In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Admissions and Financial Aid staff is currently working remotely. However, as conditions continue to improve in Los Angeles County, we are hopeful to start offering limited on-campus tours for prospective students starting in June 2021. We anticipate having more information about on-campus visit opportunities available in May.
Our commitment to communicating with you and sharing as much as we are able to about the CMC experience remains steadfast. While we cannot welcome prospective students to campus at this time our main phone lines and email will remain operative during our normal business hours of Monday through Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PDT). Prospective students, stay connected by signing up for our email and mailing list here.
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We are eager to introduce you to our incredible community. While we cannot yet welcome you to campus, we can bring our campus and community to you. We are hosting multiple online information sessions, live virtual campus tours, and current student panels every week.
Virtual Information Sessions
Led by an admission officer, the online information sessions provide an overview of CMC's mission, distinctive programs, student experience, and admission and financial aid process. Prospective students and families are encouraged to attend. Information sessions last approximately one hour with 30 minutes of a presentation and 30 minutes for Q&A.
Live Virtual Campus Tours
Led by current student tour guides, our live virtual campus toursprovide an insider's view of our campus facilities and life of a CMCer. You'll see inside our residence halls, classrooms, dining facilities, athletic pavilion, and more. Tour guides will share their personal experiences and, of course, leave plenty of time to answer your questions!
Virtual Current Student Panels
Hear from current students during our weekly current student panels! Our current students are eager to share their experiences with you and to answer your questions. We are also offering international current student panels focusing on the international student experience. These panels will feature CMCers from around the world, and specifically focus on questions from international students.
We are now offering virtual admission interviews! Virtual interviews are available to rising high school seniors and transfer applicants. While admission interviews are not required, they are highly encouraged. Prospective students can also schedule a virtual interview with one of our alumni interviewers. Interviews are evaluative, but also provide an excellent opportunity to speak one-on-one with a CMC admission officer, current student interviewer, or alumni interviewer. Prospective students can only have ONE interview.
CMC is coming to you!
Continue to learn more about CMC through virtual college fairs, high school visits, and other regional events. Our admission officers are teaming up with high schools, community based organizations, and college access organizations to provide online opportunities to learn more about CMC as well as the college admission process.
*CMC does not use demonstrated interest in our application review. Whether or not you are able to visit campus will not be a factor in our admission review.
Explore the Claremont Colleges
Though you physically can’t be on campus, you can still “see” what we’re all about by exploring a virtual tour of the Claremont Colleges. The tour is dedicated to the broader community in Claremont, but offers specific glimpses of CMC life.
Please use the links below to plan your campus visit. We have also included information about off-campus interviews with CMC alumni in the event that you are unable to make it to campus. We look forward to meeting you!
Given by a member of the admission staff, information sessions provide a solid overview of Claremont McKenna College and its academic programs and social structure. Admission requirements, financial aid and scholarships are also covered in this presentation. For the most up-to-date schedule, please see our online registration system.
Available Monday - Friday at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Available Some Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. during the Fall Semester
Available All Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. during the month of April
From January - March we do not offer information sessions on Wednesdays
Given by a student volunteer, tours generally include residence halls, classrooms, computer labs, dining room facilities, athletic fields and social venues. Students also share their honest perspective on life at the College. The tour includes Claremont McKenna College facilities only. For the most up-to-date schedule, please see our online registration system.
Available Monday - Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Available Some Saturdays during the Fall Semester and the month of April.
Organized group tours are designed for and cater to all high school groups (charter, public, and private) and community-based organizations (i.e. those working closely with first-generation college going students). These group tours are intended for groups of 10 or more students. If the size of your group is below this number, please have your students register for our regularly scheduled campus tours at connect.cmc.edu/visit. Led by an undergraduate tour guide, visiting students will walk away with a firsthand look at the academic, pre-professional and extracurricular opportunities available to them at CMC.
Interviews are available to first-year applicants from May of the junior year through mid-December of the senior year. Interviews are not required for admission to Claremont McKenna College. We will be offering virtual interviews with admission staff and senior interviewers beginning June 2020. In addition, you can check online at connect.cmc.edu/oci to see if an admission officer will be conducting interviews in your area. Check back often as these interview appointments are added throughout the summer and fall.
Claremont McKenna College has partnered with several companies to offer international applicants the opportunity to submit an unscripted, unbiased, and taped interview as a part of the application process. We encourage all international students to participate in an interview. Please visit our application instructions for international students for more information.
Transfer On-Campus Interviews
Transfer applicants must schedule an admission interview prior to application deadline in which they are applying. The spring transfer admission deadline is November 1, and the fall transfer admission deadline is March 15.
Admitted first-year students are welcome to spend the night on campus. This is a terrific opportunity to visit classes, meet students and faculty, and to see if CMC is a good college option for you. Overnights are only scheduled online. Overnight visits are available Monday thru Wednesday night when the College is in session. Students are expected to arrive at the admission office by 4:00 pm unless extraordinary circumstances require otherwise.
Overnight accommodations are only available to admitted first-year students.
Overnight visits are only scheduled online and must be reserved at least 5 days in advance.
Overnight visitors are expected to arrive on campus at 4:00 p.m. to meet their hosts at the Office of Admission.
Prospective students, who are in their final year of high school, are invited to sit in on one class during their visit to CMC. Students should alert the admission office of their intention to visit the class when they arrive. When you arrive at the Office of Admission you will be able to select a class from the approved list. You should plan to arrive five to ten minutes prior to the class in order to quickly identify yourself to the professor. If an examination or class trip is planned for the intended visit period, prospective students will be asked to leave and choose another class. No online class listings are available to the public.