Orientation

WOA staff

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.

We will continue to update this website throughout the spring semester with more information for our students arriving in August 2016 (Class of 2020 and transfers). In the meantime, we hope you will find these dates and past information useful.

Important Dates 2016-17*

August 20: Residence Halls open for new student Move In Day at 9 a.m. Orientation kicks off with dinner from 5-7 p.m.
August 21: New Student Orientation and Parent Orientation continue throughout the day, with parents departing after dinner.
August 22: New students depart for WOA trips.
August 25: New students return from WOA trips to continue on-campus Orientation.
August 30: Fall semester classes begin.
December 17: 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 beginning in May 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 2016 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.

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

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 20-21, 2016. You can find many answers just for parents in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Information for International Students

New International Student Orientation (August 18-19, 2016) 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 29. Classes begin Tuesday, August 30, 2016. If your arrival must be delayed, you should make arrangements in advance with the Dean of Students Office at (909) 621-8114.