From the School

Pitzer is a comprehensive liberal arts college founded in 1963 as the sixth member of The Claremont Colleges and ranks as the fifth most diverse private coed national liberal arts college. Our emphasis on interdisciplinary learning, intercultural understanding, environmental sensitivity and social responsibility distinguishes us from most other American colleges and universities. Interdisciplinary learning encourages you to explore how different academic fields intersect and draw on each other's wisdom and ideas; intercultural understanding enables you to see issues and events from cultural perspectives different from your own; environmental sensitivity inspires you to shape your daily actions towards the betterment and protection of our earth; and social responsibility shows you how to transform knowledge into action as you strive to make the world a better place to live for yourself and future generations.

Pitzer requires fewer general education courses than most other colleges, so you get to take more of the courses that appeal to your individual interests. You can also choose among a range of courses that connect classroom learning to real-world experience, whether it's working inside a labor union, assisting with a faculty member's research, advising a neighboring city about economic development, or helping underprivileged children prepare for a future that includes college. Such experiences help you grasp the deeper implications of your actions and how your education at Pitzer prepares you to make a difference in society.

Pitzer offers an intimate academic and social community alongside access to the resources of a larger university through membership in The Claremont Colleges, and students are allowed to cross-register at the other Claremont Colleges. This opportunity greatly enhances the range of courses available to students. The total enrollment of all the undergraduate colleges is about 5,500 students.

In addition, Pitzer has completed phase one of a three-phase residence hall construction project in which we expect to become, upon its completion, the only college in the nation to have all Platinum/Gold LEED certified buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Overall

From The School

Pitzer College strives to attract a diverse student body with demonstrated academic ability, maturity and independence. Each applicant is evaluated on an individual basis. Your application should show the ways in which you feel you will profit from and contribute to Pitzer College. Pitzer expects that students seeking admission will have selected a rigorous academic program throughout high school. Your senior year is very important and should continue to include a variety of solid academic courses.

Early Decision: If Pitzer is clearly your first choice, we invite you to use this option. This application deadline is November 15.

Regular Admission: First-year applicants seeking regular admission should have their admission applications submitted by January 1.

Test-Optional Policy: Pitzer's admission policy for first-year students provides applicants with greater flexibility in presenting application materials that accurately reflect their diverse academic abilities and potential.

Pitzer exempts students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class, or those who have an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher in academic subjects, from having to submit any standardized tests. Applicants not falling into either one of those categories will be required to submit at least one of the following options:

(a) ACT scores, or (b) SAT scores, or (c) Two or more Advanced Placement test scores of at least 4: one must be in English or English language and one must be in mathematics or a natural science, or (d) Two International Baccalaureate exam scores: one must be in English 1A and one must be in the Mathematics Methods (Standard Level), or a higher level course in mathematics, or (e) Two exams: one recent junior or senior year graded, analytical writing sample from a humanities or social science course and one mathematics examination, preferably a final or end-of-semester exam in the most advanced mathematics course possible (at least at the algebra II level). The samples must include the student's name, the teacher's comments, grades and the assignment.

Pitzer College adheres to the May 1 National Candidate's Reply Date Agreement.

Overview

Applicants
4,115
Acceptance Rate
15%
Average HS GPA
3.85

GPA Breakdown

60%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 700

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities
Racial / Ethnic Status
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

To earn the Bachelor of Arts degree, students are required to complete 32 courses, about one-third of which are in the field of major. Pitzer co-sponsors a science program with Claremont McKenna and Scripps Colleges. The W. M. Keck Science Center has state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching and research and a large biological field station. Pitzer joins Western University of Health Sciences in nearby Pomona to offer a seven-year program culminating in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Pitzer grants the bachelor of arts degree in 44 fields of study: Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Asian American Studies, Biology, Biochemistry, Biology/Chemistry, Chemistry, Chicano Studies, Classics, Dance, Economics, English and World Literature, Environmental Analysis, Gender and Feminist Studies, History, Human Biology, International and Intercultural Studies, Linguistics, Management Engineering, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Media Studies, Modern Language, Literature and Cultures: Spanish, Molecular Biology, Music, Neuroscience, Organismal Biology, Organizational Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science and Management, Science, Technology and Society, Sociology, Spanish and Theater. There is also the opportunity to create one's own major.

Minors are also available in Africana Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Asian American Studies, Biology, Black Studies, Classics, Dance, Economics, English and World Literature, Environmental Analysis, Gender and Feminist Studies, History, Linguistics, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy, Science, Technology and Society, Sociology, Spanish and Theater.

