Campus Life Offices
The following offices deliver the day to day services that you need as a CMC student to have a successful, fulfilling and productive college experience. A brief description of the office or service is provided along with a link to the office or service’s website for more detailed information.
The Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students oversees a wide spectrum of programs at CMC to ensure that the College is running smoothly for students. The Vice President reports to the President of the College and is responsible for supervision of several units within the College including: the Dean of Students Office, International Place, and the EmPOWER Center. Student Affairs also maintains relationships with other services that are shared among the Claremont Colleges, including Student Health Services, Monsour Counseling and Psycological Services, Office of the Chaplains, Chicano/Latino Student Affairs, Office of Black Student Affairs, and the Queer Resource Center.
Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office includes the offices of the Dean of Students, New Student Programs and Orientation, Student Activities, Residential Life, Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Civic Engagement, Student Resource Center, and Student Discipline. It is located in Heggblade Center, which also houses the Center for Global Education. Students are encouraged to direct any questions or concerns about campus life at Claremont McKenna to the attention of the Dean of Students Office staff or the Resident Assistants.
Living On Campus
CMC is a residential college. While we do not guarantee campus housing beyond your first year at CMC, typically we are able to provide housing to students for all four years. CMC offers housing in traditional residence halls, suite style buildings, and apartments. First year students are housed in the traditional and suite style residence halls alongside upperclassmen. There are no first year designated residence halls.
The CMC student apartments provide housing for 146 students in 34 four-person apartments, 4 two-person studio apartments, and 2 one-person studio apartments. The apartments are gender inclusive. The four person apartments have four single bedrooms and two bathrooms. The apartment amenities include kitchens with dishwashers, full-size refrigerators, and a range/oven, air conditioning, private entrances, parking, community barbecue areas, a basketball court, and laundry facilities.
The apartments are on campus and all CMC policies and housing regulations apply to students living in the apartments. The apartment application process is conducted before the annual residence hall lottery each spring. Selection is based on class standing and conduct records. The housing rates for the student apartments can be found at www.cmc.edu/student-accounts/tuition.
Living Off Campus
The College sets a maximum number of students who are allowed to live off campus each year. Students wishing to live off campus for the following academic year must sign up in the spring semester prior to Room Draw. Note that students already living off campus must still reapply to live off campus each spring in advance of Room Draw; students will not be automatically placed on the off-campus list. All students living off campus will be assessed a $100 fee per semester for the use of campus facilities. Once the maximum number of off-campus students has been reached, no additional students will be permitted to live off campus.
Resident Assistants (RAs)
Resident Assistants are student members of the College staff supervised by the Assistant Dean/Director of Residential Life. A Resident Assistant is assigned to each residence hall and the student apartments. The responsibilities of Resident Assistants include advising students, resolving conflicts in the building, assisting residents in resolving maintenance and damage issues, building healthy communities, and enforcing all College policies. All RAs are on duty Sunday evening through Thursday evening; Thursday evening through Sunday evening duty is rotated among the RAs. Resident Assistants are available to help students with problems they encounter in residential life, and adjusting to the College. RAs also refer students to other resources for help when appropriate.
Residence Hall License Agreement
Upon enrollment at the College, a student must sign a Residence Hall License Agreement. Unless changed or terminated by the Dean of Students Office, the license agreement will be binding for the entire time the student is enrolled at CMC. No room changes will be allowed without the approval of the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life. The College reserves the right to change a student’s room assignment or revoke a student’s housing privileges if a student fails to comply with the Residence Hall License Agreement or violates College policies or the Student Code of Conduct .
Room rates for the current academic year can be found at www.cmc.edu/student-accounts/tuition. If a student withdraws from the College during the academic year and a new resident is assigned to the vacancy, the housing fee will be prorated. Normally if there is no new occupant for the room being vacated, no refund will be made.
