Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,041
Tuition
$43,402
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 745 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We are a very diverse college in many ways, We have people of all ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and religions. People are very accepting of who you are. It bothers me that there isn't any diversity in political beliefs here. You are terrorized if you are not an extreme leftist.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Most of the food is amazing, but there's a couple things you learn to avoid. Omelet bar at breakfast is bomb.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nighlife is great if you are not super into Greek life and bars. There are always parties every night expect for Sunday and Monday. There are plenty of day parties and themed parties. You don't have to drink or do drugs to feel like you are fitting in. I always have fun at all the parties.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm a varsity athlete and I LOVE IT!!!! There is a huge emphasis on academic excellence. Events are generally poorly attended except when we are going up against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. We have strong programs across the board, but less spirit than state schools. The facilities for regular students to work out are amazing, but for varsity athletes, the facilities that are used at Pomona are average, but will probably be replaced in the coming years.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have really enjoyed most of my classes and professors here. Being able to take classes at the other Claremont Colleges is definitely a big bonus! It's great taking classes at other campuses. That being said, there are some professors that aren't that great, so ask around and check online ratings before you register for classes. Remember, take the professor, not the class. Some prereq classes are boring, but we all suffer together. At Pitzer, compared to most schools, you can essentially take whatever classes you want, there is only one required writing course, which is LOTS of fun (and I don't like writing). Classes vary in size, intro classes are larger, and some classes are seminar style and some are lecture. Usually my intro classes have been about 25 students. Once you move to upper level classes, they can get down to 5 students.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The alumni network is not the best because we don't have a ton of them since the college is only 50 years old. But it is getting stronger and more people recognize Pitzer as an outstanding college. All gradaute schools love the Claremont Colleges, so your changes of admission to a masters or PhD program are high. The job prospects are average, it really depends what you want to do. A large number of graduates go on to get a Fulbright Fellowship or another type of fellowship. Graduates do what they are passionate about. The beauty of a liberal arts degree is that it gives you a breadth of skills. When people ask you "what can you do with a liberal arts degree?", the answer is "anything, actually".

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We technically do not have Greek Life, but there is a Kappa Gamma group that is a fratority that hosts events sometimes. If you want Greek Life, don't come here.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love going to school and living in Claremont! I wouldn't give it up for anything. That being said, if you want to go explore LA, you definitely want to have a car or borrow someone's car. The nightlife here is not for everyone...its not Greek Life, so if you are into that, this may not be the place for you. There is always something to do every night of the week, and parties start on Tuesday nights and go until Saturday nights.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities right now are very mixed. There are some very nice new facilities and some older not so nice ones. Over the next few years that'll change hopefully.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's rarer than most colleges, but it still happens. Usually it involves another student causing trouble from another Claremont College.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most girls around campus are pretty attractive. You can be strangers with anyone on campus and be able to hang out and have it be fun.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living in the dorms! Most of the dorms are very recently built and nice. It always keeps you socializing with other people and it's never more than a 5 minute walk to the dining hall or class. Room draw is a very archaic and stressful time of the year, however. But first years do not have to worry about that.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As long as you go to class and do well you'll be fine. If you party, then as long as you don't get transported or make stupid decisions, you'll stay out of trouble.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: not great, i woud prefer school with frats

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3 College Freshman

Majors: great for some majors like soc, environmentalism, etc.. but terrible for serious stuff like econ, math, hard sciences, or if you wannna go into buisness

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Nothing to do around claremont schools like lmu have better surrounding area

1 College Freshman

Athletics: sucks if you play water polo. pomona is hella far and the trek back and forth in unbereable

3 College Junior

Athletics: You can play in a team sport if you want to, but it is really not an emphasis of the school. The resources for athletes are pretty good but they are all at Pomona, which is kind of an inconvenience.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity where sexual orientation is concerned- it's a very free to love school, but there are marginal amounts of ethnic/ racial diversity, socio-economic diversity, political diversity, and religious diversity.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Weather: It's warm a lot, but it gets cold at night. In the winter, nighttime (and sometimes daytime) can be freezing. It snows on the mountains nearby, so it gets really cold. It's super hot at the beginning and end of the school year, but it's nice warm weather for the most part.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All the dorms are great. There's only one dorm building that is older, but it's the cool dorm since there's a lot of art and many single dorms there plus a living room in each suite. The rest of the dorms are brand new and eco-friendly. They're open and really spacious.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: People aren't really into sports here. We have sports teams, but people don't really care about them. People care more about art, music, and other things like that.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Diversity: There isn't much diversity at Pitzer anymore. The junior and senior classes are more diverse, due to the higher acceptance rate back when they applied. It's kind of sad how the diversity is decreasing year by year. The school is made up of mostly Whites. There are barely any African-Americans at all. The biggest ethnic minority here are Latinos. There is a big diversity regarding sexuality. Many people identify as LGBTQ, gender queer, polygamous, etc. Most people believe in some form of God, but not an institutional religion. Most people are wealthy, but there are about 1/5 of the people on financial aid.

2 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off-campus, neither do many people in general. It's just much more convenient to live on campus since there are so many dorm rooms.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: I am currently undecided, which is totally fine since so many underclassmen are. The workload in general can be a lot or a little, depending on your professor.

2 people found this useful Report
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Morgan Peterkin
Hometown
Greenwich, CT
Major
English and World Literature
Grad Year
2012
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Pitzer is a truly wonderful place filled with people who want to make a difference and embrace change. There does not exist one specific Pitzer student; rather, once on campus, you will be welcomed by a myriad of different personalities, opinions, and likes and dislikes. If there were to be a general consensus about the students at Pitzer, it would be that they are driven individuals who seek to make the world a better place. But Pitzer students could not do what they do alone. The student body is a reflection of a much bigger entity: the faculty, staff, administration, groundskeepers, dining hall workers, and everyone else who makes a contribution to the school help to unify it and make it the amazing place the students know it as today. The school has grown so much, and it has only been around since 1963! One can only imagine what immense changes are to come.

Most students enjoy their time at Pitzer and the Claremont Consortium as a whole, though some common complaints include the cost, the lack of school spirit, and the pretty tame party scene. If you look past all of this, though, you will inevitably see that being given the chance to study at Pitzer is the opportunity of a lifetime. Pitzer is not your average higher education institution; it offers unique opportunities such as traveling with your professor to do research or working closely with the administration to make the school the place you want it to be. You may come here for an education, but in reality, you're going to walk away with a whole lot more.

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