One of the greatest advantages of attending a small liberal arts college is the deep connection you can make with professors, both inside and outside the classroom. Pitzer prides itself in being an institution that strives to encourage its students to make a difference in the world, and the professors play a great role in this aspect. At Pitzer, the student-to-faculty ratio is 11 to 1, and the majority of classes has less than 20 students. Because of this, students are able to form a deep connection with their professors who oftentimes will go miles out of their way to help a student succeed. The workload is challenging but manageable. If students plan accordingly, getting work done on time won't be a difficult task!
As a member of the Claremont Consortium, Pitzer students are able to take classes at any of the other four Claremont Colleges (Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, and Harvey Mudd). This broadens the students' class selection, as well as provides them with different teaching styles and classroom environments. Class registration gets easier as you move up in years, with the older students getting better registration times than the incoming classes below them. Even so, it isn't too difficult to get into the classes you want, and you can always talk to the professors who often make exceptions and let you into the class if you ask! Instead of general education courses, Pitzer has six educational objectives that the students must fulfill: "Breadth of Knowledge," "Understanding in Depth," "Critical Thinking," "Interdisciplinary Perspective," "Intercultural Understanding," and "Concern with Social Responsibility and the Ethical Implications of Knowledge and Action." Through the courses taken to meet the intellectual goals of Pitzer College, students are able to design an individualized program of study for their four years at the school.