Parent and Family Orientation

Parent & Family Orientation, August 18, 2024.

Sunday, August 18, 2024

We are thrilled to welcome the Class of '28 and transfer students and families!

Parent and Family Orientation runs concurrently with move-in day and the student orientation program, but is a separate program designed to meet the specific needs of parents and families. After move-in, while students are meeting each other and attending their own orientation sessions, parents are offered the opportunity to:

  • Attend special programs and presentations
  • Tour the College and learn about various aspects of the College’s academic, residential, and student life
  • Meet and mingle with other CMC families

We look forward to seeing you on campus and welcoming you into the CMC Community! 

Move-in Day and CMC Parent & Family Orientation

CMC Parent & Family Orientation will operate concurrently with New Student Orientation and move-in day on Sunday, August 18, 2024. Keys will be issued to students beginning at 8:00 a.m. Our First-Year Guides and other students will be on hand to help guide you to your destination and unload your vehicle! After students are moved into their rooms, students and families will participate in programs together and separately.

WOA Trips

On Monday, August 19, students will depart for their WOA trips. WOA stands for Welcome Orientation Adventure. WOA Trips are destination experiences designed to help students make connections and learn life skills before entering college at CMC. The many trip offerings allow students a variety of opportunities and activities, from surfing to camping to community service and urban engagement. Students will return from WOA on Wednesday, August 21. For more information about WOA, visit the WOA website.

International Students and Families

New International Student Orientation takes place prior to the Claremont McKenna College orientation on Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18. CMC requires new international students to participate in the program. In addition to the Parent and Family Orientation programming on August 18, new international families are invited to join their student on Friday, August 16 at the Welcome & Information Fair. Parents are also invited to a reception at the President’s House later that evening. More information will follow via email.

Varsity Athletes

Fall sport athletes who are invited to participate in pre-season activities will arrive early. Check with individual coaches for exact dates before making plans. Although there frequently are opportunities for parents to meet each other during the drop-off time, the official orientation program is held on Sunday, August 18.

Additional Information

Students should not make personal appointments away from the campus during the Orientation period. Classes begin Monday, August 26, 2024. If arrival must be delayed, students should make arrangements in advance with the Dean of Students Office at (909) 621-8114. 

Discover More

Follow these links to learn more about how you can get involved as a CMC Parent.