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4 College Freshman

Academics: Small Classes – My biggest class is Political Studies, which has about 50 students in it. My smallest class has about 12 students. The teachers usually know everyone by name within a month or so, and they are extremely helpful. Use their office hours, or make an appointment to meet with them and they will always be there to help.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Highs and Lows – The Freshmen dorms are brand new and stellar. They have huge, spacious bathrooms and the living community is awesome. However, during Sophomore and Junior year the dreaded decrepit Holden might be the only option. But Senior year is all about living off campus or in the Mead dorms. Everyone loves Mead.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Money Money Money – The school gives almost everyone at least a little money, and if you ask for more they usually give it to you. The work study program also helps a lot of kids out.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There Are a Few Things to Do – The Village is about a 10 minute bike ride away. It has a bunch of really cute little shops, two pharmacies, Yogurt-Land, JambaJjuice, a movie theater, American Apparel, and a farmers market every Sunday. Biking down there gets a little old since it's uphill on the way back, but if you have a car, its much easier to take advantage of all it has to offer. Plus, the REAL mall is about 10 minutes by car.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is phenomenal. A cold day is a high of 65 and clouds are practically unheard of. There's a pool right in the middle of the freshman dorm quad that is the social hot-spot for the majority of the school year.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Laid Back Fun – If you want to go out and party Tuesday through Saturday you can, there are plenty of opportunities all around the 5C's to party. The alcohol policy isn't extremely strict, the college trusts you to make good decisions and not get out of control. Pitzer is unique in that there are a lot more laid back events scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights, such as open mics and musical performances around campus.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I recieved an extremely generous amount of financial aid. There were no set backs or issues filing the initial paperwork, and the administration was really friendly when I called with questions.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: California, Nuff Said! Gorgeous 60s in the winter, gets cold at night but that's about it. It's always beautiful sunshine and blue skies. Probably an average of 75 the entire school year.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sun, Sun, Sun!! Although daylight savings time causes it to get dark rather early during the winter months, California weather is extremely enjoyable. It can get pretty hot in the summer, but its usually a nice 60-75 degrees outside during the fall.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: We Have Everything! You can party up to 5 nights a week through all the parties going on between the 5C's. Pitzer usually hosts Groove At The Grove every Friday night, which is a good change of pace from your general club scene. They play less mainstream and more electro/house. Pitzer always has things to do around campus at night so its not hard to do something if you don't wanna party. Overall, you don't really party strictly at Pitzer, you go to the other schools parties, which are pretty good, which allows Pitzer to save money for bigger festivals like Reggae Fest and Kohoutek.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Plenty Off Parties Both on and Off Campus – On campus parties sometimes card you, but a lot of people pre-game beforehand and acquiring alcohol for personal consumption isn't that difficult. Off campus parties are fun, too. They sometimes run out of beer but it's a nice change of atmosphere from the rowdy TNC scene. Overall, there is always something to do, even if you just want a chill night watching movies.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman Are Spoiled With the Nicest Dorms. The new Pitzer-Atherton-Sanborn dorm complex is about 3 years old. The dorms are pristine, and the swimming pool in the center makes the dorms look like a country club. However, once you become an upperclassman, your housing gets worse. Holden is very old and rarely renovated, and has NO AIR CONDITIONING which makes it unbearable during Claremont's hot August and September. Mead Hall is a step up from Holden, but not comparable to the Freshman dorms. Usually juniors and seniors live in Mead.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: It Feels Like Summer Year-Round – We live in beautiful southern California. What do you expect? Claremont has some of the best weather in the country.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Is Safe, Campus Security Is Not Strict. I have never felt unsafe on Pitzer's campus, however I have had a laptop stolen on campus, so be sure to lock your doors. Pitzer's RAs are pretty lenient when it comes to partying in the dorms, just don't make too much noise. It's also pretty easy to get away with smoking weed in the halls; the RAs rarely bust students because of it.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Any Major Is Possible – Quite literally. I am double majoring in philosophy and animal ecology. The cool thing is, is that my philosophy major is actually through Pomona and not Pitzer and that is totally allowed.

5 College Junior

Weather: This Is Cali After All – I think it has rained here once this semester and its December. Sometimes we have fog in the morning- thats pretty intense. Oh and i went swimming last week after i celebrated Thanksgiving.

1 College Junior

Athletics: We have sports?? Wait we have sports here? I was a cheerleader for two years here, and lets just say that I quit because I could catch a ball better than the football team. Sorry guys.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Claremont, CA: the Place Where Old People Live – Claremont is not a city for nightlife, but you can go to LA for that. The Claremont Village, which is within walking distance of Pitzer's campus, has a few good stores like American Apparel and good places to eat. There aren't really any bars in Claremont proper, but in the surrounding cities there are a few sketchy places to drink.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is virtually no Greek life on campus. People who come to Pitzer generally aren't looking for that sort of thing. If you really want to be a part of it, there's an underground "frarority," but they don't influence the social atmosphere on campus. Everybody is accepting and parties with everyone.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: If you want to, you can submit a request to paint on the buildings. We have very few required classes that we need to take. The social scene is great. Every Thursday there is a music party called "Groove at the Grove House." They play good music and everyone has fun. You can walk to any of the other parties at the other Claremont colleges if you want to get away for a little bit. About 70 percent of Pitzer students travel abroad and it is very easy to do so.

College Junior

Greek Life: No Frats. No Sororities. They just don't exist on the Pitzer Campus.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I like not having a Greek system, there is no pressure of hazing and trying to make friends. We don't need a Greek system.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms Are the Best – The freshman dorms are air conditioned, you only share a bathroom with three other people, the dorms are extremely environmentally friendly, all the freshman are put together so we have a close-knit community, it is very open and spacious, we have a pool in the middle that everyone can see, the showers are great and they have two settings, we have a student run cafe next to our dorms, each hallway gets along really well, and you can adjust the placement and height of your bed. The rooms are a little small but you get used to it.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Its Always Sunny....And Smoggy – Pitzer, and the surrounding area, has consistently beautiful weather. It is almost always sunny, with a temperature ranging from 65 to 85 degrees. At night, the temperature drops dramatically, ranging from 40 to 50 degrees. The biggest weather problem, however, is the smog. At least two days a week, the smog hovering around the mountains gets unbearable. I have mild asthma, but usually I do not have to use an inhaler. Since coming to Pitzer, I have had to medicate myself on a daily basis.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Process Could Have Been a Little More Smooth, Could Have Given More – I only recieved loans, but lucrative loans. Pitzer offers $5,000 a semester in unrestricted loans with no interest rates. They did not offer any other sort of financial aid though.

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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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