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4 College Junior

Academics: Great places to study. Professor love it when you come in to their office hours. Workload depends on what you are studying and how you study. Regrestration process can sometimes be annoying and confusing.

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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.

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4 College Freshman

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

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Very doable. Registration kind of sucks for second semester freshmen, but there is a PERM system to get into a full class.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Very well rounded, educated professors. All classes are taught by teachers, no TAs.

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One of the greatest advantages of attending a small liberal arts college is the deep connection you can make with professors, both inside and outside the classroom. Pitzer prides itself in being an institution that strives to encourage its students to make a difference in the world, and the professors play a great role in this aspect. At Pitzer, the student-to-faculty ratio is 11 to 1, and the majority of classes has less than 20 students. Because of this, students are able to form a deep connection with their professors who oftentimes will go miles out of their way to help a student succeed. The workload is challenging but manageable. If students plan accordingly, getting work done on time won't be a difficult task!

As a member of the Claremont Consortium, Pitzer students are able to take classes at any of the other four Claremont Colleges (Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, and Harvey Mudd). This broadens the students' class selection, as well as provides them with different teaching styles and classroom environments. Class registration gets easier as you move up in years, with the older students getting better registration times than the incoming classes below them. Even so, it isn't too difficult to get into the classes you want, and you can always talk to the professors who often make exceptions and let you into the class if you ask! Instead of general education courses, Pitzer has six educational objectives that the students must fulfill: "Breadth of Knowledge," "Understanding in Depth," "Critical Thinking," "Interdisciplinary Perspective," "Intercultural Understanding," and "Concern with Social Responsibility and the Ethical Implications of Knowledge and Action." Through the courses taken to meet the intellectual goals of Pitzer College, students are able to design an individualized program of study for their four years at the school.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 67%
  • 20 to 49 students: 33%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Environmental and Marine Sciences: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 6%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary/intercultural exploration
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social responsibility
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Atherton study rooms
  • The Grove House
  • Honnold/Mudd Library
  • Marquis Library
  • The Motley (Scripps's coffeehouse)
  • The Mounds
  • The pool (near the Gold Student Center)
Tips to Succeed
  • Be active in the community!
  • Form study groups.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Go to class.
  • Keep up on schoolwork.
  • Make friends from all five Claremont colleges.
  • Make use of your adviser.
  • Study BEFORE the night before a test.
  • Take one interesting or fun class a semester to prevent burnout.
Did You Know?
  • In 2011, Pitzer College added a major in secularism and is the first college or university in the United States to do so!
  • During your first semester at Pitzer, you will be enrolled in what is called a "Freshman Seminar" consisting of no more than 17 students, each with a different theme.
  • Pitzer College is highly unique in that it is a member of the Claremont Colleges. This consortium consists of five undergraduate institutions (Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, and Pomona colleges), two graduate schools (Claremont Graduate Institution and the Keck Graduate Institution), and a theological school (Claremont School of Theology). The five colleges (5Cs) share resources, and inter-registration between is widespread. A Pitzer student may take classes at any of the 5Cs without special registration or transference of credits.
  • Pitzer encourages its students to develop their own major and course of study if they feel so inclined. Students often double major or combine their majors in order to complete a concentration that interests them or to focus on an area of specialty. Student-designed majors include multicultural pedagogy, labor studies, folklore, politics of art, and East Central European studies.
  • Pitzer students have research opportunities as early as their first year. Students may apply for grant money and do independent studies and research for credit.
  • When Pitzer is hiring a new professor to join its staff, the administration actually gives students a say in which new faculty member they would like to join the Pitzer family.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 39 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 9 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% This was my dream school.
  • 62% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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