She Saw Herself at CMC

Now Courtney Hooks ’23 thrives in small, liberal arts college environment

Where Trust Is Natural

At CMC, Adhitya Venkatraman ’22 has found a place to grow academically and experientially

Founding Father

Donald McKenna’s legacy lives on

Origin Story

CMC began in 1946 with one building, 15 acres, and great expectations

Early Faculty: Jacob Anton de Haas

Professor of international economics became a major promoter of CMC

The First President and First Lady

Dr. George C. S. Benson and Dr. Mabel Benson developed the intellectual framework for CMC

Big Dreams

Jimena Landa ’22 created her own internship with the Mexican delegation to the U.N. and joined the Model U.N. team

True Blue

Scott Akasaki ’98 landed a dream job with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Slam Dunk

Kate Parrish ’21 developed a work ethic and made lasting friendships at CMC

His Films Transport Us

Netflix VP Tendo Nagenda ’97 sees limitless possibilities in storytelling

75 years of responsible leadership. During festivities for our yearlong 75th Anniversary, we plan to celebrate everything that has made Claremont McKenna College a revered and transformational liberal arts leader: most notably, our dedicated community of students, faculty, alumni, staff, parents, partners, and friends.

Through stories, archives, events, and shared investment, we pay tribute to 75 years of honoring CMC’s leadership mission, expanding opportunity for new generations of emerging scholars, and advancing innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and learning to take on the world’s biggest challenges.

CMC community, this is your website to come together, share stories, get involved, and explore the past, the present, and the bright future of our beloved institution.

Share Your CMC Story

Why is CMC special to you? Post your fondest memory and a photo. “Scroll down” memory lane with posts from fellow CMCers.


CMC Magazine: 75th Anniversary Edition

Enjoy the online version of CMC Magazine's history-packed 75th Anniversary double issue.


Get Involved with CMC

Explore opportunities for learning, mentorship, support and giving.


75th Anniversary Events

Join us for a year of special Anniversary events.


The CMC Digital Archives

The 2021-22 academic year will be spent commemorating the milestones of the last 75 years in monthly exhibitions that will focus on faculty, students, campus buildings, presidents, coeducation, research institutes, the role of veterans, and others. 

Founding of a Men’s College

A look at the founding of Claremont Men’s College, from the seeds of an idea planted by the founders of Pomona College to its spartan opening in the shadows of World War II.


The Early Years of CMC

A look at CMC’s first 10 to 15 years as an academic institution with a focus on its early student body, inaugural faculty, and initial administration who helped pave the way for future successes, and the shaping of curriculum.


Coming in August: Transition to Coeducation

Examining CMC’s transition to a coeducational institution — with a focus on CMC’s Pioneers, the first female students — and an examination of CMC’s name-change process following the transition.

Let’s Get Social.

Follow us on social media for information about upcoming events and the latest news about the 75th Anniversary.

Orme Wheelock Phelps (left) was among the many distinguished faculty members recruited by CMC President George C. S. Benson P’61 in the first four years of the College.

No sooner had Phelps arrived at CMC, he produced an essay on the Taft Hartley Act, which the College published. Within the decade, Phelps’ textbook, "Introduction to Labor Economics," published by McGraw-Hill, had been adopted by more than 80 colleges and universities. 

Learn more CMC history via our bio link:

Join us on Instagram Live for CMC Conversations Episode 15 - “CMC and Leadership: Change and Continuity.”

As we head into our 75th Anniversary year, Professor Jack Pitney will dive into our leadership mission and discuss how CMC prepares students to be thoughtful and responsible leaders. He will be joined by government and data science major Eman Hamid ’24 and Ontario City Manager Scott Ochoa ’93.

Read more about the participants and set your reminder for the conversation on Thursday, July 29, 2:00pm PDT in our stories.

Dr. George C. S. Benson and Dr. Mabel Benson P’61 were CMC's first power couple, developing the intellectual framework of the College, and leaving a lasting legacy CMC continues to celebrate.

Read more about the Bensons via our bio link:

A group of women faculty and staff played a vital role during the first years at Claremont Men's College.

In her position as a Spanish lecturer, Bertha Ward, a Mount Holyoke graduate, brought a wealth of experience in teaching abroad (Paris, Barcelona) and a mastery of Spanish perfected over a long residence in Latin America.

Read more about CMC's first women faculty and staff at our 75th Anniversary site (bio link):

Before Story House, the Sarah Bixby Smith House was proposed as the location for the third Claremont college.

To learn more about CMC's founding, visit our first historical exhibit dedicated to CMC's 75th Anniversary via our bio link: