Tour Options for High School Groups and Community-Based Organizations

The Claremont Colleges, unlike other college consortia, are adjoining and within walking distance of one another. The five campuses cover roughly 1 square mile (2.6 km2), making Claremont a worthwhile stop for high schools and community-based organizations planning college visits. You can learn more about our consortium with this video:

The offices of admission at the five Claremont Colleges have created this website to facilitate the planning of group visits. We hope it will serve as a hub for all the information you need as you coordinate travel for your group. Below you will find detailed information on each of the colleges, including tour times and group tour guidelines. For general questions about visiting the Claremont Colleges, contact 5cgrouptours@gmail.com.

Please note that group tours must be scheduled with each individual college. Group tours are offered at the following times:

Academic Year – See below for college-specific dates Summer – Mid-May to August
9:00 am – Pomona, Claremont McKenna

10:00 am – Scripps

11:00 am – Harvey Mudd, Pitzer (Tues, Thurs only)

1:00 pm – Pomona, Claremont McKenna

2:00 pm – Scripps, Pitzer (Tues, Thurs only)

3:00 pm – Harvey Mudd

9:00 am – Claremont McKenna (Wednesdays only)

10:00 am – Pomona

1:00pm – Claremont McKenna

Summer group tours at Scripps, Harvey Mudd and Pitzer are extremely limited and available by request only.Be aware that all of our dining halls are closed during summer. You can find many local restaurant options at the Claremont Village.

Before you begin planning your tours, please read over the following points:

  • The information below is exclusively for high school groups and community-based organizations with chaperoned students. If you are an individual or family wishing to tour any of the Claremont Colleges, please book your tour using our respective websites.
  • Group tours last 60 minutes.
  • Despite the proximity of our campuses, it is unlikely that a group will be able to visit all 5 colleges in one day.
  • You will need to arrange group tours with each college individually. Group tours will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis (assuming they fall within the guidelines below). Colleges reserve the right to accept or deny any group tour request they receive.
  • Each of the Claremont Colleges is only able to accommodate one tour per requesting organization.
  • Be aware that each college processes group tours separately. If one college can welcome your tour on a specific date, that does not necessarily mean that the other colleges will be able to accommodate your request.
  • Our offices purposely limit the number of students and chaperones that may attend a group tour. Our schedules overlap so as to allow large groups to break up into small subsets. Organizers often find it convenient to split up their students based on their interests.
  • The Claremont Colleges are not able to provide meal vouchers to visiting groups. You are welcome to eat at any of our 7 dining halls at the guest rate, $13.50 per person (cash and check only).
  • Free parking is available on each of our campuses. To view the 5C parking map, click here.
  • We are small institutions, and as a result, our tour guide availability can be very limited at times. Because of this, there will be no exceptions to the schedule listed on this website.

The Claremont Colleges, in their founding order, are:

  • Pomona College

    Throughout its history, Pomona College has educated men and women of exceptional promise. We gather students, regardless of financial circumstances, into a small residential community that is strongly rooted in Southern California yet global in its orientation. Through close ties among a diverse group of faculty, staff and classmates, Pomona students are inspired to engage in the probing inquiry and creative learning that enable them to identify and address their intellectual passions. This experience will continue to guide their contributions as the next generation of leaders, scholars, artists and citizens to fulfill the vision of its founders: to bear their added riches in trust for all.

    Guidelines:

    • Tour times: 9 am and 1 pm (academic year), 10 am (summer)
    • Group size limit: 30 guests
    • Academic year: offered from September to November, and February to early May
    • Summer: offered from mid-May to August

    To request a group tour of Pomona College, visit this website. For questions, contact admissions@pomona.edu.

  • Scripps College

    The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity. A Scripps education begins with the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities, the College’s signature, interdisciplinary approach to learning. Scripps offers a robust intellectual community, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a rich residential experience designed to shape the next generation of leaders. Every Scripps student also completes a required senior thesis or project that marks the culmination of the Scripps education.

    Guidelines:

    • Tour times: 10 am and 2 pm
    • Information session: 11 am and 3 pm (30 minutes)
    • Group size limit: 20 female high school students
    • Academic year: offered from October to November, and February to March
    • Summer: group tours are extremely limited and available by request only

    To request a group tour of Scripps College, visit this website. For questions, contact admission@scrippscollege.edu.

  • Claremont McKenna College

    Claremont McKenna College is a highly selective, independent, coeducational, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college. CMC educates its students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions, and to support faculty and student scholarship that contribute to intellectual vitality and the understanding of public policy issues. The College pursues this mission by providing a liberal arts education that emphasizes economics and political science, a professoriate that is dedicated to effective undergraduate teaching, a close student-teacher relationship that fosters critical inquiry, an active residential and intellectual environment that promotes responsible citizenship, and a program of research institutes and scholarly support that makes possible a faculty of teacher-scholars.

    Guidelines:

    • Tour times: 9 am and 1 pm Monday through Friday; 10 am Saturdays
    • Group size limit: 10 to 50 guests
    • Academic year: offered from early September to November, and February to early May
    • Summer: offered on Wednesdays
    • Tours must be requested 2 weeks in advance

    To request a group tour of Claremont McKenna College, visit this website. For questions, contact admission@cmc.edu.

  • Harvey Mudd College

    Harvey Mudd College seeks to educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians, well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society. We prioritize research, including Clinic, a corporate-sponsored program that promotes collaboration between industry and students.

    Guidelines:

    • Tour times: 11 am and 3 pm
    • Information session: 2:30 pm (30 minutes)
    • Group size limit: 25 guests
    • Academic year: offered from September to mid-December, and February to April
    • Summer: private group tours are not available during summer
    • Tours must be requested 2 weeks in advance

    To request a group tour of Harvey Mudd College, visit this website. For questions, contact hmctours@g.hmc.edu.

  • Pitzer College

    Pitzer College produces engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world through an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary liberal arts education emphasizing social justice, intercultural understanding and environmental sensitivity. The meaningful participation of students, faculty and staff in college governance and academic program design is a Pitzer core value.

    Guidelines:

    • Tour times: 11 am and 2 pm
    • Information session: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm (30 minutes)
    • Group size limit: 10 to 30 guests
    • Academic year: offered from September to mid-December, and February to early May
    • Summer: group tours are extremely limited and available by request only
    • Tours must be requested 2 weeks in advance

    To request a group tour of Pitzer College, visit this website.

Page last updated on January 24, 2017