Parents Orientation

On behalf of the Parent Network Board and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, welcome to the CMC community! Below you will find some important dates and preliminary information regarding Parent and Family Orientation 2018 and the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. More detailed information will be updated in July.

Important Dates 2018-19

Wednesday, August 22 - Friday, August 24: New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO)
Wednesday, August 22: International Family Information Session. Click on the link for more information about this important event hosted by International Place. 
Friday, August 24:
 CMC International Family Reception at the President's House 
Sunday, August 26:
Residence Halls open for new student Move In Day at 8:00 a.m. New Student Orientation and Parent and Family Orientation continue throughout the day. Parents and family members will depart after dinner.
Monday, August 27: New students depart for WOA trips.
Thursday, August 30: New students return from WOA trips to continue on-campus Orientation
Tuesday, September 4: Fall semester classes begin.
Saturday, December 15: Residence Halls close at noon.

Move-in Day and Parent & Family Orientation

Parent & Family Orientation will operate concurrently with New Student Orientation and move-in day on Sunday, August 26, 2018. 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.

Information for International Students and Families

New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO) takes place prior to the Claremont McKenna College orientation. CMC requires new international students to participate in the program, and strongly encourages parents to attend the International Family Information Session as well. To learn more about New International Student and Scholar Orientation and get information about transportation and early arrival housing, visit International Place.

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. For more information about WOA, visit the WOA website.

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 26.

Additional Information

Students should not make personal appointments away from the campus during the Orientation period, which will extend through Monday, September 3. Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018. If arrival must be delayed, students should make arrangements in advance with the Dean of Students Office at (909) 621-8114.