Resident Technology Assistants (RTAs)
Resident Technology Assistants are student members of the College’s staff, operating under the direction of the Assistant Director of Student Technology Services. The College retains RTAs for each residence hall and the apartments, as well as one lead. RTA responsibilities include providing service-network connections, troubleshooting, etc.-for student computers, helping students navigate the computing world at the College, enforcing College computing policies, and acting as liaisons between the student body and Information Technology Services. For a list of current RTAs, refer to www.cmc.edu/information-technology/student-technology-services/student-technology-assistant-team/resident-technology-assistants.
The Student Activities staff is committed to helping students make the most of their education outside the classroom through active participation and investment in the many opportunities that exist at Claremont McKenna College.
The Student Activities Office advises the College Programming Board, CMC Clubs and Organizations, the Bike Shop, Arts Council, the Cave, ASCMC, and more! If you are interested in joining an organization, need help planning an event, have ideas for an off-campus excursion, or just want to be more involved, we invite you to connect with us! Stop by Heggblade Center or contact us through our email firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information about how to plan for, register, and promote your events, visit the Student Activities website.
In the following sections we have provided some information about ways to get involved on campus, as well as useful information to know as you make your transition into college life here at CMC.
Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College (ASCMC)
ASCMC, Inc. is the official student government of the Claremont McKenna college student body. Its mission is to serve, represent, and lead the students of CMC. Registered as a nonprofit corporation with the State of California, ASCMC is run by a Board of Directors and led by the President. Other elected members of the Board include the Vice President of Student Activities, the Executive Vice President, the Dormitory Affairs Chair, and four Class Presidents. Appointed positions on the Board of Directors include the Chief Financial Officer, the Diversity & Inclusion Chair, the Campus Organizations Chair, four Event Commissioners, the Director of Event Management, the President Pro-Tempore, the Executive Secretary, the Controller, and three Presidential Advisors. With the exception of President Pro-Tempore, the terms for the Board of Directors run from spring break to spring break, with elections usually two weeks before the transition. While all members of the Board of Directors serve the student body as a unified, collective organization, each position has specific responsibilities as outlined in the ASCMC Constitution.
ASCMC Student Senate is headed by the Executive Vice President. The Senate is the legislative branch and serves to balance the Board of Directors decision-making powers, as well as to provide avenues for greater student participation and input. Any student is able to become a Senator by attending three consecutive Senate meetings, or by attending the first Senate meeting of the year. The following are the standing committees maintained by Senate:
- Administrative Affairs and Appropriations
- Consortium Affairs Committee
- Campus Improvements Committee
- Student Engagement Committee
- Technology, Innovation & Student Affairs Committee
- Environmental Concerns Committee
ASCMC is always searching for students interested in participating in the service and governance of the student body. Students interested in elected offices, appointed positions, or volunteer roles are encouraged to contact any ASCMC official.
For more information, please visit associatedstudentsofclaremontmckennacollege.org or email email@example.com.
College Programming Board (CPB)
CPB is a student-run organization charged with the creation, organization, and implementation of inclusive programming for the students of Claremont McKenna College. Working in close collaboration with the Student Activities Staff, CPB provides a multitude of programs on nights and weekends for students to enjoy. Past CPB events have included Friday night movies, Youtube Karaoke, Monet & Mocktails, and excursions to Disneyland, the LACMA, and other iconic Los Angeles destinations.
We value your input and involvement with helping to shape programs that will ignite interest and participation from our peers. To contact the board with event ideas or suggestions, or to learn more about becoming a member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clubs and Organizations
There are over 45 different clubs and organizations you can join at CMC that cater to a variety of interests, cultures, and activities. If you are interested in learning more about what we have to offer, please attend the CMC Club Fair hosted at the beginning of each semester to meet with group representatives and to learn more about how to become a member. For a current list of CMC-specific organizations, check out our website.
