Pitzer College is committed to the belief that residential life is a transformational component of the educational experience.
Residential living offers the opportunity for students of widely varying backgrounds to connect over their academic passions and shared interests. Through opportunities within the residence halls to engage with the community and build interpersonal relationships, students experience individual growth and create lasting memories.
Pitzer has six residence halls with a variety of layouts and living options. Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn Halls are three multi- floor buildings that primarily house our first- year students. The majority of rooms in the Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn complex are double occupancy with two rooms sharing an adjoining vanity, bathroom, and shower. These buildings are located in a horse- shoe shape around the Gold Student Center pool, and are fondly known by the acronym “PAS”. Mead Hall is a primarily upper- class building made up of six three-story towers connected by catwalks. In Mead, students live amongst colorful murals in eight- person suites containing both double and single rooms. Our newest buildings, West Hall, East Hall, and Skandera Hall opened in the fall of 2012. Known by the acronym “WES” these halls house primarily upper- class students and contain both double and single suite options. All residence halls include amenities such as laundry facilities, study rooms, internet access, lounges, and kitchens. Additionally, many of our residence halls house campus offices which allows easy access to their services. For example, the Residence Life Office is located on the third floor of East Sanborn, and the Office of Admission is centrally located on the first floor of Pitzer Hall.
Each of the residence halls have trained, live-in Residence Directors. These are full-time professional staff members responsible for coordinating and overseeing hall activities including programming, advising on academic and personal concerns, working with the Residence Hall Council (RHC), and daily operations. Also living within the residence halls are 24 Resident Assistants (RAs) who work to promote community building and shape a residence hall environment that encourages personal and collective growth. Residence Hall Council (RHC) is an elected body of residents charged with creating vibrancy within the residence halls by advocating for improvements within the College Governance structures and creating fun programmatic opportunities.
Pitzer’s residence halls contain a small number of single rooms which are reserved for juniors and seniors or those student with disability accommodations. New students are assigned doubles and matched with roommates by the Residence Life staff. Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, bookshelf, dresser, and closet space. Four students share semi- private bathroom facilities.
Students who secure housing during Room Draw are required to live on campus for the academic year. Students who secure campus housing and submit an off-campus application after Room Draw will only be approved if the college is able to find a replacement for the reserved bed space, therefore approval is not guaranteed. If a student applies for off-campus status during the academic year, approval is not guaranteed.
Students who are dismissed or suspended will be required to vacate the residence halls within 48 hours of notification of dismissal or suspension. Refunds will be calculated on a case by case basis.
Housing During Breaks
Semester charges are only for the period when classes and examinations are scheduled. The Residence Halls are open during the Fall. The Residence Halls are closed during winter break and are only open for those enrolled in Summer courses during the summer break.
Students can request to live off-campus for a given academic year by submitting a formal application to the Residence Life Office. Initial decisions will take place prior to Room Draw for students falling under the following priority status:
- Married students, or students with children.
- Students 24 years of age and older.
- Students who live with their parents/guardians.
- Student with Documented Medical Accommodations
Students not meeting one of the conditions above will be placed on a wait list maintained in the Residence Life Office. If there is not adequate space in the residence halls, applications from these students will be considered.
All students are financially responsible for room and board charges unless notified in writing that they have been granted off-campus or off-board status. Students who abandon or do not claim their assigned space can be located to other spaces within the College housing at the discretion of the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing (“Assistant Director”). Students granted off-campus status based on false or misleading information will have their status reversed and will be responsible for all applicable room and board fees.
Off-campus status is granted for one academic year. Students wishing to be considered for off-campus status for the following year must reapply within the published deadline.
The College does not assume responsibility for loss or damages to personal property. If students are not insured by other means, the College advises the purchase of student property insurance.