Students Say

Pitzer College is “small, personal, and unique,” but because students have access to the classes and “excellent resources” at four other local colleges through the Claremont Consortium, “you can choose to make your college experience as large or as small as you want!” Pitzer doesn’t have a lot of requirements, so there’s a high degree of academic freedom and flexibility, including the opportunity to create your own major. Students gush about the level of “student autonomy,” calling Pitzer “a challenging school that allows students to become effective leaders.” Emphasis is on “social responsibility” and “intercultural understanding,” and classes “are constantly being connected to present society and how you can pursue social issues through your field of study.” “Professors are as zesty and zany as they are brilliant and intriguing” and they “encourage respectful dialogue inside and outside the classroom.” Generally, “emphasis [is] on discussion; besides intro courses you won’t find many lecture classes.” “Pitzer is all about analytical thinking and learning to think beyond the material in front of you. Professors won’t settle for summary; be prepared to form and argue your own opinions.” Students are very positive about their professors, calling them “life changing” and “dedicated and enthusiastic.” A history major says professors “demand a lot from their students,” and a political science major adds that “they want to know each of their students individually and help them out as much as they can.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
115
with Terminal Degree
115

58
Women
57
Men
34
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
81%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Neurobiology and Neurophysiology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • American Literature (United States)
  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • European History
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Art

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Fabian Nunez
Speaker, California State Assembly

John Landgraf
President/Gen. Manager, FX Networks

Anne Archer
Actress

Max Brooks
Writer, Saturday Night Live

Susan Feniger
Restauranteur/host Food Network's Two Hot Tamales

Matthew Baer
Movie producer

Mablean Ephraim
Superior Court Judge/past host TV's Divorce Court

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Parents can breathe a sigh of relief; Pitzer students tend to do very well on the job market. And they certainly benefit from a fabulous career center that’s able to tap into resources for all of the Claremont schools. For example, seniors can participate in the Claremont Colleges On- Campus Recruiting Program. This program runs during the majority of both semesters and brings a variety of employers—from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies—to campus. As if that wasn’t enough, Pitzer also hosts an annual non-profit and public service career fair. Further, undergrads have the opportunity to participate in the Winter Break Shadowing Program. This unique practice pairs students with alums or parent hosts and allows undergrads to experience a day (or week!) in the life of a specific job/profession. The insight gleaned and the connections made are generally invaluable.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
81%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$45,000

Median Mid-Career Salary
$71,200

Return on Education (ROE) rating
85

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Costs for the 2011-12 academic year are as follows:
Tuition: 38,832
Room: 7,804
Board: 4,634
Fees: 3,718
Books and personal expenses: $2,000 (estimated)

Travel expenses will vary.

Costs are subject to change for the 2012-13 academic year.

Financial Aid

Pitzer's financial aid program supports the goals of the admission program: to enroll a student body of quality and diversity. Financial aid is based on financial need. Approximately 42 percent of the student body receives financial aid in the form of grants, loans and work study. To apply for aid, you must complete and submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1. California residents must apply for a CAL Grant by March 2.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

At Pitzer “it’s all about possibilities.” While nearly unlimited resources and picturesque scenery don’t come without a cost— annual tuition totals $46,720 and room and board caps out at another $14,758—recent figures indicate that the school meets 100 percent of incoming freshman need and sustains that commitment across all four years. Thirty-five percent of undergraduates borrow to attend and the cumulative average indebtedness is $22,568.

Bang For Your Buck

With a strong study abroad program, a student body tallying just over 1,000 students, a student-faculty ration of 12:1, and the ability to extend one’s education in any school of the Claremont Consortium, Pitzer offers the breadth of experiences usually reserved for a large university— in an intimate college setting. Recently, students have benefited from “increasing support for students to gain internship experiences while in school,” including “a program to offer financial support to some students who partake in internships that they normally would not have had the opportunity to do because of travel and living expenses.” The Community Engagement Center “offers students the opportunity for internships that are more socially conscious in their focus and allow students the opportunity to help in the surrounding communities.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,560

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,107

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,421

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$18,030

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
42%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$35,509

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,720
Required Fees
$272
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,599
Transportation for Commuters
$1,134

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Federal ACG and National SMART
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

From The School

Pitzer's spirit of involvement extends well beyond the classroom and is the essence of a Pitzer education. Opportunities abound within the college to participate in more than 50 student organizations, intramural sports, community service programs and social activities as well as the 150 clubs and organizations available consortium-wide. Students participate in all college committees and play a key part in the governance of the college. Pitzer joins Pomona College to field NCAA Division III teams in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. In addition, there are numerous club sports to participate in including cycling, lacrosse, badminton, fencing and rugby.

