Diversity at Pitzer


Pitzer’s Core Value of Intercultural Understanding can be seen on our campus through our commitment to Diversity throughout and before you become a Pitzer student. Use this page to learn about the different student-run affinity groups found at Pitzer, as well as out Admission Diversity Program. Any questions about diversity at Pitzer can be sent to adm_diversity@pitzer.edu.

Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups at Pitzer College are student organizations that promote safe spaces, solidarity, and support for marginalized students. These organizations embody intersectional and complex identities, such as, race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.

These affinity groups are defined as: low-income students, First-Generation students, Undocumented students, Black and African Diaspora students, Queer/Trans/Gender Nonconforming students, students with disabilities, Chicanx/Latinx students, Native and Indigenous students, as well as, Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (A/ANHPI) students.

Latinx Student Union (LSU)
For students who identify as Latinx/Chicanx.

Black Student Union (BSU)
For students who identify as Black, African, African American, or descendants of the African Diaspora.

Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC)
For students who identify as Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander.

First-Gen Club
For students who are the first member of their family to attend college.

Pitzer International Student Association (PISA)
For international students.

Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA)
For students who identify as Middle Eastern or North African. 

Mixed Identity Exchange (MIX)
For students who identify as bi-racial or of multiple races/ethnicities. 

We Are Living History (WALH)
For Black, Indigenous, and womxn of color.

Rainbow People Coalition (RPC)
For students who identify with the LGBTTQQIAAP community and everything in between and beyond. 

South Asian Student Association (SASA)
For students who identify as South Asian or South Asian American. 

Spoonie Alliance
For students with disabilities of any kind.

5C Resources/Mentorship Programs
Claremont Colleges-wide mentorship programs. Click to learn more.


Due to increased cases of Covid-19 throughout the United States, Pitzer’s Fall 2021 Diversity Program will be hosted virtually starting on Indigenous People’s Day, Monday, October 11th and will continue throughout the month of October.  All applicants that applied prior to August 1st will be notified via email of these changes to the program.

Our Commitment

As part of our commitment to diversity and intercultural understanding, Pitzer College will host its Fall Diversity Program starting Monday, October 11th and continuing on different days throughout the rest of October. Which days will depend on which events the student plans to attend. The Diversity Program is designed specifically for high school seniors from underrepresented racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the United States

Meet Pitzer

The program provides prospective students an opportunity to experience the distinctive atmosphere that sets Pitzer College apart from other colleges. You will have a chance to speak with multiple Pitzer students, attend panels with professors, and have one-on-one interactions with admission counselors!

If you are unable to attend the Diversity Program and would still like to virtually visit Pitzer, we are happy to welcome you at another time. More information about virtually visiting campus can be found on our website.


The application for the Fall Diversity Program will be active starting Friday, May 14th, 2021 and is due Monday, August 30, 2021.

Please note: The application will require a copy of your unofficial high school transcript through junior year. You will also be asked to write one essay, and we recommend writing this essay before starting the application. This essay prompt is the same one you will find on the Common Application, and you can use the same essay for both applications.

You’ll find the essay prompt below:

At Pitzer, five core values distinguish our approach to education: social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement and environmental sustainability. As agents of change, our students utilize these values to create solutions to our world’s challenges. Please answer only ONE of the following prompts in 650 words or less.

  • Incorporating one or more of our core values, how would you contribute to solving a local or global issue of importance to you?
  • Reflecting on your involvement throughout high school or within the community, how have you engaged with one or more of Pitzer’s core values?

Diversity FAQs

Pitzer College seeks to enroll students whose backgrounds and experiences offer varying perspectives on living and learning in a multicultural world. In order to accomplish this, we offer this program to encourage students to connect and enroll at Pitzer College.

Fall 2021

Who is eligible?
High school seniors from underrepresented cultural backgrounds who attend school in the US

How do I apply?
Please complete the online application. Additionally you will need to upload an unofficial copy of your high school transcript with your application.

How do I know if my application was received?
Once you apply online, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive an email, please call our office at 909.621.8129.

What will students do?
As a participant of the Fall Diversity Program, you will have the chance to meet with faculty, staff and student mentors. The Diversity Program is a chance to learn about all the things that make Pitzer special and have all your questions answered.

Will the program cover the other Claremont Colleges?
While there will be some exposure to the other Claremont Colleges, this program is geared towards students who are interested in Pitzer College.

Why should I apply?
The program provides students, who might not otherwise have the means to visit Pitzer, with an opportunity to experience our campus community.

Does attending the Diversity Program increase my chances of being admitted to Pitzer?
Pitzer uses a holistic admission review process, in which a variety of factors are taken into account by admission staff. Attending this program does not guarantee admission to Pitzer, while not being selected for the program does not prevent a student from gaining admission.

I cannot attend the program. Are there other opportunities to visit campus?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer other all expense-paid options outside of the Diversity Program. To discover other visit opportunities, please visit our website.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact a member of our Diversity Team if you have questions. They can be reached by calling our office at (909) 621-8129 or emailing adm_diversity@pitzer.edu.

We are excited about your interest in Pitzer College, and hope to see your application this fall!