Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,041
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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Local Atmosphere: I love walking to the Village at night with my friends for dinner, coffee, or drinks. Everything is right at our fingertips. The city planners really thought out what they were doing. The Press is a great hangout with live music.

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Local Atmosphere: Claremont is boring, snotty, Republican, yuppie, and suburban. There are a few good restaurants and a few good shops (Rhino Records/Video Paradiso being standouts). Good luck finding a movie theater within walking distance, and give up your preconceptions about `college towns' because the city of Claremont hates the colleges and tries its darndest to thwart college-related activity by shutting down campus music festivals and closing everything down at 9 p.m.

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Local Atmosphere: Claremont is kind of a one-horse town. Businesses and shops close way too early for students to enjoy them. The good thing about Claremont being a sleepy place is that you have to invent fun things to do: hanging out with your friends becomes a lesson in spontaneity and creativity. You can do a lot with Monopoly and donuts, but you have to be willing to take an active role in designing a fun evening.

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Local Atmosphere: Claremont is in many ways a classic suburban college town. The locals don't particularly care for the presence of college students, and the zoning laws reflect this distaste. There is very little nightlife outside of the Colleges themselves. Claremont itself has very few perks, but its proximity to Los Angeles greatly increases social opportunities-you can't beat that.

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Local Atmosphere: The Five College Consortium creates a very interesting dynamic in that it is kind of like a large college feel, with a slightly different attitude at each individual school. The town of Claremont is nice, but it closes up early. If access to a car is available, Pasadena and Los Angeles have a lot to offer.

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Local Atmosphere: The town is very boring, but it's good to run errands in and meet up for coffee. However, a lot of stuff is very accessible nearby with a car. The community and the Colleges don't interact that much, but there is a peaceful relationship between the two.

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Local Atmosphere: Does anybody in Claremont have a job? It's a utopia.

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Local Atmosphere: The key word here is `quaint.' Mostly a retirement community, there are not many things to be found in Claremont that would interest the college population in the sense of partying, drinking, and recreation. The Village has flowery boutiques and old-time restaurants catering to the lives of the real citizens, the older people who settle here because of the slow pace and mellow atmosphere.

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Local Atmosphere: Claremont is completely yuppie, but is so cute. It is too expensive for a college student, but nice to walk around in. Sunday's Farmer's Market is a must, as well as the Folk Music Center and Rhino Records. Surrounding towns basically consist of strip malls.

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Local Atmosphere: If one wants to drive a bit, there are interesting things like Los Angeles an hour away, Las Vegas four hours, and Tijuana three hours!

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Local Atmosphere: The five-college Claremont community is like nothing else in the world. The small-college atmosphere combined with the spectrum of classes to choose from is unique and amazing.

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Local Atmosphere: Claremont is a very quiet and pretty town-it's very conservative. There is a shopping place called the Village just past Pomona College. This is a great place to just hang out and eat ice cream or wonderful chocolate croissant or gourmet bagels.

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Local Atmosphere: Mount Baldy is just a 15-minute drive away. It is great for hiking or nature walks.

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Health & Safety: When I was out late at night on Claremont McKenna's campus for a job, I always got campus escorts to take me home if I walked, or to bike with me if I biked.

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Health & Safety: Honestly, when I was a first year (now I am a senior), I used to walk at sometimes 3 or 4 a.m. from Pomona's campus to Pitzer's and not feel scared, and I'm from LA! But due to some recent events, I feel a little worrisome. Overall, I still feel safe because I am always prepared and because it is still my home.

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Health & Safety: As a male, safety on campus is fine.

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Health & Safety: I don't walk off the Pitzer campus by myself at night. I am consistently paranoid that my car will be broken into. I don't lock my room because I live with people I know I can trust, but I do lock my computer to my desk just in case.

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Health & Safety: There have been some security issues this year, but still, as a female, I feel safe walking around by myself at 4 a.m. Security is rarely present, which is actually really nice if you want to get away with breaking certain harmless rules.

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Health & Safety: Security is pretty lax, and it needs improvement.

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Health & Safety: While the security on campus is not all that great, I still feel safe in this area.

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Health & Safety: I feel very safe here. I am never afraid to walk alone, plus you can call campus security to escort you anywhere you want.

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Health & Safety: I feel safe on the campus, and I walk back to my dorm alone late at night and early in the morning frequently without any trouble. In general, I think that security is all right, but I wish there were more emergency lights on Pitzer's campus.

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Health & Safety: Security is pretty good. I've never felt unsafe and never had anything stolen.

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Health & Safety: Since Claremont is a sleepy place most of the time, you can walk around and generally feel safe. Just be careful calling campus safety because they can take a long time to respond if they don't think it's an emergency.

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Health & Safety: The campus is pretty secure, but it all depends on how safe you make it for yourself. It is important to remember that the Claremont Colleges are still part of the larger world. I mentor first-year students, and I tell them to lock their doors when they leave their hall.

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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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