Overnight Visits

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.

Schedule an Overnight Visit

Class Visits

Class visits are available to all student visitors. Below is a list of courses for which we have pre-approval to send prospective students; no RSVP required, but we cannot guarantee the locations, activities, and seat availability for every class. Once you’ve selected a class to visit, make sure you let the Admission front desk know before you go so they can register you and give you a copy of our Class Visit Policy.

OUR STUDENT WORKERS RECOMMEND: Asterisks indicate that our student workers voted this as one of their favorite classes. Note: this does not represent the whole student body—just a few recommendations!

Academic Field Name of Course Availability Time Location Professor Excluded Dates
Anthropology Field Methods in Anthropology M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-BD-209 Strauss, Claudia 09/04
Anthropology The World Since 1492* M/W/F 11:00 AM-11:50 AM PZ-AV-201 Johnson, Carina
Anthropology The World Since 1492* M/W/F 11:00 AM-11:50 AM PZ-AV-201 O’Rourke, Harmony
Anthropology Palestine and Israel T/Th 1:15 PM-2:30 PM PZ-AV-201 Segal, Daniel
Anthropology Energy & Humnty, Past, Prsnt, Ft W 7:00 PM-9:50 AM PZ-BE-207 Segal, Daniel
Art History Modern into Contemporary Art T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ-BH-210 Anthes, Bill 10/03, 10/31
Biology Cell Biology M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Keck 101 Jones, Erin 10/07, 11/25
Biology Neuroendocrinology M/W 9:35 AM-10:50 AM Fletcher 106 PIT Solomon-Lane, Tessa 10/07, 11/13, 12/11, 11/25
Biology Introductory Biology M/W/F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM Avery 201 PIT Chandrangsu, Pete
Biology Biochemistry M/W/F 9:00 AM-9:50 AM Hum 204 SCR Van Arnam, Ethan
Biology Special Topics: Herpetology T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Keck B29 Preest, Marion 09/03, 09/12, 09/19, 10/01, 10/08, 10/10, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/19, 11/21
Biology Molecular Biology T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Keck 1 Jay, Kyle
Biology Disease Ecology and Evolution T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Keck 39 Budischak, Sarah 10/15, 10/24, 11/07
Biology Cell Cycle, Disease & Aging T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM Keck 101 Tang, Zhaohua 10/03
Biology Introductory Biology T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM Avery 201 PIT Jay, Kyle 09/25, 09/27, 10/23, 10/25, 11/15, 11/18, 12/13
Biology Introductory Biology T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM Hum 204 SCR Tang, Zhaohua 10/03, 11/14
Chemistry Organic Chemistry* M/W/F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM Bauer 36 CMC Wenzel, Anna G.
Chemistry Basic Principles of Chemistry M/W/F 9:00 AM-9:50 AM Keck 127 Hatcher-Skeers, Mary 10/02, 11/06, 12/04
Chemistry Land, Air, & Ocean Science* T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM Keck 1 Caulkins, Bethany 10/03, 11/05
Chemistry Physical Chemistry T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM Keck 1 Caulkins, Bethany 10/10, 11/26
Chemistry Basic Principles of Chemistry W 8:00 AM-8:50 AM Keck 127 Hatcher-Skeers, Mary 10/02, 11/06, 12/04
Chemistry Organic Chemistry* W/T/W 6:00 PM-10:00 PM Keck 242 Wenzel, Anna G.
Classics Roman Art & Archaeology* T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM PZ-BH-210 Berenfeld, Michelle L. 10/17, 11/21
Creative Studies Shakespeare in Film W 2:45 PM-5:30 PM PZ-BE-101 Wachtel, Albert
Economics Principles of Microeconomics T/Th 8:10 AM-9:20 AM PZ-FL-104 Brown, Bruce 10/17, 11/21
Economics Principles of Microeconomics T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ-FL-112 Brown, Bruce 10/17, 11/21
English Intro Wrld Lit Texts on the Move* M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-SKD-P105 Lagji, Amanda
English World Lit in an Oceanic Context* M/W 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ-SKD-P105 Lagji, Amanda
English Decolonial Futures* Th 1:15 PM-4:00 PM PZ-BD-208 Lagji, Amanda 11/14
Environmental Analysis Haz Waste & Toxic Substances Pol* T 2:45 PM-5:30 PM PZ-AV-224 Spezio, Teresa 09/17
Environmental Analysis Intro to Environmental Analysis* T/Th 8:10 AM-9:20 AM PZ-SKD-P103 Spezio, Teresa 09/12
Environmental Analysis Visual Ecology T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ-SKD-P105 Faulstich, Paul
Environmental Analysis Intro to Environmental Analysis* T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ-SKD-P103 Spezio, Teresa 09/12
Environmental Analysis Restoring Nature Th 1:15 PM-4:00 PM See Receptionist Faulstich, Paul
Environmental Analysis Sustainable Place Studio* W 1:15 PM-4:00 PM PZ-BD-PERF Neckar, Lance
Environmental Analysis Case Studies Sustainable Blt Env W 10:00 AM-12:30 PM PZ-BD-PERF Neckar, Lance
First Year Seminar Understanding Change T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-AV-224 Strauss, Claudia 09/03