For more specific information concerning housing policies, regulations and procedures, students should consult the Student Handbook, located at https://www.pitzer.edu/student-life/student-handbook/
A spacious self-service dining hall is located on the first floor of McConnell Center where most students in residence eat. Full board is 16 meals per week. Brunch and dinner is served on weekends. A 12 meal plan and a 5 meal plan (for off-campus students only) are also available. Students are assumed to be on full board unless they sign up for one of the other options. (A limited number of students may apply for exemption from any board plan.) Cooking in individual rooms is in violation of health and fire codes and is strictly prohibited. Food, coffee and other refreshments are also available at the Grove House, The Pit- Stop Café and the Shakedown Café which is located in the Gold Student Health and Wellness Center. Meal plans include access to meals for fall, Thanksgiving, and spring breaks. All campus dining halls are closed over the winter and summer break periods.
For more specific information concerning Dining Services, students should consult the Student Handbook, available on the Office of Student Affairs’ webpage, or visit https://www.pitzer.edu/student-life/meal-plans-claremont-cash/
Undergraduate students living on or off campus who plan to own or maintain vehicle on the campuses of The Claremont Colleges shall register the vehicle with the Campus Safety Department during College registration at the opening of each year. Students living in the residence halls are not permitted to bring cars to campus their first two years due to parking limitations. College regulations governing the use of motor vehicles are set forth in the Student Handbook and students maintaining motor vehicles in Claremont are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these regulations.
For more specific information concerning Motor Vehicles, students should contact Pitzer’s Transportation Coordinator at 909-607-3827 or visit https://services.claremont.edu/campus-safety/parking-information/
Code of Student Conduct
The Pitzer College Code of Student Conduct is based on the principle of responsible community membership. Students bear full personal responsibility for provisions regarding academic dishonesty, as well as their compliance with local, state and federal laws. In addition, they are also expected to govern their conduct with concern for other individuals and for the entire College community.
Actions that violate the Code of Student Conduct and that may result in disciplinary action are outlined in the Student Handbook. It is the responsibility of every student to become familiar with and follow the policies and procedures of Pitzer College.
When individuals fail to exercise discretion in personal affairs or fail to respect the rights of others and to live up to their obligations to the community, they may be counseled informally or asked to attend a meeting called by a member of the Dean of Students’ staff. For more serious situations, the College Judicial Council may hear cases. This Council is composed of trained students, faculty and staff that are empowered through the College bylaws to hear cases of alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct. The College reserves the right to dismiss or suspend students for cause at any time. All judicial procedures are described in full in the Student Handbook located at https://www.pitzer.edu/student-life/student-handbook/
Pitzer provides a variety of special resources and facilities:
Pitzer Academic Support Services (PASS)
The primary mission of Pitzer College’s Academic Support Services (PASS) is to assist students in achieving academic success. PASS is committed to collaborating with Pitzer’s diverse community to ensure that all aspects of campus life- learning, working, and living are accessible to all students. PASS provides resources, training, programming, collaboration, and direct services to facilitate academic success, create inclusive environments, and achieve access and equity.
PASS seeks to:
- Provide appropriate accommodations and support services to ensure access, inclusive environments, and academic success.
- Be an advocate for the needs of all students and embrace access as a matter of social justice.
- Serve as a resource for students who need information, additional assistance, and referrals during their time at Pitzer.
- Assist the institution in interpreting federal and state legislation mandating appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities.
PASS provides a comprehensive amount of support services including academic coaching, tutoring, academic and housing accommodations, psychological assessments, crisis intervention, and academic resources to ensure that all students have full access to institutional life and are provided with resources to succeed academically.
For more information visit www.pitzer.edu/student-life/academic-support-services/ or call 909-607-0213
Pitzer Art Galleries provide visually arresting and memorable exhibitions that promote the value and understanding of contemporary art within a local, national, and international context. There are three student galleries: Dolores Huerta Gallery (Peter and Gloria Gold Student Health & Wellness Center), Salathé Gallery (McConnell Center basement), and the Hinshaw Gallery (upstairs Grove House), that regularly show student work.
For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu/galleries or call 909-607-8797.
Audio Visual Services - A/V
Audio Visual Services provides technical in-class support to the Pitzer academic community. Open Monday through Friday 9am to 9pm (Closed on weekends.) For more information visit www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/services/av or call 909-607-2638
The mission of Career Services is to empower and equip students and alumni to achieve post-graduate success as engaged, socially-responsible citizens of the world. We provide guidance and support toward achieving personal, professional, and career goals. Career Services offers a comprehensive array of services, resources, and programs addressing career-related issues.
