Athletics

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

Athletics: sucks if you play water polo. pomona is hella far and the trek back and forth in unbereable

3 College Junior

Athletics: You can play in a team sport if you want to, but it is really not an emphasis of the school. The resources for athletes are pretty good but they are all at Pomona, which is kind of an inconvenience.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: People aren't really into sports here. We have sports teams, but people don't really care about them. People care more about art, music, and other things like that.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't really worry too much about athletics.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics really aren't a big part of campus life. I have a few friends who participate on varsity sports, but going to sporting events is not a very popular social activity. If you're looking for a school where going to football games is popular, I wouldn't recommend Pitzer.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1190th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1343rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Morgan Peterkin
Hometown
Greenwich, CT
Major
English and World Literature
Grad Year
2012
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Pitzer offers a myriad of Division III sports in which many students enjoy partaking. Intramural sports are popular amongst the students, as well, and it is not as difficult to make one of the intramural teams. However, Pitzer is not a school where athletics outweighs academics. School spirit is generally at its peak during Homecoming (when Pitzer-Pomona plays rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps), but during the rest of the season, the fan base at games is minimal. Most students will claim that Pitzer is not your typical, run-of-the-mill institution, and this sentiment goes for sports appreciation, as well. You won't see any foam fingers or tailgating with Cecil the Sagehen (the school mascot).

The gym at the Gold Student Center (GSC) is a small space with a few exercise machines, including treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. There is also a climbing wall and aerobics/dance floor that is open to the students. Because there is not a plethora of equipment, it is crucial to time your visit to the gym well so that you don't have to wait in long lines to use the machines. Perhaps the most exciting recent addition to Pitzer's campus is the pool, which is conveniently settled in the center of the freshman living area. It is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day and is a welcome change from the sometimes overwhelming SoCal weather.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
Basketball: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
School Colors
Blue and orange
School Nickname
Sagehens
Men Playing Varsity Sports
74 - 18%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
58 - 10%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Pool/billiards
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Gold Center Fitness Room/Pool
  • Rains Center Athletic Complex (shared with Pomona College)
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, water polo
Most Overlooked Teams
Intramural club sports, rugby
School Spirit
It's safe to say that students don't attend Pitzer for the sports finesse. Attendance at any sports game is limited, and the school spirit is more of a rivalry against the other Claremont Colleges than anything else. When it comes down to it, students show their spirit and aggression more through academics and social issues than sports.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are never an issue at Pitzer, and the teams rarely (if ever) sell them. Because of low attendance rates at games, tickets really aren't a necessity.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Mount Baldy, Rose Garden at Scripps
Did You Know?
All Pitzer sports teams are shared with Pomona College.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 39 responses

  • 23% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 51% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 23% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 58% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 13% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 47% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 47% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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