Founded in 1963, Pitzer is a coeducational liberal arts college with a strong commitment to the values of a residential educational community. It offers concentrations in all major fields of the liberal arts with curricular emphasis on the social and behavioral sciences. The student to faculty ratio is 11:1 with 100% of tenured and tenure track faculty holding a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field of expertise. Pitzer’s particular strengths lie in encouragement of independent work and the development of a critical approach to the traditional disciplines. Enrolling about 950 men and women, Pitzer is part of a unique educational environment known collectively as The Claremont Colleges with a combined enrollment of over 6,000 students. The group includes five highly selective undergraduate institutions: Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College and Pitzer College and two graduate institutions: Claremont Graduate University, and the Keck Graduate Institute for Applied Life Sciences. Students at the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges take classes, pursue areas of study and consult professors across the adjoining campuses.
Main CampusClaremont, California, United States0 - 5,000 on Campus<100,000 residents in ClaremontLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
Claremont is a beautiful, safe and sophisticated suburban community located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Its restaurants, art galleries, parks and shops are only a short walk from The Claremont Colleges. Hiking and skiing are available at nearby Mount Baldy. Santa Monica Beach, the Mojave Desert and the cultural, educational, social and entertainment centers of greater Los Angeles and Hollywood are an hour away, including such attractions as the Los Angeles Lakers, Beverly Hills, the Pacific Design Center, UCLA and the new Disney Concert Hall. Claremont has a sunny Mediterranean climate year round with occasional rain in the winter. Public transportation in Southern California is limited but Claremont is on the Metrolink commuter train line with several trains per day to Los Angeles. Buses are available for limited local transportation.
Most students at the Claremont Colleges live on campus contributing to an active campus social scene. A lively slate of lectures, speakers and films are offered each semester to complement the academic coursework on campus. Exchange students will have access to nearly 150 special interest clubs and organizations at The Claremont Colleges and a wide variety of intramural sports is available to all students. There are various on-campus entertainment events and off-campus recreational activities organized for a nominal fee. Pact (Pitzer Activities) organizes trips to places of interest in Southern California. International Place offers a wide variety of services and special activities for international students.