The Claremont Colleges Consortium
KGI derives immeasurable benefits from its membership in The Claremont Colleges consortium. A group of seven private, highly selective, independent institutions which share a wide range of central facilities and services, The Claremont Colleges have a structure and organization unique in American higher education.
The Claremont consortium was begun by Pomona College in 1925 with the establishment of the Claremont University Consortium, the purchase of a large parcel of land for future institutions, and the founding of the Claremont Graduate University. Scripps College was founded in 1926, Claremont McKenna College in 1946, Harvey Mudd College in 1955, and Pitzer College in 1963. Two of these, Claremont McKenna and Harvey Mudd Colleges, are the only two colleges founded after World War II ranked among the top undergraduate colleges in the country.
Much of KGI's support infrastructure is obtained through The Claremont Colleges central programs and services. KGI's students and faculty have access to a top-quality library, equivalent to those of the nation's research universities. Students can participate in a broad array of available courses offered by consortium members. Connections with the Drucker Graduate School of Management provide opportunities for additional coursework that addresses management, policy, and economic issues. In addition, a joint degree program with Claremont McKenna College in applied biology offers students majoring in a natural science the opportunity to attend a liberal arts college for three years and then to complete KGI's MBS program in two additional years.
KGI also interacts, both formally and informally, with the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's graduate program in botany, with the strong applied mathematics programs at Claremont Graduate University and Harvey Mudd College, and with the well-recognized undergraduate science programs across all of Claremont's undergraduate colleges. The liberal arts traditions of The Claremont Colleges, as well as the professional programs of Claremont Graduate University, assure that KGI can effectively engage the many ethical, societal, and policy issues that arise with the evolving technology of the life sciences.