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
Platinum LEED residence halls
If you live on campus during the 2015-2016 year, your budget would be $65,880, which does not include the cost of travel to campus.
Board (16 meals)
Books and Personal Expenses (estimate)
For current tuition and fees, please visit the Financial Aid page.
Elizabeth Bartolini ’12 (left) and Miriam Stiefel ’12 (right) on the Pitzer in Nepal Program
80% of the Class of 2015 studied abroad. Pitzer has also been the national leader in Fulbright Fellowships per 1,000 students for 10 of the last 11 years.
Selected Graduate Schools/Continuing Education – Class of 2015
Alliant International University
California State University, Los Angeles
Inter-University Center for Japanese Language
Kent State College of Podiatry
Lewis & Clark College
North Carolina State University
Norwegian University of Science & Technology
The Wright Institute
University of Pennsylvania
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis Veterinary School
University of California, Hastings
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
University of Oregon
Urban Teacher Center
University of Southern California
Worchester State University