Given the record COVID-19 numbers in California this winter, CMC will not be allowed to reopen campus in late January. New daily cases in L.A. County are currently at an adjusted rate roughly four times higher than what is required to move out of the purple (widespread) tier the County has been in since March.

We are disappointed that we cannot be together to start the spring semester. However, when conditions and public authorities allow us to be back, we are ready to return. Throughout the fall, we built even stronger health and safety capabilities into our CMC Returns campus plan, including reduced density, twice-a-week testing, prompt results, on-site medical support, and the CMC student agreement to ensure compliance with public safety protocols. We are optimistically tracking the accelerated availability of both vaccines and rapid testing and their impact on our ability to bring students back to campus as soon as possible.

We also have made significant progress in our recent, concerted advocacy with State and County leadership. Specifically, L.A. County may introduce a limited pilot reopening program that would be available to 10 schools, with a cap of 500 students per school permitted to reside on campus in a restrictive “bubble-like” environment. If this pilot program launches, CMC will immediately submit an application.

Alternatively, if transmission rates improve unexpectedly and advance the County into the red (substantial) tier, higher education could be allowed to open more broadly. Such extraordinary circumstances might permit us to reopen later in spring with the strong health and safety commitments we have already implemented.

As we prepare for the spring and any possibility of a return later in the semester, we will continue to keep you updated here. Please explore the pages below to learn more about our spring academic calendar, redesigned courses and collaborations, expanded opportunities for student engagement, faculty and staff support, and comprehensive health protocols.

Thank you for your shared commitment to our special mission.


CMC Commitments:

Academic Innovations

  • New Courses 
  • Curricular Innovations
  • Teaching Summit
  • Academic Calendar
  • Athenaeum


Student Engagement

  • Soll Center for Student Opportunity
  • Mental Health Support
  • Healthy Culture Initiative
  • CARE Center
  • Holistic Student and Academic Success


Faculty and Staff Support


Community Resources and Financial Mitigation

  • Increased Financial Aid
  • Investments in Technology
  • Communication with Health Experts


COVID-19 Strategic Response Plan

  • Leadership and Planning
  • Health and Safety Protocols and Capabilities
  • Academic Continuity
  • Student Life
  • Safe Reintroduction of the Workforce
  • Campus Infrastructure Improvements and Enhanced Health and Safety Rules for Campus Access


Stay In Touch

  • Social Engagement
  • Campus News
  • Contact Us


“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.”

Hiram Chodosh
CMC President

Upcoming Conversations

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Student Forum

Friday, December 11th at 8:00am and 5:00pm

All Staff Q&A Drop-In

Friday, December 11th at 10:00am

Faculty Meeting

Friday, December 11th at 1:00pm

Family Forum

Friday, December 18th at 12:30pm

Senior Students Meetings

Friday, December 18th at 8:00am and 5:00pm

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