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Claremont Graduate University

Total Grad Surveys 26
Females 19
Males 7
Avg years at University 2.8
Research Quality B (6.9)
Research Availability B- (6.5)
Research Funding C+ (5.5)
Graduate Politics C+ (5.7)
Not Errand Runners B- (6.3)
Degree Completion B- (5.8)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] C- (4.1)
Sufficient Pay C- (4.1)
Competitiveness B (6.8)
Education Quality B- (6.4)
Faculty Accessibility C+ (5.5)
Useful Research B (7.3)
"Individual" treatment B- (6.0)
Friendliness B- (6.0)
Safety B+ (7.9)
Campus Beauty A- (8.1)
Campus Maintenance A (9.0)
University Spending B- (6.5)
Extracurriculars B- (6.2)
Scholastic Success B (6.7)
Surrounding City B (6.5)
Social Life/ Environment B- (5.8)
Sufficient PayC-
Campus MaintenanceA
The administration here is A JOKE! Expect frequentSep 27 2017Economics
The administration here is A JOKE! Expect frequent problems with your student account and almost zero communication. The office mishandled my funding, told me they had everything when they didn't, I inquired "is everything done on my end so that my funding will be dispersed" and they said "yes, we have everything you need and your loan will disburse on or after the drop date". Turns out they had NOTHING and there were problems with my loans and so I rushed to fix it in literally two days and then THEY CHARGED ME LATE FEES. Outside of the terrible financial aid and student accounts offices, if you have a job at all expect to never get to see a professor or participate in anything, because all events are announced on short notice and are always like 12-2 on a Wednesday or something.
Unbelievably badMay 15 2017Music - Performance
Unbelievably bad. Literally. I'm at the top of my profession now and I consider CGU to be the worst decision imaginable. The administration is/was wholly committed to its own financial agendae, giving absolutely no effort or attention to student needs of any kind, both during and beyond the enrollment/post graduation process. Any attempts to seek resolutions or clarity were met with gaslighting and bullying. I witnessed students openly abused (by one professor particularly), massively derailed in their forward path through ego/jealousy conflicts among faculty, and tacitly punished for stating any kind of defense. I had one very good professor who guided me through this self-aggrandized joke of a program; sympathizing with my, and other students, reactions to the grotesque, decadent, INCOMPETENT rot existing within the tenured faculty and self-serving administrators in my program. This is academia at its worst, allowing for unprofessional, abusive conduct to continue unchallenged within the tiny bubble of oblivion and ego. Stay away.
So let me start by saying that inApr 05 2017Economics
So let me start by saying that in an intellectual capacity, this university is great. The professors are all very intelligent and you will learn a ton. However, the administration at this school is HORRIBLE!!! The advisers do not know what is going on and seem irritated if you ask them for help. I have been a student for a year and still do not have an adviser who knows my program requirements. If you ask for help with financial aid or payments, and dare to email the wrong person or misunderstand a procedure, they will rip you apart and are quite rude. If you can do everything on your own and do not want to interact with staff and advisers, this is the place for you. If you are a normal human, prepare to be treated like shit.
The CGU Teacher Education Internship in the SocialJun 05 2015Education
The CGU Teacher Education Internship in the Social Sciences is not worth it. The Coordinator and Director of the program are best to retire as soon as possible. This expensive program is antiquated and out of touch with what students need to exceed in California Public Schools as Credential teachers. There is a lack of transparency and in fact an elite secrecy as to how student teachers are protected from Public School Master Teachers and Principals. There is an arrogance and elitism within this program that has not been effectively evaluated.
The Claremont Graduate University Teacher Education InternshOct 01 2014Education
The Claremont Graduate University Teacher Education Internship program has suffered tremendously. The program is highly overpriced! The administration has not kept up with the times. Program administratiors/coordinators are merely living off the brand name of the school and lack quality to value outcomes. There is a need to overhaul the entire program. Wouldn't waste a dime on this program as it is currently operating.
In general a positive experienceSep 18 2013Education
In general a positive experience. I happened to find a class where I felt connected to the university, my colleagues and research. For a successful Ph.D. program you have to have goals. Mine was completion of the Ph.D- no ABD for a long period of time! 2. Present at conferences. 3. TA for a professor. 4. Publish. I was able to do all of those while at CGU. My negatives had to do with course selection- pretty pitiful and cost! I have well over 100K in loans. I am very fortunate to have 3.5% interest rate on payback. I also had and continue to have a great job that pays well. However, I would hate to have to rely on finding a job after CGU. I don't think it improves students prospects of finding good employment unless you consider being a "freeway flyer" adjunct professor. Also, so many of my colleagues never have finished the Ph.D. The university has responded by watering down the program by reducing the number of qualifying exams from 4 to 3. I had to do 4 quals! The Ph.D. is no longer the same if it was attained after 2010.
If I could advice folks on coming toJun 12 2013Cultures/Civilization
If I could advice folks on coming to this school, I would tell them to keep their job or find somewhere else to attend or even wait another year if this is the only place your were accepted. You will walk out of this school with immense debt, zero job prospects, and a low self esteem. While they professors are all nice and students are friendly, this place does nothing to help you succeed after grad school. In fact, most professors advise against professionalization like conferences and grants citing student immaturity. I am done with coursework and beginning my dissertation. I left a job to come to this school and have regretted it since. Don't make the same mistake I did. Don't be fooled!
This is a wonderfulJan 20 2012Political Science
This is a wonderful school that has a lot of positive elements to offer prospective students.
I have loved working closely with the faculty to challenge myself academically.
First let me tell you a bit aboutJan 20 2012Political Science
First let me tell you a bit about my academic background. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of California Berkeley. As a Legal Studies major within the Jurisprudence Social Policy program, I began my work of looking at how interdisciplinary subjects interact with the legal system. What I found most riveting was the resulting social repercussions of such relations.

