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.

Toluwani Roberts '22 shared her story as part of the “When a Black Woman Speaks, You Listen" project. Photos courtesy of Robert Cain '21.

Even amid a pandemic—with physical distancing and virtual learning the norm—Robert Cain ’21 knew he could count on one creative and social outlet. Shooting photos with his camera.

And the truth is, he had to. As a media studies major, Cain still needed to get out and capture life as it was (or wasn’t) happening for classes and his senior thesis.

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.

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Across the CMC curriculum, members of our faculty are meeting the challenge of these unprecedented and historic times, delivering exceptional coursework in a fully online modality for the spring semester. In our Academic Innovations series of faculty Q&As, professors share their curricular highlights, best practices, and how students are helping to shape virtual learning for a memorable, collaborative academic experience.

Students at the Soll Center for Student Opportunity

CMC’s Class of 2020 has overcome two gigantic hurdles: a global pandemic and record unemployment.

Even while facing these unprecedented conditions, CMC graduates landed positions with leading firms, including Microsoft, Accenture, and Apple, which are among the top employers of CMC’s newest alumni. Additionally, several Class of 2020 members were admitted to elite graduate programs, including Columbia and Stanford Universities.

Impressively, median salary numbers also increased for the graduates, who reported an earned median salary of $76,750.

CMC students win QuestBridge Spirit Day Award

Believe it or not, the beloved CMC planner just became a media star, featured in a CMC-student-produced video that won the national QuestBridge Spirit Day Award.

The annual contest challenges students from colleges and universities across the nation—such as USC, Penn, and Northwestern—to show what the QuestBridge scholarship program has meant to them via a photo or video.

JaDa Johnson ’21

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

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Claremont McKenna College is partnering with the 5Cs – Pomona, Pitzer, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd – for #GivingTuesday, an annual global celebration of generosity, to encourage philanthropic support and celebrate all of the #ClaremontConnections between the institutions.

From one-of-a-kind classes to extracurricular student groups, CMS Athletics to mentorship opportunities by a faculty or staff member at the 5Cs, collaboration and learning is integral to the Claremont College culture.

Headshot of CMC Student Kiubon Kokko ’21 on campus

Studying overseas not only transformed Kiubon Kokko ’21, it won him a grand prize.

Kokko, a senior majoring in media studies, spent the fall 2019 semester in Nantes, France, studying with the IES Abroad program and living with a host family.

“I chose to study in Nantes, because you can always visit somewhere popular, like Paris, later in life,” he said. “Someplace like Nantes is unique and presents a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“The view of a snowy Mt. Baldy on a sunny day,” was among the many reasons to love CMC

During this year’s 1946 Challenge, we asked a simple question: “What do you love about CMC?” More than 2,000 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and parents enthusiastically responded with an engaging array of answers.

And, while everyone has their own reason to love the College, a cohesive theme emerged: CMCers truly love their tight-knit community.