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Claremont, CA
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Tuition
$43,402
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 728 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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!

College Junior

Greek Life: Our Parties Are Non-Exclusive – We don't have a Greek system, so student clubs put on parties with school funding. Parties are open to all 5-C students. You don't need "house memberships" to be at the party.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms Are Amazing. The freshman dorms were built just a few years ago - they're super clean, open air, and often compared to a hotel. There is a beautiful inground pool in the middle of the courtyard between them and a gorgeous view of the mountains out of many of the freshman dorm windows. Imagine waking up to that every morning! The sophomore dorms (Holden Hall) are a serious downgrade but Mead Hall (the upperclassman dorms) are apartment style and much sought after.

5 College Sophomore

Parking: Freshman and sophomores can't have cars here so parking is very easy to find. There are a few sizeable parking lots that are right next to the dorms.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life doesn't exist at Pitzer College ... Thank God.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Claremont Colleges, Graduation Requirements, and Social Responsibility – The Claremont Colleges consist of five schools that are all right next to each other in the city of Claremont, CA. Each school has a different focus and its own requirements, but you are able to take classes and spend time on any of the campuses. This is so nice because if you are interested in taking a class that is not offered at your specific school, you are still able to take the class. I have personally taken a few classes at the surrounding schools and love meeting all of the people at the other schools as well as my own.
I love the Pitzer's graduation requirements are not really intense because it gives students the chance to take more classes that they are personally interested in. There are still some classes in different subjects that one must take to graduate because Pitzer wants its students to be well-rounded and have a 'breadth of knowledge' but compared to other schools, it is a lot more easy-going and less specific. There are also more major requirements, but the classes are very interesting.
I am interested in doing community service and having a social responsibility requirement is easy to fill. There are many classes at Pitzer that have social responsibility components with them where you must do some form of community service. It is great to know that I go to a school that cares so much about the community it even has a requirement to do service work!

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My family lives comfortably and we have many luxuries such as the ability to travel or go out to eat, but our family income is little more than the yearly tuition here. Pitzer has given a very generous financial aid package to me; we pay what we can afford and I'll graduate with reasonable loans, but they gave huge grants.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: We Can Design Our Own Majors – Enough said. Contrary to popular belief, this doesn't mean we're any less academic, but creating your own major allows flexibility and independence.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The campus weather here is fantastic. I can never complain. You rarely have seasons. It gets somewhat chilly during the winter time, but all around, you will pretty much find people wearing flip flops.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Sunshine always – Love the weather here. It's always sunny, even when it's cold out. We're in the desert, so it can be cold at night, but it's hot during the day. It rarely rains here. There are snow-capped mountains 20 minutes away, and beaches an hour away, so you can surf and ski the same day if you want.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Pitzer has its own loan that's available to students where its about $10,000 per academic year. (%5,000 per semester) If it weren't for this loan, I would not be able to attend this college. This loan helps many students who cannot afford the full private college tuition.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitzer is the most wonderful school in the world. The people here are so accepting and friendly and open. Everyone comes from different backgrounds and everyone has something so unique and interesting about them. Pitzer's professors truly care about the students and make themselves so available. Pretty much everyone fits in if they have an open mind and are friendly. I have met so many amazing friends, and I never feel lonely. I love art and appreciate all of the murals that cover the walls around campus. I even helped paint one! It is so easy to get involved and I couldn't be happier. I am so glad I chose Pitzer.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Many Programs, Groups, and Clubs to Get Involved in – Although Pitzer is a small college, you'd be surprised to know how many clubs and programs we have on campus. Many students create their own clubs and most of these clubs are approved. There are many different ways a student can become involved in the Pitzer community through clubs. During the breaks (fall break, Thanksgiving, spring break, and some weekends), if students don't have any plans, there are programs that are partially funded by Pitzer where the students can travel to national parks or do something outdoors with other students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: PAS Dorms Are Wonderful – our dorms are environmentally friendly and highly sustainable.
nice big bathrooms and enough room space.

4 College Junior

Weather: Summer days, especially during move in day for Fall semesters, Claremont can get really hot. This is due to the location of the school geography wise. Claremont is in a desert region. You should expect hot summer days, cool and beautiful fall days, cold winter nights (low 50s-60s F) and somewhat rainy days during the spring, although it doesn't rain too often. (I mean, it's Southern California) There are plenty of sunny days to hang out outside!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Yum Yum – I love how we can eat at all five Claremont College dining halls. The food never really gets boring because there are so many options. I am a vegetarian and am allergic to gluten, and I have never gone hungry. The dining halls do a great job of serving everyone and almost always take students' comments about the food seriously. The food at Pitzer is absolutely delicious! Taco Tuesday is my favorite, and the homemade vegan burgers at the grill are superb.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Psych ROCKS! I am hoping to be a psychology major, and so far I have been very pleased with how much help and information I have received. There was an entire night dedicated to psychology majors in which we got free food and all of the psychology professors came to talk to us, inform us, and answer questions. The psychology professors are all so intelligent and make classes interesting.

5 College Freshman

Weather: If you like rain and snow, this is not the place for you. However, if you go a few miles into the mountains you'll see some snow. Right now it is December and 75 degrees. I am the kind of person that hates gray and cloudy and rainy days, so I am extremely happy here. It gets a little chilly at night sometimes, but otherwise you should expect very beautiful days.

5 College Junior

Weather: Have You Heard of Southern California? It is almost always beautiful and warm here. Sometimes professors let us have classes outside. And if someone wants some chilly weather they can drive 30 minutes up to Mt. Baldy and go snowboarding or skiing.

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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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