Parents Orientation

On behalf of the Parent Network Board and the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagment, welcome to the CMC community! Below you will find some important dates and preliminary information regarding Parent and Family Orientation 2020 and the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. More detailed information will be updated in July.

Important Dates 2020-21

Sunday, August 23: 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 24: New students depart for WOA trips.
Thursday, August 27: New students return from WOA trips to continue on-campus Orientation.
Tuesday, September 1: Fall semester classes begin.

Information for Parents

Parent and Family Orientation will operate concurrently with New Student Orientation on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Programs and sessions will be offered throughout the day, and will be designed to help you learn more about the College and the resources available to students.

Information for International Students

New International Student Orientation 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.

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 23.