Parents Orientation

Congratulations on your student’s acceptance to CMC! We know that this is an exciting time for you and your student and we look forward to welcoming you to campus for Parent and Family Orientation on Sunday, August 25.

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

    • Attend special presentations designed to help family members assist with their student's transition to college by becoming familiar with the many resources offered.
    • Learn about various aspects of the College's academic, residential, and student life.
    • Meet other families of CMC students.

The informative sessions are optional, and are not meant to interfere with your plans to help move your student into their dorm.

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

U.S. Family RegistrationInternational Family Registration

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 25, 2019. 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 26, 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 Thursday, August 29. For more information about WOA, visit the WOA website.

International Students and Families

New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO) takes place prior to the Claremont McKenna College orientation on Wednesday, August 21 - Saturday, August 24. CMC requires new international students to participate in the program. To learn more about New International Student and Scholar Orientation and get information about transportation and early arrival housing, visit International Place. In addition, International Place will host a session for international parents and families on Thursday, August 22 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Learn more and register.

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 25.

Additional Information

Students should not make personal appointments away from the campus during the Orientation period, which will extend through Monday, September 2. Classes begin Tuesday, September 3, 2019. If arrival must be delayed, students should make arrangements in advance with the Dean of Students Office at (909) 621-8114.