Total enrollment: 1,076
Number of states represented: 38
International: 10% (including International Scholars and exchange students)
Number of foreign countries represented: 21
American Indian / Alaska Native: <1%
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander: <1%
Two or More Races: 9%
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 clubs and organizations and 17 eateries across five contrasting yet communal campuses. The total enrollment of all the undergraduate colleges is about 5,500 students.
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.
- Social Responsibility: At Pitzer, students spend four years examining the ethical implications of knowledge and individual responsibility in making the world better. They learn to evaluate the impact of individual and collective actions manifested in social and political policies.
- Intercultural Understanding: Individual perspective and approach to the world are informed by the culture in which one resides. Intercultural Understanding enables Pitzer students to comprehend issues and events from cultural lenses beyond their own. From Los Angeles to Botswana to Nepal, Pitzer students are educated to thrive and succeed in an ever-changing global community.
- Interdisciplinary Learning: Pitzer College students are taught to challenge traditional ways of learning and to make immediate connections between academic disciplines. Faculty is organized by field groups instead of traditional academic departments. Scientists, sociologists, historians, writers and artists influence each other’s work and often teach courses together.
- Student Engagement: Pitzer’s unique curriculum allows students the flexibility to direct their own educational and career paths by creating their own majors. In addition, students are active members of college governance – making decisions on everything from academic policies and faculty and staff hiring to public art displays and building design.
- Environmental Sustainability: Sensitivity for and preservation of the environment is a key value of Pitzer College. Campus landscaping utilizes drought-resistant, native plants and the College is proud of its many LEED-certified sustainable buildings. Students shape their daily activities, programming and studies to ensure they leave the environment and the world stronger than how they found it. Students interested in environmental issues will find Pitzer an exciting living and learning laboratory.
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.
Tuition and Fees
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.
|Board (16 meals)||$6,068|
|Books and Personal Expenses (estimate)||$ 2,000|
For current tuition and fees, please visit the Financial Aid page.
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.
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.
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.
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
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