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Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,041
Tuition
$43,402
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Academics: I am currently undecided, which is totally fine since so many underclassmen are. The workload in general can be a lot or a little, depending on your professor.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I love the classes here. They're really interesting and the professors make class fun. Registering for classes is scary because you randomly get assigned a registration time. The classes you want might get filled, but you can always send in a request to the professor telling them why they should let you be in their class.
There are many study rooms in the residence halls where people go, or you could also just study in your room. Many people actually do their work outside on the grass.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Always a very workable environment.

College Freshman

Academics: As a comp sci major, I haven't been able to find my niche and am transferring out. Not the best school if you're interested in this career path

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: A wide arrange of classes are offered across the 5C’s. The professors at Pitzer are great, very easy to get in touch with, and also know a lot about the subject they are teaching.

5 people found this useful Report
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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 7th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 42nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 57th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 85th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Morgan Peterkin
Hometown
Greenwich, CT
Major
English and World Literature
Grad Year
2012
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
75
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
39
Total FT Faculty
75
Faculty with Terminal Degree
100%
Average Faculty Salary
$92,252
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
87%
Programs/Majors Offered
83
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 67%
  • 20 to 49 students: 33%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Mass Communication: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary/intercultural exploration
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social responsibility
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Atherton study rooms
  • The Grove House
  • Honnold/Mudd Library
  • Marquis Library
  • The Motley (Scripps's coffeehouse)
  • The Mounds
  • The pool (near the Gold Student Center)
Tips to Succeed
  • Be active in the community!
  • Form study groups.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Go to class.
  • Keep up on schoolwork.
  • Make friends from all five Claremont colleges.
  • Make use of your adviser.
  • Study BEFORE the night before a test.
  • Take one interesting or fun class a semester to prevent burnout.
Did You Know?
  • In 2011, Pitzer College added a major in secularism and is the first college or university in the United States to do so!
  • During your first semester at Pitzer, you will be enrolled in what is called a "Freshman Seminar" consisting of no more than 17 students, each with a different theme.
  • Pitzer College is highly unique in that it is a member of the Claremont Colleges. This consortium consists of five undergraduate institutions (Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, and Pomona colleges), two graduate schools (Claremont Graduate Institution and the Keck Graduate Institution), and a theological school (Claremont School of Theology). The five colleges (5Cs) share resources, and inter-registration between is widespread. A Pitzer student may take classes at any of the 5Cs without special registration or transference of credits.
  • Pitzer encourages its students to develop their own major and course of study if they feel so inclined. Students often double major or combine their majors in order to complete a concentration that interests them or to focus on an area of specialty. Student-designed majors include multicultural pedagogy, labor studies, folklore, politics of art, and East Central European studies.
  • Pitzer students have research opportunities as early as their first year. Students may apply for grant money and do independent studies and research for credit.
  • When Pitzer is hiring a new professor to join its staff, the administration actually gives students a say in which new faculty member they would like to join the Pitzer family.

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