As one of the nation's most selective private liberal arts colleges, CMC sits among the intellectually-stimulating, socially-fulfilling, seven-college community known as The Claremont Colleges, a system modeled after England's Oxford University. Founded in 1946, CMC is one of the youngest of the nation's top colleges.
All undergraduate students at CMC must complete at least one major. In addition to completing the major requirements, students have the option to complete a “sequence”, which consist of a series of courses related to a subject, and selected from different disciplines offered at CMC or the other Claremont Colleges. The College offers a number of accelerated, joint or dual degree programs. CMC also has a single graduate program, a master of arts degree in finance.
The research institutes and centers at Claremont McKenna College have one common goal: to provide CMC students with graduate-level research opportunities in conjunction with the College's distinguished faculty. In so doing, CMC students—as undergraduates—are afforded opportunities unparalleled at liberal arts colleges around the world. Each institute or center has a specific mission and develops programs to meet academic and co-curricular objectives.
We are dedicated to equipping all Claremont McKenna College students with the knowledge, skills and resources to find meaningful opportunities while at CMC and beyond. We strive to do this through career counseling, programming, employer relations and relationship building and providing opportunities for experiential learning.
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The Dean of Students staff is committed to building and maintaining a vibrant community which is inclusive and open to new and differing experiences and viewpoints. We work closely with all CMC constituencies to ensure that students have the opportunity and support needed to fully engage in the life of the College and make the most of their time at CMC. We hope that students will find the Dean of Students office a safe and welcoming place.
The Office of Residential Life seeks to provide a safe and comfortable living environment for all students. Specifically, we are responsible for housing assignments - including new student housing, housing changes and Room Draw, the Resident Assistant (RA) Program, meal plans, and responding to residential life questions and concerns. CMC’s residential campus is fairly compact. Walking from Wohlford Hall to Auen Hall (the two residence halls farthest from each other) usually takes no more than three minutes.
Honnold/Mudd Library, located at 800 Dartmouth Avenue, holds collections in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The CUC Records Center houses most of the paper journals and a small percentage of books from the library collections. Claremont Colleges faculty, students, and staff may request materials for delivery in print or electronic format.
Information Technology Services supports technology services for the students of Claremont McKenna College. In all that we do, we strive to provide students with the best educational technology and support possible.
Student Health Services (SHS) is usually the first line of defense. SHS is an outpatient primary care provider that services the entire CUC student community. Located at the Tranquada Student Services Center at 757 College Way, it’s open Monday through Friday and is appointment based. There is no charge for appointments and nominal fees apply for labs, X-rays, immunizations/dispensary medications.
Located on a scenic, tree-lined residential campus 30 miles east of Los Angeles, Claremont McKenna is a member of The Claremont Colleges, a seven-college consortium modeled after Oxford University. CMC students choose from more than 2,200 classes and participate in co-curricular activities with 7,000 other students at Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College, as well as the Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute. Students have the best of both worlds: the intimacy of a small residential college with small classes and a student-faculty ratio of nine to one, and the shared resources of a larger research university.
The CMS Department of Athletics and Physical Education endeavors to enhance the liberal arts missions of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Scripps colleges. By providing excellent educational, recreational, and competitive opportunities, CMS strives to build community, promote lifelong health, foster personal leadership and team growth, and uphold standards of responsibility, perseverance, character, integrity, and inclusion.
On the campus of CMC, there are over 40 different clubs and organizations you can join that cater to a variety of interests, cultures, and activities. If you are interested in learning about more of what we have to offer here on campus, attend the Club Fair hosted at the beginning of each semester to meet with group representatives and to learn more about how to become a member.
Claremont McKenna College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.