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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports at liberal arts schools like the 5Cs are not big, but could be important to a lot of students especially the athletes. CMS are more pumped up by sports than PP in general.

3 College Student

Athletics: Not up to date but for the small campus it is its okay.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are not a big deal. It is sad to watch our rival games as it reminds us of a high school football match. Come to think of it, a high school football match might be more entertaining than our games. Basketball is pretty fun to watch, but only when Pomona-Pitzer play against CMS. The other times, no one really watches sports.

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.

1 College Freshman

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

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Pitzer offers a myriad of Division III sports in which many students enjoy partaking. Intramural sports are popular amongst the students, as well, and it is not as difficult to make one of the intramural teams. However, Pitzer is not a school where athletics outweighs academics. School spirit is generally at its peak during Homecoming (when Pitzer-Pomona plays rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps), but during the rest of the season, the fan base at games is minimal. Most students will claim that Pitzer is not your typical, run-of-the-mill institution, and this sentiment goes for sports appreciation, as well. You won't see any foam fingers or tailgating with Cecil the Sagehen (the school mascot).

The gym at the Gold Student Center (GSC) is a small space with a few exercise machines, including treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. There is also a climbing wall and aerobics/dance floor that is open to the students. Because there is not a plethora of equipment, it is crucial to time your visit to the gym well so that you don't have to wait in long lines to use the machines. Perhaps the most exciting recent addition to Pitzer's campus is the pool, which is conveniently settled in the center of the freshman living area. It is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day and is a welcome change from the sometimes overwhelming SoCal weather.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
Basketball: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
School Colors
Blue and orange
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
74 - 18%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
58 - 10%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Pool/billiards
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Gold Center Fitness Room/Pool
  • Rains Center Athletic Complex (shared with Pomona College)
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, water polo
Most Overlooked Teams
Intramural club sports, rugby
School Spirit
It's safe to say that students don't attend Pitzer for the sports finesse. Attendance at any sports game is limited, and the school spirit is more of a rivalry against the other Claremont Colleges than anything else. When it comes down to it, students show their spirit and aggression more through academics and social issues than sports.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are never an issue at Pitzer, and the teams rarely (if ever) sell them. Because of low attendance rates at games, tickets really aren't a necessity.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Mount Baldy, Rose Garden at Scripps
Did You Know?
All Pitzer sports teams are shared with Pomona College.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 4% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 51% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 45% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 49 responses

  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 10% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 61% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 50 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 18% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 58% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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