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Quite BrightPolitical Science
We work very hard, have big dreams, and know how to party.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2017
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B
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CMC is a selective college with a greatQuite BrightPreMed and Medical
CMC is a selective college with a great academic reputation, well-respected professors, a beautiful campus, great food, great financial aid and scholarships, subsidized trips, and endless career opportunities, in Southern California. The Daily Beast has also ranked it as the happiest college in America. Despite all of these perks, realize that CMC MAY NOT BE RIGHT FOR YOU. If you are interested in attending CMC, I definitely recommend that you overnight there and get a taste of the atmosphere during the school year before you confirm your acceptance. Make sure you feel comfortable living around people whose go-to fun will include underage binge drinking, weed, hookups, and drunken orgies. Also, read up on Venture Capitalism. Since it is primarily an economics school, most students and professors lean politically conservative while socially liberal. In terms of diversity, if you are from the wealthiest one percent of Americans, you will find yourself in the majority here. There is also a strong Jewish presence on campus and a very active APAM group. Don't stay in substance free housing if you want the real CMC experience, as there is no guarantee that you'll get it come the school year. Many CMC?ers cannot even comprehend why you would choose to live there. If you need silence to sleep at night, you may be out of luck many nights, especially on Tuesdays, Thursday's, and Saturday's, where loud partying can often be heard throughout the small campus. Campus security may keep townies off campus and help you in an emergency, but they are definitely not law enforcement. They don't seem to care what drugs you do as long as they are done in the privacy of a dorm. Neither do the R.A.s. CMC has even had speakers who essentially tell students about which recreational drugs are "safe" to take. With all of the alcohol consumption, CMC has been trying to narrow down the definition of consent to curtail its ongoing problems with sexual assault. (http://cmcforum.com/opinion/02282013-sexual-assault-at-cmc-time-to-talk ) In short, CMC is a driven fratboy's paradise. Unlike most universities, the frat party scene is hard to avoid as it is so centralized with the college funding most of the weekly parties and even some of the alcohol, which minors consume. The parties also rotate between dorms weekly. Fencing has been getting better to prevent minors from getting school-subsidized alcohol, although Liquorland will sell alcohol to just about anyone. Although the college upholds federal law on paper, what students get away with tells a different story. It is sad that many of the future leaders of the United States can't even follow federal law. I wish the administration all the best in their efforts to tackle these problems. It?s going to be a long journey. CMC has loads of opportunity but has a long way to go to become a school that produces leaders that make healthy/responsible decisions in all aspects of life.
1st Year Male -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: D
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Back in the mid-1980s, I spent three semestersPolitical Science
Back in the mid-1980s, I spent three semesters at CMC, and it was very disappointing in a number of ways. My classmates were bright--there is no disputing that--but the college catered primarily to a loutish, self-satisfied, right-wing, white Southern California suburbanites with little imagination, taste or personality. Like at so many schools, sadly, getting plastered was the primary recreational activity. On more than one occasion, alcohol poisoning necessitated calling the paramedics. The crude conservatism (or, more accurately, right-wing politics) notwithstanding, drug use was pretty rampant too. Not long after I transferred out, several of my dealing dormmates were actually arrested in a police raid. The faculty and academics were quite good--I have to say that classes could be genuinely stimulating at times--but on the whole, the experience was ruined by the abysmal quality of life. The campus was, and is, hideous (although recently there has been a large spate of new construction, granted). Strictly speaking, this ought not to matter, but I always had the feeling that the extreme utilitarian ugliness somehow rubbed off onto the students' personalities. Or perhaps it was just a symbiosis. From what I gather, in recent years the college has supposedly grown more sophisticated and diverse; I cannot speak to that, but I wouldn't necessarily take the administration's word for it, either. CMC was very smug and wealthy back then, and nothing that has happened over the past couple of decades would seem to militate in the opposite direction. A substantial portion of the student body consisted of embittered Stanford rejects. For the amount of money the college charges, one ought to be able to find something far more stimulating...for example, go to Germany, learn German for a year, then attend a German university. The total travel and insurance expense would still far below what you'd have to shell out at CMC, and your horizons would be much more greatly expanded.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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