#41, overall score 61.67/100

Fun Fact:

According to CMC tradition, students are thrown into a pond on their birthdays.

Why should Jewish students attend Claremont McKenna College? The Claremont Colleges Hillel is a unique consortium of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges. Students get an individualized education of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a much larger university. Hillel at the Claremont Colleges is unique because it is located in the McAlister Center — the interfaith center for religious activities. Our Hillel Rabbi/director also serves as one of four College Chaplains, so there is ample opportunity to interact, collaborate and learn from other religious groups. — Rabbi Danny Shapiro, Jewish Chaplain/Hillel Director at the Claremont Colleges

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 9%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Jewish studies major: Minor
  • Israel studies major: No

FINANCES Score: 0/10

  • Score: 0/10
  • Tuition: $50,945
  • Room & board costs: $15,740
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $42,445


  • Location: Claremont, Calif.
  • Region: West
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,328
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 130
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Stags
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Braineaters, Greenshirts

ISRAEL Score: 16/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 15.67/40

  • Score: 15.67/40
  • Hillel: Hillel at the Claremont Colleges
  • Chabad: Chabad Student Center of Claremont
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 8
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 60
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Henry Kravis
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Students at the Claremont Colleges often come from the West Coast — in particular L.A., San Diego, the Bay Area and Seattle — but there are Jewish students from all over the country and also all over the world.
  • Kosher food details: The Claremont Colleges does not have a kosher meal plan. Many students choose to eat kosher-style food in the vegetarian- and vegan-friendly dining halls. Hillel has a kosher kitchen which it occasionally uses to prepare Shabbat dinner. Other times, they order vegetarian options from local restaurants, or meat dinners from a kosher caterer in L.A. There is a Trader Joe’s near campus that carries many kosher products including kosher meat. Los Angeles also has an abundance of kosher cuisine about an hour drive from campus. Students can also make arrangements with the rabbi to use Hillel’s kosher kitchen to prepare kosher meals. Chabad serves kosher meals and can also offer support to provide kosher food for students.
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