COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information: Messages to the Community

On this page, you’ll find COVID-19 information as it pertains to Pitzer College’s admission policies and procedures. For general information regarding Pitzer and COVID-19, please visit:

Dear Pitzer students and families,

My name is Mike Segawa and I am the Vice President for Student Affairs. Our Office of Student Affairs staff, including myself, are responsible for providing student-centered support services and co-curricular programming for Pitzer students. We are excited to be your first point of contact as we continue to navigate this situation together. 

I want to congratulate you and your family on this exceptional accomplishment. Admittance to Pitzer is an opportunity few in this world have earned, so you are in very elite company. Although I would add: few students at Pitzer consider themselves elite, and that humility is part of what attracted me to this community!

During this tumultuous and unpredictable period, I am sure some of you are wondering if this is the right time to come to beautiful Claremont, CA. You may be asking yourself if the Pitzer experience you have been hoping for will be available to you in this upcoming academic year. This is one of the most important questions for you to consider. Let me offer some of my thoughts on that question.

My short answer is that your experience will not likely be the Pitzer experience of the last few years. This will, however, be the case for other colleges as well. We at Pitzer are reimagining what a residential liberal arts education looks like now and into the murky future. The residential college experience will have to change to reflect the changing times. But there will also be an unprecedented opportunity to reshape this venerable style of education to better serve the massively shifting global society of the 21st century. This journey will be both an exciting and rocky one for those of us who choose to take up this challenge. 

I believe and fervently hope that people will see this as an opportunity to respond to a crisis that necessitates the evolving of an institution to meet the world’s desperate needs. This is what we have before us, though, and we want each of you to be a part of this historic journey. Starting this fall, you will have four years to help Pitzer stay true to our Core Values and adapt to the demands of our interconnected environment. You will then take these lessons into our broader world to lead the communities in which you will work and live. 

We are revamping our curricular and co-curricular efforts to adapt and make the best of the circumstances brought about by the pandemic. No one knows how long this will last or what the repercussions will be. Likely, though, our innovation in response to the virus will go on for months. Regardless, our efforts to recreate our learning community in these turbulent times have already begun in earnest.

We know that you will join us this fall to experience and help create a reimagined Pitzer education grounded, as always, in our mission and Core Values. Pitzer College has not faced a greater challenge in our 57 years, but unquestionably there are also opportunities we have only begun to imagine. It is not a journey for the faint-hearted but instead one for the hope-filled. We look forward to you joining us this fall to be an integral part of this quest. 


Provida Futuri!

Mike Segawa

Vice President of Student Affairs

Office of Admission Team

Pitzer College


Dear incoming Pitzer students and their families, 

We know there are many uncertainties about the upcoming 2020-21 academic year. We’re writing to provide you with information regarding how Pitzer is preparing for the fall semester in regard to COVID-19.

The college assembled a COVID-19 Task Force in early March consisting of 13 staff, faculty, students, and senior administrators to actively guide the college’s response to this global pandemic. Specific information regarding Pitzer’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on our website. Information regarding the members of the COVID-19 Task Force can be found in this campus update which was posted in March.

At this time, there are a multitude of scenarios that the college is considering for a safe start to our upcoming semester. Possible scenarios include a traditional fall start with social distancing measures in place, a late start for the fall semester, or a fully online fall semester–it is also possible we will have some combination of these. Although Pitzer is not ruling anything out at this time, these are a few scenarios the Task Force is discussing based on current federal and state guidelines. 

The Task Force is also working to oversee campus initiatives at Pitzer and the other Claremont Colleges. There are various consortium-wide efforts being made to streamline a decision among all of our schools. To prepare for classes, academic deans from all seven colleges are working on academic calendar oversight and planning. To plan for room and board options, there is a Housing Planning Committee across the consortium that is discussing accommodation guidelines with social distancing requirements in mind, as well as housing options for students who may get sick and need to isolate. Lastly, there is a Safety Planning Group working to determine our testing and contact tracing abilities, and maintaining general campus facility safety.

Claremont McKenna College President Hiram Chodosh and Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver sat down with the Los Angeles Times in April to share their thoughts regarding residential liberal arts colleges and the changes that we and peer institutions are likely to face in the fall. Liberal arts colleges across the country will be impacted in many similar ways, and we hope you’ll read this article from our leadership here at the Claremont Colleges to get a feel for some of the conversations happening on our campuses.

We were glad to provide you with updates and a video message from President Oliver last week to officially welcome you to the Pitzer community. We also want to make sure you have access to President Oliver’s message to the community from late April, where he shared some thoughts for the fall semester, as well as virtual campus events being hosted throughout the spring. For those of you who joined us for our Virtual Admitted Student Day, you’ll see a nice shout out!

As we move forward in planning for the fall, we are prioritizing the safety of our entire community of students, faculty, and staff. Though we do not have concrete updates or announcements regarding the upcoming semester to provide you at this time, we wanted to make sure that you, our new Pitzer families, have all the same information that we do.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact us at 909-621-8129 or

Provida Futuri,

Office of Admission Team

Pitzer College


Dear incoming students,

On behalf of the admission office, Pitzer’s student body, and our faculty and staff:

 We are thrilled that you have decided to make Pitzer your home for the next four years. In the next few weeks you’ll be receiving messages from our community preparing you for orientation and introducing you to our staff and faculty. We will also be highlighting campus resources that will help support your transition to Pitzer.

