Pitzer College Top Questions

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?


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.


People stereotype Pitzer students as very liberal hippies. Being founded in the 60s, Pitzer definitely rode on this hippie wave, but it's definitely changed. Students, for the most part, are pretty liberal, but the campus is becoming more intellectually diverse. There are certainly still students who fit the stereotype, but as Pitzer's institutional values become more mainstream, the student body does not fit the stereotype today. Even the most laid back of us are still passionate about our studies.