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More Pitzer Resources and Information for New Students

There are a few pieces of information that we thought you would find helpful prior to your arrival. If you have any questions regarding the information below, please contact the appropriate department.

There are a few pieces of information that we thought you would find helpful prior to your arrival. If you have any questions regarding the information below, please contact the appropriate department.

Summer Science Bridge Program for New Students

Pitzer’s W.M. Keck Science Department (www.kecksci.claremont.edu) will be hosting a week-long Summer Science Immersion Program. The program, which has received funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will run from Sunday, August 18th, through Saturday, August 24th (the week before New Student Orientation), and is intended for incoming students who are:
• First generation college students;
• From groups traditionally underrepresented in science; or
• From under-resourced high schools.

For more information about the Summer Science Immersion Program, click here.

ReRoom Fall Sale
Used Goods at Low Prices

ReRoom

Come check out the Fall Sale for a wide variety of used items at low prices!

Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, September 1
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Holden Courtyard on Pitzer Road

Read the flyer

ReRooom is a campus-based student-led initiative that aims to promote a culture of sustainability through the collection and reuse of used items (mini-fridges, microwaves, tables, chairs, electronics, lamps, posters, fans, school supplies, cleaning supplies and much more) donated by Pitzer College residents at the end of each academic year.

For more information contact sustainability@pitzer.edu

Career Services

We want to see you!

Life after Pitzer may seem a long way off (it's really not), and thinking about it may feel scary (it doesn't have to be). If you know EXACTLY what you want to do after you graduate, you should visit Career Services. We can help you explore and reach your goals through refining your application materials for jobs or grad school, improving your interviewing skills, making connections with Pitzer alumni, finding internships and researching post-graduate opportunities. If you have absolutely no clue (or only a hazy idea) of what you want to do after you graduate than you should DEFINITELY visit Career Services. We can work with you to thoughtfully and progressively map out a plan during your four years at Pitzer that will lead to a rewarding start to your post-graduate life. You may be thinking, "I have plenty of time to worry about my career, I'll stop by Career Services next year." True, you do have plenty of time, but please use it wisely.

We don't want you to be obsessively focused on finding a job for the next four years, but we do want you to learn how to use and take advantage of resources like PitzerLink, Vault and the Pitzer Alumni Directory. We also want you to take time to meet with a career counselor or one of our student career ambassadors during your first year so we can get to know you and help support you for the next four years. Plus, we have sweet new office space in Holden (a former residence hall) with an outdoor lounge area, lots of free candy and occasional visits by Hemi, a retired Labrador retriever guide dog.

We look forward to seeing you soon! For more information, please click here.

Working on Campus - Student Employees

An on-campus job offers more than just a paycheck and short commute!  It’s an opportunity to build skills and gain experience that will prepare you for your future career.  Students who want to work will normally be successful in finding a job. You should begin your job search as soon as you arrive on campus for a better opportunity and wider selection of available jobs. 

There are two categories of Student Employment:  Federal Work Study and Non-Work Study

When working on campus in either a work study or non-work study position, Pitzer considers you an employee and therefore, must follow all applicable state and federal labor laws.  For additional information, required information and forms click here.

Mailroom FAQ's

As you prepare for your arrival to campus, there are a few things you should know prior to sending packages to the mailroom. If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact the mailroom at kathleen_kile@pitzer.edu or visit www.pitzer.edu/offices/mailcenter/

When can I mail my things to Pitzer? (New students and returning students)
You may begin mailing things to the Mail Center one week prior to your arrival date. The Mail Center does not have room to store your items. If you are a new student, please use the following format when sending your items, as you will receive your permanent mailbox number when you arrive to campus:

First Name, Last Name (Hold for new student)
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

How do I know I have a package?
When a package arrives an email alert will be sent to your Pitzer address. Please check your emails before coming to the Mail Center asking if a package arrives

When do new students receive a box number?
You will be given your mail box number and combination when you arrive to campus. It is your responsibility to memorize your mailbox combination. It is suggested you store the information in your phone or keep it somewhere safe in your room. If you lose your combination, you can get a replacement during the hours of 8:00am to 10:00am and then again after 2:30pm.

What kind of supplies can I purchase at the mailroom?
The Mail Center does not carry supplies. We recycle! Empty boxes are placed in Mail Center lobby and can be used by by other students. Packing popcorn is sometimes available. We do carry priority mailing supplies but, in order to receive those supplies, you will need to utilize the priority mailing service.

I have medications delivered on the weekends and the Mail Center is closed. What should I do?
The regular Mail Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00pm. We will sign for any package that arrives for you during regular business hours. If you have something delivered over the weekend, it will arrive on Monday, as the Mail Center is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Please be sure to plan accordingly when arranging any type of special delivery.

