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Academics

Just outside of Los Angeles, Pitzer College is a "socially responsible and progressive" liberal arts and sciences college with "great academics" and "active students" and that "feels like a second home." Students prize Pitzer 's "flexible graduation requirements," especially "the ability to create your own major," and "the options and resources offered throughout the Claremont Consortium," which includes the ability to take classes at any of the other five Claremont Colleges. Because the school is so small, with an enrollment of just under 1,100 undergrads, students feel they belong to a close and caring community: "Pitzer College is basically a year-round summer camp where people go to grow as individuals through liberal arts studies and through relationships that they build." Current students praise the school's "interdisciplinary focus and nonWestern centric studies." Furthermore, students say they "love the academic support" they receive at Pitzer, especially the professors, who are "well connected but incredibly caring." "All my professors know me by name," students tell us, "even in introductory courses. [Instructors] all have PhDs from prestigious universities and demonstrate love for teaching." Experiential learning opportunities "[extend] far beyond the classroom to community service projects, the dorms, and abroad," and, because of the school's size, students often get the chance to conduct research with their professors as well. "By my second semester of my first year a professor offered me a research position," one student tells us, which "is typical for many students since class sizes are small, so we get to create intimate relationships and have direct discussions with professors."

Student Body

While Pitzer 's student body contains diverse personalities and backgrounds, in one respect these Sagehens are the same: "Everyone is passionate about something. You won't find a single student who isn't somehow involved on campus outside of the classroom." At Pitzer, "most students tend to lean far left in ideology," and they are generally "outspoken about their views... but openminded students of any political ideology should not fear the liberal environment." "I cannot count the number of nights I have stayed up until 2:00 a.m. discussing issues ranging from Middle Eastern politics to growing up in the inner-cities," one student tells us. Students speak highly of one another and judge that their peers "are sincerely pursuing passions that they believe are reflective of themselves, as opposed to doing things for jobs/other forms of external validation." Many students are focused on "social justice" and environmental issues, though some reject the "Pitzer hippy stereotype." More than anything, they seem to agree that Pitzer students are "intellectual, and seeking to use that intellect to do good in the world."

Campus Life

Because of the mild southern California climate, Pitzer students can be found "around the pool or in the Grove House" (a student center), as well as enjoying other idyllic locations. "I manage the school garden and care for chickens," one student tells us. "I spend a lot of afternoons just hanging out in the garden doing homework or talking to friends." Weekends are spent taking advantage of the surrounding landscapes by "hiking in the mountains by the school or [driving] into L.A. to shop or go to the beach." Students here are serious about their academics, but they do "study together and mix chatting in with homework." They also take a lot of ownership over how the campus is run: "We sit on hiring committees and our Student Senate has more power than the administration." "Multiple student-run eateries [and] strong student organizations" create a "collaborative atmosphere." On-campus there is "a very active party scene," and "on weekends, [themed] parties are usually hosted by the school." Students "love that Pitzer provides a super progressive environment."

Overview

Applicants
4,142
Acceptance Rate
13%
Average HS GPA
3.82

GPA Breakdown

57%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 720

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
670 - 750

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
116
with Terminal Degree
116

69
Women
47
Men
40
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
88%

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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Kevin De Leon
President pro Tempore of the California State Senate

John Landgraf
President/Gen. Manager, FX Networks

Anne Archer
Actress

Max Brooks
Author and Screen Writer, World War Z

Thomas W. Brock
Commissioner, NCER, IES, U.S. Department of Education

Matthew Baer
Movie Producer

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
88%

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:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$45,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$71,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$48,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$71,100

Percent STEM
2%


Students Say

A Pitzer education emphasizes internships, hands-on learning, and community outreach (community service is actually required for graduation); to that end, the Career Services Office hosts numerous career fairs, and the Pitzer Internship Fund provides money to students taking otherwise unfunded internships. (The internship does not need to be in place in order to apply.) The school uses the online job database Handshake to let students search for employment and internships, and there is also the Pitzer Professional Directory, an online, searchable database of Pitzer alumni and current parents, useful for career planning purposes. Career counseling sessions, assessments, and workshops are also available. Field learning is also encouraged; on Fridays throughout the academic year, the office arranges field trips for small groups to visit employers throughout southern California, and the Pitzer Shadowing Program lets students spend one to five days with alumni or parents at their place of work.

With sixty programs to choose from, study abroad is hugely popular at Pitzer. The Institute for Global Local Action "helps students integrate their learning from study abroad experiences with local community engagement." For Sayjal Waddy, a 2007 sociology major, studying abroad was a transformative experience. "My semester abroad was the most valuable experience I had in college. The Pitzer in Botswana program was life changing. Through that program I lived in a rural village for a month with no electricity or running water. In that month I learned that I was stronger than I realized. I spent the rest of my time working in orphanages throughout the country." A history major from the Class of 1975 told us that "a clear grasp of their role as agents of change, here and abroad; a devotion to social-justice causes; a commitment to making the world more habitable, green, and just" are the defining characteristics of Pitzer graduates. The college also operates a semester-long study abroad program in Costa Rica through its Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology. Located near the Hacienda Baru Reserve, the Firestone Center is a former lowland rainforest that was cleared for cattle farming during the 1950's and 1960's. Today Pitzer College manages the land through restoration ecology and sustainable forestry efforts. Students take classes in topical and human ecology where they study critical interactions between humans and the natural world and gain hands-on experience in the study of tropical ecosystems.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$42,956

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,447

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,101

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
38%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,569

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$47,280

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$51,964
Required Fees
$272
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,247
Transportation for Commuters
$1,326

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,264
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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
United World College 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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,089
Foreign Countries Represented
33

Demographics

8.85%
Asian
5.37%
African-American
15.25%
Hispanic
45.95%
Caucasian
5.93%
Unknown
8.57%
International

56% female
44% male
52% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
73%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

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, QRC. http://colleges.claremont.edu/qrc/

Minority Support Groups: Chicano/Latino Student Affairs, Office of Black Student Affairs, Student Disability Resource Center

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.

91/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
14%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

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

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

Phone
909.621.8129

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
909.621.8129

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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