Diversity

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

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity where sexual orientation is concerned- it's a very free to love school, but there are marginal amounts of ethnic/ racial diversity, socio-economic diversity, political diversity, and religious diversity.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: There isn't much diversity at Pitzer anymore. The junior and senior classes are more diverse, due to the higher acceptance rate back when they applied. It's kind of sad how the diversity is decreasing year by year. The school is made up of mostly Whites. There are barely any African-Americans at all. The biggest ethnic minority here are Latinos. There is a big diversity regarding sexuality. Many people identify as LGBTQ, gender queer, polygamous, etc. Most people believe in some form of God, but not an institutional religion. Most people are wealthy, but there are about 1/5 of the people on financial aid.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: While it is predominately white, upper middle class kids, everyone is extremely accepting of everyone else and always very concerned with being politically correct and open to everyone.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: It depends on the kind of diversity. As a liberal arts college and in comparison to the other Claremont Colleges, I would consider Pitzer to be pretty diverse. Not just in ethnicity, but in religion, political affiliation, class, gender, and age even. Clearly it has a majority of liberal-minded students, and people can be a bit closed off to republican ideals, but that doesn't mean we aren't tolerant. We have a secularism studies major at Pitzer as well as religious studies. Students are mostly women, but classes tend to be pretty even. There are a bunch of New Resource Students who are not of the typical college age. I always love hearing their perspectives in class discussions.

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1 College Junior

Diversity: All Talk – The only diversity are people of hispanic background and asian foreign exchange students, but other then that, the campus is predominantly white.

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  • 14th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 112nd
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1381st
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Morgan Peterkin
Hometown
Greenwich, CT
Major
English and World Literature
Grad Year
2012
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Pitzer College can rightfully pride itself in being a diverse institution in areas of race, religion, sexual orientation, and more. Students agree that the campus is a very accepting place, regardless of what column you fall under or which political wing you identify with. That being said, however, diversity in the socioeconomic category is limited, as the majority of students comes from a middle- to upper-class background. Even so, you won't find any superiority complexes at Pitzer.

Pitzer, as well as the other Claremont Colleges, has numerous organizations for various races, religions, and political affiliations. For this reason, it is difficult to feel as though you don't belong. There are also endless opportunities to branch out to other cultures, whether it be by attending the International Festival (a day devoted to honoring the food and cultures of other countries) or by simply joining a discussion group hosted by members of another culture. Whatever you do, you are sure to be accepted if you come to the College.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
8%
Hispanic
16%
International
3%
Native American
1%
White
45%
Unknown
21%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
58%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 17%
25+: 3%
Female Faculty
49%
Male Faculty
51%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 17%
Hispanic: 11%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 65%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Pitzer is a safe place where gay students are sincerely accepted. In fact, Pitzer hosts the club Queer and Allies and is also a member of the QRC (Queer Resources Center), both of which help support the gay community and raise awareness of queer issues.
Political Activity
The majority of students at Pitzer is liberal, and most are politically active. One of Pitzer's educational objectives is "Social Responsibility," which allows students to further develop their political ideas and helps to put them into action.
Economic Status
While it is true that the vast majority of students at Pitzer comes from middle- to upper-class backgrounds, this does not generate any segregation amongst students. A good amount of students receives financial aid awards based on their demonstrated need, and it is not uncommon to discover that someone you know received a financial aid package.
Most Common Religions
The most common practiced religions at Pitzer are Christianity and Judaism, both of which have large followings. The Claremont Colleges offer numerous religious organizations that are generally very accepting of students of all religious backgrounds. There are often various religious events occurring around the 5Cs on any given day.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs at Pitzer are very involved in the campus scene and play an active role in the general campus atmosphere. The Black Student Union, Latino Student Union, and Asian Pacific American Coalition are all well-known clubs around campus and host some of Pitzer's biggest events.
Did You Know?
  • Each semester, Pitzer brings students from Japan to study English. The Japanese students are set up with a Discussion Group Leader (DGL), whose role it is to help the students better acclimate to American life and also to help them with their English language skills.
  • Another program Pitzer is very much respected for is its New Resources program, which allows those over the age of 25 without a college degree a chance to obtain one. Many of the New Resources students are staff members working on campus.
  • Pitzer has a diversity program to help students who without financial aid could otherwise not afford to attend a small liberal arts college. The program also includes students coming from underrepresented cultures and ethnicities.
  • To help students better grasp the world around them, Pitzer professors often give students opportunities to study abroad with them during a break, usually to help with a new research project.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 33 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 3% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 15% Moderate
  • 42% Liberal
  • 33% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 3% Not sure
  • 33% Liberal
  • 58% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 34 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 33 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 18% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 79% Very accepting.
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