What happens if I get a package that needs a signature confirmation?
The Mail Center will sign for any packages that arrive during regular business hours.

I am not a Pitzer student, but I want to deliver flowers/cakes to my student? What is the best way to do this?
The Mail Center accepts all deliveries. We do our very best to make sure they get to your student before leaving for the day. When it is flower/ cake we will call your student and inform them they have a perishable package. We understand that it is a special occasion and want to make every attempt to make sure it will be special for your student.

Jumpstart

Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a national non-profit working toward the day every child enters school prepared to succeed. Through Jumpstart, Claremont College students work in teams of 5-6 spending about 8-10 hours each week in local preschools serving low-income neighborhoods. 50% of children from low-income families start school up to two years behind their peers. Since these inequalities tend to increase with time, a child's experience in preschool is directly linked to their greater academic success.

Jumpstart is committed to creating sustainable change in early childhood education and advocating for equality in access to high-quality education We are looking for dedicated and passionate students to serve as volunteers or work-study paid employees for the 2013-14 academic year! If you love working with children, have any interest in teaching or just want to get involved in impactful community engagement, Jumpstart is for you! Training, transportation, amazing support and a $1,200 award are provided to all staff who complete our program.

Apply today! For more information click here or visit the Jumpstart website.

Claremont University Consortium

Claremont Colleges Library

Honnold-Mudd Library

Your Library Loves You…
So why not love your Library? As a Pitzer student you have access to the Claremont Colleges Library (aka Honnold-Mudd), located at the corner of 8th and Dartmouth Avenue, across the street from Huntley Bookstore. In addition to a world-class collection of digital and print books, journals, and research databases as well as an on-site Café, GIS Lab, and all sorts of amazing things you can check out from the Services Desk, our tried & true Library staff is committed to helping you become a stellar researcher in any field. The links below are the tip of the iceberg, but you can use them to explore what the Claremont Colleges Library has to offer. Be sure check out Library Bootcamp in the first few weeks of Fall semester for a fast tour of the building/website to get you up and running! For more information click here. For library essenstials click here.

Chaplains of the Claremont Colleges

The Claremont Colleges are served by the Interfaith Chaplaincy and are host to three chaplains (Protestant, Jewish, and Roman Catholic) who serve all students of all faiths and traditions at all seven colleges.   McAlister Center offers a full schedule of worship, study, and social programs sponsored by the Chaplains; weekly meetings of the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Christian Science, Latter-Day Saints, Muslim, Zen Meditation, and other groups.  McAlister Center provides a meditation chapel, a multipurpose lounge, a library and chaplains’ offices.  In addition, students may participate in a wide range of volunteer and social justice projects offered by the Chaplains’ Community Service Coordinator including Inland Valley Hope, Komputers 4 Kids, Pilgrim Place, Stop Hunger Now and much more. For more information click here.

For more information about New Student Orientation activities click here.

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS) is committed to promoting psychological wellness for all students served by the Claremont University Consortium. Our well-trained team of psychologists, psychiatrists, and post-doctoral and intern therapists offer support for a range of psychological issues in a confidential and safe environment. For more information visit their website.

Joint Music Program

The Department of Music at Scripps College and the Joint Music Program of Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer Colleges offers many opportunities for music study and performance to music majors and other interested students. The Joint Music Program sponsors three ensembles, the Claremont Concert Orchestra, the Concert Choir, and the Chamber Choir. Qualified student members from all of the Claremont Colleges are welcome to join. The liberal arts ideal of music as an integral part of the curriculum is evidenced by students receiving academic credit for participation in large music ensembles as well as for applied lessons. Working in a supportive intimate environment, students find studying music at Scripps a stimulating and productive means of personal and artistic fulfillment.

In addition to large ensemble performance courses, the Joint Music Program offers MUS 81, Introduction to Music, a music appreciation class which encompasses non-Western musical traditions, and MUS 3, Fundamentals of Music, which covers basic music theory. These courses are taught by Scripps professors and associated music faculty, and demonstrate our advocacy of interactive seminar-style teaching.

Chicano Latino Student Affairs

Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA) provides support programs and services that enhance the academic success and personal development of Chicano/Latino students at the Claremont Colleges. CLSA offers academic support, personal guidance, cultural development and leadership opportunities designed to promote social awareness. The program establishes a strong foundation that enriches cultural identify and develops a sense of familia within the college consortium. For more information visit their website.

Black Student Affairs

Black Student Affairs (OBSA) works to help students of African descent attain their undergraduate and graduate degrees, and become competent, ethical adults, who are confident about their futures. The department has a special interest and responsibility in helping students strengthen their cultural understanding and their social and emotional development. For more information visit their website.

Queer Resource Center (QRC)

The Queer Resource Center is a 7 College resource center serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, omnisexual, pansexual and allied community at the Claremont Colleges. For more information visit their website.