Campus Life

Prospective students get a tour on campus
Photo collage of campus life and history

If you were one of the 86 students attending CMC in 1946, you likely sported a crew cut and were a U.S. military veteran. You chose to enroll in a brand-new college that had recently sprung up among the rocks and sagebrush of Southern California. There were only nine faculty members, and due to temporary housing delays, you might have lived barracks-style in a basement nicknamed “Coconut Grove.”

Emily Cotter ‘95 in her cap and gown with brother Erik Chan ’92 at her CMC commencement

Calling all CMC Siblings! What was it like to attend the College with your brother or sister? We want to know: Did you hang out together? Share advice? Keep tabs on each other? Please send your story to pa@claremontmckenna.edu.

For inspiration, here are a few CMC Sibling stories.

A view of outdoor seating on campus

A sense of urgency compelled Andrew Bradjan ’22 to join CMC’s sustainability effort shortly after arriving at CMC as a first-year student.

“Climate change is an issue we need to tackle as soon as possible,” said Bradjan, a government and economics major, who works as the CMC Building and Energy Management Intern. “I knew I wanted to join a club or organization that would allow me to promote sustainability on campus because I wanted to make a difference that I could see when I walked around CMC.”

Succulent clippings from around the CMC campus were sent to students who signed up for mystery boxes

Succulents. Cookies. Slime?

These are just some of the items packed into “mystery boxes” and mailed to CMC students around the world as a way to create opportunities for shared experience and a feeling of close-knit community while the campus remains virtual for the spring semester.

Black and white photo of Adam Wight ’00 and Sherry DeLauder Wight ‘00's CMC wedding party

Did you meet your spouse or partner as a student, or perhaps later at a CMC reunion, or via another chance encounter? We want to know the story, sparks and all! Please share your story by emailing pa@cmc.edu.

For inspiration, here are a few CMC love stories.

Designating February as the “Month of Gratitude,” the SPC hosts giveaways and challenges via their Instagram account.

A CMC student-led effort to encourage student philanthropy is inspiring current CMCers from all class years to give back by donating their time, talent, treasure, and ties.

Launched in spring 2020, as students found themselves separated from the CMC community due to the pandemic, the Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) was organized as a way for students to come together to leave a positive impact on CMC.

A 3x3 Zoom grid of CMC staff and faculty participating in Spring Family Connection

CMC families eager for the chance to walk in their students’ shoes, have had the perfect opportunity at Spring Family Connections, which kicked off Monday, Feb. 15 with a town hall meeting and Q&A with CMC President Hiram Chodosh.

CMC Archivist Sean Stanley holding up photos from the school archive

CMC Archivist Sean Stanley thinks of himself as an archeologist, uncovering Claremont McKenna’s history as captured in rare recordings, a trove of early student newspapers, and correspondence that date back to before the College’s founding in 1946.

JaDa Johnson ’21

JaDa Johnson ’21 found her path to Claremont McKenna College after a chance encounter with a friendly CMCer on campus. 

Pages