Diversity Program

DIVERSITY PROGRAM

Our Commitment

As part of our commitment to diversity and intercultural understanding, Pitzer College will host our Fall Diversity Program from Sunday, October 13 to Tuesday, October 15. The Diversity Program is designed specifically for admitted high school seniors from underrepresented racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the United States

Meet Us

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 spend two nights on campus with a Pitzer student, attend a class, eat in the dining hall and meet other high school seniors who are considering Pitzer. If you are unable to attend the Diversity Program and would still like to visit Pitzer, we are happy to welcome you at another time. We offer visits Monday – Friday throughout the year and on select Saturdays in the fall. More information about visiting campus can be found on our website.

Program

The Diversity Program is an all-expense-paid program for which round-trip transportation (air, train, bus, gas/mileage reimbursement) will be covered. Attendees will be hosted by current students in the residence halls and will dine on campus throughout the three-day weekend. Check out this video of our program from the fall of 2017!

Students will arrive on Sunday morning followed by an afternoon of programming to introduce them to aspects of life at Pitzer. Monday will include opportunities to sit in on a class, be interviewed by admission staff, and explore the Claremont Colleges Consortium. We will conclude Monday night with an outing or activity in Southern California. Students will then return home on Tuesday morning.

Register Here
The application for the Fall Diversity Program is available now and due in late August. The exact deadline will be posted by the end of June. For your convenience, the prompts are listed below.

Please note: You will need a copy of your unofficial high school transcript through junior year; you will be asked to upload a copy to your application. You will also be asked to write one essay, so it may be beneficial to write the essay before starting the application. This essay prompt is the same one you will find on the Common Application, and it is okay to use the same essay for both applications. Here is the prompt:

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

Diversity FAQs

Fall 2019

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. The application deadline will be announced this summer. Applications will become available in late July.

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 on campus?
As a participant of the Fall Diversity Program, you will stay in a residence hall with a current student and learn about the admission selection process and how to apply for financial aid. You will also have the chance to meet with faculty, staff and student mentors. You may also interview with an admission officer or senior admission fellow.

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. All students on the Diversity Program are required to attend all planned programming and stay within the parameters of the five Claremont Colleges.

Why should I apply?
The program allows students who might not otherwise have the means to visit Pitzer 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, in which a variety of factors are taken into account by admission staff. Attending this program does not guarantee admission to Pitzer, and 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 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 Dwayne Okpaise or one of our Diversity Interns. They can be reached by calling our office at (909) 621-8129 or emailing admdiversity@pitzer.edu.
We are excited about your interest in Pitzer College!