Campus Life

Student discussion

CMC students, faculty, and staff gathered on November 3 for the first of a series of events planned to develop a set of principles for practicing freedom of expression on campus.

The lunch-hour discussion, “Is There a Line? A Discussion on Free Speech,” was organized by Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College, and Free Food for Thought, a student podcast.

ASCMC President Sami Malas ’18, Shivani Pandya ’18, Kate Ridenour ’18, and Patrick Elliott ’19 came up with the idea on a trip to Washington, D.C., with CMC President Hiram Chodosh.

2017-18 CMC resident assistants in front of Roberts Pavilion

Strong leaders have a profound impact and inspire people to make a difference in the lives of others. For the current class of CMC resident assistants (RAs), their own RAs played a range of impactful leadership roles: mentor, friend, and big brother or sister to name a few.

“The RA role is an amalgamation of an older sibling, camp counselor, and friend,” Sam Peterson ’18 said. “We strive to build the inclusive residential communities we value at CMC, while being a support system for students outside the classroom.”

CMC students in the board room of a company in Chicago during their trip

Over spring break, 16 students traveled to Chicago to take part in the first-ever health services and sciences-focused networking trip to the Windy City, led by the Soll Center for Student Opportunity at Claremont McKenna College.

The week in Chicago (March 12-17) was filled with excellent learning and networking opportunities for students at host workplaces. Host organizations ranged from traditional hospitals, to research facilities and science incubators.

Individuals gather to cut the ribbon at the Soll Center dedication.

For Claremont McKenna College alumnus Bruce Soll ’79 P’12, P’15, P’17, “CMC was the land of opportunity.” Over the years, CMC has continued to strengthen opportunities for students, most recently with the Soll Center for Student Opportunity now available as a resource for students' personal and professional development

View of Roberts Pavilion from Sixth Street and Mills Ave. at dusk.

Locally in the Claremont community, there is a plethora of health and wellness opportunities available. Organizers of the inaugural Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Health and Wellness Fair aim to bring together students, faculty, and staff from the CMS colleges for a one-day event to showcase as many local health and wellness resources as possible under one roof.

The health fair is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in Roberts Pavilion on the Claremont McKenna College campus.

An aerial view of the Chicago skyline.

The Student Opportunity Center at Claremont McKenna College has planned its first-ever Health Services and Sciences-focused networking trip to Chicago, an up-and-coming area in the industry.


From the moment the Claremont McKenna College CARE (civility, access, resources, and expression) Center began operation with an open house on August 30, students, faculty, and staff have been utilizing the Center’s offerings.

The CARE Center, located on the second floor of the Heggblade Center, aims to strengthen community on campus with services and programs focused on education about identity and communicating across difference.

One of CMC's 17 Welcome Orientation Groups

Part of the CMC credo is to encourage students to continually challenge themselves, searching for new perspectives and perhaps along the way, deeper insight. And each year the Welcome Orientation Adventure (WOA) underscores that belief as it seeks to nudge incoming students out of their comfort zone as they begin their college careers.

Starting on the third day of first year orientation, WOA is four days and three nights of adventure; this year from August 22-25.

The character wall at Roberts Pavilion

All big design and construction jobs are done by crunching the numbers, but the character wall that greets visitors in the main foyer of Claremont McKenna College's new fitness and events center, Roberts Pavilion, was literally done by the letters.

Dear members of our community,