Claremont McKenna College (CMC)
Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is a member of The Claremont Colleges Consortium and students in this school can choose classes and activities from Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pamona College, and Scripps College, also known as the 5Cs. They share gyms and dining rooms, so students get to interact with people not just from their school and they get to choose where to eat. The average class size is 19 students and the student to faculty ratio is 9:1. Because of the small classes, the professor gets to know a lot about the students and students can get very close with the professors than bigger schools. Sometimes professors invite students to dinner and this makes the students feel welcomed. I prefer smaller classes more than bigger ones, so I got interested in this school. The events, dormitory lives, and the academics seemed very exciting. This school has an Environment, Economics and Politics (EEP) major and an Environment Analysis Program (EAP) and this is what I liked most about this school. I’m personally interested in environmental issues and this school’s majors made me want to enter this school. The school’s mission and motto is to educate students who want to be active in the world. They want students who speak up and question a lot of things. After hearing this, I thought I should always stay curious about the information around me and I felt the importance of asking questions. The school was beautiful with many kinds people and that made me want to apply to this school.
M3 A.K (girl)
Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College mainly focuses on math and science. We were able to learn the strengths and the efforts the college puts in in order to make successful students. This college has earned many awards for their level of mathematics.
I really loved the relations between the professors and students. Before starting lessons at Harvey Mudd, the professor and the students have one on one sessions. From this, the professor can observe the students and get to know their strengths and weaknesses. These relationships can really positively affect the students’ grades. I thought that was a wonderful technique. I don’t do so well in science and math, however from this tour I was convinced that this isn’t something I can’t change and I am inspired to go somewhere like Harvey Mudd College in the future.
H.T M3 (boy)
Pomona College is a school whose level is as high as the IVY League schools. Pomona is looking for active students who want get involved. To judge this, the college looks at students’ individuality, experiences and personality as part of the application process. This school is a liberal arts college, so you don’t have to choose majors until you enter your sophomore year. This means you can take a bigger range of classes as you progress. This point is the big difference with Japanese schools. Also, Pomona has a broad curriculum, so you have a lot of choices. Among them, the most popular majors are Social Science, Biology, Language, History and Math. Hearing that students have many opportunities to talk with professors and mentors to help them help study, I thought that Pomona was very supportive of students. I’m interested in this school the most now because and I would be able to concentrate the best on what I want to study. I could see that students there wanted to come to Pomona and study hard for their futures. I’m going to do my best to become like them.
M3 M.H (girl)
Pitzer college is a part of the Claremont Colleges Consortium. There are five colleges in a one square mile area and they share resources such as libraries and dining halls. The students can take lessons of not only their school, but also of the other colleges. I thought this was such a unique style that Japan doesn’t have and provides students with more opportunities. Although it was the last school visit of the day, it was really interesting and it didn’t make us feel tired despite the long and busy day. At first, our tour guide explained about Pitzer College. It is quite a small college which holds about 1000 students and has small size classes. The first thing that surprised me most was the look of its campus. Of course, it was very different from Japanese universities and also different from the other three colleges we visited today. There were many cacti on its grounds and many kinds of animals such as squirrels, chickens and so on. Also, it was surrounded by a lot of nature and many students studied, chatted or played sports outside its buildings. I felt so comfortable with this environment. Secondly, I thought the dormitory was really good for students. That looked so beautiful and the rooms were large enough. It had a kitchen and the students were free to use it. Lastly, because this college is small, everyone, including the teachers were very close and everyone seemed filled with energy and happiness. Also, they are all very supportive of international students.
Pitzer college has wonderful facilities and spaces for studying and the student tour guide was really kind. She made me excited for my future life. Overall, this college tour was really interesting and was an important opportunity to think about my future.
H1 K.H (girl)