Students who already know what they want to do after graduation should visit Career Services so we can help them further explore and reach their goals. Students who have no idea (or only a hazy idea of) what they want to do after graduation should visit Career Services so we can work progressively and thoughtfully on mapping out a plan that will lead to a rewarding start to post-graduate life. This plan will include decisions about internships, research, and other forms of experiential learning during a student’s time at Pitzer. We have years of experience helping students to: identify professional skills; explore career interests; research a variety of career paths; make networking connections with alumni and parents; find internship opportunities; refine resumes and cover letters; improve interviewing skills; connect with employers; prepare graduate and professional school applications; negotiate offers; and more.
The earlier that students visit us during their academic career at Pitzer, the more we can help them create and achieve a personalized, effective career plan (job, grad school, fellowship, gap-year, travel). The earlier that students visit us during each academic year, the better chance we have of helping arrange productive internships and summer plans that lead to post-graduate success.
For more information, please visit https://www.pitzer.edu/career-services/ or call 909-621-8519
Center for Asian Pacific American Students
CAPAS aims to promote awareness about issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and seeks to enrich and develop social, intellectual and personal growth in our students by providing Asian American resources as well as a welcoming, supportive environment.
CAPAS provides a variety of resources to promote and enhance academic, cultural, social and political experiences for students. The center offers an Asian American Resource Library, bike share program, community engagement opportunities, computer stations, programming (academic, cultural, political and social), scholarships, internships and job opportunities. CAPAS is dedicated to diversity by involving all members of the community in its programs and activities.
For more information, visit www.pitzer.edu/capas or call 909-607-9816
Community Engagement Center (CEC)
The Community Engagement Center (CEC) supports research and education that contributes to the understanding of critical community issues and enhances the resources of community organizations. CEC oversees community- based research projects and encourage experiential pedagogy through partnership with sites focused on issues such as immigration, homelessness, juvenile detention and literacy. CEC offers student summer internships, senior-year awards and post- graduate fellowships to assist student and faculty engagement in community.
For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu/cec or call 909-607-8183
Is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. To that end, Jumpstart recruits and trains achievement-oriented college students to deliver an innovative early education program via yearlong one-to-one relationships with preschool children. Pitzer College student AmeriCorps members are paired with children from low-income backgrounds in the classroom setting and work together on language, literacy, social and initiative skills for one year. Work-study and volunteer positions available. Contact 909.607.9290.
Fellowships and Scholarships
The Office of Fellowships and Scholarships has knowledgeable advisers to assist candidates through the selection and application process for scholarships, grants and fellowships. Students are encouraged to investigate options early in their academic careers and may learn a foreign language, live abroad and complete an independent study project for credit as an undergraduate. Candidates select from a range of national and international undergraduate and graduate opportunities.
For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu/fellowships/ or call 909-607-9108
The Peter and Gloria Gold Student Health & Wellness Center (GSC)
The GSC aims to aid in the holistic development of students through Involvement in campus life. It houses the College’s gym, it features a yoga studio and a Pilates studio, a pool and the Shakedown Café. It is the main meeting space for several of the college’s clubs and student organizations, including the Student Activities office and the Latinx Student Union in the Dolores Huerta Room.
For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu/student-life/gsc/ or call 909-607-7492
The Grove House is a California craftsman-style bungalow student center located on-campus where one can be a part of the space by hanging out and playing one of a variety of board games, studying in one of the many nooks in the house, or having a jam session with one of the musical instruments available to anyone like ukuleles, guitars, piano or jimbe. The Grove House strives to be an inviting and safe environment for all.
The Grove House Committee comprised of students and staff that meets weekly to ensure provision of community-building events like Crafternoons, Storyslams, live acoustic music, or lively shows in the house’s outdoor spaces like The Porch or Outdoor Classroom.
The Grove house is also home of one of our student-operated restaurants (with the oversight of a full-time Pitzer staff member). Students can stop by for breakfast and lunch that includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items, and refreshments and fresh baked goods are made daily.
