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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Most of the food is amazing, but there's a couple things you learn to avoid. Omelet bar at breakfast is bomb.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I love the dining hall food at Pitzer! It's so delicious, especially the desserts. I really like how they have Mexican food often. There's different kinds of Mexican food and it's very good (tacos, burritos, sopes, chiles rellenos, tortas, carnitas, birria, nopales, flan, etc). The rest of the food is also really good. I love the falafel.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Pitzer has the best dining hall. You can also choose to eat at any of the other 5 dining halls (2 at Pomona, 1 for Scripps, CMC, and Mudd each). I like Pitzer the best because they always strive to provide students with fresh and organic food. The chefs take suggestions and try to provide what the students want. How else would we have gotten quinoa? :)

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 2nd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 11th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 11th
    Best Quality Food
  • 46th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Morgan Peterkin
Greenwich, CT
English and World Literature
Grad Year
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You will never go hungry as a student at Pitzer College. There is an assortment of different food, ranging from ethnic specialties to a grill that dishes out some of the best burgers, quesadillas, and steaks around. There is also a sandwich bar where you can get a sandwich made to your liking with all of the toppings you can think of. Add to the list a panini maker, waffle maker, omelet bar, and the favorite "specialty nights," and you won't have to look any farther than McConnell Dining Hall to fulfill all your stomach's needs. Perhaps one of the greatest facets of Pitzer's dining hall is each specialty night. When it's dinnertime, come prepared to dive into wonderful stir-fry for "Mongolian Mondays" or authentic tacos and burritos during "Taco Tuesday." Come before the rush, though; students are bound to line up early, forks and knives in hand.

At the Claremont Colleges, there are more than 15 eateries to choose from, and the hardest part about this is making the choice of where to grab a bite to eat! The students can attest to the fact that each dining hall has a different feel, as well as food selection. To most, Pitzer is known as having the best lunches at the 5Cs, and students from all the colleges venture over to Pitzer during their lunch breaks. There is also no shortage of vegetarian or vegan food, for those who desire it.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$6068 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Unless you live in the co-op or off campus (and very few freshmen are granted off-campus status), you are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
McConnell Bistro
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Grove House Kitchen
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon sandwiches
  • Bagels
  • Custom smoothies
  • Omelets
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Pasta bar at McConnell Bistro
  • Taco Tuesday at McConnell Bistro
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Snacks from the Shakedown Café
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • The Coop
  • Honnold Café
  • The Hub Grill
  • Jay's Place (Mudd Hole)
  • The Motley Coffeehouse
  • Sagehen Café
Special Options
  • Every student has a reusable to-go container that is cleaned by the school, so you can grab a meal or snack on the go.
  • In exchange for one meal credit, you can receive a "pack out" from the dining hall, which provides you with raw materials to cook with.
  • Students can add money to their Claremont Cash account and use it as a credit card at both on- and off-campus eateries.
Did You Know?
  • Pitzer's Grove House was built in 1902, during the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Pitzer College saved the house from demolition by first buying and then moving the house to Pitzer campus. Now this house serves as a social center and home-style eatery.
  • Every Tuesday night at 10 p.m., Pitzer's activities committee/program board (PAct) hosts Snacky-Snack, which consists of different takeout food such as Subway, Cinnabon, Thai food, Domino's Pizza, Panda Express, and much more. This is offered to all Pitzer students.
  • Students who live on campus in Z Tower of Mead are given the option of having the five-meal plan because the dorms in this tower have kitchenettes where students can make their own meals.
  • With your meal plan comes flex dollars; these can be spent at the other on-site eating establishments for additional meals and snacks.
  • Pitzer students can use their meal plans at the eateries located at the other Claremont Colleges.
  • You can sit under a famous mural while you eat. Although belonging to Pomona College, Pitzer students can eat at Frary Dining Hall, home to the famous fresco of "Prometheus" painted by muralist Jose Clemente Orozco in 1930.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Grove House Kitchen
Location: North of Mead Hall
Food: Cookies, sandwiches, vegetarian entrées
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
McConnell Bistro
Location: McConnell Hall
Food: Cafeteria
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Pit-Stop Café
Location: Bernard Hall
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Shakedown Café
Location: Gold Student Center
Food: Café-style
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 50 responses

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  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options


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