Claremont, CA
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Reviews 728 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Academics: Latin Studies Major – The Latin Studies major is an excellent program here at Pitzer College. I find myself connecting with the professors and enjoying my overall experience in my classes. The workload, while sometimes challenging, is also fun and captivating. Although Latin is a dead language, there is much to learn and the program at Pitzer College offers everything I need.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Good Memories – I've had a great time at Pitzer. It's a great place that really helps you grow and develop as a person. I don't know if I would do the whole college thing at Pitzer again, but I wouldn't trade my experience for anything.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Top Notch Professors! Pitzer has wonderful professors who often lend a helping hand. I appreciate them the most out of my college experience.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The train is the easiest mode of transportation when it comes to going into LA. Getting around town is pretty easy by foot, but Claremont can be pretty boring so you might want to bring a car.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid has been wonderful, they really work with what you need and are always understanding if you fall a little behind with payments.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Because we are a consortium, we share a lot of facilities, including the library and the sports complex, which is located on Pomona's campus. The library is top-notch, a really great library with tons of places to study, though it is impossible to find a place to study during finals. The sports center is pretty set, obviously great for athletes. The gym for the regular folk is OK. Pitzer has a workout room, but it is too small for the school.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The Spanish program is a 5-College major, so I have to take some of my major courses outside of Pitzer. Its a very unique experience to be able to take classes at the other colleges because it adds a lot to the major. The courses that Pitzer offers in the upper division tend to be interdisciplinary courses, which are the best courses in the Spanish major.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinks and Weed – I have never seen so many people drink and do drugs as I have in college. But, then again, most colleges experience this. Weed I would say is the most popular form of drug on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: My internet cable is my best friend when I am in my dorm. Other then that, the WiFi around the campus is great! I have never had a severe problem connecting to the internet. As for computer availability, there is many public areas with computers like at the Marque library that can be used as well as the computer lab. I know this because my computer crashed towards the end of my first semester and, luckily, I found these great facilities. But the computer technician, she is the best! She had my computer fixed and running like new within two days.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – I have walked back to campus with friends at around 1 am. There is always security passing by making sure everything is okay and, no, they will not ruin your party. Unless you have a severe drinking or drug problem, there is no need to worry about feeling unsafe. Always make sure you have a buddy system! What I most worry about is my bike getting stolen. That, you do need to watch out for.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Rules Vs. Reality – There are policies in the handbook that are definitely not substance friendly but basically the policies are to know your R.A.s and to not do anything stupid enough to get you caught. YOu can also do what most students do and do anything you're afraid of getting caught for at Claremont McKenna College because frankly that is a place where there are no rules. Some students view this as a bad thing but I'm definitely not opposed to their free flowing environment. Once again, the consortium is a life saver.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: In my opinion there are far more attractive girls than there are guys at Pitzer. Being in a consortium definitely helps. I don't know what I would do if it weren't for the other colleges.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus Food – The off campus food is pretty good. The only thing is the discount is like 10% sooo...its basically the California state tax. There also aren't very many delivery places, so East coasters used to eating delivery Chinese food will have to settle for Mix Bowl.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Love It – Pitzer is very open to diversity. We have great representation of al races and sexuality.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Meh It Could Be Better – The main off campus housing is College Park. It's too far away and it's full of old people so your college life is drastically dampened. Instead of campus security you have to deal with police.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: A lot of people smoke weed. I feel safe on campus and while a lot of people do choose to do drugs, I feel no pressure to do them. Our campus safety staff is very good and people are encouraged to find help for their friends if they need help.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Dont Know – I dont really know too much about it. Most people live on campus all four years.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Best of Both Worlds – There is a great social scene at Pitzer College because of the Claremont Consortium. It is the best of both worlds because while there isn't always that many parties at Pitzer, you can easily go over to CMC or Mudd and can also choose to have a quiet night inside without worrying about noise.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Are Fun! Depending on what sport you do, there is a huge difference. I play for the tennis team. in D3, we are ranked #6 in the nation of all D3 schools. So tennis is very competitive. However, other teams such as Basketball are decent, but not good. Pitzer has a joint team with Pomona. However, sport are not so big at Pitzer. Few athletes. Athletic facilities are all on Pomona campus, but there are great. Wonderful training room staff. Yet, there is hardly any student interest in supporting sport teams.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: All campuses have parties to student float to. By this I mean, students at Pitzer may go to a party at Pitzer and then walk to Harvey Mudd for another party.

There are also house parties and bars that students frequent as well.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are not very big at Pitzer. Mostly just students and their friends are involved. Parents also attend.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Tasty and Lots of Options – A great variety of choices. We have 6 dinning halls to choose from, all in short walking distance. The farthest dinning hall would be a 15 minute walk. THe closest is a 1 minute walk. Each dinning hall has their specialities. Scripps and CMC's dinning hall has good veggie options. Every night, there is a highlight somewhere in a dinning hall. Friday is tasty make your own pizza at Harvey Mudd, Pitzer has great Taco Tuesday. Very conveient!!!

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I love the variety of dining hall choices at the Claremont Colleges. Each the dining hall though has its best and worst options and set up. In regards to Pitzer, the food is good most of the days.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: slabbed in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. Majority are retired seniors living in cute nice houses. there is a small and cute boutique shopping area called the village. Only a ten minute walk from Pitzer. Have great and tasty bakeries, cute restaurants, and random boutique shops. Claremont is extremely safe. Since LA is 30 minutes away, it is hard to go in the city if one does not have a car. But it's a nice atmosphere for quiet and good quality study time! Senior residents are very nice. many walk their dogs around the college. One sir always walk his dog around 5:30pm. He always stops by the tennis courts and watches us play. During our matches, he would even cheer for us!

3 College Senior

Transportation: I Don't Like the Metrolink – If you're trying to get to LA, the Metrolink is kind of a pain. However, there is really no need for transportation to hang out in the Village. Everything is within walking distance.

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Morgan Peterkin
Greenwich, CT
English and World Literature
Grad Year
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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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