Undergraduate NISSO Schedule

Undergraduate NISSO Schedule Fall 2019
(August 21-24)

Claremont McKenna College – Pitzer College
Pomona College – Scripps College

Wednesday, August 21

New International Student Check-In & Residence Hall Move-In (10:00 AM-8:00 PM)
Airport Welcome & Pickup Service (10:00 AM-8:00 PM)

Check-In Location: McKenna Auditorium, 390 E. 9th Street, Claremont, CA 91711

Thursday, August 22

NISSO Welcome Breakfast (9:00 – 10:00 AM)
Information Fair (10:00 – 11:00 AM)
Off-Campus Shopping Trip (11:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
International Parent & Family Orientation (1:30 – 3:30 PM)
Dinner at Collins Dining Hall (5:30 – 6:30 PM)
Optional Evening Activities
(7:00 PM)

Friday, August 23

Welcome & Morning Sessions (8:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
Lunch at Malott Dining Hall (12:00 – 1:00 PM)
Afternoon Sessions (1:30 – 4:30 PM)
Closing Celebration
(4:30 – 5:30 PM)
Dinner at Malott Dining Hall (5:30 – 6:30 PM)
Optional Evening Activities
(7:00 PM)

Saturday, August 24

Optional On & Off Campus Activities (sign ups required)

Students who do not have obligations with their college on Saturday, August 24, will have the opportunity to participate in one or more of the activities below. All activities will be lead by NISSO Leaders. Students who choose an off-campus activity will be responsible for all meals and purchases made away from campus.

Sign ups will be taken at the Closing Celebration on Friday, August 23.

  1. Claremont Village Tour
  2. Downtown Los Angeles
  3. Movies & Board Games at I-Place
  4. Pool Party
  5. Campus Tours

NISSO participants are expected to live in their assigned housing throughout the duration and to be present during activities listed above (unless marked as optional). We advise NISSO participants to avoid making personal appointments between August 22-23.

Move-In Day

All students and scholars attending NISSO are required to move into their assigned housing on Wednesday, August 21, and are expected to stay on campus throughout NISSO. Check-in will take place inside of McKenna Auditorium (located at 390 E 9th Street, Claremont, CA 91711). Students will be able to pick up their keys and welcome tote bag. NISSO Leaders will be available to assist new students with moving in.

International Place representatives and NISSO Leaders will awaiting students’ arrival at LAX and Ontario airports. If you are a student who signed up for our Airport Pickup Service, make sure you have sent your flight itinerary in to International Place via email by July 19.

Airport arrival instructions can be found on our Getting to Claremont page.


Morning and evening sessions will cover the following themes and more:

  • What it means to “maintain immigration status” for students with the F and J visas
  • Resources on campus for international students
  • Strategies and support for adjusting to life in Claremont and the United Status
  • Life at “the 5Cs” as an international student and how to get involved on campus
  • Academic success in a U.S. college setting
  • Internships and employment for international students in the United Status

Evening Activities & Campus Tours

NISSO participants will have the opportunity to participate in optional activities throughout NISSO, including:

  • Claremont Village Walking Tour
  • Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Karaoke
  • Movie Night

Parent & Family Participation

All accompanying international parents and families are invited to participate in special programming, including the International Parent & Family Orientation Session on Thursday, August 22. For more information about programming especially for parents and families, please visit our International Parent & Family Orientation page.

NISSO Leaders

Our NISSO Leaders, which you may have already met via email, are current Claremont Colleges students who are here to support you with everything from moving into your room to adjusting to life on campus. Throughout NISSO, you will spend time with your NISSO group, so that you can start to get to know your group members.

Learn more about your NISSO Leaders by clicking here!

Please note that the information listed above is subject to change over the summer.

Post-NISSO Schedule

In addition to the New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO), each of The Claremont Colleges hosts mandatory 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.

Claremont McKenna College: Sunday, August 25
Pitzer College: Saturday, August 24
Pomona College: Sunday, August 25
Scripps College: Wednesday, August 28

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please click here.


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