School Spotlight: Pitzer College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Pitzer College
Claremont, CA

Guided by a commitment to social responsibility and environmental sustainability, Pitzer College provides an innovative liberal arts education to nearly 1,100 inquisitive and adventurous students. Over half of the student body hails from out-of-state, and 40 percent are students of color. Pitzer students are encouraged to engage with the world around them, not only through culturally relevant coursework, but through study abroad. An impressive 53 percent of students participate in either a semester or year-long foreign program in destinations such as Israel, New Zealand, and Sweden, although students also have the option of pursuing a domestic study opportunity at Colby, Sarah Lawrence, or Haverford Colleges. Interdisciplinary study is popular here, and students can major in programs such as gender & feminist studies; international political economy; and science, technology & society. All first year students take a writing-intensive freshman seminar. This past fall, options included “Conspiracy Theories & Populism,” “Seeing is Believing: Photography and Truth,” and “Surfing and the Politics of Race and Gender.” Fun fact: the student-founded club Green Bike Program provides eco-friendly transportation throughout the five Claremont Colleges thanks to free loaner bikes.

Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Pitzer College/William Vasta

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.