Claremont, CA
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Reviews 746 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Whatever You Want It to Be – Pitzer, and Claremont as a whole, really, is whatever you make of it. It's easy to be social. It's easy to be studious. Of course, sometimes it's hard to be both. There are plenty of opportunities here whatever you want to do.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: 5C Community Is Great – so many more options because of unique claremont colleges community + pitzer has a lot to offer. tight-knit community, small classes, good social life, proximity to la, ca sunshine

3 College Senior

Athletics: Its There If You Want It – and our mascot is the sagehen which i think is cool

3 College Junior

Athletics: So many people play sports for fun. It's not hard to find a place to play whatever you want and someone to play with.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Can't Complain – Freshman dorms are really nice, but it goes downhill fast for the sophomores, so avoid Holden if you can. Mead is pretty good for upperclassmen and that's where the parties tend to happen. Pitzer kids live off campus more than any other Claremont college, though that may have more to do with the type of people we are rather than the quality of the dorms.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Smoking Weed Is Pretty Popular – Most students drink or smoke on campus, but there are also many that do neither. There are all different kinds of social scenes. The most popular drug is definitely weed.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: 7 Dining Halls and Many Other Campus Eateries – Pitzer students can eat at any of the claremont college dining halls. There is one dining hall at each school, other than Pomona which has 3 dining halls. Also, each school has an eatery that has different hours than the dining halls, they provide alternative options for eating. On Pitzer Campus there are 3 alternative eateries. The grove house provides delicious fresh sandwiches and fruit, along with warm and straight out of the oven cookies! The Shakedown is a student run restaurant, it has all organic locally grown food, and is an amazing substitute if you're not in the mood for dining hall food. There also is the Pitstop cafe, which is a coffee shop in the academic quad. It has any coffee drink you could want, baked goods, and organic juices!

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3 College Junior

Computers: 1 Main Lab but Many Computer Options – There is one main student computer lab, but each dorm has computers in it for printing. Also, there are many labs for classes that can also be used if the student lab is crowded. There is also free wifi all over campus. Most students use their own computers the majority of the time, and the lab computers just for printing.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Claremont Train Station is within walking distance from campus and the dorms. Takes a little research for connecting buses and trains, but can easily make excursions to LA, San Diego and Santa Barbara. Zipcars are also available on campus.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – I have never felt unsafe at Pitzer. The residential life staff is amazing, warm and approachable. They are fair and helpful in all situations. Campus Security does a good job but I would not say that they are exceptional.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although there is an international enrollment across the 5 Colleges, the diversity of students regarding socio-economic status is limited. Pitzer itself is perhaps more diverse than most with a program for older students (New Resources Students, NRS) that is exclusive to Pitzer. Sexual orientation and politics is very liberal at Pitzer. There is also a wide variety of religious beliefs including a strong secular population.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Pitzer is part of a consortium of 5+ colleges. As an enrolled student at Pitzer you have access to the facilities of Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer. Honnold Mudd library is used by all the colleges and is centrally located with hours of operation that accommodate most schedules.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Party on Campus – The Claremont Consortium works well together to have parties every weekend. Going to clubs means going into LA, which is only 45 min away by train, but can be a hassle if you just want to go dancing. On Pitzer's campus, there is at least one live music event every weekend. Then there are huge "5C" parties where alcohol is served. Staying on campus is a great option.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Sleepy Claremont – The surrounding town is Claremont, CA, which is a sweet little town, lots of shops and restaurants, a few bars, and a really great candy store. But it's not a "college town" where there is a lot of partying. There are lots of families in the area, so it tends to be a pretty calm town. Further around us is Upland and Pomona. Both are okay places; there are plenty of grocery stores, Targets, etc., and we're really close to the Montclair mall. But really, you come to the Claremont Colleges for the colleges, not Claremont.

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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


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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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