Learning in the Residential Community

Learning Communities enable Pitzer students to enrich and deepen their engagement with the College’s unique educational objectives through interpersonal dialogue, collaboration and experiential learning. Learning Communities promote connectedness – to ideas, to people and to the world.
—Alan Jones, Dean of Faculty

What is a Residential Learning Community?
A Residential Learning Community brings students together in a residence hall and provides curricular and co-curricular programming especially designed to enhance their social and intellectual experience.

Community Learning: A Pitzer Tradition
A quintessential part of any residential liberal arts experience, Pitzer has long emphasized learning as a community endeavor. Putting education into action, one of the College's core values, frequently comes as a shared experience. Pitzer's tradition of “themed corridors” offers a foundation for creation of Learning Communities in the new residence halls that focus on academic themes (such as Science, International Programs, and Writing and Humanities), and that offer special amenities, programs, faculty support, and interactions designed to enhance the learning experience.

Integrating Spaces for Living and Learning
“Breaking down walls” is a Pitzer axiom, and removing barriers between academic and residential spaces is one of the key goals of the Residential Life Project. To contribute to the intellectual climate on campus, we will: build classrooms, a Writing Center, and two art studios into the pedestrian level of one residence hall; incorporate Learning Communities with expanded study and meeting spaces into three residential corridors; and welcome faculty into residence hall apartments.