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Reviews 573 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The students at Pitzer are what make the environment so great. I have made my best friends here and that is what has made my college experience so successful.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pitzer isn't as diverse as it claims to be.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Most departments are small and only have a few professors. This can be great because you get very close with professors, but also a con because there can be a shortage of resources/ classes.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Hard, but professors are accommodating if you need extra help.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: You need a car to get to the best places (LA, National Parks)

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are incredible as teachers and just as people. Definitely go to office hours and talk to them outside of class. They are very receptive if you reach out.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I appreciate that there are no frat bro's

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pitzer is proactive in creating a supportive environment. They address sexual assault seriously. However, this can get complicated when students from multiple schools are involved, as each 5C has different policies.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Some Pitzer athletes say they feel under appreciated, but I've had a positive experience with athletics. The teams are mostly Pomona students. Athletics at the 5C's are very well balanced. Coaches understand that academics come first. There's not a ton of spirit or game attendance from non-athletes.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many upperclassmen live off campus. You have to apply to live off campus, and the process can be difficult, but I think administration is getting more lenient due to the shortage of on-campus housing.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a ton of options in the village.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: First-years tend to go a little bit over board for the first month or two. There were a ridiculous amount of transports at the beginning of Fall Semester. However, things calmed down a lot after that. You can find whatever you want. If you want to party 3+ nights a week, cool. If that's not your thing, that's perfectly fine, too.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Pitzer gives us the freedom to make our own decisions, for better or for worse. They expect us to take care of ourselves, and we do.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wouldn't be here without financial aid. Even with scholarships, Pitzer is the most expensive of all the schools I got into. However, I have no regrets over choosing Pitzer; the academic experience is worth the money. I'm shocked by how many students pay full tuition.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food at the 5C's is great. There's 7 dining halls to choose from. In my opinion, Pitzer has the best breakfast/ brunch options, and Mudd has the best dinners. Very vegetarian/ vegan friendly.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are basically a resort. Dorms are the largest of any college I've visited, and there's only four people sharing one bathroom. The hallways are all outdoors which creates a good social atmosphere. Also, Pitzer does an incredible job pairing roommate together for freshman year (for the most part). Of course, there are some cases of people needing to switch, but a majority of roommates get along very well. Roommates are based on a survey taken the summer before freshmen year, and a team of psychologists put roommates together based on their responses.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its really nice and some good places close to campus

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Very good food off campus but expensive

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have had a bit of trouble but the school has been good

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's very good, but like all college food it gets old. I shouldn't complain though because its amazing compared to any other college I have been to

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing is really great in PAS and East and West

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The severe gender imbalance makes it very difficult to find someone as a girl. Pitzer is already majority girls, minority boys, and when you throw Scripps (all girls) into the mix, it's totally lopsided. Everyone is very cool and chill, they ride skateboards and have long hair, loose pants, tiva sandals and generally no makeup.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, and people definitely speak out against sexual assault. I've never experienced a situation where I have felt endangered/threatened/disrespected at any point this past year, but I can only speak for myself.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: I can't remember the last time somebody went to watch a single sport game.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Coming from a major, bustling city, transitioning to small-town Claremont was really difficult. There are a few quality restaurants in town (Eureka Burger, Bardot, Union on Yale, the Back Abby) but they're a little overpriced and can get really boring. Plus, if you don't have a car, it is about a 25-35 minute walk from the dorms into town. So, it can just be very time-consuming.


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Pitzer is a truly wonderful place filled with people who want to make a difference and embrace change. There does not exist one specific Pitzer student; rather, once on campus, you will be welcomed by a myriad of different personalities, opinions, and likes and dislikes. If there were to be a general consensus about the students at Pitzer, it would be that they are driven individuals who seek to make the world a better place. But Pitzer students could not do what they do alone. The student body is a reflection of a much bigger entity: the faculty, staff, administration, groundskeepers, dining hall workers, and everyone else who makes a contribution to the school help to unify it and make it the amazing place the students know it as today. The school has grown so much, and it has only been around since 1963! One can only imagine what immense changes are to come.

Most students enjoy their time at Pitzer and the Claremont Consortium as a whole, though some common complaints include the cost, the lack of school spirit, and the pretty tame party scene. If you look past all of this, though, you will inevitably see that being given the chance to study at Pitzer is the opportunity of a lifetime. Pitzer is not your average higher education institution; it offers unique opportunities such as traveling with your professor to do research or working closely with the administration to make the school the place you want it to be. You may come here for an education, but in reality, you're going to walk away with a whole lot more.

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