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Founded in 1963, Pitzer College. is a Private college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 1,062 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Pitzer College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 93 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Pitzer College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Most Selective, with ,16% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 6 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 59% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Pitzer College.
22 Students rated on-campus housing 4.3 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.
10 Students rated off-campus housing 4.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
24 Students rated campus food 4.6 stars. 79 % gave the school a 5.0.
24 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.
24 Students rated class size 4.8 stars. 88 % gave the school a 5.0.
24 Students rated school activities 4.6 stars. 67 % gave the school a 5.0.
24 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.
24 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 67 % gave the school a 5.0.
12 Students rated Pitzer College
General culture is wealthy pot-smoking surfer. I transferred out and have never been happier.
Claremont Colleges are amazing, however the Pitzer hippie drug vibe was really a bummer during my time at the school. Kids are either super wealthy and full pay (often not as academically gifted as the others) or first-gen very high-achieving and intelligent. The dichotomy is tough from a social perspective. The full-pay students are often spoiled and not as hard working and skate by, often smoking a lot of pot. The tuition is also so high...prepare to go into major debt. Professors are amazing but the social experience was challenging - the student body is not cohesive and the drug culture is way too extreme.
Overall, I love Pitzer. Sure, there are definitely a lot that the institution can improve on, but as a very young college, it has been progressing incredibly well in terms of diversity, access, and really listening to the students. People here definitely do their best to hold others accountable with the 5 core values whether it is a professor, a student, or other faculty and staff members. People here are really friendly, and the food is great. The best part about the dining hall is that the dining hall staff are just really great people if you take the time to get to know them.
Pitzer was my dream school when I was High School student. Now that I am here, I admit there are a few things that I was misled on. For one, it is not as diverse as they say, I experienced culture shock the first weeks and definitely thought there would be more students of color and professors of color. However, there is a very helpful groups on Campus like LSU (Latinx Student Union), First Gen Club, BSU (Black Student Union) etc. that help building a welcoming environment to students of color. The environmental friendliness I believe comes mostly from the school itself and the students with EA majors. The rest of the student body I believe is not really concerned with the environment as much as the school portrays it to be. There is however bins that differentiate recycling, compost and trash, which makes students make subconsciously sustainable choices. Overall, I don't regret coming to Pitzer. I enjoy the small campus, the small classrooms and the amazing food served at the dining hall. There is malls and dollar stores nearby, and the availability of the other Claremont Colleges is really helpful. It's the best of both worlds, a small school within a consortium of other schools. Pitzer is great and I am glad I chose this school to be my home for the next four years.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Pitzer College is 13%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
If I were given the opportunity to go back in time and talk to my high school self I would tell her that even though college seems scary, you will succeed. Now is the perfect time to welcome change into your life, and you should do so with an open heart. Leaving your mom, who is also your best friend, is going to be hard but in the end you will be best friends for the rest of your life and no matter how far apart you are from each other that bond will never be broken. Choose the college of your dreams and jump in head first, because college is the best time of your life. Every opportunity is a blessing and going to the college of your dreams is the best thing that has happened to your life in a long time.
Interesting topic. The best thing about the Claremont Colleges is that you can take classes at any of the five colleges. Taking advantage of this I take the majority of my classes at Pomona and as a Sophmore now, I have only taken two classes at Pitzer and one was the required Freshman seminar. Pitzer academics are really 50/50. The teacher is either really smart and engaging or totally a waste of time. Pitzer also rarely offers Philosophy classes, and the major is actually in cooperation with Pomona.
Determined, friendly, and enthusiastic.
A stereotype about Pitzer is that it is a school where people are lazy and smoke all the time. When arriving and searching out Pitzer, it becomes very clear that are some amazing student organized and run groups that put together some pretty large projects at the college. Some examples are the student garden, several music festivals, the student cafe, and human rights and environmental clubs. Pitzer students know how to have a good time, how to really connect inside a community and how to organize and get something done. If you want to do something big or be part of something big, it is very possible.
For a very small percentage of people, yes. For the other 90% no!
The people. The people are all interesting and sincere. It is not hard to find a fun group to hang out in and everyone is friendly. These are the types of people that you will be friends with for the rest of your life.
There are parties all the time. Themed and everything. Basically if you want to go out, there is a choice of options. And its also can be a good way to meet people from the other 4 colleges.
Pitzer is a small school, which means that most of the student body knows one another and it is inevitable for students to establish some sort of relationship with their professors. Pitzer does not only feel like a college campus, but it also feels like a tight-nit community in which everyone is willing to help one another. Although it was only established in 1963, Pitzer has made a name of itself in just 50 years. The campus on its own transmits positive energy and provides a friendly atmosphere for everyone. It is a warm enviornment overall.
Pitzer College is a diverse community of young enthusiastic (mostly liberal) leaders who are politically, socially, and environmentally active - a collage of hippies and hipsters, with a small splash of bros and jocks.
Students explain how the elusive "vibe" managed to bring them to Pitzer
The Media Studies program is is merely a bachelor's in home-video production, with little practical application to film. Most of the students come from upper-middle class backgrounds with limited exposure outside of their demographic. Faculty and students have a liberal mindset, but not a very flexible mindset.
Everything I have experienced at Pitzer College is positive!
Meet Phil, a notable professor at Pitzer College. An author, scholar, advisor, and generally someone to look forward to should you come to Pitzer.
Politically conservative; uninterested in other cultures, travel, and community projects
Honestly there is not one thing that I would change about Pitzer. Every encounter I've had with a professor, staff worker or student has been pleasant. Attending Pitzer was the best decision I have ever made and I cannot think of one thing that I do not like about it.
Close relationships with professors! I've eaten dinner at every single one of my professor's houses and even babysat some of their kids!
Pitzer is best known for being a bunch of hippies, but that's not necessarily true. We were built in the 60's and there have been many hold-over stereotypes from that era. However, we do believe in social responsibility and we do like to reduce our impact on the environment (both of which have been twisted to make us look like hippies.) We're also known for our non-traditional Educational Objective system (take a look, it's the best)! And, lastly, two major music festivals: Reggaefest and Kohoutek.
Two sophomores (basketball/cross-country, baseball) and a senior offer their thoughts and opinions concerning the life of a Pitzer athlete
I think that the stereotypical Pitzer student is a pot-smoking, passionate-about-the-earth, Environmental Analysis major who couldn't get into Pomona, especially to an outsider (or one of the students from a different 5C who never leaves their campus). This couldn't be further from the truth, and my experiences as a student here. Of all those characteristics, Pitzer students only universally share one: passion. Pitzer, in my experience, has not only been a tamer party scene than CMC or Harvey Mudd or Pomona, it has been a rich and rigorous academic experience, with intelligent and thoughtful classmates. Mostly, Pitzer students are diverse, in experiences and talents. I feel like every one of the people I know here could teach me something new and interesting.
Liberal, environmentally and "Earth" focused. Students with interest in psychology, English, and other humanities. Students who were rejected from another Claremont College, but still want to study in Claremont.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
45% of students
attending Pitzer College receive some sort of financial aid.
13% were awarded federal grants.
While 36% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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