For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu/grove-house/
Please refer to the section entitled “Computer Use/Agreement” for all the rules and regulations of computer and network use at Pitzer, as well as “The Claremont Colleges General Guidelines for Appropriate Use of Information Technology and Network Resources.”
Wireless internet access is available throughout all the Claremont Colleges and can be accessed with your Pitzer credentials. There are limited wired connections in the residence halls which are available upon request only.
The Office of Information Technology is available to students for limited technical support. IT can diagnose and repair minor computer issues; however, if there is physical damage or complex issues, IT will refer the student to an outside vendor.
The computer lab in Bernard Hall 103 has a combination of iMacs and Dell PCs. The computer lab is staffed during the day only but is available 24 hours a day with ID Card access. The lab has an array of Microsoft Office and Adobe products as well as campus-wide academic software. Students are given $15 a semester’s-worth of print credit which they can use to print on printers throughout the residential halls and in the computer lab. Black and white printing is automatically deducted from their account at $0.05/page. Color printing is available only in the computer lab by asking a lab consultant worker at the main desk and is $0.25/page. Specialty printing (such as posters, stickers, etc.) can be done at the Duplicating Office, but they accept only cash, not print credit. If a student runs out of semester credit, they can pay for more with cash, check or Claremont Cash. Additional credit may be given to seniors for thesis printing if approved by their thesis adviser.
For more information visit www.pitzer.edu/information-technology or contact the Help Desk at email@example.com (preferred) or 909-607-3065
Institutional Research and Assessment
The Office of Institutional Research & Assessment at Pitzer College functions to provide reliable information and analyses in support of planning, decision-making, and policy formation, to coordinate mandatory and voluntary reporting of institutional data to internal and external constituencies, and to assist in the development and implementation of a plan for assessing student learning outcomes. This office adheres to the Code of Ethics by the Association for Institutional Research.
For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu/institutional-research or call 909-607-7283
Media Studies Program
Media Studies is a cooperative program with the other Claremont Colleges that teaches the production, theory, history, and social context of the visual media including film, video, photography, and digital technologies. Our production courses are not oriented toward traditional narrative film or television; rather they stress “independent” narrative forms, video art, documentary, community-based and activist media. The Media Studies component of the program utilizes theoretical and historical models which link different academic disciplines and eliminate boundaries separating media theory from media production.
The courses cover a variety of topics, and they reflect a commitment to social diversity and to intercultural and interdisciplinary understanding. They link film, video, photography, and digital technologies to such disciplines as art, anthropology, sociology, political studies, world literature, and women’s studies.
The 5Cs have recently adopted a new Intercollegiate Media Studies media studies major that features three tracks. The three tracks are: Film/Video; Digital/Electronic Media; and Critical Studies.
The Mosbacher/Gartrell Center for Media Experimentation and Activism at Pitzer College is a professional-standard post-production facility. Students have access to a wide range of the latest imaging, editing, animation, sound and graphics software. It also includes a student-run equipment room and screening lounge. The Center is located in West Hall Q125 on the Pitzer College campus.
For more information on the Media Studies Program and Production Center, please visit www.pitzer.edu/ims
W.M. Keck Science Department
The W.M. Keck Science Department is the interdisciplinary home to all biology, chemistry, and physics faculty for Pitzer and Scripps colleges. The department is administered cooperatively and is housed within an 81,000-square-foot center located at the intersection of the three colleges. The department offers 13 discrete degree options, including dual-degree programs in partnership with schools of engineering and majors in conjunction with disciplines outside the sciences. The W.M. Keck Science Department provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary instruction in small class settings and numerous opportunities for students to conduct research.
For more information please contact the Office of the Dean of Faculty at 909-621-8218
The Writing Center is a free service provided to all Pitzer students. Writing Center Fellows are trained to work with student writers across the disciplines at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to developing an effective revision strategy. Tutors include undergraduate students from a variety of academic disciplines. Trained staff members are ready to help with any number of writing projects, including class papers, application essays, resumes, cover letters and personal writing projects such as poems and short stories. The Center also organizes afternoon workshops and master classes that provide advanced instruction in specific writing genres and address some of the most common writing challenges of college students.
