Claremont, CA
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Reviews 732 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: You Can Park – The title says it all. If you need to park, you can park.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fun If You Go – The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens fans are not the most ardent supporters, which is kind of strange considering our proficiency at a multitude of sports. Our basketball team lost in the championship round last year, our baseball team was crowned champion, as was waterpolo. In addition, our 5C rugby teams had to be placed in a special D-1 premier class because they were so good. If you have an interest you can find some talented young athletes, but don't expect massive crowds.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Why Would You Want It? The people who choose to live off campus seem relatively happy with it, but I've never seen any pressing demand to do so. The Freshman dorms are fantastic, camp sec is very lenient, the dining halls are great and new dorms are being built right now. It's not very difficult to attain, but it seems to be more of a chore should you do so.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: New Golf Cart – They just installed a new golf cart that takes students across the 5 C's, love it.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys Are HOT – The guys at Pitzer are fine. Hipsters for all! Some are a bit too beardy or raggedy, but most are good looking. There are a variety of different looking guys, plus if you are into bros, CMC is next door!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The old ones (including old dorms and academic buildings) are alright, but can appear a bit shabby from the outside. The newer buildings (Sanborn and the newer academic buildings) are quite beautiful and a new housing project is on the way. Overall, I love the facilities and think most buildings are very nice inside and out.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Really Strict – Just don't get caught. You have to keep all alcoholic beverages in your room when you party and don't have the music blaring too loud. You can smoke weed just about anywhere, as long as its in a joint no one really cares. But if you do get caught it's a warning, then 10 hours of community service, and then you're on academic probation and in danger of losing housing. This is only really if the RD or RA hates you.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Psychology, Neuroscience, Pre-Med – Currently doing Psychology and Neuroscience double major and Pre-med classes. Psychology is a common major at Pitzer, there are a lot of great professors and really easy credits. Neuroscience is mainly done through the Joint Science Department, CMC Scripps and Pitzer, those classes are pretty tough but is you have a strong background in cell Bio you should be fine. Pre-Med classes are all through the Joint Science Department as well and it's intense. They definitely try to weed out the weak with organic chemistry.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No Pressure. A lot of people smoke a drink, just like any other college or university but a lot of people also choose not to. Not matter what you decide, no one will pressure you to do anything. Overall, Pitzer people are really chill.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: A Lot of Variety – Besides eating at McConnell, you can eat at any of the other five dining halls across the5C's You can also go to The Coop at Pomona, which is open until midnight or later, The Shakedown at Pitzer, The Mudd Hole at Harvey Mudd (open until 2am onthe weekends), The Motley at Scripps or The Hub at CMC

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Best Freshman Year – The Freshman dorms on campus are only about 4 years old and definitely the nicest on campus even though they are the smallest dorms. All dorms on campus have bathrooms in between every two rooms so you practically have your own bathroom. On campus housing is worst Sophomore year but junior and senior year you can live in suites that share a living room. It is rumored that Pitzer will begin constructing new dorms for the upperclassmen that will be ready in 2013

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Always Accessible – The computer lab at Pitzer is always accessible with your key card that allows you to swipe yourself in at any time of the day or night. The labs usually have spots available if you need to use the computer. There is campus-wide Wi-Fi which works well outdoors but not so well in the dorms. If you want good internet in your dorm you should definitely have an ethernet cord. You don't have to have a laptop, but it would be extremely useful just in case there isn't any room in the lab.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall Pitzer is very safe. There are always the usual bike thefts and occasionally sketchy people from L.A. and the surrounding areas come to campus but it is a rarity. As a female I have walked to the other campuses alone at midnight and never felt threatened. Although the campus is safe I don't think that Campus Security is well organized and I think that overall they have been lucky there aren't too many crazy folks around.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: In nationwide rankings Pitzer always does well in the area of diversity. Twice a year Pitzer holds their Diversity Program to bring kids from all over the U.S. to visit Pitzer. Often the kids that go on this program end up coming to Pitzer which has helped the school's diversity tremendously. Although the majority of the students are white, the amount of diversity Pitzer attracts for being a small school is astounding.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Although the junior/senior suites that Pitzer offers their upperclassmen are fairly nice, they can't compare to the newer apartments offered off campus. It's nice to live on campus because everything is close and if you live off campus you will need a bike or car and the parking is limited, but the housing off campus is reasonable and nice.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty Pricey – There are a few good restaurants in the Claremont Village but most of them are pretty expensive. Casa Blanca is a tasty restaurant serving Mediterranean food, but entrees are around $20 a plate which is extremely pricey for a poor college student. It'd be a nice place to take someone on a date though.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There Are Sports? No one really pays attention to sports at Pitzer, although there are a myriad of opportunities to do sports with the Pomona-Pitzer team. The athletic facilities are pretty nice and when there is a rival game students do go out to show there support, but overall no one really knows when there is a game going on.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Better Girls Than Guys – There are many attractive guys at Pitzer, although they all tend to fit into two categories: bros or hippies. As for the girls I've heard guys across the 5 campuses say Pitzer has the finest ladies.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Marijuana but No Peer Pressure – Marijuana is very popular at PItzer but there is no peer pressure if you don't choose to smoke. Drinking is popular on the weekend but not normally during the week. There are plenty of people who don't drink or smoke.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: A Community of Acceptance – While the bulk of students at PItzer are white the school puts a strong value on diversity and acceptance. Any discrimination on the basis of race, class or sexual orientation would be actively condemned by the student community.

4 College Junior

Facilities: A Beautiful Campus – The facilities at Pitzer are small but nice and very close to the dorms. As Pitzer is part of a consortium of colleges it is easy to use those of the other colleges. The library is incredible but located about a 10 minute walk from the campus. There are restaurants on campus but they tend to close earlier in the night than those of the other campus but its really nice to have options. The best part of the campus is the mounds, a stretch of small grassy hills located in the center of the campus. The mounds serve as a meeting place where people both study and relax with friends. Hammocks on the trees around the mounds are perfect for reading or passing the time on one of the beautiful sunny california days.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Pretty Good – Freshman and Sophomores are not allowed to have cars on campus but you can easily get around that if you have a valid reason for needing a car. Having a car is not necessary and parking is almost always available. I've never seen anyone get a ticket.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Super Safe – I never feel unsafe at the Claremont colleges. Even walking back from the Library alone at 2AM I never feel threatened. They have plenty of security and their on call system is efficient. There have been a few incidents on Pomona's campus and Harvey Mudd's but I feel very safe at Pitzer.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors Really Care! Im an environmental studies major and the range of classes and professors available at the 5 claremont campuses is what sold me on the school. I have only take environmental classes with Pitzer professors so far and it has been amazing. They really push you to do your work but are very understandable when it comes to conflicts and will personally work with you to help you with a paper or reading if you are struggling. The work load is fairly light and I am rarely bored by assignments. All of my professors have been quite accomplished in their lives and careers and have first hand knowledge and experience of their fields and have alot of interesting perspectives to offer.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: School Policies Relatively Lax – In general Pitzer is very lenient when it comes to affecting student's academic or social lives. My freshman RA once walked by my friends open door and saw them drinking and just requested that they shut it. As long as alcohol is not in an open container that is clearly labeled to hold alcohol (i.e. not in a solo cup) you wont be caused any trouble. With pot it's a little more strict because you can detect it's smell but again it has only been when the main Resident Director walks by and smells it that anything is done about it.


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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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