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Reviews 749 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Computers: Everyone has a macbook so it's all good – everyone has a macbook so its all good. printing is legit just use your neighbors set up

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: The majority of people smoke weed and drink beer – The majority of people smoke weed and drink beer. After freshman year its not too often to get WASTED as a Pitzer student.

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3 College Junior

Academics: I am majoring through the Joint science center. All of the major-oriented classes i have taken have been well planned and extremely informative. I am majoring through the joint science center.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Eight Dining Halls to Choose from – McConnell, Pitzer's dining hall, has pretty good food. We have the Market Grill, where you can order anything from grilled cheese and chicken tenders to hot dogs and hamburgers. The Market Grill is very tasty. Also, McConnell is famous for its amazing Macaroni and Cheese, served randomly during the week. If McConnell gets boring, the other campuses have seven other dining halls to choose from, three of which are at Pomona.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Some New, Some Very OLD Buildings. Some buildings, like Fletcher, Scott, and Bernard, were all built in the 60s and look like it. The new buildings, like Broad Hall and Broad Center, are nice buildings. The Grove House is old, but in the best way possible.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many Nice Off-Campus Apartments – In and around Claremont, no more than 3 minutes away from Pitzer are large apartment complexes made for Claremont College students. The apartments are nice and spacious and I've never heard of anyone having a problem trying to live off-campus at Pitzer.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Easygoing Policies – Pitzer claims to have policies about underage drinking and drug use, but I have never seen any of them enforced.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: No Fun for the Sober One – My experience at with the party scene at Pitzer has been pretty negative. It is almost impossible to have fun unless you are completely drunk. Those who make the choice not to drink are often bored at the 5-C dances.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Freshman Dorms Are the Best – Pitzer College built Gold LEAD certified dorms for freshman students. The upperclassman have older dorm buildings, some of which don't have air conditioning-and it's hot in California!

3 College Freshman

Parking: Not Bad – parking is usually not an issue

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a sense of peacefulness and safety – campus life is very open and there is a sense of peacefulness and safety. You would never know that claremont is bounded by a suburban war zone.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Sleepy College Town – Claremont is a sleepy college town with practically no crime. Its very quaint and quiet. Close enough to suburban danger zones if one needs to have that experience and Los Angeles is not far away. There is a great variety of places to go, nature wise-the ocean, the mountains and the desert are all close by.

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: Due to the consortium, there is always something to do on the 5-Cs. Whether it be a guest speaker at CMC, a student band at Pitzer, or or large party at Mudd, the weekends are always jammed-packed with on campus activities.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are by no means central to Pitzer college, but due to the consortium, an interesting rivalry has developed between CMS and Pomona Pitzer.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Eclectic, independent-minded, outgoing, and personable. Pitzer girls tend to value more than physical looks, but they are also very active on the whole.

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.

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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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