All of us in the Admission Office will continue to keep you up to date on the status of the fall start in the coming weeks. A Claremont-wide decision regarding the fall will be made in late June. In order to accommodate you at that time, we will be flexible accepting deferral requests until July 15th. Our goal is to ensure you have a successful start at Pitzer, physically or virtually.

Our President, Melvin Oliver, would also like to extend his congratulation and welcome to you and the entire Class of 2024. President Oliver is the 6th president of Pitzer College and joined us in 2016. He is an accomplished sociologist and a co-editor of four books, including Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles. President Oliver is also the author of numerous special journal issues and more than 50 scholarly publications.

Hear from President Melvin Oliver as he welcomes you and your family to Pitzer: 

We look forward to being in touch with you over the next couple of months as we prepare to officially welcome you in the fall. Until then, stay connected with us virtually, and please reach out with any questions you might have in the meantime.

Congratulations again, and welcome!


Office of Admission Team

Pitzer College


Dear potential applicants, 

We are living in historic times, and we know that you may be feeling concerned about how the current global situation may impact your future college applications. Pitzer remains committed to supporting our prospective students; when the time comes to evaluate applications for our next round of admission, we will be giving heavy consideration to how COVID-19 may have affected you and your application. This includes but is not limited to:

  • We will honor any changes in academic/grading policies that your school has made
  • We will be lenient in regards to demonstrated interest (i.e. visiting campus, interviewing, etc.)
  • We will not penalize you for dips in your extracurricular activities during this time
  • We have altered our international testing requirements 
  • We will continue not to review AP scores with your application
  • We have been test-optional (SAT/ACT) since 2003; you can learn more about our test-optional policies here

We know the college search process is stressful, now more than ever, but our hope is that you feel supported by our office as we all navigate this uncertain and unprecedented time together. Please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns along the way. We look forward to connecting with you!

We received your name through the College Board Search Service. Outstanding students have many choices when it comes to college, and we think you might thrive at Pitzer.


Yvonne Berumen

Vice President and Dean

Admission & Financial Aid

Pitzer College

Dear admitted students, 

Congratulations on your admission to Pitzer College

You should feel very proud of your accomplishment, as this was another competitive year for applications. I wish I could send this email and tell you about the exciting events happening this spring at Pitzer, but unfortunately, I need to share some more specific news regarding the campus’ situation.

As you likely know, colleges and universities around the country are suspending operations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This is an unprecedented year and Pitzer also needs to make these very difficult decisions. Though we tried to explore different ways to remain open to greet you on your visit, we have decided to suspend operations until May or until further authorized by the state and federal government. For more information regarding the most up-to-date news on Pitzer College’s COVID-19 response, click here

Though our doors will be closed, we still want to offer you ample opportunities to connect with us via the following outlets: 

  • See campus through our virtual tour of Pitzer College.
  • Explore the Claremont Colleges on our 3-dimensional platform. Learn how the 5Cs collaborate and provide students with exceptional opportunities to explore their academic and co-curricular interests.
  • Meet the Admission team and our student workers.
  • Explore our viewbook.
  • Questions about financial aid? Check out How Aid Works.
  • Get in touch! You can call us at (909) 621-8129 or email us at
  • Learn about Pomona-Pitzer varsity sports and intramural/club offerings.
  • Follow our office on Instagram.
  • If you happen to be in the area, we will have self-guided tour brochures (both Pitzer and 5C!) available outside of the Admission Office.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to add to our virtual offerings for connection and outreach. Please continue to check your email and admission portal for additional information. We know that you will have numerous questions as you solidify your college choice, and we want to support you in that process!

Again, congratulations on your admission to Pitzer!  The Admission and Financial Aid team will do our best to answer your questions and connect with you in the days ahead.

Provida Futuri,

Yvonne Berumen

Vice President and Dean

Admission & Financial Aid

Pitzer College

Dear visitors, 

As you likely know, colleges and universities around the country are monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and developing plans for events of all kinds, on and off campus. Pitzer College is no different. As President Melvin L. Oliver has explained, we are very concerned about the health and well-being of not only the students, faculty and staff on the Pitzer campus, but also the Claremont Colleges, the City of Claremont and our neighboring communities. At this time, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at The Claremont Colleges.  

Pitzer, however, has made changes to its daily operations that will affect visitors to campus. As of March 11, 2020, the College has asked students to return to their homes and complete their coursework online for the remainder of the spring semester. Faculty, students and select staff will also be working remotely to adhere to these preventative measures.  

Campus visit changes:

Regrettably, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, the following events have been cancelled:

  • Admitted Students Day (April 10)
  • Diversity Program (April 9-11)
  • Overnight Visits
  • Student Guided Tours
  • Group Visits

The Admission Office will remain open and counselors will be available to answer questions and offer information sessions on a limited basis. Please refer to our website for more information. Self-guided tour brochures will also be available at the Admission Office. 

Our Office will remain opened, but if you would like to cancel or reschedule your visit, you can do that here. 

In the coming weeks, we will be developing remote programming to help fill the gaps for students and families that aren’t able to visit campus. This will include webinars and live feeds with faculty and staff. The Admission and Financial Aid team will also be available to schedule phone appointments to chat with admitted students at designated times. And, we will continue to respond to emails.

We will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate these visit policies in mid-April. Until then, we want you to be aware that your visit to campus will be quiet and absent of students, faculty, and many staff. Again, we want to acknowledge the disappointment that these decisions may have generated from admitted students, prospective students and families; however, we will do what we can to still convey the Pitzer flavor. We want to thank you for your understanding of these extraordinary circumstances. Please feel free to contact the Admission Office should you have any additional questions.


Pitzer College Office of Admission