Orientation 2015


Welcome to Claremont McKenna College!

We are excited to welcome the newest members of our CMC community to campus. Orientation is designed to introduce you and your family to the College's traditions, academic programs, and unique culture as well as to help you meet new people and learn more about the college experience.

The Orientation website offers information about the freshman, transfer, and international student orientation programs and Parents Orientation, a separate yet concurrent program designed specifically for parents and family members.

Important Dates 2015-16*

August 22: Residence Halls open for new student Move In Day at 10:00 a.m. Orientation kicks off with dinner from 5-7 p.m.
August 23: New Student Orientation and Parent Orientation continue throughout the day, with parents departing after dinner.
August 24: New students depart for WOA trips.
August 27: New students return from WOA trips to continue on-campus Orientation.
September 1: Fall semester classes begin.
December 19: Residence Halls close at noon.

*Please refer to the Academic Calendar for additional dates.

Before You Arrive

To Do List: July 1 and August 1 are two important deadlines for submission of new student information. Remember to check your Orientation Portal often to track deadlines and view new information.

Varsity Athletes: Fall sport athletes who are invited to participate in pre-season activities may have an arrival date that is before the start of orientation. Check with your coach for exact dates before making plans.

Orientation Schedule: The 2015 Orientation Schedule is now available. Students, please make sure to select the “Student” track under "Schedule Tracks." Transfer students can note additional events just for them under the “Transfer Student” track, but should be aware that all student programs are also for them. An app can also be downloaded to your phone by following these instructions.

WOA Trip details and options are available on our WOA website, so you can review them before making your selections through the Orientation Portal.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, including details about shipping items to campus.

Move In Day

Visit our Move In Day page for everything you need to know about your arrival to campus in August.

Information For Parents

Parent Orientation will operate concurrently with New Student Orientation on Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23, 2015. You can find many answers just for parents in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Information for International Students

New International Student Orientation (August 20-21, 2015) takes place prior to the Claremont McKenna College orientation. CMC strongly encourages new international students to participate in the program. To learn more about New International Student Orientation and get information about transportation and early arrival housing, visit International Place.

Additional Information

No personal appointments should be made away from the campus during the Orientation period, which will extend through Monday, August 31. Classes begin Tuesday, September 1, 2015. If your arrival must be delayed, you should make arrangements in advance with the Dean of Students Office at (909) 621-8114.