Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,041
Tuition
$43,402
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 745 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Greek Life: A for Pleasant Lack – There is basically no 'Greek Life' which I prefer.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academics: Friendly Professors – I've never been confronted with a professor who either didn't have adequate responses or was disinterested in finding some.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Comfortable, Friendly Housing Situation – People are always friendly and welcoming. The dorms aren't new, but they serve their purpose well. There are various options for housing, including the new dorms which feel like a hotel, up to 8 person suites for developed friendships. The dorms are very close to the academic buildings at Pitzer, and no more than a 20 minute walk from any building on any of the 5Cs. The housing process is not as streamlined as it could be, but the assisting staff are friendly and helpful.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Quiet and Safe Campus – I've walked around campus at all hours of the day and night, and never felt unsafe. Campus Safety is available and helpful, but not strict. There is some petty theft, but mostly due to people's own faults.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Facilities: Useful but Not Pretty – The buildings at Pitzer are useful and practical, though not modern. All of the buildings have a style that match Pitzer's ethos. The majority of the facilities are fine, but the central facilities for the 5C's are much better.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Nightlife: off campus parties are generally more fun because most of the themed/sponsored parties are pretty trashy. some are really fun though

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The people who go to pitzer college are beautiful, inside and out. There tends to be like ONE type of look for boys (and girls) here though...even though they start out with really varied style freshman year everyone starts dressing the same by like soph/junior year. but i'm okay with it because everyone looks cute! annoying as f*** that there are like a million times more girls that guys.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Transportation: None Needed! The Claremont Colleges only equal one square mile combined, so walking, biking, etc. are very reasonable options. In addition, Pitzer Transportation Coalition provides a tram that runs from Pitzer to Pomona.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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