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Reviews 573 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Difficult but Supportive – I find that students first applying for financial aid receive very little support or grace from the financial aid office. I knew a student who was late on turning in the FAFSA by 3 days and was denied aid. I, however, turned in my FAFSA form 2 months late and still received aid because I was re-applying for the 2nd time. Once approved, the office is supportive and open, but it seems to be difficult to cross that threshold.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Transparency and Support – The unique quality that separates Pitzer is the close bonds that students form with faculty, staff, and administration. Our faculty and staff are so supportive of the students, they even throw dinners and parties in their own homes with students invited. The president herself along with all the vice presidents cook fry foods and popcorn for the students twice a year during finals weeks. In addition to all the fun, the faculty and staff are also extremely available for support. The professors, vice presidents, and president all hold weekly office hours to meet with students about any issue. Our administration is transparent -- a value that Pitzer places above almost all the rest.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Pitzer is great at allowing the student to take charge of their own education. Whether you want to take upper-division courses as a freshman, create your own major, or even survey a wide variety of introductory courses, your academic career weighs on your own shoulders. This, however, can be a double-edged sword. I find that because of the higher-than-average academic freedom, there is a lack of faculty support in advising. It takes a confident, assertive student to take charge of their education here.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Happy Campers – Everybody's pretty accepting here. At least I don't see too much negativity in regards to race and stuff

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Crime really isn't an issue here...except for the occasional bike theft or townie sneaking up on someone running. Nothing too serious. Camp Sec is chill and they don't bother you unless you need it

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Buildings Are OK – Facilities are pretty good, Pitzer is doing a lot of construction so hopefully they'll get better. It's a really small campus, so don't expect any spectacular buildings.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The professors here are so great and we offer really interesting classes for a range of interests. You're also able to take courses at the other 5C's, which makes it a lot better because Pitzer is so small. Workload isn't too terrible, as long as you stay on top of it and don't let it overwhelm you.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Arguably one of the hardest majors offered at Pitzer, the Biomedical program is also one of the most gratifying. Professors spend a lot of time working with the students in the lab, helping out with state-of-the-art technology. A great opportunity.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The Village – The village is the coolest place to be on any weeknight, by far. There's always something to do, whether it be clubs, restaurants, or just sitting at a cafe with a cup of tea. It's a fun, relaxing, small and comfortable town just minutes from campus.

5 College Junior

Parking: The parking here at Pitzer is amazing!! There's always spaces to park, and the teachers don't mind if you steal their spot once in a while ;)

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – The dorms are great! They are spacious and clean. My dorm has a pool right outside the door. Its an ecellent place to love

4 College Junior

Academics: It is wonderful to be part of the education progtam at Pitzer. The workload is east to handle and the curriculum is overly aggressive.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Sweet Dorms – Great dorms here at Pitzer! There's an open door policy, so the opportunity to make new friends is always available. Clean, spacious rooms with options for single or doubles.

4 College Junior

Academics: Latin Studies Major – The Latin Studies major is an excellent program here at Pitzer College. I find myself connecting with the professors and enjoying my overall experience in my classes. The workload, while sometimes challenging, is also fun and captivating. Although Latin is a dead language, there is much to learn and the program at Pitzer College offers everything I need.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Good Memories – I've had a great time at Pitzer. It's a great place that really helps you grow and develop as a person. I don't know if I would do the whole college thing at Pitzer again, but I wouldn't trade my experience for anything.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Top Notch Professors! Pitzer has wonderful professors who often lend a helping hand. I appreciate them the most out of my college experience.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The train is the easiest mode of transportation when it comes to going into LA. Getting around town is pretty easy by foot, but Claremont can be pretty boring so you might want to bring a car.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid has been wonderful, they really work with what you need and are always understanding if you fall a little behind with payments.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Because we are a consortium, we share a lot of facilities, including the library and the sports complex, which is located on Pomona's campus. The library is top-notch, a really great library with tons of places to study, though it is impossible to find a place to study during finals. The sports center is pretty set, obviously great for athletes. The gym for the regular folk is OK. Pitzer has a workout room, but it is too small for the school.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The Spanish program is a 5-College major, so I have to take some of my major courses outside of Pitzer. Its a very unique experience to be able to take classes at the other colleges because it adds a lot to the major. The courses that Pitzer offers in the upper division tend to be interdisciplinary courses, which are the best courses in the Spanish major.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinks and Weed – I have never seen so many people drink and do drugs as I have in college. But, then again, most colleges experience this. Weed I would say is the most popular form of drug on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: My internet cable is my best friend when I am in my dorm. Other then that, the WiFi around the campus is great! I have never had a severe problem connecting to the internet. As for computer availability, there is many public areas with computers like at the Marque library that can be used as well as the computer lab. I know this because my computer crashed towards the end of my first semester and, luckily, I found these great facilities. But the computer technician, she is the best! She had my computer fixed and running like new within two days.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – I have walked back to campus with friends at around 1 am. There is always security passing by making sure everything is okay and, no, they will not ruin your party. Unless you have a severe drinking or drug problem, there is no need to worry about feeling unsafe. Always make sure you have a buddy system! What I most worry about is my bike getting stolen. That, you do need to watch out for.

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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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