Claremont, CA—The Claremont Colleges

Why Is Claremont a Great Place to Retire?

This is Claremont, California, home to The Claremont Colleges, a world-renowned consortium of seven institutions of higher learning: Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. On campuses beautifully landscaped with native flowers and trees, nearly 700 professors teach 6,300 full-time students. Little wonder that Claremont is often called “The City of Trees and PhDs.”
Town Population 34,930
Student Population 6,500
Average Summer High 88 °F
Average Winter Low 39 °F
The good news for anyone who chooses to retire to Claremont is that you don’t have to have a PhD or e a full-time student to make the most of living and learning in Claremont: retire here and you will have the opportunity to audit many of the colleges’ 2,000 courses. The Free Claremont Avenues for Lifelong Learning (CALL) offers anyone 60 and over the spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to Claremont residents.
 
The colleges also provide online classes, workshops, and seminars through Sakai, a collaborative of 350 colleges and organizations. And if you enjoy browsing your local library, you’ll love The Claremont Colleges’ libraries, with more than two million volumes; 50,000 journals, and hundreds of databases providing ready access to a variety of bibliographic, full-text, and multimedia information. The Claremont Colleges Digital Library provides access to a growing number of digital collections from the colleges as well as the libraries’ Special Collections
 
Claremont’s ideal location and near perfect climate, outstanding courses and the chance to engage with this diverse learning community don’t begin to touch the benefits of retiring here, however. The city’s streets are lined with architecturally delightful homes, ranging from rambling Queen Anne houses to cozy bungalows and “green” living communities.  There’s a wealth of fitness and participatory sports facilities with everything from aquatic sports to suspension training, indoor cycling to outdoor nature walks. The primary hospital in the area is the nationally recognized hospital, the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC).
 
The charming downtown, called “The Village,” is where you’ll find delightful shops and tempting restaurants, farmers markets and frequent festivals, Saturdays you can join a walking tour of historic places that bring to life more than 100 fascinating years of Claremont history.
 
And did we mention the gardens? Rancho Santa Ana is California’s finest botanic garden and home to Claremont Graduate University’s master of science and doctoral programs in botany. Nearby, the Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station comprises an area of sage scrub, oak woodland and grassland, and a lake-marsh ecosystem—the perfect laboratory for ecological observation and experiments.
 
Of course, if you must get in your car, you can always spend a day or an evening with the Los Angeles Lakers or the Dodgers, take in the races at Santa Anita, wander through the Getty Center, enjoy concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, or just take a walk on the beach.
 
Pomona College’s website sums up life in Claremont this way:
 
“There aren't many places in the world where you can ski in the morning, play on the beach in the afternoon, and take in a major league baseball game or an opera at night (not to mention the simple joy of wearing flip-flops in the middle of February). But beyond the recreational and cultural possibilities, our location also adds another dimension to the learning experience, with unequalled opportunities for field study [and] community involvement.”

Take Courses

The possibilities for learning in The Claremont Colleges are unsurpassed
when you consider the seven schools’ distinctive curricula:
 
·      Pomona College: Its comprehensive liberal arts curriculum emphasizes the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.           
 
·      Scripps, The College for Women: The theme of its core curriculum is “Histories of the Present,” which is designed to teach students how to think critically, challenge unexamined assumptions, and become women who are not afraid to change their minds.”
 
·      Claremont McKenna College: This top-tier liberal arts college with its culture of engagement offers the resources of a powerhouse research university with a special emphasis in economics, government, and international relations.

·      Harvey Mudd College: With its focus on science, math, and engineering, HMC courses address disciplinary knowledge and experience, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership, the interrelationship of technical work and society, and the understanding of one’s own or other contemporary cultures.

·      Pitzer College: A liberal arts college, Pitzer’s  strong curriculum emphasizes social justice, intercultural understanding, and environmental sensitivity.
 
·      Claremont Graduate University: Humanities, social sciences, psychology, math, botany, fine arts, education, information science, management, and executive management—you’ll find it all here. Among its institutes are the CGU School of Religion focusing on cross-faith design and transdisciplinary research; the Peter F. Drucker Institute was established to advance the ideas and ideals of the father of modern management; and the Getty Leadership Institute offers continuing professional development for leaders of museums and other nonprofit institutions.
 
·      Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences: KGI offers integrated life science/engineering/business curriculums and focuses on industry projects and collaborations.
 
Audit Classes on Campus
The Free Claremont Avenues for Lifelong Learning (CALL) provides individuals 60 and older with an extraordinary opportunity: to audit courses at the Claremont Colleges. The classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to Claremont residents.
 
