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The University Connection

The tranquil environment of the Gardens campus belies a vibrant community of residents that brims with curiosity, energy and an eagerness to remain engaged in the life of the surrounding communities. That desire to connect is evidenced by the remarkable number of partnerships the Gardens and its residents have forged with local schools, colleges and universities. The adjacent Claremont Colleges offer residents the opportunity to audit college courses in an educational environment deemed one of the best in the country, along with access to a myriad of world-class cultural experiences.

On the Gardens campus, a focus on reciprocal learning creates collaborations on a spectrum of programs, from social work and healthcare to technology and environmental studies. These offer an enriching experience for residents and help students develop and practice their skills in a real world environment. While the lives of individual residents are touched by many of these partnerships, others, like the Gardens’ Grad-Student-in-Residence program, which facilitates intergenerational interaction, provide benefits for the entire campus. The energy created when young people engage with Gardens residents fuels the excitement of living in a community where people are always learning.


Unique Opportunity

The Claremont Colleges and the City of Claremont offer the Claremont Avenues for Lifelong Learning Program (CALL), an opportunity for those 60 years old and older to audit college courses.


2018 Grad Student-in-Residence, Ben Zhao

“Not only do these programs offer an enriching experience for our residents, it is gratifying for us, at the Gardens, to help prepare the workforce of the future by offering an educational experience for students that often brings value well beyond their curricula.” –Former Board Chair Curt Morris

University/College/Gardens Connections

Intergenerational co-education at the Gardens benefits University/College students and residents alike. The following is a list of learning partnerships currently taking place on the Gardens’ campus:

  • Azusa Pacific University – Social Work Class
  • Cal Poly Pomona – United Culinarian Club
  • Chaffey Community College – Nursing & Gerontology Program
  • Claremont Graduate University – Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaluation
  • Claremont Graduate University – Grad Student-in-Residence Program
  • Claremont Graduate University – Game Lab ReConnect Program
  • Claremont McKenna College Roberts Environmental Center – Energy Audit
  • Claremont McKenna College Kravis Leadership Institute’s SOURCE – Consulting for Non-profit Organizations
  • Keck Graduate Institute – Pharmacy Class
  • Mt. San Antonio Community College – Nursing Program
  • Pitzer College – Study of Lives Psychology Class
  • Scripps College – Life Stories Neuro-Psychology Class