Orientation 2015

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 Orientation, a separate yet concurrent program designed specifically for parents and family members.

Important Dates 2015-16*

August 22: Residence Halls open for new student Move In Day at 10:00 a.m. Orientation kicks off with dinner from 5-7 p.m.
August 23: New Student Orientation and Parent Orientation continue throughout the day, with parents departing after dinner.
August 24: New students depart for WOA trips.
August 27: New students return from WOA trips to continue on-campus Orientation.
September 1: Fall semester classes begin.
December 19: Residence Halls close at noon.

*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 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 2015 Orientation Schedule is not yet finalized. If you’d like an idea of what will be offered, take a look at last year’s schedule. Make sure to select the “Student” track. Transfer students can note additional events just for them under the “Transfer Student” track.

Please note that WOA! trips will now take place within the week of Orientation (Monday-Thursday), so this year’s schedule will be quite different than last year’s.

WOA! Trip details and options will be available later in the spring on our WOA! website, so you can review them before making your selections through the Orientation Portal.

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 Orientation will operate concurrently with New Student Orientation on Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23, 2015. Parents will be able to register beginning this summer. The 2015 Orientation Schedule is not yet available, but you may get an idea of the types of events that will be offered by visiting last year’s schedule and selecting the “Parent and Family” track to see events just for you. You will also find many answers just for parents in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Information for International Students

New International Student Orientation (August 20-21, 2015) takes place prior to the Claremont McKenna College orientation. CMC strongly encourages new international students to participate in the program. To learn more about New International Student Orientation and get information about transportation and early arrival housing, visit International Place.

Additional Information

No personal appointments should be made away from the campus during the Orientation period, which will extend through Monday, August 31. Classes begin Tuesday, September 1, 2015. If your arrival must be delayed, you should make arrangements in advance with the Dean of Students Office at (909) 621-8114.