First Year Seminar Impossibilities: Gender & Utopia* T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-SKD-P105 Johnson, Carina 09/17, 10/17, 11/05, 11/07
First Year Seminar What is Human? T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-BE-207 Snowiss, Sharon
First Year Seminar Life in Latn American Metropolis* T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-BH-209 Aristizabal, Juanita
First Year Seminar LA: Culture & Environment T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-BE-101 Jorge, Ethel 09/03, 09/05, 09/10, 09/12, 9/24, 10/24, 11/26
First Year Seminar Not Just Gods and Gladiators T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-AV-204 Berenfeld, Michelle L. 11/21
First Year Seminar Nutrition in the Modern World T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-FL-104 Ferree, Elise 12/03
First Year Seminar Graffiti and Street Art* T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-BD-208 Phillips, Susan 10/01, 11/14, 11/21
First Year Seminar Love and Loathing in Los Angeles* W 4:00 PM-6:30 PM PZ-BH-214 Ballagh, Michael
Gender & Women’s Studies Construction of Masculinity* T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM PZ-SKD-P101 Hirsch, Dan
History Middle East/N Africa Since 1500 M 7:00 PM-9:50 AM PZ-SKD-P105 Rezai, Hamid
History Magic, Heresy & Gender M/W 1:15 PM-2:30 PM PZ-SKD-P106 Johnson, Carina
History Policital Islam, 1798- Present T 7:00 PM-9:50 AM PZ-SKD-P105 Rezai, Hamid
History Colonialism in Africa T/Th 8:10 AM-9:20 AM PZ-AV-201 O’Rourke, Harmony 10/17
International and Intercultural Studies Introduction to IIS M/W 1:15 PM-2:30 PM PZ-SC-230 Tongun, Lako
International and Intercultural Studies Power and Social Change M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-AV-204 Tongun, Lako
International and Intercultural Studies Third World Socialism T 7:00 PM-9:50 AM PZ-SC-230 Tongun, Lako
International and Intercultural Studies Nature,Movemnt,Meditation:QiGong T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM PZ-BD-PERF Snowiss, Sharon
Linguistics Language & Gender* M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-AV-224 Fought, Carmen
Linguistics Bilingualism* T/Th 1:15 PM-2:30 PM PZ-BH-110 Fought, Carmen
Math Discrete Mathematics M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-BH-214 Bachman, David 10/07, 10/22, 11/18
Math Discrete Mathematics M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-BH-214 Lorenat, Jemma
Math Calculus I M/W 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ-AV-202 Lorenat, Jemma
Math History of Math Before 1636 T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM PZ-AV-202 Lorenat, Jemma
Media Studies Cultural Politics of Self Care* M/W 1:15 PM-2:30 PM PZ-WST-Q120 Talmor, Ruti
Media Studies Introduction to Video Art* M/W 4:15 PM-6:45 PM PZ-SKD-P104 Talmor, Ruti
Media Studies Curatorial Practice T 2:45 PM-5:30 PM PZ-WST-Q116 Ennis, Ciara
Media Studies Asian Americans in Media T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM PZ-WST-Q120 Ma, Ming-Yuen 09/24, 10/08, 10/15, 10/24, 11/12, 11/14, 11/26, 12/10, 12/12
Misc. Introductory Portuguese 1* M/T/W/F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM PZ-BE-101 Aristizabal, Juanita
Misc. Research Methods in Polit Stdies M/W 1:15 PM-2:30 PM PZ-AV-201 Vansickle-Ward, Rachel
Misc. Introduction to Public Policy M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-AV-202 Vansickle-Ward, Rachel
Misc. US Politics: Resistnce & Transfr M/W 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ-BD-207 Pantoja, Adrian
Misc. Writing Center Theory & Praxis* T 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-FL-106 Scott, Andrea
Psychology Physiological Psychology* M/W 1:15 PM-2:30 PM PZ-FL-106 Borowski, Thomas 10/14, 11/11
Psychology Behavioral Epigenetics W 2:45 PM-5:30 PM PZ-BD-208 Moore, David 10/09, 11/27
Sociology Sociology of Health & Medicine M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-SC-230 Bonaparte, Alicia 10/28, 10/23
Sociology Classical Sociological Theory* M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-FL-112 Zuckerman, Phil
Sociology Sociology of Health & Medicine 01 M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-SC-230 Bonaparte, Alicia 10/28, 10/23
Sociology Gender in American Society M/W 2:45 PM-4:00 PM PZ-SC-230 Bonaparte, Alicia
Sociology Juvenile Delinquency 01 T 2:45 PM-5:30 PM PZ-SC-230 Bonaparte, Alicia 10/29
Spanish Spanish for Heritage Speakers M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-BH-209 Gutierrez, Paula
Spanish Spanish for Heritage Speakers 01 M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ-BH-209 Gutierrez, Paula
Spanish Spanish in the Community 01 T 2:45 PM-5:30 PM PZ-BE-101 Jorge, Ethel
Spanish Adv. Spanish: Language & Culture* T/Th 1:15 PM-2:30 PM PZ-BH-214 Gutierrez, Paula
Spanish Adv. Spanish: Language & Culture 02 T/Th 1:15 PM-2:30 PM PZ-BH-214 Gutierrez, Paula
Spanish Adv. Spanish: Language & Culture* T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ-BD-208 Gutierrez, Paula
Spanish Adv. Spanish: Language & Culture 01 T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ-BD-208 Gutierrez, Paula