Students Say

“The one thing all Pitzer students do have in common is awareness and community involvement. Every student on this campus has a strong voice.” Pitzer students are hard workers and “passionate thinkers,” “intelligent, chill, accepting, and friendly.” Though Pitzer is small, “there is such a wide variety of people [that] you’ll find a place where you fit in,” and a sociology student adds that, “You only really don’t fit in if you’re unfriendly and mean.” “At Pitzer, there are countless ways to meet people…and if you can’t find something at Pitzer you can definitely find it at one of the other Claremont Colleges.” Pitzer has a reputation as a “hippie” (and sometimes “hipster”) school, but students say the “diversity among personalities is growing rapidly.” One student says that Pitzer students “are a collection of creative people who, in their different ways, like to think outside of the box.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,081
Out of State
53%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

6.60%
Asian
4.95%
African-American
16.02%
Hispanic
51.94%
Caucasian
11.36%
Unknown
4.95%
International

60% female
40% male
53% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

We are located in the city of Claremont (population 35,000) at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles and 78 miles west of Palm Springs. Pitzer is a short distance from rock climbing at Joshua Tree National Park, the Getty, Norton Simon and other LA County museums, the beaches of Southern California and skiing at Mt. Baldy and Big Bear. Claremont's quaint village, a short walk from campus, has a wide variety of restaurants, galleries and shops.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Pitzer provides a variety of special resources and facilities. These facilities include a recently renovated 313 seat auditorium with state-of-the art equipment, an arboretum featuring ecologically sustainable landscape, computer centers (with both Macs and PCs), the Gold Student Center (housing a fitness room for aerobics and weight training, simulated rock climbing, martial arts and yoga classes, a recreational room, a student-run snack bar, a swimming pool, a video production studio), the W. M. Keck Science Center (housing biology, chemistry, and physics labs), a psychology lab and a writing lab.

In addition, Pitzer shares a variety of facilities with the other Claremont Colleges including Honnold/Mudd Library, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Bernard Biological Field Station, Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center, Office of Black Student Affairs, Asian American Resource Center, Baxter Student Health Services, Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services, McAlister Center for Religious Activities, Campus Security and Huntley Bookstore.

Off-Campus Opportunities

More than 72 percent of our students participate in study abroad programs with an emphasis on community involvement at sites throughout the world. Pitzer administers its own language and culture programs and exchanges in Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and Turkey as well as 14 exchanges with U.S. institutions. Students in all majors can arrange a semester of study abroad but those who prefer not to take a full semester away from Pitzer may participate in Pitzer summer programs in Costa Rica and Japan.

Student Organizations & Activities

Pitzer's spirit of involvement extends well beyond the classroom and is the essence of a Pitzer education. Opportunities abound within the college to participate in more than 50 student organizations, intramural sports, community service programs and social activities as well as the 150 clubs and organizations available consortium-wide. Students participate in all college committees and play a key part in the governance of the college. Pitzer joins Pomona College to field NCAA Division III teams in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. In addition, there are numerous club sports to participate in including cycling, lacrosse, badminton, fencing and rugby.

Students Say

Pitzer ’s location means great weather, which means “year-round outdoor activities.” “Everyday walking through campus you’ll see classes being held outside on the grass, students lying in hammocks reading, students studying while laying out by the pool, or students fixing old bikes at the Green Bike Program (a student-run club, promoting green transportation by providing bikes for the community).” Pitzer students love the “very laid-back and easy-going environment,” but find the school is still able to enforce “a serious education.” The College Consortium means there’s always something going on, whether it’s a “speaker series, dances, parties, or concerts,” and there’s “no shortage of things to do.” Students report an “average” amount of drinking and drug use, and a few noted that though there’s “a lot of pot smoking” they “never felt pressured” to take part. The five colleges “sponsor parties…with kegs, deejays, etc.,” though the big parties usually take place at the other colleges, or off campus. Pitzer is “close enough to Los Angeles to head in for concerts, museums, shopping, etc., [and] many students do camping trips in Southern California [or] head to the beach.” There’s also a campus organization, Pitzer Outdoor Adventures (POA), that “funds students each week to basically go out on epic adventures. Want gas money for surfing? Okay! Want some funds for a back packing trip? Done!” A leader of POA admits with the school funding adventures, it “doesn’t get much better.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
74%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
120
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Sagehens)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Sagehens)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: There is a 5-college gay/lesbian support group. www.pitzer.edu/offices/shared_resources.asp

Minority Support Groups: Intercollegiate departments of Chicano, Black and Asian American/Pacific Islander students, as well as student groups.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Claremont McKenna College
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Harvey Mudd College

