Founded in 1963, Pitzer College is a top-ranked liberal arts and sciences college. Pitzer is located in Claremont, a Southern California college town known for its eclectic restaurants and shops, close-knit community and network of trails and parks. Situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Claremont is an hour’s drive to downtown Los Angeles, the Pacific coast, the desert highlands and some of the tallest mountain peaks in Southern California. With approximately 1,000 students, Pitzer College is part of The Claremont Colleges – a unique consortium of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. The contiguous campuses share numerous programs and facilities. At Pitzer, students have access to all the resources of a major university while enjoying all the benefits of a liberal arts college experience and its personalized approach to education.
Pitzer students shape their own college experience. Focused educational objectives and the core values of social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement, and environmental sustainability guide undergraduates as they plan their academic careers. Students can work with faculty advisers to create their own special majors. They are encouraged to collaborate with community members on local projects and critically examine the effects of social and environmental policies. Pitzer College celebrates cultural diversity and intercultural understanding. Students from different socioeconomic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds come to Pitzer from across the globe. In addition to learning from one another, students are encouraged to participate in one of the many international exchanges and programs available through the Office of Study Abroad and International Programs, helping them learn a foreign language, fostering intercultural understanding, and deepening their appreciation of global diversity.