Claremont Graduate University Graduate Program Reviews

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73%
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(3.1 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 74 respondents

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School Information

  • 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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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.42 out of 5.0
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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.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2018

The professors are proficient in the specific areas of study that I am focused on and have meaningful classes. This is why I love being a student at CGU and why I love studying political theory.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Religious Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

While it is a difficult program, there are many ways to get help. The wonderful staff and well-known scholars at CGU will show you the way.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

Intimate environment, faculty that cares, the local area is very pretty and you are within a couple hours drive of many fun things, The only major con really is that it is expensive and the fellowship/aid leaves gaps and typically that is filled by loans.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2014

CGU has great faculty with years of experience in the field (many of the Public Health Professors were part of the Public Health Program at USC). Although it is relatively new, CGU is beginning to expand and offer a very comprehensive, challenging, and rewarding MPH program. I love the school so far and though I cannot yet vouch for what kind of job it will get me once I graduate, it seems everyone that graduates is able to find a job. The graduate housing is a bit expensive, and financial aid did not really offer me much money at all (the money I received from the school was through the public health department, which was a nice sum!), so that is something the school can work at. Overall though, great school, faculty, program, and environment!
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2017

My graduate program has a lot to offer in terms of depth and rigor. The degree is broad enough to allow students to explore what they are interested in, while maintaining a sense of continuity. The only con of my university is the location and the expected traffic on my way to and from campus. However, the drive is certainly worth it.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

This is the best and only Positive Psychology Ph.D in the world. I have received a top tier education and am very satisfied with my experience. However, the university would be wise to invest more resources into the development of the program.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros - Great faculty, great program, great school. Cons - Relatively new, pricey tuition costs. While the program is relatively new, I think the program director does a great job of offering students many opportunities to supplement courses from other programs that they may be interested in. The relationship that SCGH has with the other schools within CGU is great in that they have many dual programs, and you actually have the opportunity of creating your own dual-degree program if it is not currently being offered. However, since it is relatively new, not all of the classes are able to be offered since the faculty are all also conducting research and often cannot juggle too many classes. If classes are not offered though, other courses can be substituted so it will not prevent you from progressing forward in the program. Tuition is quite costly, since it is a private school. Faculty are all wonderful though and are always available for students to meet or to do research with.
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

The biggest pro to Claremont Graduate University is the academic environment. Although students are competitive they are also extremely supportive of one another. I am involved in helpful study groups in all of my classes and I would not describe anyone as cut-throat. The main problem of the university is the financial aid. Tuition is expensive and although I have half of mine covered California is an expensive place to live which regularly makes me question my decision to go to school here.
4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2016

Claremont is great if you're looking for a traditional grad school campus and vibe with a small classes and accessible professors. They do a great job in bringing in outside programs, and the student body is a good mix of domestic and international. The Claremont consortium of 5 undergrad colleges, the grad school (which includes the biz school), and the nearby theology school means that there is lots of trans-discipline learning opportunities. L.A. is a little pricy from a living standpoint, and the private college tuition can be a bit breathtaking, but there is a lot of financial aid available if you ask and apply. They do have evening classes but some of the programs are better at catering to working students than others.
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