small school/class size appeals to many, but keep in mind that this limitedness also applies to the areas in which faculty can mentor/assist students. Do not be surprised if the faculty are not experts in the fields that you want to pursue. And because of the current financial situation at CGU, the schools are, more or less, obligated to admit more students than are qualified. The academic rigor in the classroom can be stimulating, but with the financial crunch, this stimulation continues to dwindle.
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2015

It is an amazing program with faculty members who are supportive, approachable, and extremely intelligent, however in terms of finances you do feel left to fend for yourself almost entirely. It is a wonderful program, yes, but you often find yourself wondering whether it is truly worth it.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

Courses are intensive in the first year, but professors and classmates are very supportive. It's an exiting experience to study here in general.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2014

CGU has staff and faculty that enhances the educational experience because they are accessible and helpful from academics to support services
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2016

CGU is a graduate school set in a traditional college campus setting 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The Poli Sci program is very quantitatively oriented and tightly hooked in with the Econ program, so you can use the data analysis skills in any setting--business, government, health care--which is a real plus. Some classes are offered in the evening, which is convenient for working students. On the downside, most of the Econ classes are only offered during the day, so it can be tough for working graduate students. Transportation around the greater Los Angeles can be difficult if you don't have a car, but the commuter train station is an easy walk from the campus, and bus service seems generally reliable. The campus sits at the foothills of the mountains, but is flat, so biking around campus is easy.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

This school is great because of the small class sizes. They allow you to become very involved with the professors as well as other students. Its a small school atmosphere which really promotes learning. It has great classes and is very challenging. The biggest downside is the cost because it is very expensive.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2018

The School is great, but a bit expensive and aid is tough to come by in a form other than loans.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

I am in the PhD program for Positive Developmental Psychology. The program is great but does have its problems. The quality of the professors is high but you need to work very hard to get face time with a few of them, others are easy to correspond with. The program is difficult and engaging but not cutthroat like some PhD programs, all the students are very supportive. The two biggest problems here are the number of students in the programs, there are too many which gives professors a heavier workload and less time for students. The last problem is cost of living/ tuition, it is absurd. I have to take out ridiculous amounts of loans to stay afloat.
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