Claremont, CA
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Reviews 732 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The library at Pitzer is very tiny and can sometimes feel like its not doing its job, however Pomona's library, which is open to any Claremont College student is great. There are plenty of study spaces, its very quiet, and there is a cafe which helps break up long study sessions.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs – The computer labs here are pretty great. The IT staff is efficient and nice about helping you with your computer problems and internet access.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Pitzer is one of the more accepting places i have ever been! Not only are you celebrated for your differences in the social scene but in class your opinion holds its own because of your different perspective!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms Are the Best – The freshman dorms are new, like a resort. The older dorms are a little more worn but have a lot of art and character to them so there are ups and downs to both. You can live on campus all four years but most people stay on for just the first two years

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Darn Safe – I feel very safe, even walking at night. There are always blue beacons in view and everyone knows the number for campus safety. My only concern is with occasional theft of bikes.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very Little – it provides little housing options

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Fantastic. Inviting and friendly

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's a Really Sensible Policy – If you're subtle and sensible drinking is pretty easy to get a way with. The school even supplies beer at school-sponsored events. All 5-cs have different policies, which can be a bit confusing. Harvey Mudd has a liquor license which is fun, CMC virtually has no alcohol policy whatsoever, and Scripps is kind of strict.
Pot and alcohol are pretty pervasive but it's an accepting school, peer pressure is low. Harder stuff is pretty hard to come by.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: 5 Dining Halls, 7 Cafes, Infinite Options – If you're not lazy you can really get a variety of good food in the 5cs.

5 College Senior

Facilities: there is always somewhere to fit your needs for studying, there are always some type of activities happening, and the campus is so small and intimate it is easy to get from one end to the other very quickly.

2 College Junior

Parking: Biking and walking are much better options and less frowned upon. Especially taking classes at other schools, finding general non-visitor parking for class sucks.

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1 College Junior

Drug Safety: Weed and Booze – Take up most all of the partying on campus. Impossible to live in any dorm without smelling weed at one point or another, even in the substance free wings of the dorms.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: A whole downtown area with a number of different restaurants – claremont has a whole downtown area with a number of different restaurants that range in casual dining to upper scale. There are a number of local places that offer student discounts, and there is fast food nearby too, if that is your preference.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: A Different Sort of College Experience – Overall, I have absolutely loved my experience at Pitzer College. At times, the small size of the school becomes tiring. Everyone knows about everyone's business, and gossip is a bit of a problem. Pitzer students are opinionated and passionate. They have drive and vigor about whatever they find important. Occasionally this can result in rather abrasive and counter-productive mass arguments. I find these times intriguing rather than annoying. If you take the time to listen, you will learn so much more at this school beyond what is offered in the classroom. The teachers are funny and the classes are unique. The social life is fulfilling but not dominated by any individual influence- no frat parties, etc. If I had the chance, I would definitely choose PItzer again.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: On Campus there is always something going on – Nightlife generally happens on campus. Pitzer fund parties with alcohol, so there's generally no problem with that. There is really good music at the Pomona Glass house, and many people go there on the weekends to check out big bands. But on campus there is always something going on.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: If You're Into Sports, Youll Still Have Fun – The atmosphere for sports is pretty big, if you want to get into it. All the facilities are located on the Pomona College campus and generally run through Pomona. The teams consist of Pomona and Pitzer athletes, and many of the teams are very competitive for NCAA division 3. As a part of the Varsity baseball team last year, we were ranked number one in division 3, and went to regional playoffs.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Generally Safe – The school has a pretty active campus security, because even with the 5 colleges, the general area is fairly small. Sometimes there is petty theft, and bicycles get stolen a lot, but all you need to do is lock up.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Stellar-- underrated academically – i think that pitzer and all of the claremont schools are all amazing. If I could choose all over again, i would still go to pitzer without a doubt. the academics are rigorous, especially in science classes at the Joint science center in conjunction with claremont and scripps. I would say that the most unique thing about pitzer and the claremont school at least in America, is how i can take any class at any of the other claremont schools without any hassle. the credits are interchangeable and each schools professors have their own feel. we also share sports teams so there is a strong school rivalry pomona and pitzer VS claremont scripps and harvey mudd, which makes things very interesting. overall i think that pitzer is underrated academically compared to the rest of the claremont schools and that its on the rise with the freshman class becoming more competitive to get into every year.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: College Park – Right across the street from campus are the newly built College Park Apartments. Pitzer will allow you to live off campus through the school or on your own. If you live there through the school, it costs the same as on campus housing, except you have the extra amenities that come with apartment-style living.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Village has movie theaters, restaurants, and shopping – There is a lot to do on campus, but if you need to get a way, the Claremont Village is next to campus. In the village are movie theaters, restaurants and shopping.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food Is Fresh and Friendly – Lots of vegetarian options, dining hall staff are always willing to go in the back and get you whatever you need that isn't readily available

4 College Student

Diversity: Pitzer stresses and embraces diversity. The students are naturally accepting of pretty much any differences, and believe that is what makes the school so vibrant. But if you are a Republican, keep it to yourself!

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Ok but Options Are Limited – There are city buses available but I have never taken them and I don't think they're very reliable. The Metrolink takes people right from near campus to Central Station in LA, which is nice BUT it is hard to get around with public transportation in LA. The School offers Zip-cars for students to rent which are helpful. The Claremont Colleges are fairly residential so most people can walk everywhere.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Not Nessasary – most students ride bikes or longboards/ skateboards around because the campuses are not big enough to need to drive everywhere. there are many clubs that provide students with opertunities to go off campus to downtown LA, San Diego, or events that are going on. as far as I know (I have a car so i haven't looked into it)the school encourages students to stay on campus by providing everything on campus and does not offer any services to go into the city. however with that said, everyone is generally happy to help out other students and provide rides for others and it is not a problem getting from A to B usually.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Location Isn't an Issue – The new green dorms for the freshman are like a five star motel, but the upperclass dorms need some work. They have great suit layouts but are in serious need of a pick-me-up.

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Morgan Peterkin
Greenwich, CT
English and World Literature
Grad Year
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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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