Claremont, CA
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Reviews 746 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: New Experiences – Learn from top noch professors about a wide range of topics you'll never think about. Meet many people and professors from 5-C colleges. You can eat at each 5-C college cafertia.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is always warm and sunny. In winter, it's about 60 to 80 degrees. Very comfortable weather, and does not affect campus experience.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Sunny and dry – It's dry, with few seasons here.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: A Lot of Rich People – There are a lot of white, Jewish, rich students here.

5 College Senior

Weather: What can I say? We're in Southern California. A day in mid-December can be sunny and 75 degrees, and you could go to class in flip flops. This is one of the most inviting features of campus. The good weather here keeps students excited and animated, and motivates students to get out of their rooms and out to class, or to go play sports or enjoy other outdoor activities.

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College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life does not exist here.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Sunny Sunny Cali – Sunny most days and enough cold days to feel like I can break out my winter clothing.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They need to give more scholarships... The price of the school is rising every year. I wish there was more aid but all in all Pitzer is worth the price. If you make the most of your experience here the high price is worth it!

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is pretty sweet. With the 5C's there is always stuff going on. Best parties are Groove at the Grove!

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Incredibly Helpful – I could not go here if they did not give me the scholarships which they did.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Oppresively Sunny – If your from the Northwest and enjoy the variation in the seasons, than the constant warmth and sunshine can throw off your internal calendar. Of course, most people greatly enjoy the eternal summer, as you can work and play outside all year long.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Fantastic, East Coaster Converted to West Coast – It was 72 degrees on the first day of December. I grew up in New York City, where it is not 72 degrees in December. It was a bright, warm sunny day, and it still felt like June. I could not love the weather out here more. It has changed me from an East Coast boy to a West Coaster.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Claremont Vs. LA – Claremont is a pretty sleepy town and many places close down early. Which, if you think about it, is pretty nice. Crime rates are low; however, a lot of townies come on campus for events. Also, keep in mind, for big sporting events and concerts we have Los Angeles within an hour of school. LA can also be reached by public transport.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Need I say more? Beautiful, sunny. Winter means it's 65. We lay out when it's snowing elsewhere. We have beautiful weather year around but can visit the snow or the beaches if we wanted.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The Student Body Has a Lot of Say in Every School Decision Made – Being part of the Claremont College Consortium is priceless. The resources are practically unlimited. Pitzer believes that the students should be fully involved in all changes that happen on campus, and this really bring administration, faculty, and students together.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Every college is going to have something you don't like about it, but Pitzer truly is an amazing place to live, learn, and grow. You really feel at home, and I always feel like I have both my friends' and professors' support when I need it. The campus is very diverse, and everyday I learn something new both in and out of the classroom. I actually miss Pitzer every time I go home on breaks. The friendly atmosphere on Pitzer's campus can't be beat, and that is one of the qualities that I think makes Pitzer such a welcoming environment.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Never a Problem – The recent construction has changed the parking policies on campus so that only juniors and seniors can have a car on campus. The administration will allow freshman and sophomores to have a car if they have a letter from a doctor, teacher, etc. providing a good reason for allowing that student to have a car. I have a car on campus, and have never had an issue finding a spot in the parking lot by my dorm room.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: You See Them Around, but They Aren't There to Take Away the Fun – Campus Safety is popping up more and more at the parties, but I haven't heard of any of them being shutdown. In general Pitzer is pretty relaxed about drinking and smoking, as long as you aren't stupid and break a rule right in front of an R.A.'s face. If you are caught drinking underage, Pitzer doesn't believe in punishment. Their goal is to help fix the drinking problem, so they require you have some counseling and take part in community service.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There Are Definitely Attractive Guys and Girls, and Also Some No So Attractive Ones – It's usually easy to find attractive people on campus. Overall the girls are probably a little better looking than the guys, but at the same time the guys who attend Pitzer are very intelligent and dedicated students which is attractive in itself. Claremont McKenna is known for having the "hot" guys, but Pitzer and Scripps are definitely known for having the best looking girls in the Claremont Consortium.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of Options Both Cheap and Expensive – If you're looking for something cheap, the Claremont Village has the Pita Pit, Yogurtland, Quiznos, and others. At the same time you can easily spend over $100 on a dinner for two. There are tons of options to choose from. We have a great Thai restaurant, as well as Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, and French. If you're a need of good dessert or pastry, Some Crust Bakery is the place to go.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Need Indian? All you can eat Indian buffet for ten dollars. In walking distance. Have I mentioned frozen yogurt? 21 Choices!

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: You're Crazy If You Think the Food Is Bad! Due to the fact that Pitzer is apart of the Claremont Consortium, we not only have access to one amazing dining hall, but 7 of them! All of the Claremont College's dining halls are top notch, but in particular Pitzer specializes in locally grown and organic and vegan food options. Most days I think the meals I eat on campus are better than the meals I have at home.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Some of the Buildings Need Improvement, but the New Ones Are Really Nice – None of the facilities at Pitzer are bad, but some of the halls need updating. Two of the new halls, Broad Hall and Broad Center, all have smart classrooms, which means they all have televisions, projectors, and computers accessible at any time. The renovated Benson auditorium is almost finished, which will be another major improvement on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Claremont Is Definitely a Stereotypical College Town – I personally love Claremont. There isn't a huge nightlife, but there are many restaurants, cute little shops, and lots of good frozen yogurt places. I highly recommend 21 Choices, our local frozen yogurt shop. Some of the eateries in town take Claremont Cash, so all you have to do is swipe your college id and not even worry about carrying cash. All the residents treat the college students with the utmost respect; one of the shop owners even gave me her phone number to call if I ever was in need of a good home-cooked meal. If you do get tired of the small college town, it's super easy to jump on the Metrolink to L.A. where anything and everything you might need or want is at your finger tips.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The professors I've taken have truly been both extremely knowledgeable and personable. During my first semester of freshman year I was invited to two of my professor's houses for dinner just to discuss what I was interested in doing after college. There are always going to be those professors that are really tough, or don't stay on topic, but in general the college has done a great job of replacing those professors and listening to student feedback.


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Morgan Peterkin
Greenwich, CT
English and World Literature
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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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