Students walking on the CMC campus

In the next few weeks, high school seniors contemplating which college or university to attend next fall will have some exciting decisions to make. And for a select group of outstanding seniors who will be matriculating at CMC and make up the Class of 2021, it was a decision best made early.

According to Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, Assistant Vice President and Director of Admission at CMC, the College offered admission to 155 first-year students during Early Decision I (the first application period, which had a deadline of Nov. 1) and no doubt that was a load off their minds.

Becky Chung at UN conference in Morocco

Given how far she’s come, it’s hard to believe that Becky Chung ’20 didn’t make the Model UN team as a high school freshman.

But it’s there, in black and white, in the journal Chung has faithfully kept for years: I was rejected today for the Model UN.

“I thought to myself, ‘You can reject me now, but I’m going to go much farther and effect actual change,’” Chung said. “It’s funny to think about that now that I’ve done work with the UN.

Claire Donnelly

Claire Donnelly ’17 stands head and shoulders above most of the rest of her class at CMC – literally.

At 6 feet tall, Donnelly has played center for the CMS Athenas women's basketball team since her freshman year at CMC. The Athenas have won the conference championship and played in the postseason three years in a row. Last year, Donnelly led the conference in blocked shots and the team in field-goal percentage. What’s more, she comes by that talent naturally.

Visiting professor Wendy Guerra with CMC students

Educating its students to live thoughtful and productive lives as responsible leaders on a global scale constitutes a major principle of Claremont McKenna College’s mission. By bringing internationally renowned scholars to campus, CMC’s Visiting Scholars Program offers students an avenue for attaining a global education, right here in Claremont.

Betsy Hipple, head coach of the CMS softball team

College campuses are vibrant, diverse communities with a wide range of faculty and staff members who have varied backgrounds and bring different skill sets, life stories, passions and experiences to their work. In an effort to foster an even greater sense of community at Claremont McKenna College, the Dean of the Faculty’s Office has been hosting VISA (values, identities, scholarship, arts) lunches a few times per semester at the CARE Center.

CMC ROTC members

CMC's Army ROTC program won first place in the Task Force South Ranger Challenge Competition last weekend in San Diego.

The Ranger Challenge, a grueling event started in 1982 to crown the best two-person “buddy” team of Rangers at Fort Benning, Ga., has evolved into a nation-wide competition and is often referred to as Army ROTC's varsity sport.


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.

The Claremont University Consortium has received a $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a new Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to help faculty members enhance their teaching through programming, consultation services and support programs.  

CMC Student Opportunity Center

A CMC education provides the foundation of a thoughtful, productive life and roles of responsible leadership. The return on CMC values is incalculable. The College just took another major step forward to help students translate their many strengths and interests into real world opportunities.

Artists and musicians during Student Art Showcase

By Kris Brackmann '17

When asked at a Roberts Pavilion Dedication planning committee meeting last spring if CMC’s Student Art Council would like to be involved in the grand opening, I said, “Absolutely, yes.”

In addition to serving as home of CMS Athletics, Roberts Pavilion has so much potential as a CMC gathering place. In reflecting upon the success of the grand opening and Art Council's involvement, I hope to see Roberts Pavilion playing host to more events that tap into the diverse interests of our student body.