Beyond the CMC-specific clubs, The Claremont Colleges have over 150 5C organizations. The members of these groups include students from the five undergraduate colleges (5C). All events and programs hosted through these groups cater to students across the 5C’s andare recognized through the Associated Students of Pomona College. A list of these organizations can be found on CollegiateLink through the CMC Portal. If you are interested in joining one of these organizations, attend the 5C Club Fair at the beginning of the fall semester to meet with group representatives and to learn more about becoming a member.
If you find that the current list of clubs does not match your interests, we encourage you to create your own organization! Through a basic application process, we will help you to get your new group up and running with the help of the ASCMC Campus Organizations Chair. More information can be found at ascmc.org.
Bike Shop & Bikes on Campus
Many students ride bikes and longboards around campus. The CMC Bike Shop is a student run initiative that is overseen by the Student Activities Office. Students, staff and faculty are invited to rent bikes for free for a small rental period. Student staff are able to help patrons put together new bikes and fix bikes or longboards free of charge. For more information, including shop hours, please visit our website.
**There has been an increase in bike thefts on the campuses of the Claremont Colleges. Be aware that you assume the risk of such theft by renting or bringing a bike to campus. We strongly encourage you to register your bike with Campus Safety and to properly secure your bike at all times with a u-lock when it is not in use.
Athletics and Recreation
Claremont McKenna College varsity athletes combine with Harvey Mudd and Scripps College athletes to compete at the Division III level as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS). CMS supports 10 men’s and 11 women’s athletic teams.
The Claremont Colleges offer some of the best athletic and recreational facilities in the area. CMC’s recreational facilities are available for general student use and are scheduled around intercollegiate and PE activities. The football field and track are located in the southeast corner of campus, near the student apartments. CMC also has excellent baseball, softball, and soccer fields. The Biszantz Family Tennis Center with 12 lit courts is located at the corner of Sixth Street and Brooks Avenue. The weight room is equipped with pin-select, plate-loaded machines and free weights for recreational and athletics use. The fitness center has cardiovascular and a pin-select weight-lifting circuit from Life Fitness and is available for general use. The Axelrood pool is available for fitness and competition activities and is available for general lap swimming daily at lunch. The Scripps College pool is available for general recreation. All pools have posted hours that vary by season.
Roberts Pavilion will be the hub of all CMS Athletic, Recreation & Physical Education programming and special events. Hours of operation are posted online at cmc.edu/robertspavilion
CMS Recreation provides extensive access to a broad range of recreational activities and services for students, faculty, and staff of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Scripps Colleges. The department offers programming that encompasses the competitive, passive, social, cultural, and instructional aspects of recreational activity. Such activities include intramural sports activities, club sports program assistance, open recreational activities, and recreational special events. Check us out on Facebook.
CMS Intramural Sports
CMS Intramural Sports programs connect students to the campus community and each other by creating memories through diverse sporting and recreational events that promote fair play, sportsmanship, relationships, and lifelong activity in a safe environment. Intramural Sports offer more than 30 leagues, tournaments, meets, and special events with more than 1000 participants each year.
- Participants can register an entire team or sign up as a free-agent for league events.
- Most leagues are divided up into a variety of divisions and classifications. Divisions allow for competition against a particular group (e.g., Residence Halls) and classifications allow for competition at different skill levels (e.g., Competitive or Recreational).
- The Intramural Sports Program employs more than 30 student employees each year in positions such as officials, general managers, site supervisors, and program coordinators.
Campus Recreation also assists club sports teams with administrative needs including travel procedures, accounting, and scheduling facilities for practice and competition between the Colleges. To be eligible to use a Claremont Colleges facility or receive funding assistance from the associated student governments, a club sports team must register with CMS Recreation. Currently, there are 12 club sports teams at The Claremont Colleges.
- Most clubs practice two to three times per week and compete each weekend while in season.
- Most clubs compete in regional and national tournaments each year involving travel to various locations across the country.
- Most clubs charge participant dues ranging from $50 to $250 per semester.
- Several clubs have a coach or instructor to assist with proper training, organizing practices, and coaching during competitions.
