In the 75 days leading to our anniversary year, starting July 1, Claremont McKenna College is thrilled to celebrate the moments, milestones, and memories that have made it a beloved institution.

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Our 75th Anniversary is a special time for everyone to come together and share their stories, reconnect with classmates, engage with the College, and explore the past, present, and future of CMC. Join us for the yearlong community celebration!

OUR HISTORY

The College’s history is the product of insightful leaders, generous donors, and an involved community. 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. This first exhibition will explore the “prehistory” of the College. The story of the College’s founding begins more than 100 years ago at Pomona College and ends with the first day of classes at Claremont Men’s College on September 23, 1946.

1927

A committee to look into the founding of a third college is formed by the Board of Fellows of the Claremont Colleges.

1937

Pomona College graduate George C. S. Benson, grandson of Charles Burt Sumner (a founding trustee of Pomona College), is identified as a prospect in leadership of either the graduate school or men’s college.

1944

The Claremont Colleges are reorganized to effect a more collegial governance and renamed Claremont College. Robert Bernard, who kept the idea of a third college alive, is appointed to the position of managing director of Claremont College.

1946

The Bixby Smith home is renamed Story House in honor of Russell Story’s leadership of the new college. The campus’ only permanent building, Story House is transformed into a dormitory for non-veterans with a kitchen, a dining facility for the student body, and recreational space.

 

 

1946

On June 4, the Board of Fellows appoints George Benson (far right) as director of the men’s college, authorizes Benson to recruit faculty, and accepts the budget raised by the organizing committee ($88,000).

1946

Fifty students are admitted with 10 more on the verge of accepting admission.

1946

On September 22, the day before registration, the student body stood at 86, 11 beyond the break-even point.

1927

A committee to look into the founding of a third college formed by the Board of Fellows of the Claremont Colleges

1937

Pomona College graduate George C. S. Benson, grandson of Charles Burt Sumner (First president of Pomona College), identified as a prospect in leadership of either the graduate school or men’s college.

1944

The Claremont Colleges are reorganized to effect a more collegial governance and renamed Claremont College. Robert Bernard appointed to the position of managing director of Claremont College, who kept the idea of a third college alive.

1946

The Bixby-Smith home is renamed Story House in honor of Russell Story’s leadership of the new college. It is the campus’ only permanent building. Transformed into a dormitory for nonveterans with a kitchen, a dining facility for the student body, and recreational space.

1946

On June 4, the Board of Fellows appoint George Benson (far right) as director of Men’s School, authorized Benson to recruit faculty, and accepted the budget raised by the organizing committee ($88,000).

1946

Fifty students admitted with ten more on the verge of accepting admission.

1946

On September 22, the day before registration, the student body stood at 86, eleven beyond the break-even point.

CMC STORIES

Share Your Story

The lifelong friend you met on move-in day … the research paper you finished in triumph with a beloved professor … a senior road trip you took for one last CMC hurrah with roommates … We need your story for the 75th Anniversary! Join the yearlong fun and share a personal memory with us. Whether life-changing classes, clubs, and athletics teams, unforgettable mentors and speakers, or a cherished tradition on campus, we’d love to learn about what made your CMC experience special.

Help us build a library of submissions to go live on the 75th Anniversary website on July 1. Share your story here, or if easier, send us a photo and caption. We will be in touch if we have any questions. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Be a part of CMC’s 75th Anniversary celebration! There’s never been a better time to get involved. Share your career insights with students or become a mentor. Engage with alumni, faculty, and students in our virtual events. Invest your time, talents, or treasures. And be sure to check back on July 1 for a complete schedule of special anniversary events.

GET SOCIAL

Follow us on social media for information about upcoming events and the latest news about the 75th Anniversary. Each day leading up to July 1, we will have special posts spotlighting each year in CMC’s history, with fun facts, trivia, stories, photos, and more.

CMC is celebrating 75 years! Over the next 75 days, we will be counting down our history over a variety of campus accounts. Follow #CMC75 to follow the College’s journey! 

On October 6, 1946, CMC (then Claremont Men's College) welcomed its first incoming class of 86 young men and nine faculty members. Founded on the GI Bill, CMC's first students (many of whom were WWII veterans) were admitted based on their potential to become responsible future leaders in business, government, and further professions. 

Over the years, a lot has changed: we became co-ed, increased our academic offerings to 31 majors and 12 sequences, and have been joined by two more colleges in the consortium. But, we are still faithful to our core mission of educating responsible future leaders, and learning for the sake of doing. We look forward to sharing CMC’s major milestones over the next 75 days and celebrating our big anniversary throughout 2021-2022!
In 1946, 86 students and nine faculty members opened a new “undergraduate school for men” in Claremont, California. The new college’s purpose was clear: "to prepare future leaders of private and public enterprise through a distinctive liberal arts curriculum." 
 
Pictured is the original Story House location that served as the College's first dormitory, commons, and central point of identity and reference. 
 
Read more about the College’s first year in our stories. Follow #CMC75 over the next 75 days to learn about CMC history as we count down to our 75th Anniversary! 
 
Share your CMC story at our bio link!
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#CMC75🥳🎉 In 1955, out-of-state enrollments at CMC increased to approximately 40. Foreign student enrollments increased to around 20, including a program to bring undergraduates from Thailand and Turkey to the campus. Today, CMC students represent 48 states and territories, and 42 countries! #CMCisMe
John Roth is Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, a preeminent scholar of the Holocaust, and an inspiration to generations of undergraduates in the fields of Holocaust studies and human rights. 
 
He taught at Claremont McKenna College for more than 30 years. Two of his major accomplishments were founding a center devoted to Holocaust study (now called the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights) in 2003, and helping to create the Tutorial Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), which was established in 1985. 
 
Learn more about the PPE program in our stories. 
 
Are you a PPE student or alum? Comment "PPE + your grad year" below! 👇 
 
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