Page last updated on August 14, 2017
Pitzer College offers high school seniors the chance to participate in a structured visit to campus, providing them with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with an interactive slice of the Pitzer experience. These visits take place throughout the day and can include an overnight stay with a current Pitzer student in the residence halls if requested.
All visits begin at 4 p.m. A visiting student should make the Office of Admissions their first stop after parking to grab a visitor parking pass, a drink of water, and their itinerary for the day.
A typical campus visit includes:
- A 60-minute guided walking tour around Pitzer College, led by a current student.
- A 45-minute information session, led by an admission counselor or admission fellow.
- A chance to sit in on one or more classes.
- Meals in Pitzer’s dining hall, the McConnell Bistro.
- A unique schedule, created by a student visit coordinator, which includes all desired on-campus activities.
- Some free time to hang out on The Mounds, grab a cookie at the famous Grove House, and take a breather in a hammock!
A campus visit including all the activities listed above will take at least 4 hours. Visitors should plan their arrival and departure times accordingly. Shorter visits cannot realistically include all potential activities!
Special Information for Overnight Visitors
- Overnight visits are offered Monday through Thursday during the school year. A visiting student may stay a maximum of one night.
- Visiting students will be matched with a student host currently living in one of Pitzer’s residence halls, either PAS (Pitzer-Atherton-Sanborn), West & East Halls,or Mead Hall.
- Visiting students will meet their host at the Office of Admissions at 4 p.m. on the evening of their visit. All overnight visitors must be at the Office of Admissions by 4 p.m. on the evening of their visit.
- All students staying overnight are required to follow the guidelines set forth in Pitzer’s Student Handbook [PDF] and should familiarize themselves with our community values.
- Visiting students should bring everything they could possibly need for a night away from home, including a toothbrush, dental floss, any scheduled medicines, a pillow, etc. If a visiting student has the chance to bring their own sleeping bag they are certainly welcome to do so, but the Office of Admissions has both sleeping bags and pads to loan out to visitors.
- A visiting student should also consider bringing homework assignments to work on during their stay. Although Pitzer’s student hosts are universally friendly and gracious, they are also studious and busy! A visiting student shouldn’t be surprised if they become a weeknight study buddy.
Important Notes About a Visit to Pitzer
- Your opportunity to visit a class through our visit program should be considered more of a chance to experience a Pitzer classroom than an early start to your intended college major! While we will collect academic interests from visitors on the visit request form, the classes open to visiting students are limited by both time and space. We will try our best to place visitors in a class that aligns with their interests. If a visiting student would rather visit a different class, they will receive a list of open classes upon their arrival at Pitzer.
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