Welcome to Claremont McKenna College!

We are excited to welcome the newest members of our CMC community to campus. Orientation is designed to introduce you and your family to the College's traditions, academic programs, and unique culture as well as to help you meet new people and learn more about the college experience.

The Orientation website offers information about the freshman, transfer, and international student orientation programs and Parents and Family Orientation, a separate yet concurrent program designed specifically for parents and family members.

Important Dates 2020*

August 23: Residence Halls open for new student Move In Day at 8 a.m. Orientation runs throughout the day. Parents and families will depart after dinner.
August 24: New students depart for WOA trips.
August 27: New students return from WOA trips to continue on-campus Orientation.
August 27-31: New student orientation continues on campus.
September 1: Fall semester classes begin.


No personal appointments should be made away from the campus during the Orientation period, which will extend through Monday, August 31, 2020. Classes begin Tuesday, September 1, 2020. If your arrival must be delayed, you should make arrangements in advance with the Dean of Students Office at (909) 621-8114.

*Please refer to the Academic Calendar for additional dates.

Before You Arrive

To Do List: July 1 and August 1 are two important deadlines for submission of new student information. Remember to check your Orientation Portal often beginning in May to track deadlines and view new information.

Varsity Athletes: Fall sport athletes who are invited to participate in pre-season activities may have an arrival date that is before the start of orientation. Check with your coach for exact dates before making plans.

Orientation Schedule:The Orientation schedule will be available during Summer 2020.

WOA Trip details and options are available on our WOA website, so you can review them before making your selections through the Orientation Portal in May.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, including details about shipping items to campus.

Move In Day

Visit our Move In Day page for everything you need to know about your arrival to campus in August.

Information For Parents

Parent and Family Orientation will operate concurrently with New Student Orientation on Sunday, August 23, 2020.