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July in Claremont brings sunny weather with highs normally in the mid-90s; evenings are cooler. You may want to bring a sweater for evenings and for air-conditioned classrooms and computer labs. The residence hall is also air-conditioned.

What to Wear

Casual, comfortable clothes (t-shirts, shorts or jeans, sneakers or sandals) are appropriate. You will be walking from dorm to cafeteria to library and back, so bring comfortable shoes. Bringing a robe and slippers is recommended as the bath facilities are on the same hall as your room but not in the room.


Bring your cell phone. (Also, remember to bring your phone charger!) There are no phones in the room and no pay phones in the residence hall.

Residence Hall

You will be staying in Stark Hall on the CMC campus. Rooms are modern and air-conditioned. Each participant will have a room to himself or herself. There are large, modern, shared bathrooms on each floor. Bed linens, pillow, blanket, towels, and soap will be provided. A laundry room on the ground floor has washing machines and dryers, each costing 50 cents; you will need to provide your own detergent. Each floor of the hall has a common area, and there is an all-dorm lounge on the ground floor. Stark Hall is a smoke-free and substance-free residence hall; neither smoking nor consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed in the building.

What to Bring

Each dorm room will have good overhead lighting, but if you require a desk lamp or a bright light for reading you may wish to bring a travel-sized lamp or book light. You should also bring a travel alarm clock, as one will not be provided in the residence hall rooms. If you have clothes that need to hang in the closet, bring clothes hangers. Additionally, think about bringing other items you need to be comfortable--shower slippers, hair dryer, your favorite snack foods.

Computer Facilities

Immersion participants will be able to use computers in Honnold/Mudd Library. These PCs provide internet access. Software includes MicroSoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can also plug your laptop into the campus network from the library. In order to print, you will need to use a library PC, so be sure to bring a floppy, ZIP, or USB in order to transfer documents if you plan to do most of your work on your own computer.


Complete information about printing will be provided when you arrive.


Most meals will be in Collins Dining Hall on the CMC campus.

Meals included:

  • Thursday, July 22: Reception with beverages and substantial hors d'oeuvres
  • Friday, July 23 through Monday July 26 Breakfast, lunch, & dinner
  • Tuesday, July 27 Breakfast & lunch

Getting Oriented

Much of your Immersion experience will occur in Honnold/Mudd Library (H/M). Plenary sessions will be held in McKenna Auditorium, which is centrally located on the CMC campus. The dormitory where you will be staying and the cafeteria are also located on the CMC campus. SCIL members will be leading optional orientation tours during registration to familiarize you with where things are located.

Nearby Retail

In Claremont you can find dozens of places to eat as well as a full array of laundries, shoe repairs, pharmacies, churches, banks, post office and mailing services, shops (hardware, jewelry, toy, gift, antique, book, etc.), and clothing boutiques. Adjacent communities offer malls, shopping centers, and more restaurants and specialty shops. A few of the places we think you may particularly want to know about are included below. Additional information will be provided at registration. Librarians will be on hand during Immersion to answer your questions about the local area. If you have specific questions you would like answered in advance, please contact Gale Burrow.

Shopping Areas

  • Wolfe’s Market is a small, family-owned grocery store open daily, M-F 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 9am-7pm. It’s located about a half-mile north from H/M at Harvard Ave. and Foothill Blvd. Besides fresh fruit and other groceries, you’ll find a deli counter on one side of the store and a coffee, pastry, and gourmet food counter at the back.
  • The Village (also known as downtown Claremont) offers a wide variety of interesting restaurants and shops. The Village encompasses an area of about nine square blocks and is just slightly more than a half-mile south of H/M.
  • Montclair Plaza, in the town of Montclair, features stores such as Nordstrom, Macy's, Ann Taylor Loft, GAP, and The Bombay Company. About 2 miles from campus, on the southwest corner of Central Ave. and Moreno Ave., it is the closest shopping mall. In adjacent shopping areas you will find many more stores including Borders, Target, Best Buy, Pier One and Ross.


A Bank of America ATM is located inside Huntley Bookstore (see below). In addition there are ATMs at the many banks in Claremont Village (most on Yale Avenue), and Pomona First Federal (PFF) at the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Indian Hill Blvd. has a drive-through/walk-up ATM.


  • Huntley Bookstore, the bookstore for The Claremont Colleges, offers a nice selection of books, magazines and journals, Colleges' logo clothing, sundries, and snacks. Hours are M-F 8am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Huntley will give Immersion attendees a 10% discount on trade books and emblematic/logo merchandise.
  • Claremont Books & Prints, an antiquarian and used book store, is located in Claremont Village at 126 Yale Avenue, upstairs. Hours are Tu-Sat 10:30am-5:30pm.
  • Borders is one of the separate buildings at Montclair Plaza.
  • Barnes & Noble is in the city of Montclair in a small shopping center on the northeast corner of Central Ave. and Moreno Ave.


  • Hendricks Pharmacy is located in Claremont Village at 137 Harvard Ave.
  • Sav-on Drugs is located at the corner of Indian Hill Blvd. and Arrow Highway, about a mile southwest of campus.


When you really want espresso or cappuccino, there are four places within close walking distance where you can find them. Hagelbarger’s, just across the street from H/M on the Claremont Graduate University (CGU) campus, offers Starbucks coffee and is open M-Th 8:30am-6pm, Fri 8:30am-5pm. Wolfe’s Market (see above) has a coffee, pastry, and gourmet food counter in back. In Claremont Village you will find Starbucks Coffee at 203 Yale Ave. (M-Th 5am-10pm, Fri 5am-11pm, Sat 6am-11pm. Sun 6am-10pm) and Some Crust Bakery, serving the best coffee and pastries in the area, at 119 Yale Ave. (M-F 6am-6pm, Sat 7am-6pm, Sun 7am-4pm).

North of The Colleges, in a small shopping center at Foothill Blvd. and Claremont Blvd., the Amore Yogurt and Café (M-F 7am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm) and another Starbucks (M-F 5:30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 6:30am-10pm) also offer coffee early and late.


You will find a variety of current newspapers available in Honnold/Mudd Library. If you want to purchase a newspaper, vending machines are located at Huntley Bookstore, Wolfe’s Market, and several places in Claremont Village.


On Campus

You will have free access to the CMC tennis courts and track. The swimming pool will be open during posted hours and costs $3.00 per person per day. If you enjoy walking, the campuses of The Claremont Colleges and adjacent residential Claremont streets offer many pleasant routes for a power walk or a leisurely stroll.


  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
    For the botanically-minded, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is located just to the north of The Claremont Colleges at 1500 North College Avenue. During hours the Garden is open, you can wander the paths and learn about native California plants.
  • Claremont Hills Wilderness Park
    The entrance to this park is at the north end of Mills Avenue in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. It is bound by Marshall Canyon on the west, the Angeles National Forest to the north and the San Bernardino County line to the east. It is a topographically diverse wilderness area with an elevation variance between 1,800 feet above sea level (around the Mills Avenue entrance) to 3,000 feet (at the peak of Potato Mountain). Much of the area is rugged and inaccessible. The park includes 1220 acres and has many fire roads which may be used for hiking, biking, walking leashed dogs and horse riding. No other improvements have been made to the park area.