My primary academic interest encompasses how broad socially normative philosophies in both law and politics directly impact agency definition. I am interested in both domestic and international domains. A Masters in American Politics will give me the foundation I need to pursue a career in a number of professional domains.

I chose CGU because of the responsiveness of the administration, the support of the faculty and the prestige and reputation of the University. I am astounded by the amount of individual attention I have received from faculty thus far. My time at CGU has been nothing but rewarding and positive. It is my pleasure to share my experience any way I can.

Students at CGU dream big. They are focused and motivated to both understand society while acquiring the tools necessary to transform the social order. The trans-disciplinary approach to graduate education promoted at CGU makes it viable to inculcate dynamic skill sets that set CGU Graduates apart as compelling applicants. Likewise, the close professional network that students gain is instrumental in future job placements.

The culture of the West Coast is more laid back than many other parts of the country. In my experience, people here tend to be more outgoing and accommodating. Claremont is an eclectic and very charming town that has a very artistic vibe.

While Claremont Graduate University is a relatively small school, it is surrounded by the other Claremont Colleges, which together make up the Claremont University Consortium. Furthermore, there are a number of Institutes associated with CGU that routinely promote student involvement.

Claremont has been great in every way exceptMay 26 2009Psychology
Claremont has been great in every way except for one... funding. The faculty is great, research is great, everything... I would recommend going here to anyone. It's very nice to have an applied emphasis which is rare in graduate programs. Basic research is important, but the focus is more on really making things happen. I think this is great.
I'm almost done withFeb 24 2008Psychology
I'm almost done with the PhD but I regret coming to this university. There are not enough faculty members to choose from in terms of doing research or even to mentor me. It took me a long time to find someone to work with me. And I'm so much in debt with student loans.
The Islamic Studies program in CGU is veryJun 01 2007Unknown
The Islamic Studies program in CGU is very new. There is only ONE professor available who specializes in Islam, and too bad he is an endowed chair. He can care less about his students. For two years virtually, he hasn't once expressed interest in my research prospects or for that matter anybody else's. CGU is great school overall, if you do Psychology, Business or Informational systems. Do no go there for Islamic Studies.
Apologies for the inaccuraciesFeb 25 2007Education
Apologies for the inaccuracies of my previous post: I took the online announcements of "zero student surveys" and "be the first to rate Claremont Graduate University" to literally.
I have never attendedFeb 25 2007Education
I have never attended this "university," but have visited it (when it was called a "graduate school") and have for years considered attending it. Why am I the first, and, thus far, only person to send in a comment?
The faculty is notJan 26 2007Education
The faculty is not the problem it is the administration. Don't believe the propaganda, this program is not as good as they sell it to be. It is not worth the money to go to this school. I regret the decision to go here and will for the next ten years while I am paying off my student loans.
Going to CGU wasAug 20 2005School of Information
Going to CGU was the best thing I ever did. The quliaty of this institution matches or exceeds any graduate school that I've experienced or heard about -- anywhere.
I am very pleasedJan 29 2004Psychology
I am very pleased with this school. The people (students, faculty, and staff) are great and extremely supportive. We are a very unique university (the only one like it in the nation) and it is a great community to be a part of!
I have been at this university for threeJan 28 2004Psychology
I have been at this university for three years now and it has been a great experience. It is a small school and faculty are very willing to spend time working with you. Our Master's and PhD programs are fantastic. CGU is the only free-standing graduate university in the nation. It is a great place for a top-quality education
This unique University isJan 27 2004Psychology
This unique University is incredibly hands on and offers tons of one on one attention from faculty and staff. Students corroborate together well and the workload is manageable.
CGU is a small Graduate University, only twoAug 22 2001History/Histories (art history/etc.)
CGU is a small Graduate University, only two of a kind in the U.S. Therefore, the faculty expect everyone to work with the intent of moving to the professional or academic world. Many students have a tough time adjusting to life with no undergraduates. There are many bright students and the classes are small, professors accessible and the course offering though at times slim are very interesting and sometimes non traditional, i.e. Race & Racism, Teaching Women's History and many others.
I have not finishedApr 23 2001History/Histories (art history/etc.)
I have not finished my degree because my entire department was destroyed from within for political rather than educational reasons. No remedies were provided or made available and as of this date I am still unable to form a workable committee.
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