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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Drug Usage Varies from Class to Class – Pitzer prides itself on having a firm drug and alcohol policy instilled within the Pitzer community, yet last year and the year before, the number of alcohol-related emergencies including alcohol poisoning rose from previous academic years. So what's happening here? It seems that drug and alcohol consumption varies with each graduating class, but just with any college campus, these are normal occurences in the college social scene. Pitzer has since made attempts to educate and familiarize each member of the community of the drug/alcohol policies, and for the most part, it appears to be working.

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.

7 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone Smells – People think that paying $56,000 a year gives them entitlement to not shower, brush their hair, or wear shoes. Everyone thinks they are a hippie and it is few and far between that you will find a nicely dressed person. I am curious if these people are interested in ever finding a job that isn't at a record store or a head shop. What is funny though, is that everyone's totally vintage clothing was probably purchased for lots of money, because believe me, their parent's have that money to spare.

10 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Academics: Mainly a Joke – Luckily, since Pitzer is part of a consortium, you are allowed to take classes at any of the five campuses. My majors, art history and anthropology have a reasonably good curriculum, but only if you are interested in learning weaving and basketry of native american tribes, which shamanic plants you can find on campus, or art through contemporary intercultural understanding. the workload is very minimal and readings never need to be completed. other majors like philosophy, economics, or science could never be completed on this campus due to the lack of serious courses offered on those subjects. Independent studies are offered but sometimes hard to complete and get credit for. People here pretty much only study sociology and international studies.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Local Area: Small and Isolated but Some Necessities Present – Claremont is a very small town whose village is a three block by four block radius. Grocery stores are farther away. The town has various restaurants, a couple bar type places, a movie theater, three coffee shops, and four resident homeless people. It is definitely not a place one would go to spend their afternoon.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good Enough! There's an awesome japanese delivery place literally up the street from the freshman dorms, and a starbucks too! There's also the most amazing frozen yogurt place, that's an average of a ten-fifteen minute walk from the dorms, 21 Choices. Then there's the village, which is either a, 30 minute walk or a 5-10 minute bike ride from the dorms, which has any type of food you could want. If you are intent on finding a type of food or just have a car, you'll be fine.

3 College Freshman

Majors: As far as getting the major of your choice at Pitzer there are plenty of opportunities for students to explore. The only process that one must go through in order to get their ideal major or program you must talk with your advisor. The key to getting the right major is having a good advisor and talking about all the requirements with them.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: Pitzer College has a very small campus, therefore the need for transportation is not that great. Pitzer also provides shuttle services to the airport as well as the nearest Target and mall. The public transportation around Claremont is great! It is extremely easy to get to and from Los Angeles as well as any of the surrounding cities.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There has never been a point where I have felt unsafe on Pitzer's campus. The campus is rather small and very community oriented. Doors to every building are locked, you must have an ID card to get in. There are emergency towers that are placed all over campus that can be used at anytime of day or night, if a real emergency were to arise. Campus security is a common presence during the day and night, especially at all parties. Pitzer did a very good job during freshman orientation making sure that all the freshman had the correct phone numbers and information to contact emergency and non-emergency campus security.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I lucked out with financial aid, so in my personal opinion it's great, but I have heard that it can be a lot more difficult for others.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: So Much to Do! There is always something to do on one of the 5-Cs. Every weekend there are a plethora of events, and the hardest part is picking which one you want to attend. In terms of Pitzer parties, most are off-campus at people's houses and are generally really fun.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Oh Las Drogas – I really don't know what to rate this. Pot and drinking are ubiquitous. That being said, I never felt pressured to partake if I didn't feel like it. Still, it's there, along with other drugs. Official on-campus parties sometimes have security at the door to ensure you're over 21 to drink. Regardless, non-official parties have plenty of drink to go around. When friends got in trouble with drugs/alcohol, help was on the way. But as a whole partying was seen as just part of college life, but officially, Pitzer would not condone it, of course.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I recall most of the student population being Caucasian middle class women. With that being said, that's just the majority. I made a lot of friends of different ethnic backgrounds, and yes, men do go to Pitzer too! Some are even Republican!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I don't ever recall feeling unsafe on campus. However, when I was a Junior, while sleeping in my dorm (my roommate in the next bed) and our room was visited by an intruder. Nothing happened to me physically, but my purse was stolen, along with my wallet and keys (including car). Campus safety took a report, but nothing came of it. After that we kept our door locked.
I didn't walk alone after a party in the middle of the night, but when I would walk alone from evening classes, I didn't feel like my safety was threatened. Still, there are always issues of safety no matter where you are, just use your common sense at Pitzer and most likely you'll be fine.
On another note, I receive a lot of parking tickets from campus safety. I ended up using the tickets as my wall paper. It was a nice pink and yellow wall by the end of the school year. Thanks campus safety!

