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

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: It's Rare to Feel Unsafe – I've always felt safe walking around campus. We have a system set up so that at anytime you should be able to spot a blue light that has a phone or button attached that contacts campus safety. If you do feel unsafe, campus safety will gladly get you and escort you back to your room. We also have a system setup where every student will get an e-mail, phone call, and text message if anything suspicious is happening on campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Be Prepared for a Whole Lot of Sun, and Little to No Rain – It truly is sunny here 90% of the days school is in session. It usually rains anywhere from 5-15 days in the school year; you actually begin to miss bad whether sometimes. We don't really have seasons, but the fact that we have 85 degree whether at the end of November is pretty fantastic.It really makes it an active campus; people are always outside studying on the mounds.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: You Only Have to Worry About Sophomore Year – All of the freshman live in the brand new dorms, so no one can complain. Juniors and seniors live in suite style living, but sophomores live in double rooms in Holden Hall. Fortunately, Holden Hall is being rebuilt and will turn into the new upperclassmen hall starting fall of 2012. In just a short time, all the dorms on campus will be brand new, so you really shouldn't be concerned. The best part is there are NO communal bathrooms; not having to walk down the hall in your towel is priceless!

2 College Senior

Transportation: Bring a Bike – Claremont is a college town, so there isn't much around. Public transportation is quite inconvenient (although moderately priced), so most people bike around town. The village is a fifteen-minute walk away, so your legs will come in handy. If you're looking for things other than a record store, some restaurants, or the Metrolink, it's best to use a car. Most malls and movie theaters are within a twenty-minute drive. Also a warning - LA is NOT that close - it's a 45-minute drive or over an hour on the train. Late-night transportation is non-existent unless you have a personal car.

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3 College Senior

Parking: It's Starting to Get Crowded – Now that more and more people are applying to Pitzer, parking is beginning to get difficult. Usually you can find a spot in the larger parking lot, but it does take a few minutes of cruising around to find a spot, especially during peak times.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: It's Sunny Socal – The weather is really beautiful here. If you want to have four distinct seasons or you really enjoy snow, then you might not like the weather. The weather is generally very nice, but it does get cool at night, so bring some jackets.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: We Love Weed – Of the Claremont Colleges, Pitzer has a reputation for housing all the potheads. It's great! Marijuana is a very social activity and there is never a shortage in demand nor supply. Pitzer often has a weekly Wednesday "Smoke Force" that, if executed correctly, will not entail people getting busted. Alcohol is always provided at parties and it's fairly easy to just show them your ID for beer(even if you're underage). Occasionally someone is selling psychedelics and during exam time, people will sell their Adderol or Ritalin pills.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Sometimes internet access in the dorm rooms can go in and out- though using ethernet prevents that from being a problem. But the study rooms always have consistent and quick access. Having your own laptop is quite helpful if you can't get to a lab, library, or study room for whatever reason. Using your own printer is quite helpful as well since you are only allowed so many print credits before you are charged.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – Most people will participate in some sort of illegal activity on a regular basis and not suffer any consequences if they are *smart* about subtlety. It's very easy for underage individuals to drink and people are constantly smoking pot and cigarettes in their rooms. Often if you get written up you are subjected to some hours of 'community service' which can be completed quite easily, e.g. decorating a bulletin board with whatever you want. In general alcohol is provided at parties because the school would rather know that students are drinking safely on campus rather than out somewhere at a random place.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: If You Are Different, You Might Want to Come Here – So Pitzer is an amazing school and rare. we are smart, innovative, and spunky. we like to party. we also like to chill and smoke a jay. If you think you are different and you're okay with all sorts of unique people than pitzer is probably a good choice for you. Our profs are smart and engaging.

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2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Claremont Can Be a Bit Dull – Claremont is a college town that caters to the White, middle-class crowd. Definitely buy a bike or maybe bring your car when you are here - all the interesting stuff is not within walking distance, and public transportation is a bit of a hassle. Claremont's "downtown" village tends to be a fifteen-to-twenty minute walk from Pitzer and has restaurants (varying in price), some dessert places, expensive clothing stores (including an American Apparel), a record store, and a Metrolink that goes from San Bernardino to Los Angeles. Locals are polite and friendly people who often know each other. There are also plenty of malls, restaurants, and movie theaters within twenty-minute drives.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Socal – warm and sunny little rain, almost always pleasant

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: College Park – It's amazing 10 minute walk to all the campuses at the 5'cs tons of extras and a lot of college kids. Drive or walk its all easy!

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'm at my fourth year at Pitzer and I've loved every minute of it. From the first day of freshman orientation, you can tell that most people are so chill and respectful of each other. We're a very hipster, artsy, and creative school with a knack for community engagement and social activism. I think the classes we offer are also very reflective of these ideologies. Sadly with the dwindling economy and increased competition for college applicants, Pitzer's original hippie spirit is slowly being eradicated. However we still set ourselves apart by being good, socially aware people who are super warm, welcoming, and accepting. You really feel a sense of community here.

4 College Senior

Facilities: We've got a pool, student center, gym, mail center, two art galleries, and a quiet library you can study in. If Pitzer doesn't have what you need, you can find it somewhere at the Claremont Colleges. In addition, most of the surrounding colleges have their own pools, gyms, and eateries you can access as well.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: You Usually Get It If You Need It – Financial aid is always a hassle to deal with, but if you get everything in you are likely to get a decent financial aid package.

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College Freshman

Parking: Unavailable for Underclassmen – Freshmen and Sophomores on campus are not allowed to have cars on campus. There are several ways to obtain a permit through special permission and review of the Dean, but only a handful go through with it. It would be very useful to have a car on campus to go into shows in LA, however, through Pitzer's environmental objectives they strive for alternative transport such as the metrolink, metro buses, and carpooling. Tickets are given to un-permitted cars in the parking lot left for a total of 3 or more days.

For those who do have permission to park, a parking lot is easily available and central to campus.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Wear Layers! Southern California is all about layers. Since it's so close to urban LA, people forget that Pitzer is pretty much located in a desert. During the day, it's sunny and beautiful, but at night, it drops about 20 degrees or so. It's definitely advisable to carry a sweater.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: Jocks Don't Rule the School – Pitzer's definitely not known for its star athletics, but games are a great way to spend time with your friends and get all school spirit-y, even if Pitzer teams do lose almost every game.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Options Galore – and i'm not talking options within the dining halls (even thought that's pretty decent), but i'm referring to the fact that, as a student of the claremont colleges, you're given the option of eating at any dining hall from the five C's.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Everyone Is Nice – While Pitzer may front on being more progressive than it really is, there is very little arrogance or pretentious attitude on campus and everyone is supportive, and simply put, nice.

4 College Senior

Weather: Sunny All the Time – Admittedly, it does get "colder" in the winter, but it is truly sunny nearly everyday. Don't think this excludes you from getting seasonal depression, as sunny days can feel monotonous and artificial for 340 days out of the year.

College Senior

Greek Life: There Is None – There isn't Greek life here, and this is a good thing.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Students Have a Lot of Freedom – Pitzer is a little stricter than some of the other 5C school because we have live in residence directors. However, I think Pitzer's rules are very fair. Offenders usually have to serve community service.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: Hello?! We're in California!! It's always sunny in California! Coming from the East Coast, where the weather is all too often rainy, cold, and dismal, I couldn't ask for anything better than California weather. Kids can be found at the pool even in late January!


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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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