WOA General Information

On behalf of the Office of the Dean of Students, welcome to the CMC community! The College continues to take informed action in response to COVID-19. As the situation continues to evolve, our top priority is the health and well-being of our community. We will update students, families, faculty, and staff regularly as plans for Orientation 2021 continue to develop. This site will also be updated as soon as information becomes available.


Welcome Orientation Adventure trip

What is WOA?
Who Participates in WOA?
What Should I Bring?
First Year Guides
Trip Destinations

Login to the Orientation Portal in May to indicate your trip preferences!

What is WOA?

WOA stands for Welcome Orientation Adventure. WOA Trips are destination experiences designed to help students make connections and learn life skills before entering college at CMC. Our many trip offerings allow students a variety of opportunities and activities, from beach camping across southern California to cabin camping and team building. There is truly something for everyone! Each group consists of 15-20 new students and three or four First Year Guides who are currently enrolled at CMC.

WOA Trips are designed to promote:

  • A supportive relationship with peers

  • A mentoring relationship with trip leaders

  • A sense of community and belonging

  • Readiness for college life

  • Personal growth

  • Leadership skills

  • A connection to the natural world

  • Responsibility for self and others

  • Decision-making skills

  • Challenge and discovery

  • Self-awareness and self-confidence

  • An awesome introduction to the CMC lifestyle!

Who Participates in WOA?

Everyone! All new students, freshman and transfer, will go on a WOA trip as part of their Orientation experience. There are many different trip options and there is something for everyone! A form to list your trip preferences will be available in May 2020 through the Orientation Portal.

It is imperative that students who plan on playing a fall sport contact their coach in order to coordinate practice schedules with your WOA trip.

What Should I Bring?

Students will most likely be bringing the items needed for their trip to college. More specific items, such as sleeping bags and pads, are available if you cannot bring your own. Once you have been assigned a trip, you will receive an electronic packet detailing your trip and the items you will need to bring. Be mindful that while you are on your trip, you will be away from campus and will not have access to your room, so bring what you need and leave what you don't!

First Year Guides

Trips are comprised of 4-5 First Year Guides per 15-20 participants. Each trip has at least one male and one female guide who represent a variety of class years. First Year Guides participate in mandatory training prior to the trips, including a course in basic first aid, in order to ensure safe and well-run trips.

Trip Destinations

Cabin Camping: Trips will sleep in a cabin with four walls and a roof and maybe even electricity. Meals are prepared for the group.

Camping: These trips will be fully outdoors and will be camping in tents at various State Parks in California and have access to restrooms and showers. Meals are cooked by the group.

Claremont McKenna College has invested in the quality of its risk management practices by participating in Risk Management Training offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), an organization with over 50 years of experience managing risk in wilderness environments. As a result of this training, while NOLS doesn’t endorse of certify our practices, Claremont McKenna College is further enhancing its risk management strategy. We have invested time and resources in these practices because the health and well-being of our participants is one of our highest priorities.