For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu/writing-center/ or call 909-607-4321
The following are freely available to and used widely by students at all The Claremont Colleges:
Huntley Bookstore provides essential services to students, faculty and staff of The Claremont Colleges. As the source for all course-required textbooks and support materials used at The Colleges, the bookstore carries many academic trade and reference titles, new releases, bestsellers, academic study aids, school and office supplies, clothing and gift items as well as magazines, snacks and soft drinks.
Computer Sales provides both Apple and PC hardware and software at academic pricing as well as a complete selection of computer supplies and peripherals.
Huntley is open year-round with a variety of additional services. These include: copyright clearance, course pack production, special order services, mail order services and a full-service website where you may purchase textbooks, clothing and gift merchandise
For more information, visit www.claremont.bkstr.com or call 909-621-8168
Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS)
Established in 1998, IDAAS provides a rich academic program to all students at the Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps.) IDAAS has thirteen core faculty and offers interdisciplinary undergraduate majors and minors in Asian American Studies. Carrying forward the community-based origins of Asian American Studies, we provide innovative opportunities such as the Margo Okazawa-Rey Summer Fellowship, creative and community-based theses, a student/faculty-run topical seminar, the Peter Kiang Thesis Prize, and the Merle Woo Project Prize.
For more information, please visit https://idaas.pomona.edu or call 909-607-9508
Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies (IDAS)
The mission of the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies (IDAS) is to examine, through various academic disciplines, the experiences of people of African heritage worldwide. The Africana Studies curriculum helps to unify an important area of intellectual investigation and enhances appreciation of particular disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. The department is committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship and is a vital information resource for students and researchers. Moreover, its faculty endeavors to create an intellectual climate which fosters cross-cultural dialogue.
For more information, please visit http://www.cuc.claremont.edu/africana/ or call 909-607-3070
Libraries at The Claremont Colleges
The Claremont Colleges Library
The library partners with The Claremont Colleges to support research, teaching, and learning. Librarians and library staff offer in-person research appointments and also respond to questions via email and instant messaging. One of the major services provided by librarians is teaching students how to find, critically evaluate, and effectively use information. Customized information literacy instruction sessions can be requested for one or more class periods. These hands-on active learning sessions can be held in one of the library’s flexible classrooms or in the classroom on the home campus.
The library provides a variety of study and collaboration spaces, including reservable group study rooms, designated quiet areas, a media viewing room, and a cafe. Desktop computers and wifi allow students and faculty to access online resources throughout the building.
The library’s holdings include nearly 3 million print and electronic titles which are available to all members of the academic community, from on or off campus. Through the library’s website, Pitzer students, faculty and staff can access Library Search-it serves as both a local library catalog and also provides access to worldwide library holdings. In addition, the library provides access to hundreds of article databases, including platforms such as Web of Science, JSTOR, and ProQuest, and over 150,000 e-journals, magazines, and newspapers. The library also provides access to e-books, streaming videos, and digital primary source collections such as Early English Books Online and Colonial State Papers.
The library is a depository for United States government publications, with a collection of historic documents dating back to the late 1700s and many recent publications are available online. The government publications collection also has extensive holdings issued by the State of California, the United Nations, other international agencies, and Great Britain. The Asian Library, housed on the 3rd floor of the library, has a collection of current materials as well as special collections and archives in Asian languages. In Special Collections, student can engage with materials from more than 1,000 years of human history-manuscripts, rare books, maps, photographs, and other unique materials-in a wide variety of subjects including history, literature, the arts, science and technology, politics and government, and the history of The Claremont Colleges.
The Claremont Colleges Digital Library (CCDL) provides access to a growing number of digitized collections from The Colleges, as well as from the library’s Special Collections. Scholarship@Claremont, The Claremont Colleges institutional repository, provides access to scholarship produced by The Claremont Colleges faculty, students, and staff.
The library offers Resource Sharing (Interlibrary Loan) services and maintains partnerships which provide access to books, articles, and other materials not held in our collections. Affiliated libraries in Claremont include Denison Library at Scripps College; the George C. Stone Center for Children’s Books, a division of Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Developmental Studies in Education; and the library of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden which maintains a large botanical and horticultural collection.
