Pitzer College

Pitzer College

Pitzer College was established in 1963, and named in honor of its founder, Russell K. Pitzer. It is one of 7 colleges that constitute The Claremont Colleges system of higher education. The 35-acre campus of Pitzer College is located in Claremont, California. More than 1,000 students enroll in Pitzer College every year.

Pitzer College offers Bachelor of Arts degree programs. Students can choose from over 40 majors in the fields of art, sciences, economics, English and world literature, organizational studies, religious studies, history, and international and intercultural studies, among others. The college also offers educational opportunities through the following centers:

  • Center for Asian Pacific American Students
  • Center for California Cultural and Social Issues
  • Center for Intercultural and Language Education
  • Center for Social Inquiry
  • European Union Center
  • Writing Center

The 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report ranked Pitzer College 49th in its list of the best liberal arts colleges in the county. Students of the college participate in over 140 clubs and organizations, including the Black Student Union, Art Collective, Love for Free, the Music Coalition, PPSA/Psi Chi, and the Student Senate.

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Pitzer College
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont , CA 91711-6101
General Phone: (909) 621-8000

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Pitzer College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts125American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, Asian-American studies, women's studies, area and Cultural studies, ...
Therapy and Counseling27psychology, psychology courses
Art Studies16art studies
Media16mass communication
Conservation and Resource Management10environmental studies, environmental science
Business and Management9managerial economics, organizational behavior
Science8biology, molecular biology, biological and biomedical sciences, biological and physical sciences, science and society, chemistry, physics
Drama and Performing Arts5dance, drama, various performing arts
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy, religion, Islamic studies
Mathematics3mathematics, systems science and theory
Fine Arts2art history and criticism
Law1legal studies

Number of programs and degrees for Pitzer College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree23152

Pitzer College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Pitzer College had a total enrollment of 999 students (946 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 43%
Black 14%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 10%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 24%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 33%
20-21 46%
22-24 15%
25-29 1%
30-34 2%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)5%
New York4%
New Jersey1%

Pitzer College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 94 %

Pitzer College Room and Board (2007)

Pitzer College offers campus housing for 735 of its 946 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Claremont, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 16 meals per week.

Pitzer College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Pitzer College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,870
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,870
Room and board $ 10,930
Room charge $ 6,970
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,960
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Pitzer College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 117200)

Pitzer College Faculty

Pitzer College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year2*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year21$113,44711$108,915
Associate professoracademic year11$84,5529$84,382
Assistant professoracademic year5$68,41713$69,543
Instructoracademic year6$50,5605$46,668
All faculty totalacademic year43$92,04438$81,445

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Pitzer College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Basketball Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Track Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference

Pitzer College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Managerial Economics
Organizational Behavior Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Asian-American Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Latin American Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Systems Science and Theory

Mass Communication/Media Studies


Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Islamic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Molecular Biology
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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What Sets Pitzer College Apart:

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