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum hosts nationally prominent speakers-scholars, authors, musicians, poets-who join students, faculty, and staff for dinner and programs every Monday through Thursday during the semester. The Athenaeum houses three sitting rooms/lounges, each with an adjoining dining room. The Athenaeum Director handles the scheduling of the distinguished speaker program, with input and assistance from the Student Fellows. The Athenaeum Advisory Committee, composed of students, faculty, and administrators, meets regularly to discuss programming and set policies and procedures. Other scheduling (i.e., professor/class gatherings) is handled by Athenaeum Manager, who oversees the daily operation of the facility, including food service. Students interested in part-time employment at the Athenaeum should contact the Athenaeum Manager. The Athenaeum is occasionally used for official College functions and also sponsors afternoon tea daily from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
The Career Services Center (CSC) exists to help CMC students determine what they want to do during school and upon graduation. From interests and skills identification to assistance with internship opportunities, graduate school planning to full-time employment opportunities, the CSC is here to help CMC students figure out what they want to do and how to get there. Located on the second floor of Heggblade Center, the CSC provides:
- Individual career counseling by major
- Graduate & professional school information
- ClaremontConnect, providing On-Campus Recruiting (full-time and internships), 7-C calendar of career-focused events, Work study and non-work study postings
- Sponsored Internships
- Electronic Resources, including InterviewStream (video mock interviewing program), Going Global (international and domestic job search and country information database), Vault (the preeminent research tool for job seekers), and Skype (off-site/distance interviews)
- Special event series
- Personality, skills, interest inventory assessments (Myers Briggs, Strong Interest Inventory)
- Career Library, computers, and a welcoming student lounge
Center for Civic Engagement
The Center for Civic Engagement promotes student development through co-curricular and curricular programming focused on community engagement and civic responsibility. The CCE serves as a resource center for students by connecting students with community partners and providing resources to support student involvement. We also support faculty initiatives for experiential and service learning opportunities. As a partner in CMC’s Changemaker Campus Initiative, the CCE advances the College’s efforts in social innovation and social entrepreneurship, and administers funding for student-led social ventures. In addition to community engagement opportunities throughout the year, the CCE hosts Alternative Spring Break trips and service-based WOA! trips.
Visit the CCE on the first floor of Heggblade Center or at www.cmc.edu/civic-engagement.
Getting around Claremont
Bikes: Biking is an excellent “green” option for getting around town. The Bike Shop is located in the basement of Wohlford Hall. Bicycles left after the end of the school year will be recycled. Visit www.cmc.edu/dean-of-students/sao/cmc-bike-shop or email email@example.com for more information.
Bus to Montclair Plaza/Target: This resource is provided compliments of International Place. See the Bus Guide at International Place.
Claremont Dial-a-Ride is a public transportation service that operates within the boundaries of Claremont. Go to http://www.pvtrans.org/asp/Site/Claremont/ for more information.
Yellow Cab: If you require cab service somewhere, here is information for a local cab company: www.yellowcab.com.
Metrolink is Southern California’s Commuter Train Service. There is a Metrolink station in Claremont on First Street, close to the Village. For more information on Metrolink, go to www.metrolinktrains.com.
Zipcar is a service that rents cars to students 18 or over with good driving records. Zipcars, which are located at Pomona and Pitzer, allow students to have short-term use of a car for shopping, medical appointments, or other personal errands. For more information about membership eligibility, or to sign up:
- Go to www.zipcar.com/universities.
- Under “is zipcar already at your campus?” type in “Claremont McKenna College.”
- Under “I am a Claremont McKenna College student”, click “join now.”
- Create your profile.
The student body at CMC plays a critical role in College-wide efforts to reduce the College’s impact on the environment. Recycling is encouraged through convenient location of recycling containers throughout every campus building including recycling receptacles in every student room. Please be sure to place only recyclable items in these containers; once they are contaminated, the entire contents must be trashed. Recyclable materials include: plastic, glass, paper, carton containers and metal containers. In addition, all members of the college community are asked to conserve electricity and water.