Denison Library is located on the Scripps College campus, 909-607-3941. This library specializes in the humanities, fine arts and Women’s Studies. Special collections include materials on contemporary fine printing, fine bindings and the history of women.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, promoting botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and scientific community about California’s native flora. The Garden is a living museum with curated collections of more than 22,000 California native plants, some of which are rare or endangered. Spread across 86 acres in Claremont, California, the Garden is located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The Garden displays about 2000 taxa of California plants and includes those native to the California Floristic Province.
For more information, please visit www.rsabg.org or call 909-625-8767
Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station of The Claremont Colleges
The Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station, an academic resource of Claremont University Consortium provided to The Claremont Colleges, is located on approximately 86 acres within the Claremont Colleges Campus in Claremont, CA. Habitat is primarily coastal sage scrub, Riversidian alluvial fan scrub, live oak forest, and grassland. In addition, an artificial lake with surrounding riparian woodland and several created vernal pools add to habitat diversity.
For more information, please visit https://bfs.claremont.edu
Intercollegiate Student Services
Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS)
The Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS) is located in the Robert E. Tranquada Student Services Center at 757 College Way, immediately south of the Honnold Library. MCAPS has a staff of psychologists, therapists, consulting psychiatrists and post-doctoral therapists who provide therapeutic and preventive/educational services to help students develop emotionally and cope with the stresses of college life. Individual, couples and group therapy are offered and are provided confidentially. Workshops and structured groups are offered on topics such as Stress Management, Eating Disorders, Relationship Issues, Enhancing Self Esteem, Graduate/Re-Entry Support and Sexual Abuse. Referrals are made to mental health resources in the community when necessary. Students with personal concerns or those simply wishing to talk with someone are welcome. Psychological and psychiatric services are available at no charge. Any medication prescribed is the financial responsibility of the client. All sessions and discussions with a therapist are confidential.
For more information, please visit https://services.claremont.edu/mcaps/ or call 909-621-8202
Student Health Services
The Student Health Service (SHS) is located in the Robert E. Tranquada Student Services Center at 757 College Way. It is the primary outpatient healthcare center for all students at The Claremont Colleges and stresses preventive medicine and health awareness. The Student Health Service is open 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, Thursday SHS is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. while school is in session. Appointments are highly recommended for all visits and can be scheduled in advance by telephone. Phones open at 8 a.m. for appointments by calling 909.621.8222 or ext. 18222. If you call early, same-day appointments are usually available. There is no charge for regular scheduled appointments or emergency care. Emergency care is available during regular business hours for serious illness or trauma as determined by the triage nurse (e.g. bleeding, possible fracture and allergic reactions). A $15 charge will be assessed for any missed appointment not cancelled two hours in advance. Students without an appointment are worked into the schedule between scheduled appointments as medically indicated. There is a $15 charge for non-scheduled visits and please be prepared to wait. Students do not have to pay for fees at the time of service. Payment can be made by Visa or Mastercard, Claremont Cash, cash or check. Referral for subspecialty consultation, hospitalization and surgery can be arranged by the Student Health Service but will not be financed by the College and payment is the responsibility of the individual student. All students must have an entrance health history and physical examination form on file to use the services. Completed forms may be submitted via mail, fax or e-mail. The e-mail address is available on the SHS website. These forms are required for initial admission to Pitzer College as a first-year or transfer student. Forms completed by a family member/relative who is an MD/nurse practitioner will not be accepted. All students’ records are confidential. Medical records are not made available to anyone without the student’s permission. The College does not assume responsibility for medical care of its students beyond the capacity of its existing health facilities. An accident and sickness medical-expense insurance plan is available to students to protect against major costs. If students are not covered by parents’ medical insurance, the plan is required to be purchased. Designed to supplement the care provided by the health and counseling services, it includes benefits for psychological services, accidental injuries, hospitalization, surgery, doctor visits in the hospital, emergency care and ambulance service. Premiums for coverage are listed in an insurance-plan brochure mailed to each student prior to arrival on campus.
