CMC Returns:
Fall 2020 Update

When the College was not able to resume on-campus learning in the fall due to increases in COVID-19 infection in California and Los Angeles, our students, faculty, and staff made an immediate pivot to a virtual fall semester in order to continue learning together.

To ensure a successful transition, and based on months of intensive study, CMC Returns features innovative curricular designs, tutorials, projects, labs, and extra sessions to accommodate virtual learning across multiple formats and time zones; town halls, workshops, book clubs, advisory sessions, and daily wellness check-ins to offer support and forge close connections even while apart; and an ongoing commitment to persevere in a world of unimaginable cost and uncertain risk by protecting the well-being of each and every member of our community.

As the semester continues, we are also proud to have configured our robust student life, research and institute, recreation, alumni engagement, and Athenaeum programming to online platforms—many of which the entire CMC community can enjoy.

Living apart inspires us to grow closer together.

The problems we face in the world today call on the full power of our liberal arts minds to contribute responsive, effective solutions.

Now, more than ever this semester, we draw on the core values that distinguish CMC, the singular strengths that propel us forward, the learning commitments that help us persevere when it is difficult to carry on.

CMC is committed to:

Academic Innovation

Doubling down on what CMC does best. Problem-based learning opportunities. New, topical courses. Smaller, personalized classes. Tutorials with faculty. Immersive, applied research projects. Expanded opportunities at institutes, centers, and labs. One-on-one mentorship. Personal support in writing and quantitative skills. Expert guest speakers from academia and the world of government, industry, and social change. Expanded alumni engagement and industry partnerships.

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Student Engagement and Community Support

Robust student-led programming with CPB, ASCMC, DOS, the CARE Center, campus clubs, organizations, and affinity groups to build community, purpose, and play. Comprehensive, FYG student-led orientation experience to welcome our Class of 2024. Off-campus room and board support for students on financial aid, including necessary technology and books. Peer success consultants with a focus on virtual learning skills. Individualized support and family training in mental health. One-on-one dedicated career coaching through the Soll Center for Student Opportunity. Reimagined virtual Athenaeum program with world class speakers and moderated discussions.

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Faculty and Staff Support

Enhanced educational technology and training for teaching, research, and student engagement. Tutorials, workshops, and one-on-one coaching with experts for expansion of the virtual, instructional tool kit. On-site medical support (including rigorous screening, accessible testing, and quick results). Support for continuity of work. Extended childcare benefits to address K-12 schooling challenges.

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Community Resources and Financial Mitigation

Increased financial aid to mitigate COVID-19 impacts on students and families. Need-based monetary allowances for housing and meals. No increase in tuition. Significant investments in technology and advanced instructional design. Responsible limits on hiring, salaries, and spending; targeted budget cuts and other mitigation efforts.

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Health and Safety

Consultations with retained medical experts in campus health, epidemiology, and infectious disease. Collaboration with peer institutions. Flexibility to make any necessary improvements to CMC Returns in spring.

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Staying In Touch

Continuous communication during the fall semester. Student and family forums. Faculty and staff meetings and town halls. Website and FAQ updates. 

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CMC Returns for Spring

The College has also invested significant time, talent, and resources into an adaptable restoration plan for on-campus residential and academic life. We are fully confident in this plan, and if permitted, we are prepared to implement it in the spring semester. We await state and county authorization to resume an in-person education program, and will announce that decision on Dec. 9, 2020.

Our approach to a community and process of care would include:

  • daily health screenings, on-site testing, contact tracing, comprehensive exposure and case management, and quarantine for our community, utilizing Hamilton Health Box and Qualtrics;
  • our full community response includes confidential, on-site care for students, employees and their families;
  • education, training and support;
  • the protocols for physical distancing, face coverings, and enhanced cleanings on campus;
  • the reduction of density through expanded housing and dining options, greater use of the outdoors, and the universal design of our curriculum for any combination of in-person and virtual learning.

Additionally, by committing to a signed CMC Agreement, we are confident our students will embrace their institutional and civic responsibility to protect the community’s health and adapt to a reimagined way of living and learning on campus.

“Our role is to create the conditions for you to make decisions that work for you so you can look back and be proud of what you did: how you persevered, kept yourself and your community healthy, drew on your strongest values, and pursued your goals against formidable constraints.”

Hiram Chodosh
CMC President

2020-2021 Influenza Vaccine Available Now!

Free and available to CMC Faculty & Staff – Learn More >

For more information, please visit Student and Family FAQs >

Fall Semester Key Dates

Aug. 3-7
Returning student registration

Aug. 10-13
First-year student registration

Aug. 24
First day of classes

Nov. 24
Last day of classes

Nov. 30 - Dec. 4
Final Exams


The College received funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more about how those funds were distributed to CMC students.

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Additional Resources

Please see the following for COVID-19 updates for  Los Angeles and the state of California, in addition to federal resources listed below.

The Claremont Colleges Services