Pitzer College at a Glance

Student DemographicsPITZER_Setups_April_2014_e_31

Total enrollment: 1,081

In-state: 47%

Out-of-state: 53%

Number of states represented: 38

International: 10% (including International Scholars and exchange students)

Number of foreign countries represented: 18

Women: 60%

Men: 40%

American Indian / Alaska Native: <1%

Asian: 6%PITZER_Setups_April_2014_e_5

Black: 5%

Hispanic: 15%

Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander: <1%

White: 49%

Two or More Races: 8%

Unknown: 11%

 

A Distinctive Liberal Arts College

Pitzer College combines a small liberal arts college experience with all the resources of a major university. As a member of the Claremont University Consortium, Pitzer gives you access to about 2,500 courses per semester, more than 200 PITZER_Setups_April_2014_e_53clubs and organizations and 17 eateries across five contrasting yet communal campuses. The total enrollment of all the undergraduate colleges is about 5,500 students.

Mission Statement

Pitzer College produces engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world through an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary liberal arts education emphasizing social justice, intercultural understanding and environmental sensitivity. The meaningful participation of students, faculty and staff in college governance and academic program design is a Pitzer core value. Our community thrives within the mutually supportive framework of The Claremont Colleges, which provide an unsurpassed breadth of academic, athletic and social opportunities.

Core Values

  • Social Responsibility
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Interdisciplinary Learning
  • Student Engagement

PITZER_Setups_April_2014_e_18Location

Pitzer is situated in the suburban town of Claremont at the base of the San Gabriel mountains with a population of about 35,000 people. Claremont enjoys an excellent climate year round with skiing, hiking, desert and ocean sports and one of the largest and most electrifying cities in the world all located within an hour’s drive. Downtown Los Angeles is also easily reached via the Metrolink commuter rail.

Commercial airline service is available through nearby Ontario International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and John Wayne (Orange County) International Airport.

Directions and Travel Information

Majors

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. Students work with an academic advisor during orientation of their first year. Pitzer students can have as many advisors as they choose to best serve their intended majors and minors. Students must complete a Major/Educational Objectives form signed by their advisor and submit it to the Registrar’s Office no later than midterm of their first semester of junior year. A substantial part of junior and senior year is devoted to the major program. Field groups (similar to a discipline or department) organize major requirements and courses. Students may also design special majors in consultation with their advisors which then must be approved by the Curriculum Committee. Additionally, students may choose existing majors at the other Claremont Colleges provided that the fields are not offered as majors at Pitzer.

                                                                                  Top 10 Majors

PITZER_Setups_April_2014_e_11 Professor Paul Faulstich and students

1. Psychology
2. Special/Self-Designed
3. Environmental Analysis
4. Economics
5. Sociology
6. Political Studies
7. Media Studies
8. English & World Literature
9. Human Biology
10. Anthropology

 

To view the list of available majors and the course catalog, click here.

Faculty

PITZER_Setups_April_2014_e_23 Pitzer outdoor classroom

Number of full-time faculty: 85
Part-time faculty: 30
Total faculty: 115
Faculty from minority groups: 34 (30% of total)
Women faculty: 58 (50.4% of total)
Men faculty: 57 (49.5% of total)
With PhD or terminal degree in field of expertise: 115 (100% of total)

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Average Class Size

15

International and National Student Awards

1383311_10151936156197090_2140035369_n Emily Kawahara ’12 during her teaching Fulbright in Thailand.

Since our founding, Pitzer students were awarded hundreds of fellowships, scholarships and awards including:

  • 198 Fulbright Scholarships
  • 31 Watson Fellowships
  • 47 Teach for America Corps
  • 15 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships
  • 16 McNair Scholarships
  • 9 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships
  • 12 Kemper Scholarships
  • 12 Coro Fellowships
  • 6 Udall Scholarships
  • 4 American Sociological Association Minority Fellowships
  • 3 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Fellowships
  • 3 Princeton in Asia Teaching Fellowships
  • 2 Freeman Foundation Asia Fellowships
  • 1 Princeton in Africa
  • 1 Truman Fellowship

Student Fellowships & Scholarships

Tuition and Fees

PITZER_Setups_April_2014_e_40 Platinum LEED residence halls

If you lived on campus during the 2013-2014 year your budget would be $61,416, which does not include the cost of travel to campus.