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I'll Talk About Study Abroad Instead – I did my study abroad in London, England. I don't recall the program I went through, but talk to the abroad office on Pitzer's campus, and they'll have info. My experience was incredible. I wanted to move to England after my 6-month stay was up. I took challenging courses (which is better than the alternative in my opinion because when I returned to Pitzer I felt I was ahead of some students in a mandatory class for my major and ended up tutoring others. I would not have if I didn't learn so much in my London classes). Outside of academics, I had my own dorm room, but shared a hall with other local brit students, some of whom are friends for life. I learned so much about the local community and partied it up the rest of the time. I would not trade that experience for the world. Good job Pitzer for creating this opportunity. (NOTE: some of my Pitzer friends did not have a similar experience to mine. I can only comment on my own.)

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Psychology Major – Psychology and other soft science subjects are popular at Pitzer College. I received an excellent education at Pitzer. The small classes were perfect to get to know the professors and other students. The 5-C (5-Claremont Colleges) were used to fulfill other course requirements if Pitzer's classes were full, or if you wanted to take a course on another campus that wasn't offered at Pitzer. It's a great education all around with many options that may be unavailable at other schools. Downfall: I was not prepared for the real world beyond academics. That maybe because I didn't seek out realistic courses that would prepare me for the business world. This includes resume prep, how to move up in the psych industry, networking, understanding bank statements, etc. However, this could be normal and what you'll have to learn on your own through real world experience.

3 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: I went to Pitzer in the early 2000s, before the new refurbishment. When I was there the campus was half arboretum-esque/half SF style inner-city with cinder block walls covered in murals; perfect for the neo-hippy mentality. The other 4-C's were gorgeous in comparison to Pitzer at the time, However, I hear Pitzer has become the leader in leed certified buildings and I assume the campus has improved (and I have learned the neo-hippy mentality is slowly fading out). Claremont is like a small, clean, safe 1950s-type of suburban community (small music venues, restaurants, clubs, bars, etc) which is situated inside a Pomona lower-income community (more restaurants, bars, shopping malls, cinemas, etc). Once outside the immediate areas (typically by car, but can take train to certain parts) you can venture off to LA or spend time exploring the desert on camping trips. The Claremonts are proud of being situated in the proximity of all these options.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I expected more from the academics. I definitely recommend taking classes at other schools for classes that are more of a college level challenge though Pitzer is strong when it comes to the Sociology department and the sciences are great in the Joint Science Department.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Claremont Has No Nightlife – The town of Claremont is not much of a spectacle. It's very small and does not offer half the entertainment provided by the actual school. Most students have more fun on campus than off.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Stoner School – Buds and an interest in experimentation galore, go to the other campuses for more

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Labs Are So Helpful – Lots of labs across the Claremont Colleges and lots of available computers.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Freshman Frenzy – As a freshman at Pitzer trying to major in Psychology, it was very difficult to get the upper level classes to fill my pre-requisite. They make the introductory courses open for freshman which is convenient.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bike It – The Green Bike Program is great you can rent bikes for the semester for free. Pretty much people get around via bike or car. Public transport is limited to a limited bus system and the train into LA. You cant have a car as a 1st year.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Safe but Not Overbearing – Camp Sec. is very helpful if someone is is trouble. they are helpful and wont go out of their way to get you in trouble

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of Individual Help – At Pitzer the academics are wonderful. There are very small classes and the professors are very attentive and always available to help. It is initialy hard to get into classes as they are very small but if you talk to the professors you're likely to get in. Also with the 5C system you can take classes at all the colleges which is wonderful and expands you oportunities

1 person found this useful Report
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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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