Claremont, CA
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Reviews 745 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Diversity: It depends on the kind of diversity. As a liberal arts college and in comparison to the other Claremont Colleges, I would consider Pitzer to be pretty diverse. Not just in ethnicity, but in religion, political affiliation, class, gender, and age even. Clearly it has a majority of liberal-minded students, and people can be a bit closed off to republican ideals, but that doesn't mean we aren't tolerant. We have a secularism studies major at Pitzer as well as religious studies. Students are mostly women, but classes tend to be pretty even. There are a bunch of New Resource Students who are not of the typical college age. I always love hearing their perspectives in class discussions.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I love the Psychology program at Pitzer. It's very small so only a few students are selected to do thesis work their senior year. If you do well, the program will support you very well. I would do it again because of the positive experience I had with the program, however I might have chosen a different major just because of job prospects and a few personal preferences. Part of me wishes I had known what I know now about what like and what interests me. I would have chosen Neuroscience over Psychology as a freshman had I known, but that is a hard program to start late in the game. With all of the requirements, I didn't want to spend an extra year in college just to change my major. But if Psychology is right for you, I truly believe you will be happy with the classes, professors, and opportunities in the Psych field. I have had the best experiences with Pitzer Psych classes and professors as opposed to the other Claremont Colleges. I do have concerns with finding a job, but not because Psychology is a difficult field to enter, but more so personal struggles with what I want my career to be.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is a really small town and so there isn't too much for college students. Some of the restaurants are a bit expensive because they cater to the retired population. However, you can always take the train into L.A. and there is plenty to do on the 5C campuses.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are only a few years old so they are really nice, well-maintained, and the pool is right in the middle of them for easy access! You also only have to share a bathroom with 3 other people.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: It is almost always sunny and at least 70 degrees out!

4 College Junior

Scholarships: While there was a struggle at the office with the loss of the financial aid director, keeping oneself in contact with the workers throughout the process helps ease the process. The workers are very committed to helping students out and the financial aid packages are generous for most people I know.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pitzer has a good dining hall, but it gets old after a while. It is great that you have other dining halls that you can eat at across the 5C’s.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: A wide arrange of classes are offered across the 5C’s. The professors at Pitzer are great, very easy to get in touch with, and also know a lot about the subject they are teaching.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Great computer labs all over campus, usually pretty empty. However, printing can sometimes be a problem (lack of printers).

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not Known for Sports – Pitzer and Pomona share sports. There is no sporting events on Pitzer's campus whatsoever. Nobody goes to the games at Pomona either, unless it is against our rival (CMC, SCRIPPS, HARVEY MUDD). There are intramural sports, but those are kind of a joke

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are Great, Material Not So Much – Professors are very helpful and really care. The material that they're teaching, though, is not as hard or intriguing as it could be.

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3 College Junior


4 College Junior

Nightlife: Claremont provides a wealth of opportunities for a vibrant nightlife. School sponsered events are great, and the campus is located right next to a the vibrant downtown Claremont area.

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5 College Junior

Computers: Wi-Fi Heaven – The computer labs at Pitzer College are easy to find and take advantage of. Their printing services are excellent!

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: California Love – It's California weather, but just a few more degrees. Really nice weather though.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Walk or Take Bus or Van – The village has most of the things needed, but if you need more, there is a weekend van ride that Pitzer offers to the mall or Target. Or you can just take the bus.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Many Internship Opportunities – Pitzer's career service center is amazing. They are very helpful and always have internships available for the students. There are even internships for those who want to go abroad. In the future i will apply for an abroad internship.

4 College Junior

Parking: There is one large parking structure and one small parking structure for Pitzer College. There is also a lot of street parking, which is not to far from the college. All cars parked on the Pitzer parking lot need to have a Pitzer parking permit. Cars can and will get ticketed if they are parked without a permit, but the ticket can be revoked if the student has a valid excuse. parking permits are given to all student except for freshmen, unless freshmen have a valid excuse for needing their car on campus. Having a car on campus is convenient but not necessary. There is $4 cab that can take students to the mall or the grocery stores.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Fun Everywhere – Claremont is a small college town, but it's surrounded by many cities including Upland, Pomona, and Montclaire. There is a mall 10 minutes away, a bunch of restaurants (both expensive and not), and there are a lot of grocery stores. Claremont is also an hour away from LA. There is a metro 15 min. away from the college which can take you as far south as San Diego. There is so much to do and not enough weekends!

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: This has been my biggest regret during my time at Pitzer. However, I have heard stories from my friends and have seen with my own eyes that joining any team does wonders for you. Not only does it help you to organise your time for you as athletics provides more structure but will also help you make friends and if you are not the type to join intermurals, then I suggest you go for try-outs, be it for basketball or swimming. The Pomona and Pitzer colleges share their athletic facilities or rather pomona shares its facilities with Pitzer, as the former has more and together the two colleges come together to create the Pomona-Pitzer team. Thus, if you want to make friends or feel that Pitzer is getting too small, venture out and try for one of the sport teams that make up the Pomona-Pitzer athletics. Remember, if you don't join a team first year, try the second year. I have heard that try-outs begin the end of second semester or the beginning of first semester. Furthermore, these are the times: beginning and end of semesters, which are busy but you should take time out during these times to join a sport. Go Sagehens (this is what the athletes of Pomona-Pitzer teams are fondly referred to as).

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not Enough Money? Don't Sweat It – Pitzer meets 100 percent of your financial need and if they somehow didn't give you enough, appeal to the financial aid office and they are usually willing to accomodate you or work out some sort of arrangement. If you really need more money, Career Services or Student Affairs will always be happy to point you in the right direction.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: No Car? Better Not Have Fancy Taste Buds. A lot of kids order Dominos or go to the 24 hour Santana's Restaurant nearby, but if you are impressing a girl or taking your folks to dinner, then you're best off driving 40 minutes to Los Angeles and eat some of the best food in the country. Middle ground? Yes. Buca Di Beppo is fantastic and will feed you more than your money's worth.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Are You Kidding Me? Gorgeous. Always. When it JUST starts to get too hot in the summer, it's time to leave and go home. There is nothing better than So Cal weather.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Always New and Excellent – Besides the fact that the chefs and dining hall staff learn to remember you by name, the food is delicious. There are specialty menu items every day of the week, and there are fresh baked cookies and desserts regularly brought to the buffet area. You can have grilled food, vegetarian food, or the chef's cuisine. The dining hall never gets boring and is nationally ranked by many sources.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Perfect Location – I live in LA and must say that it's nice not to be so close, but to have the option of such a large and diverse city so near and easy to get to from Pitzer! In the mean time, Claremont, Pomona, and the Claremont Village provide students with a small/college town feel without being isolated from civilization.

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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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