Study Online
The Claremont Colleges, led by Harvey Mudd College, is an active participant in a community of 350 educational organizations that have aligned around a single project, the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE). This project has also drawn in the Open Source Portfolio (OSP), including it in the Sakai CLE. Today, the community is also developing a new product, the Sakai Open Academic Environment (OAE) that reimagines the approach to collaboration. At Claremont, course sites are created automatically for all courses. Registered users can create project and portfolio sites; guests may be added to users’ sites.
 
Enrich Your Learning
The place to go for stimulating lectures and performances at Claremont is The Athenaeum, which invites prominent speakers and performers to dine with students and faculty every Monday through Thursday during the semester. Afterwards, they present a lecture or performance, followed by a discussion with the audience. These stimulating events are open to the public.
Less than an hour east of the Pacific Ocean and downtown Los Angeles, at the base of the dramatic San Gabriel Mountains is America’s answer to England’s Oxford—but with decidedly better weather.

Live Well

Health & Wellness
What a town for walking and biking! The city of Claremont’s Senior Program promotes a Bicycle Group that gets together for hour-long recreation rides four times a week; walking groups that enjoy the colleges campuses’ and trails, balance and mobility classes, yoga and meditation programs.
 
For medical care, Claremont takes pride in its nationally recognized, not-for-profit Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC). Its services include Centers of Excellence in oncology and cancer care, cardiac and vascular care, as well as breast health, sleep disorders, and physical therapy/sports medicine. The hospital recently earned its Primary Stroke Center for Los Angeles certification and in 2011 was named one of Thomson Reuter’s 50 Top Cardio Hospitals in the nation.

Claremont’s diverse architectural legacy has contributed to an abundance of styles: exuberant Victorians, New England Colonial Revival, Spanish Colonial, and Southern Colonial, Modernist, and the bungalows of Charles and Henry Greene.
 
The average listing price for homes in Claremont (February 2013) was just under $850,000; the media sales price $415,000.

Among Claremont’s living communities is the remarkable Pilgrim Place for those serving in religious or charitable organizations. It provides its diverse residents—and the community around it—what it describes as an intellectually and theologically stimulating, ecologically sensitive, personally active environment. In partnership with The Claremont Colleges through the Napier Initiative, Pilgrim Place is encouraging leadership for social change. Its Health Center provides residents and the wider community with long- or short-term nursing care, rehabilitative therapies, or hospice services.
 
Claremont Manor is one of Southern California's finest retirement communities. It’s known for its variety of living arrangements: apartments, villas, cottages, even garages. Residents can participate in more than 25 resident-organized committees that range from theater arts to new computer technologies to volunteering at the Claremont Manor’s Care Center.
 
Mt. San Antonio Gardens is a non-profit, nationally recognized Life Care senior community with its own landscaped campus. Like Claremont Manor, it offers a range of living facilities. Mt. San Antonio is breaking new ground with its Green House®. Designed to create a warm feeling of home, the quarters feature private bedrooms and baths around community spaces.

Belong to Communities

Arts: Whether you’re looking to participate in or simply enjoy the performances of a theater troupe, dance group, jazz and blues musicians, or the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra, the arts are yours to enjoy, either individually or in a group.
 
Faith-Based Groups: Claremont’s diverse community offers groups associated with Christian, Catholic, Hebrew, Muslim, Buddhist, Native American and many other world religious traditions.
 
Sports/Participatory:  At The Claremont Club, retirees can connect with fitness-minded friends at this world-class gym and club. Your membership benefits include spas, saunas, a steam room; personal training, weight training, weight management; racquetball, squash, and handball; tennis lessons, leagues and ladders; Zumba, Pilates Yoga, and Tai Chi; swimming, hiking and walking clubs, basketball and sand volleyball; workshops, socials, theater and cultural outings.
 
Bicycling, walking and hiking groups are plentiful. Tennis and golf fans, softball, volleyball, and racquetball enthusiasts will find plenty of great courses and courts, both public and private.
 
Volunteering:  Just pick your cause or the place where your knowledge and know-how can help most. National charitable organizations have branches here as well as distinctively local opportunities.
For example, volunteers are vital to the life, health and advancement of the mission of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to grow, display, study and conserve California’s native plants. RSABG volunteers work inside or outdoors, help maintain the Garden’s grounds, help staff during special events, lead tours for the public, assist development and communication staff reach out to the public—just to name a few opportunities.  
 
Volunteer assistance is always welcome, too, at Pilgrim Place’s Health Services Center, which serves 60 or so members of the greater community as well as its own residents.