Sustainability

Pitzer students donate more than 100,000 hours of community service annually! The Pitzer Life Residential Project is a three-phase construction project that will position the college to become the first in the nation to have all LEED Platinum or Gold mixed-use residence halls on campus (two phases down, one to go). To date, a remarkable 40 percent of the buildings on campus are LEED Platinum or Gold. Pitzer’s College Council has adopted the Statement of Environmental Policy and Principles to further integrate socially and environmentally responsible practices into college operations and academics. The college offers majors in environmental analysis and environmental science, and a popular class in environmental justice. A number of classes include environmental labs and field research components, including an opportunity to study in Costa Rica’s Firestone restoration project. The Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology at Pitzer College offers students and faculty the opportunity to conduct hands-on environmental research in one of the world’s most ecologically diverse locales. The program features local collaborative resource management, a focus on human and tropical ecology, and the study of reforestation and sustainable agriculture. In fall 2012, Pitzer announced the launch of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, an innovative program to create the next generation of environmental changemakers. Eco Center and Garden Club are two student groups that are active on campus, and the student- operated Green Bike Program has helped ensure that 95 percent of student trips to campus are via alternative transportation. But perhaps most notably, Pitzer's entire 34-acre campus is considered to be part of the John Rodman Arboretum. Hence, students are privy to a landscape dominated by drought-tolerant, climate-appropriate and native plants.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
No

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
33%

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
4

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Angela Tilley
Visit Coordinator

Address
Admissions Office
1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone
800-748-9371

Email
admission@pitzer.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Grove House
McConnell Center
Gloria and Peter Gold Student Center
Marquis Library
The Mounds
http://www.pitzer.edu/admission/campusvisit.aspThe Claremont Colleges Consortium Pitzer students may cross-register at any of The Claremont Colleges, and may utilize all Claremont facilities, including Honnold Library, the third-largest academic library in the state, with more than 2 million volumes; Huntley Bookstore; Baxter Medical Center; McAlister Center for Religious Activities and Monsour Counseling Center. Pitzer sponsors the Joint Science Program with Claremont McKenna and Scripps colleges, and the five undergraduate colleges offer a wide range of recreational facilities, student gathering places and dining areas. Pitzer combines with Pomona College for NCAA Division III sports.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Universal Studios
Disneyland
Victoria Gardens Shopping
Joshua Tree National Park
L.A. County Museum of Arts
Situated at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountain range, Claremont, is located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The desert, beaches and mountains are within an hour's drive. Pitzer students can take advantage of a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, rock climbing, rollerblading, snowboarding, surfing, and swimming. The Mexican border, San Diego and San Francisco are one or two hours away by car or plane. Ontario International Airport is a short drive from campus. The community of Claremont, population 35,000, has the atmosphere of a small town, with several parks, many trees, numerous churches and a downtown area with a variety of restaurants and shops.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday
8am-5pm and 9am-noon
800-748-9371

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri, and during academic year, Sat mornings
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
30 minutes prior to tour, spring and summer

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Mon-Thurs, 1 night stay; college covers all expenses related to visit

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Ontario International Airport is 12 miles east of Claremont on I-10 (the San Bernardino Freeway). Direct or connecting flights are available from all parts of the country. Hotel shuttles (Claremont Inn, Sheraton Fairplex, and Ramada Inn), taxis, and rental cars are available for the ride to campus. Los Angeles International Airport is about 50 miles west of Claremont. Air and ground connections are available from there to Ontario International Airport. Greyhound buses serve Claremont; the terminal is just south of I-10.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From any area except Pasadena, take I-10. Exit Indian Hill Blvd & travel north toward the mountains for 3 miles. Turn right on 12th St. becomes Platt Ave. Turn right on N. Mills Ave. Turn left on 9th St. Pass Pitzer Road (before Claremont Blvd) & turn left into East Mesa Parking Lot driveway. Admissions Office is in Pitzer Hall facing the parking lot. From Pasadena & the San Fernando Valley, take I-210 E. Exit Baseline & turn left. Turn left at Monte Vista, right at Claremont Blvd, cross Foothill Blvd. & take first right at 9th Street. Right turn into driveway of East Mesa parking Lot.

Local Accommodations
Double Tree Claremont (formerly Claremont Inn) Sheraton Ontario Airport Sheraton Suites Fairplex Doubletree Ontario Airport Hotel Marriott Ontario Airport La Quinta Inn and Suites Ontario Red Roof Inn Country Suites By Ayres Shilo Inn Suites Hotel Pomona Hilltop Embassy Suites Covina
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Key Stats

4,115
Applicants
1,081
Size
15%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists