With a new semester upon us, COVID-19 continues to impose persistent and formidable obstacles for any campus return this spring. In response, we draw on the confidence that comes from our shared commitment this past year. We adapt. Support one another. Persevere in our singular CMC way.

Recently, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health indicated that, based on the high local rate of transmission, they have no immediate plans to allow for residential campus returns in March, as we hoped. Despite statewide safer at home orders being eased in late January, the County continues to be in a dire situation.

As we learn and work with one another virtually, we look ahead to so many possibilities in this special new year, including the countdown to the College’s 75th Anniversary. Expanded opportunities for strong academic and community engagement. Creative ways to reinforce community, purpose, and play in our student life offerings. Powerful learning through another set of outstanding programs.

We will continue to monitor local health conditions, as 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.

To stay current, please continue to check in with this site and email us any of your questions. 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 enduring 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

Coronavirus Relief Funding to Students

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