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Top 10 schools where students follow the beltway as closely as their studies

By Explore Editor
03/04/2015
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What the students are saying about:

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College

Despite being relatively unknown on the national stage, Claremont McKenna is a small school in California with a great reputation among those savvy enough to know where it is. Political science is one of the most popular majors, giving rise to the stereotype that “all CMCers aspire to be politicians.” While many would expect students at a small school like CMC to veer to the left, the reality is quite the opposite. CMC is known as the most conservative of the five Claremont schools, with students on the jock-y side and many identifying as Republican. Students are both “extremely politically aware” and “obsessed with financial success, to the point where the president of the Alumni Association had to remind a graduating class that there are other ways to measure success in life.” ASCMC, the student government, is a very popular campus pursuit. The small student body leads to serious elections and legitimate races. “Chances are that you have personally met all the candidates and may be good friends with a couple,” says a junior psychology major. Overall, “there is real strength to the Claremont student body’s political awareness. With many conservatives and liberals, there are very interesting debates and loving rivalries.”

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