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Sasha

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Austin

Class Year: Freshman

The best thing about Pitzer is the students. Pitzer's student body has so much to offer in terms of experiences and stories and talents. If I could change anything, though, I would have Pitzer students get off campus a little more! Personally, I really appreciate the friendships that I maintain with students at all 5C's, and I think Pitzer (along with each of the other schools) can be a little insular at times. That being said, it's wonderful to have the supportive community at Pitzer in...

Jonathan

Major: Political Studies

Hometown: Bethesda

Class Year: Junior

Is your school too large, too small, or just right? One of the big draws for me to come to Pitzer was that it has a nice mix of a university and liberal arts college feel. When I was looking at colleges in high school, I was in a constant struggle of trying to decide between large universities, which had fantastic resources but were rather impersonal, and small colleges, which offer a great learning environment but can feel a bit isolating. Pitzer gives you the best of both worlds. Although the campus only has 1000 students, The Claremont...

Casey

Class Year: Junior

I love Pitzer. It's small and home-y, artsy and everyone is really friendly. Sure, the school is competitive, but the school has a vibe where everyone helps each other out and such. A lot of the buildings are white and industrial, though, and though we can paint all over the school, giving it the artsy feel, the buildings can be drab. The school is really small, but since it's part of the Claremont Colleges consortium it doesn't feel too small. If it were by itself perhaps it would be. The...

Robin

Class Year: Freshman

Pitzer is like summer camp. (We even have a shirt that says "Camp Pitzer" on it.) It's a little under a thousand people, which in my opinion is a nearly perfect college student population. The best thing about Pitzer the flexibility and control it gives to its students in forming groups, governing itself, and creating one's course of study. Most people have never heard of Pitzer, but are familiar with the "Claremont Consortium." Most students can be spotted on the "Mounds," or in the Grove...

Ariana

Class Year: Sophomore

I love that Pitzer is a small school. It's easy to get to know your professors and the other students. Classes are fairly small, and most professors bend over backwards to make themselves available to give us any extra help we may need. There are very few course requirements, so it is very easy to start your freshman year taking a bunch of different classes to find your interest without worrying about required classes. Pitzer campus is beautiful, and there is a very open and friendly atmosphere...

katelyn

Class Year: Freshman

pitzer has about 850 students in total, but because of the claremont colleges consortium, we have more like 5000, which is a really decent sized school. the 5Cs give students the feel of a big school without getting lost in the sea of strange faces. they have created a system where we maintain the sense of community you can only get with a small school, which is really unique to the claremont colleges. school pride within the colleges is not really that big of a deal. there definitely are...

Andrew

Class Year: Junior

Pitzer is wonderful! It's a part of the 5-College consortium in Claremont so you can take classes at 4 other outstanding colleges. It is a small school amidst five other small schools but as a whole, the Claremont Colleges acts like a larger school and gives you the social and academic resources of a much larger institution. Pitzer has alot of outdoor programs for kids to go camping, climbing, hiking, kayaking, surfing, and just about anything outside. There is a big push for sustainable and...

evan

Class Year: Junior

Pitzer is just the right size, but I think in a couple of years it will be too big, because they are still building new dorms on campus. Claremont is a pretty crappy little town in my opinion, but if you want to venture further, there are fun things to do in Pomona or even downtown LA. Pitzer administration is awesome: everything is decided by the professors themselves, who have first-hand relationships with the students.

Kendall

Class Year: Junior

If Pitzer fits you, it fits perfectly. And for some people at Pitzer, it just does not fit them at all. It's very polarizing in a way. But, once again, if it fits, you love it. The community is unforgettable. When first arriving as a freshman, you are constantly meeting people who have the same interests. Pitzer students teach you to speak up with your own ideas and start discussing them with others. The people are friendly and curious.

Will

Class Year: Senior

Pitzer is a great school but I wish they focused on improving academic standards more. There are tons of stupid hippie classes like Native American Folk Tales but in important subjects like math and economics there is a lot of room for improvement. Pitzer isn't all that well known and improving academic standards would go a long way toward improving the school's reputation.
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