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Claremount McKenna College

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About Claremount McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) educates its students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in economics, government and public affairs. CMC's strong grounding in the liberal arts, together with its emphasis on economics, government, and international relations, attracts students who approach education pragmatically and who intend to make a difference in the world. With this broad-based foundation graduates leave CMC well prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. Many go on to pursue careers in law, business, government, foreign service, international relations, public policy, museum administration, science and education, or to pursue graduate study.

Campus information

Claremont McKenna College is a highly selective, independent, coeducational, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college. Its mission, within the mutually supportive framework of The Claremont Colleges, is to educate its students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions, and to support faculty and student scholarship that contribute to intellectual vitality and the understanding of public policy issues. The College pursues this mission by providing a liberal arts education that emphasizes economics and political science, a professoriate that is dedicated to effective undergraduate teaching, a close student-teacher relationship that fosters critical inquiry, an active residential and intellectual environment that promotes responsible citizenship, and a program of research institutes and scholarly support that makes possible a faculty of teacher-scholars.

The city of Claremont is famous for its tree-lined streets, world-renowned colleges and award-winning school system. Its vitality charms residents and visitors alike with a unique warmth and community spirit. In the heart of Claremont is the Village area that includes a wide array of restaurants and shops as well as a five-screen movie theatre, an art museum and a boutique hotel.

Claremont is 35 miles from Los Angeles, minutes from the mountains and about a one-hour drive from Southern California beaches, Joshua Tree National Park and Disneyland.


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.

As you acclimate to life at CMC, we hope that your questions can be answered with the information in the following pages. 

Here are some quick facts about residential life and housing at CMC:

  • Approximately 94% of CMC students live on campus.
  • There are fourteen residence halls and one student apartment complex.
  • The residence halls and student apartments have Resident Assistants trained by the Dean of Students Office.
  • New students are assigned roommates in the residence halls prior to fall semester. In subsequent years, students select their own housing during Room Draw in the spring.
  • There are no "freshman dorms" at CMC. All residence halls are composed of students from various class years. A minimum of 20% of each residence hall is reserved for new students.
  • Beckett Hall is a gender-inclusive residence hall. Gender-inclusive housing means that any student can live with another student, regardless of gender identity or expression. In addition, the bathrooms are open to all residents.
  • Stark Hall is a substance-free residence hall. Substance-free housing means that all residents agree to not consume or possess any controlled substances within the residence hall.
  • There are three different types of floor plans in the residence halls: rooms clustered into suites (North Quad), rooms off a central corridor (Mid Quad), or 8-story towers (South Quad).
  • Ten residence halls and the student apartments are air-conditioned.
  • Laundry facilities are available in the residence halls. Machines only accept credit card payment.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 5 Humanities & Social Sciences 4


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