About 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, I found a quaint town with tree-lined streets and 100-year-old homes. With picket-fenced gardens and pastel-painted front porches, I explored the southern Californian college town, Claremont. I found five of the top liberal arts college in the U.S. along with amazing year-round weather and a ski resort just minutes away. This was only the beginning of college shopping 101 in Claremont, California.