Additional information is also available from the Student Health Service or on their website at www.services.claremont.edu/shs
Chaplains of the Claremont Colleges
The Claremont Colleges are served by the Interfaith Chaplains who represent, coordinate and direct the programs of the McAlister Center for Religious Activities.
Chaplains serve as confidential emotional healers, spiritual counselors, and provide ethical leadership to religious and non-religious students. A Protestant chaplain, Catholic priest, Imam (Muslim Chaplain) and Rabbi serve full-time. The McAlister Center sponsors a full schedule of worship services and a wide range of events and programs under the sponsorship of the Buddhist, Catholic, Christian Science, Hindu, Interdenominational Christian, Jewish, Latter Day Saints, Muslim and Zen Meditation groups, as well as other on-campus religious and spiritual groups. The chaplains maintain liaison with religious institutions and social service agencies in the surrounding communities and have a Community Service Coordinator who links students to university-wide volunteer activities and local community service organizations.
For more information, please visit https://services.claremont.edu/chaplains
Asian American Resource Center (AARC)
The Asian American Resource Center (AARC), established in 1991, helps Asian Pacific American students develop intellectually, socially, personally, academically and politically. Central to all programs, projects, and events is the value of developing leadership skills among APA students. Working in conjunction with the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS), the AARC creates opportunities to raise awareness of issues affecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The AARC works in collaboration with other ethnic groups, academic department and campus offices to sponsor a wide range of educational endeavors. By fostering awareness of APA issues at Pomona College, the AARC helps strengthen The Claremont Colleges and the greater community.
For more information, please visit www.pomona.edu/administration/asian-american-resource-center or call 909-621-8639
The Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA)
The Office of Black Student Affairs invests in the success of students of African descent by providing a range of cultural, academic, social and community engagement opportunities. Our services include identity-based workshops, a first year peer mentoring program, an annual conference, heritage month programming, Black Graduation, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, an arts and activism series, professional and career workshops, and various collaborative partnerships with 7C colleges, departments and organizations. We work to empower students through four ACCESS areas: Advocacy, Collaboration and Community, Education, and Student Success. Advocacy: Leading the charge for the inclusion of students of African descent across the seven colleges through advising and empowering students to advocate for themselves on campus and in classrooms. Collaboration and Community: Partnering to provide a range of social, cultural, academic and arts engagement programming to ensure students have opportunities to connect with each other, community members and alumni. Education: Facilitating educational opportunities for students of African descent surrounding their intersecting identities, current events and burgeoning research as well as educating campus communities about ways to support and include students of African descent. Student Success: Creating leadership, mentorship, learning and career development opportunities on behalf of students of African descent in order to positively impact persistence and retention. OBSA is located at 139 E. 7th Street and can be reached at 909.607.3669 or for more information, visit https://services.claremont.edu/obsa/
Chicano/Latino Student Affairs (CLSA)
The Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center provides various academic, social and cultural support services. These include a New Student Retreat, the Sponsor Program, the César Chávez Commemoration Program, Latino Heritage Month, Dia de la Familia, community lunches, academic advising, graduate school and career development sessions. The mission of the Center is to assist Chicano/Latino students in achieving academic success. This is accomplished by offering academic support services that complement existing resources at the Colleges. Events that foster personal growth and multicultural awareness such as Dia de los Muertos are also provided throughout the year.
For more information, please visit https://services.claremont.edu/clsa/ or call 909-621-8044
Culture, Media, Sports and Recreation
Throughout the year, a great many special academic, cultural, artistic, musical and other entertainment programs are presented at Pitzer and at the other Claremont Colleges. Some are professional, others are amateur or student programs. Pitzer students participate with Scripps, Harvey Mudd and Claremont McKenna students in the Concert Choir; the Pomona College Orchestra and Band are open to all those qualified.
Students serve on the Campus Life Committee, which both initiates and funds a wide variety of activities including lectures, conferences, films, parties and outings. There are student-run poetry and music series, art shows and a diverse group of movies shown in several 5-college film series.
