Colleges fall semesters begin August 28

Students from Pomona Pitzer’s Orientation staff wave at and welcome cars filled with incoming freshman and parents on the corner of College Avenue and East 9th Street for the college’s move-in weekend in 2021. Courier photo/Andrew Alonzo

by Andrew Alonzo |

Students from the seven Claremont Colleges are due back in class Monday, August 28.

Ahead of the big start, first year and international residents will move into their dorms this weekend with orientation next week.

The last day of fall semester instruction for Claremont Graduate University and Scripps and Pomona colleges is Wednesday, December 6. For Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Keck Graduate Institute and Pitzer College, that day is Friday, December 8. Final exams will be held Monday, December 11 to Friday, December 15 and grades are due by Thursday, December 21.

For important academic dates at CGU, CMC, HMC, KGI, Scripps, Pitzer, and Pomona, visit

Two Claremont Colleges announced new titles and faculty members over the summer:

At Harvey Mudd College engineering professor Matthew Spencer was named director of Mudd’s Makerspace; and Cynthia Martinez joined the college as interim vice president for student affairs.

At Scripps, associate professor of English Warren Liu began his new role as associate dean of faculty July 1.

New art installations open August 23 at Pomona College’s Benton Museum of Art. Scripps College’s Scripps Presents programming kicks off August 24 with a Levitt on the Lawn concert by Quetzal. Other offerings, including CMC’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum speakers series, have yet to release a schedule.

While the federal public health emergency regarding COVID-19 is over, the Claremont Colleges will adhere to policies set by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, such as wearing a mask when infected or in close contact with a known positive case, isolating for at least five days if infected, and regularly testing. Full guidelines for educational settings are at

Recommendations such as how to isolate or obtain a saliva polymerase chain reaction testing kit at one of six vending machines across campuses are at Concerns regarding COVID guidance can be emailed to

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