Tuition $44,752
Fees $ 266
Room (double) $8,330
Board (16 meals) $6,068
Books and Personal Expenses (estimate) $ 2,000

For current tuition and fees, please visit the Financial Aid page.

260224_2105604996247_6029264_n Elizabeth Bartolini ’12 (left) and Miriam Stiefel ’12 (right) on the Pitzer in Nepal Program

Study Abroad

Seventy-five percent of the Class of 2014 studied abroad. Pitzer has also been the national leader in Fulbright Fellowships per 1,000 students for 10 of the last 11 years.

Study Abroad

Fulbright Fellowships

Athletics

Pitzer joins with Pomona College in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Athletic teams include men’s soccer, basketball, football, baseball, track & field, cross-country, golf, tennis, water polo, swimming & diving and women’s soccer, basketball, softball, track & field, cross-country, tennis, water polo, swimming & diving, lacrosse and volleyball. Pitzer students participate in The Claremont Colleges club sports programs that compete nationally. A wide variety of intramural sports are available to all students.

Pomona-Pitzer Athletics

Student Life

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Nearly 250 special interest clubs and organizations are offered by The Claremont Colleges. There are various on-campus entertainment events and off-campus recreational activities.

Pitzer College Clubs

Claremont Colleges Club Directory

Alumni

There are 9,278 living alumni located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 56 countries worldwide.

Pitzer College graduates are prepared to take on life’s challenges while making a difference in their communities. Pitzer’s many impressive alumni include individuals with varied careers in arts, science and research, non-profit, education and public service.

Pitzer Alumni Community

Giving

During the 2013–2014 academic year, Pitzer College celebrated its 50th Anniversary. This milestone called for more than just congratulations, it called for action—an ambitious goal was set to raise $50 million by May 2014 through the 50Forward Campaign. The priorities of this effort included:

  • Expand Student Aid
  • Strengthen Academic Programs
  • Improve Critical Facilities
  • Increase Annual Support and Alumni/Parent Participation

As of May 2014, we successfully raised over $50 million from alumni, parents, trustees, faculty, staff, students, corporations, foundations and friends. The generosity from our Pitzer community allows us to advance our mission, build our community of intellectual vitality and provide state-of-the-art facilities for our students and faculty. 50Forward highlights include:

  • Increasing the average need-based award by 51 percent and decreasing student loan indebtedness by 27 percent.
  • Raising $11.7 million to launch the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability and train a new generation of environmental leaders.
  • Providing leading-edge programming through $1.4 million raised for the Institute for Global/Local Action and Study.
  • Raising $8.8 million for building mixed-use Residence Halls and expanding the Gold Student Health and Wellness Center.
  • Building a support system of over 6,000 alumni, parents and friends who contributed more than $11 million to the Pitzer Annual Fund, which provides the most flexible spending dollars in support of the aspirations of every student.

Giving

Honnold/Mudd Library

Honnold/Mudd is the largest of The Claremont Colleges libraries, with holdings across all disciplines, including special collections, government publications and electronic resources. There are over 2 million books and journal volumes, 2,000 print periodical subscriptions, 35,000 online journals and over 32,000 e-books.

Services include an extensive Web site and online resources, in-person and virtual reference, individual and group instruction and customized delivery options like Interlibrary Loan.

Post Graduate Plans

14054178288_6e7d3ff713_b Freddy Valencia ’14 walks to accept his diploma

Based on 235 responses to Senior Survey in 2014 (86% response rate for all graduates)

21% – Full-time employment
19% – Part-time employment
12% – Graduate school
13% – Fellowship
12% – Travel
23% – Unknown/No response