New International Student and Scholar Orientation, also known as “NISSO”, is a program hosted by International Place that is designed for incoming students or scholars who have lived outside of the U.S. for at least some part of their lives.
While NISSO is a requirement for students with a visa, students and scholars with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency who have lived abroad are welcome and encouraged to attend. All students from the 5 undergraduate colleges who attend NISSO are required to move into their residence halls on August 21.
- Information and guidance tailored to an international perspective
- Opportunity to settle into life on campus early
- Complimentary airport pickup service (*registration required)
- Peer-to-peer support from current international students
- Advice from future professors and administrators
- Interaction with the larger international student community at The Claremont Colleges
NISSO Fall 2018 Schedule
Sessions are assigned below according to college level and program.
Undergraduate Students (August 22-24) | Arrival Day: Tuesday, August 21
- Claremont McKenna College
- Harvey Mudd College
- Pitzer College
- Pomona College
- Scripps College
Graduate Students: CGU (August 17) | Arrival Day: Monday, August 13
- Claremont Graduate University
Graduate Students: KGI (August 21) | Arrival Day: Friday, August 17
- Keck Graduate Institute
Exchange Students: Pitzer (August 28) | Arrival Day: Saturday, August 25
- Pitzer College Exchange Program
Early Arrival for NISSO
Get to know your new home away from home before the rest of the students arrive on campus!
Attending NISSO gives international students extra time to:
- Cover basic necessities (like opening a US bank account or buying a cell phone)
- Become familiar with campus (classrooms, dining halls, etc.)
- Adjust to time zone change
Residence Hall Move-In
All students from the 5 undergraduate colleges* are required to move into their residence halls during NISSO.
Students traveling to Claremont on their own, or with family, who will be moving into their residence hall on Tuesday, August 21, must arrive at International Place on August 21 by 8:00 PST.
*Exchange students studying at Pitzer College will move into their residence halls after NISSO, and are required to participate in the CFIS Host Family Program.
Support for Graduate and Exchange Students: CFIS Host Family Program
Graduate and exchange students are not guaranteed on-campus housing during NISSO.
However, they have the option to participate in the CFIS Host Family Program.
The CFIS Host Family Program is a 5-night temporary Host Family Program available to:
- Claremont Graduate University students and scholars
- Keck Graduate Institute students
- Pitzer College exchange students (required)
NISSO Registration – Fall 2018
Register by Monday, July 9, to:
- Participate in NISSO
- Request a complimentary airport pickup service
- Move into the residence hall early (undergraduates only)
- Request participation in the CFIS Host Family Program (graduate and PIT exchange students only)
Note: The final deadline to register for NISSO and request arrival services is on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.
Complimentary Airport Pick-up Service
- Students will be welcomed by our representatives at LAX and ONT Airports.
- Students will receive a complimentary ride from the airport to International Place.
International Place can only accommodate students who:
- Register for NISSO before the July 9 deadline
- Arrive on their assigned arrival day during the schedule listed above
- Submit their flight itinerary to International Place by the deadline.
Note: Students arriving outside of the Airport Pickup Service dates and times should be prepared to arrange their own transportation to Claremont.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is NISSO?
“NISSO” stands for New International Student and Scholar Orientation. NISSO is a program designed for incoming students and scholars who have lived outside of the U.S. for at least some part of their lives.
Is NISSO required?
NISSO is required for all incoming international students who are entering the U.S. on the F-1 visa. However, the NISSO program can be valuable to any student who has lived abroad for at least some part of their life.
When do I have to arrive on campus?
Graduate Students (CGU): Monday, August 13
Graduate Students (KGI): Friday, August 17
Undergraduate Students (CMC, HMC, PIT, POM, SCR): Tuesday, August 21
Exchange Students (PIT): Saturday, August 25
How do I register for NISSO?
To register for NISSO, visit our “NISSO Registration” page, and choose the form which corresponds to your NISSO Session.
When do I have to register for NISSO by?
The deadline for NISSO Fall 2018 Registration is Monday, July 9, 11:59 PST.
Can my family come with me to NISSO?
Yes, families of new students are invited to attend special programs separate from the NISSO program for new students. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer airport pickups or the CFIS Host Family Program for family members. Family members traveling with students to Claremont must arrange their own transportation and accommodations while visiting.
Will I be able to move into my dorm room for NISSO?
Undergraduate students* who will be living on campus during the academic year will be moving into their residence hall during NISSO. Graduate and exchange students are not guaranteed to live on campus, and have the option of participating in the CFIS Host Family Program.
*Exchange students studying at Pitzer College will move into their residence halls after NISSO. The CFIS Host Family Program is a curricular requirement for their program.
Can I move into my dorm even if I don’t attend NISSO?
No. Early move-in is only available to eligible undergraduate students who have registered for NISSO by July 9.
College-Specific Orientation Programs
Note that, in addition to the New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO), each of The Claremont Colleges has college-specific orientation programs and information for new students. Contact your College’s Dean of Students Office for more information, or click on the link to your college below.