Bridges Auditorium is one of Southern California’s premier college venues for the best in music, theatre and performing arts. The auditorium has seen such artists and personalities as Amelia Earhart, Andres Segovia, Steve Martin, Lily Pons, Fritz Kreisler, Marian Anderson, Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Henry Fonda, Ella Fitzgerald, Martha Graham, Beverly Sills, John Charles Thomas, Muhammad Ali, Benny Goodman, Chuck Mangioni, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Yehudi Menuhin, Eve Curie, Sandra Day O’Connor, Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, James Earl Jones, Dave Chappelle, Carlos Mencia, Lewis Black, Russell Peters and Bono. Great symphony orchestras, distinguished operatic companies, and celebrated personalities in the dramatic arts and entertainment fields make a list that defines the best in arts and culture for the better part of the 20th century.
For more information, please visit www.pomona.edu/administration/bridges-auditorium or call 909-621-8031
Byron Dick Seaver Theatre
A design studio, smart classroom, scene shop, costume shop, recording studio, makeup and dressing rooms, greenroom, offices and a well-stocked theatre library complete the Seaver Theatre Complex. Built in 1990, the building received an award of merit in 1995 from the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology, which noted its handsome courtyard and flexible, non-intimidating teaching spaces, inside and out.
Surrounding a beautifully landscaped courtyard, the award-winning Byron Dick Seaver Theatre Complex houses a 335-seat thrust-proscenium theatre, the 125-seat Virginia Princehouse Allen “black box” theatre, and two performance-ready studio classrooms. The main theatre was designed to enable audience-actor integration with runways, overhead galleries and adaptable caliper stages for flexibility. Performance facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art lighting, sound and projection equipment.
For more information, please visit www.pomona.edu/academics/departments/theatre/facilities-locations
The City of Claremont
Located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, Claremont has grown up around the Colleges which collectively take its name. Like those Colleges, it is mostly residential and its citizens have always sought to make it a pleasant and stimulating place to live and study. Because Claremont residents have often come from other parts of the country in response to its collegiate attractions, Claremont looks different from most Southern California suburbs; in fact, it is only within recent years that intervening cities have grown sufficiently to make Claremont truly a Los Angeles suburb. Claremont citizens are proud of the city’s schools and parks and testifying to a long-standing Claremont tradition, the Los Angeles Times has cited Claremont for its unique use of trees in establishing the character of the city. Although the city has shunned major commercial development, a number of unusual shops and galleries have grown with the city. Claremont is 35 miles east of Los Angeles and has a population of 37,000.
Division III Athletics - The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens
Pitzer College joined forces with Pomona to form Pomona-Pitzer athletics in 1970. Sagehen Athletics serve as one team in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Today, Pomona-Pitzer scholar-athletes play on 21 varsity athletic teams in Division III of the NCAA. Athletic teams include men’s and women’s: soccer, basketball, track & field, golf, tennis, water polo, and swimming and diving. This list also includes football, baseball, softball, and women’s lacrosse. Pomona-Pitzer athletes regularly compete for and win SCIAC championships, and both individual athletes and teams have represented the colleges in NCAA national championship competition.
Pitzer students participate in The Claremont Colleges club sports programs that compete nationally. A wide variety of intramural sports are available to all students. For a listing of all the teams and the sports rosters, please visit the official Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Website at www.sagehens.com
The Other Side, a Pitzer student magazine, gives students an opportunity to gain valuable experience in newspaper work and provides an important medium of communication and information for the campus. A five-college student newspaper, Collage, is published on a weekly basis and has traditionally enjoyed a high rate of participation by Pitzer students. In addition, Pitzer publishes a weekly news report/calendar, a Student Handbook, an alumni magazine and The Participant.
Whether your interest is rock, reggae, Bach, or jazz; whether you find Disneyland or the Getty Museum or the Music Center captivating, Southern California provides it. With a population of more than ten million, the greater Los Angeles area is one of the world’s cultural centers-the center of a culture more diverse, less definable and more inclusive than any other in the country. Claremont residents can also enjoy beaches, deserts, or mountains; all these parts of the Claremont student environment are within about an hour’s drive. There is also a Metrolink train connecting Claremont to downtown Los Angeles.