Pitzer College: Narrative Description

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1050 North Mills Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
Tel: (909)621-8000
Free: 800-748-9371
Admissions: (909)621-8129
Fax: (909)621-8770
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.pitzer.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed. Part of The Claremont Colleges Consortium. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1963. Setting: 35-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $52.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $319,673. Educational spending 2003-04: $19,158 per student. Total enrollment: 927. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 2,670 applied, 47% were admitted. 45% from top 10% of their high school class, 75% from top quarter, 92% from top half. Full-time: 878 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 49 students, 80% women, 20% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 10 other countries, 43% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 6% black, 10% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 7% 25 or older, 73% live on campus. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; psychology; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at The Claremont Colleges, Colby College, Haverford College, Spelman College, Morehouse College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations. Recommended: interview. Required for some: SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 1/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $39,660 includes full-time tuition ($28,112), mandatory fees ($3326), and college room and board ($8222). College room only: $5146. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $3514 per course. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run radio station. Social organizations: 75 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, The Other Side, Without A Box, Residence Hall Association. Major annual events: Kohoutek Festival, Senior Celebration, Groove at the Grove. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 634 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Honnold Library plus 3 others with 2 million books, 1.1 million microform titles, 6,000 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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