Claremont Graduate University

Claremont Graduate University is like no other graduate-level university in the nation. Founded in 1925, CGU is an independent institution devoted entirely to graduate study.

At CGU, students are encouraged to pursue academic research agendas both within and across traditional curricular boundaries. As a member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of seven independent institutions, CGU is able to offer a greater breadth of faculty and campus resources than is typical of a university with 2,200 students.

Claremont Graduate University is classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as R2: Doctoral Research University, Higher Research Activity. Many of our academic programs are practice-based, so students start working in their field even as they’re learning. Enrollment is limited and classes are small, so our scholars receive individualized mentorship that expands their vocational network and prepares them for remarkable careers.

Student demographics

56% Female and 44% male, 23% International, 53 different Countries represented. A majority of our international students come from China, India, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.

University Pathways, ESL, and other programs and services

International Scholars Program

Not an ESL program, but prepares International Students for graduate level communication and writing.

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Student Housing options

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International Student visas issued

Both F1 and J1 visas are issued.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

The cost is $1,980 per unit. A majority of our students receive departmental/merit-based fellowships that cover partial tuition and the amount that they receive will be based on the strength of their application. As the faculty are reviewing their application for admission, they are also reviewing it for this departmental/merit-based fellowship.

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Student activities and campus life

At Claremont Graduate University, we believe that respect for difference fosters a culture of open exchange of ideas, collaboration, innovation, and fairness. Explore a wide range of student services offered through both our Office of Student Life, Diversity & Leadership and The Claremont Colleges Services.

Discover friends, peers, and mentors within a wealth of student organizations across The Claremont Colleges, including the Asian American Advisory Board, Chicano/Latino Student Affairs, Intercollegiate Feminist Center, Muslim Student Association, Office of Black Student Affairs, and the Queer Resource Center.