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Hello potential students!

CMC37918CMC37918 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
edited November 2011 in Claremont McKenna College
Hello potential CMCers!
I am currently a freshman at CMC and wanted to let you know that I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the college. I am currently a 3-2 major, one of the special majors CMC offers, where I study three years of economics here at CMC and two at an engineering of my choice.
I am excited to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to post anything you want to know here!
Look forward to talking to you!
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Replies to: Hello potential students!

  • UrbanNightUrbanNight Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    what made you choose the 3-2 econ/engineering program?
  • crawlings951crawlings951 Registered User Posts: 275 Junior Member
    I want to do the same thing there! Where do you think you'll spend your two years of engineering at or where do you desire it to be at?
  • CMC37918CMC37918 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    UrbanNight: I decided to do the 3-2 program because I really like engineering, but honestly didn't think I was ready to commit myself to doing science and math every single day for the next four years. Because I do like math and figuring out why people do what they do, I decided to come to CMC and do this program.
    Crawlings951: I like the idea of going to Columbia, because they have a really good engineering school, but the weather there does not appeal to me (Nor does Northwestern and MIT for the same reasons), so I'm looking at Stanford and USC for my engineering years mostly.
    Good luck everyone; I assume application deadlines are coming up soon!
  • SantchienSantchien Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Is the 3-2 easy to arrange? How many classes do you have to take a year? Is it easy to do engineering at Stanford or any other school? Or would the school strongly encourage you to do it at HMC? I am looking into this program and have already applied ED I. Thank you very much!
  • CMC37918CMC37918 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    The program isn't too hard. It also depends on how many credits you have going into college. I'm currently taking 5 a semester, but that's only because I chose to do Economics and Engineering (which has 3 more econ classes you need to take) and I was not able to test out of a language. 4 classes per semester is the norm for CMC students, so it's not a whole lot more. It's definitely manageable if you're pretty good at time management.

    HMC is a program we have... but you don't have to do it. Columbia and USC have guaranteed admission if you maintain a "B" average. I'm not sure about Stanford, but my understanding is that they are a little more rigorous and we actually have to apply. You're going to have to take some engineering pre requisites at HMC no matter what, just because CMC doesn't really have any. But you won't necessarily have to do your two engineering years there! Especially if you are interested in biomedical engineering, as their strongest are mechanical and electrical.
  • SantchienSantchien Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    I'm looking at economics and Engineering. Thanks for the info! Do many people do this program or are you sort of an anomaly?
  • CMC37918CMC37918 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    I'm not sure about the exact statistics, but I remember my advisor (the only advisor for this program) saying that he had between 80 and 90 advisees. That said, that includes Management Engineering majors as well.
    Overall, I'd say there are a good amount of us; if people say we're anomalies, it's because they're amazed at us being able to handle our workloads :)
  • tugtravellertugtraveller Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    "I'm currently taking 5 a semester, but that's only because I chose to do Economics and Engineering (which has 3 more econ classes you need to take) and I was not able to test out of a language. 4 classes per semester is the norm for CMC students, so it's not a whole lot more."

    So what are the language classes like at CMC? Same or more difficult than high school? More focused on oral language or writing? How often do the language classes meet, and how many semesters do you have to take? Are you allowed to take them at a community college instead?

    Thanks for answering!
  • CMC37918CMC37918 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    So, the idea of the language requirement is that you get something out of learning a language. If you take the courses at a community college and learn enough to do well on the language test, then you can be exempt from taking the language requirement.
    I'm currently in Spanish I, and I find that it is about the same as one and a half semesters of spanish in high school. That said, I took Spanish at a very unrigorous school in terms of language. My friend took just as many courses of Spanish as I did (3) and hasn't taken it since Sophomore year in high school (also like me) and placed into the third year.
  • CMC37918CMC37918 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    Oh sorry, I didn't answer all the questions. Right now, since I'm in beginning, we mostly do written although I do have one oral presentation at the end of the semester. We have to take 3, or have to have learned the equivalent of us knowing 3 semesters of the language. We meet four times a week with a 30 minute conversation class once a week too.
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