2007-2008 Academic Year

Residence Halls Named “Dorms of Distinction” Runner-Up by University Business Magazine

Dorms of Distinction(August 8, 2008) Pitzer College’s new residence halls have been named a “Dorms of Distinction” Runner-Up for small private institutions by University Business Magazine.

Atherton, Sanborn and Pitzer Halls were chosen for their ability to meet the needs of today’s students including:

  • Making students feel at home
  • Fostering a sense of community through interior and/or exterior spaces
  • Incorporating green elements in an aesthetically pleasing way

Nominations were accepted for on-campus and off-campus student residences for two- and four-year colleges and institutions.

Among the highlights for University Business Magazine’s evaluation team were Dutch doors on student rooms and benches in hallways to foster conversation; gardens with sitting areas; a 300-seat amphitheater; a green garden roof and Green Bike Program facility; and drought-tolerant landscaping.

The residence halls, which allow for both formal and informal learning, also include numerous sustainable building/living features, an art studio, an art gallery, study rooms, a music practice room, learning communities with faculty in residence, and amenities to encourage indoor-outdoor interactions.

In May 2008 Pitzer College was awarded Gold LEED® certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its three new residence halls. Pitzer is the first Claremont College to receive Gold LEED certification for its residence halls and is among the few colleges and universities in the nation to achieve this major milestone.