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Reviews 808 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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.

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.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: People definitely go out, but there is an overwhelming amount of drug use. Far more than you find on other college campuses (I have spoken to 10+ friends at other schools). If you aren't into drugs, there are more alcohol-oriented parties at CMC and Pomona and Mudd.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Tons of people do illegal substances on a daily basis, and never get caught. In fact POA (Pitzer Outdoors Adventures) plans trips through the school, and they almost always have drugs/alcohol unless they are clarified to be a "dry" trip. There is a red cup policy, so RA's and CampSec are pretty lenient with alcohol; you just can't walk around with an obvious beer bottle or handle.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't apply for financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Compared to most other college dining halls, the food across the 5Cs is super healthy and generally there are enough options. After a few months, though, it can become monotonous and frustrating. Having flex is great because you can get really good coffee at the Motley (Scripps coffee house) and delicious sandwiches at the Grove House (Pitzer).

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing for freshmen dorms (Pitzer, Sanborn, Atherton) and sophomore dorms (East, West) are suite style. You have one roommate and share a bathroom with another double. The bathrooms are fine, but the sinks get clogged really easily and you have to make sure that you clean the toilet, shower, etc. frequently otherwise it gets totally gross. Personally, I've felt a lack of community in residence life compared to my friends' experiences at other schools. The hallways are all outside, like motels. Until halfway through second semester, I still didn't know the names of people on my floor. And even in a tiny sized class, there are so many people that I've literally never seen before.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Career Center at Pitzer is not the best compared to other services offered at different colleges. The staff there is very nice, but do not have very many insights on how to find the best opportunities out there. The alumni network is very weak with an incomplete alumni directory that is far from being complete.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love it here at Pitzer. The relationships I have formed with peers and faculty, the food, the challenging academics, the culture of the college are everything I could have dreamed for. Being a student here at Pitzer has changed me for the better. If I were to be on the college search again, I would have chosen a school that was a bit older thus providing more and better services.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You can't rely on Student Health to fix any major health problem. They are not very knowledgable nor are they helpful. On campus there is counseling available, but there are too few counselors to student ratio so it can be hard to schedule an appointment. All 5c are extremely safe and it is rare to hear about any crime concerning students. Campus security is constantly driving around and will respond immediately if a student reports any suspicious activity.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: greek like is nonexistent here at the 5c

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Especially at Pitzer, athletics are not a top priority, but slowly there have been more efforts to recognize the varsity athletes who attend Pitzer. Recently, Pitzer approved to give student athletes .25 academic credit for every year they participate as a varsity athlete.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most upperclass students try to live in houses/apartments a short walking distance away from campus. It is a hassle to get administration to allow off campus housing because there is a lot of dorms available on campus. Most students live on campus all 4 years.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For a small town like Claremont, the village is an ideal, quaint little spot. There is a small selection of restaurants, but most people usually only eat at their favorite place.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Pitzer is all about students working with administration to create a unique campus and learning environment, so students are allowed to participate in big decisions. The administration is very lenient on most social rules including drinking and drug usage because they understand that if you are smart enough to be admitted you are smart enough to make good decisions. The administration's main concern is that student's are safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is something happening every weekend and almost every party on campus allows any student from the 5c to attend.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: With Pitzer being fairly new, they do not have a lot of money to give out for financial aid. Even so, I did receive a scholarship that paid for half of my tuition. It seems to be that if you request need, financial aid will figure some way to give you aid.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I can honestly say that I LOVE the food offered at Pitzer as well as the other colleges. At Pitzer specifically, they serve fresh, local produce and always have the healthiest choices of all the schools. The Farm Bowl offered on Wednesday as well as the Pasta Bar offered on Thursday are delicious. Pitzer also has a green box service where students can take meals to go and once they are done, they simply return them to the dining hall.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: New freshmen dorms have just been built and they are gorgeous. You and your roommate share a conjoined bathroom with two people next door, which is a plus. You don't see many colleges offering a bathroom for 4 people. The dorm atmosphere really encourages a community environment with plenty of study rooms, kitchens, and living rooms in every dorm. Mead is the oldest and shabbiest dorm on campus, but living in a suite layout with 8 people (2 doubles, 4 singles, 2 bathrooms, 1 living room) is by far the best.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's often hard for students to move off campus, but there are definitely good places to live in the area.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Claremont village has lots of fun restaurants. Plus, we are in close proximity to LA with every type of food you could ever want.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Pitzer Administration listens to student feedback.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pitzer is a growing school and doesn't offer much financial aid. Work-study is hard to get.

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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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