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 current high school seniors, and prospective transfer and New Resources students (23+). 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. If you would like to visit a class not on this list, please arrange separately with the faculty member; please note that they may not be able to welcome you to due location or space restrictions.


Academic Field Name of Course Availability Time Location Professor Excluded Dates
Anthropology Economic Anthropology T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM PZ FL 106 Hartman, Georgia 10/30, 10/25
Anthropology Intro sociocultural Anthopology T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ AV  204 Hartman, Georgia 10/16, 10/18
Anthropology The World Since 1492 M/W/F 11:00 AM-11:50 AM PZ AV 201 Segal, Daniel
Biology Animal Behavior M/W/F 11:00 AM-11:50 AM CU KS 1 Ferree, Elise 10/05, 11/09
Biology Applied Biostatistics M/T/W/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM CU KS 1 Smith, Dave
Biology Applied Biostatistics T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM CU KS 1 Smith, Dave
Biology Biochemistry M/W/F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM SC HM 204 Van Arnam, Ethan
Biology Biogeography M/W 1:15 PM-2:30 PM Keck Science 101 Gilman, Sarah 10/03, 11/07, 09/19, 10/08
Biology Disease Ecology and Evolution T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM CU KS 39 Budischak, Sarah 10/02, 10/04
Biology Introductory Biology T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ AV 201 Wiley, Emily 10/09, 11/13
Biology Vertebrate Physiology M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM CU KS B29 Monroy, Jenna 10/08, 11/12
Biology Vertebrate Physiology W 1:15 PM-5:15 PM CU KS B35 Preest, Marion 09/05, 10/24, 11/28, 12/05, 12/12
Biology Virology M/W/F 9:00 AM-9:50 AM SC HM 121 Grill, Larry 10/01, 10/03, 10/05, 11/05, 11/07
Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry T/Th 1:15 PM-2:30 PM CM BC 23 Williams, Nancy
Chemistry Principles of Physical Chemistry T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM KSC 1 Hatcher-Skeers, Mary
Economics Econometrics T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM PZ AV 201 Yamane, Linus 10/18
English Literature of the Supernatural W/F 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ ATN A103 Bhattacharya, Sumangala
English World Lit in an Oceanic Context T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ SKD P105 Lagji, Amanda
Environmental Analysis Intro to Environmental Analysis T/Th 8:10 AM-9:25 AM PZ SKD P103 Spezio, Teresa 10/02, 10/30, 11/13, 12/06
Environmental Analysis Intro to Environmental Analysis T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ SKD P103 Spezio, Teresa 10/02, 10/30, 11/13, 12/06
First Year Seminar Deconstructing Disney T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM BH 110 Fought, carmen 10/18
First Year Seminar Love & Loathing in Los Angeles M 7:00 PM-10:00 PM BC 208 Ballagh, Michael
First Year Seminar Scandinavian Culture & Society T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ FL 106 Zuckerman, Phil 09/18
Linguistics Language and Society T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM PZ AV 204 Fought, carmen 10/18
Math Calculus I M/W 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ AV 202 Bachman, David
Math Discrete Mathematics M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ FL 106 Bachman, David
Math Geometric Modeling M/W 1:15 PM-2:30 PM PZ FL 112 Bachman, David
Media Studies Experimental Media Studio W 1:15 PM-4:00 PM PZ TBA Ma, Ming-Yuen 12/05, 12/12
Media Studies Film Sound T/Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM PZ WST Q116 Ma, Ming-Yuen 10/02, 12/11, 12/13
Media Studies Introduction to Media Studies M/W 1:15 PM-2:30 PM PZ WST Q120 Affuso, Elizabeth 11/28, 12/03, 12/05, 12/10, 12/12
Physics Classical Mechns Computal Appls T/Th 11:00 AM-12:15 PM KSC 29 Mitra-Kirtley, Sudipa
Political Studies International Politics M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ BH 210 Herrera, Geoffrey
Political Studies Street Politics W 7:00 PM-9:50 PM PZ SC 230 Rezai, Hamid
Sociology Classical Sociological Theory T/Th 1:15 PM-2:30 PM FH 106 Zuckerman, Phil
Spanish Adv. Spanish: Language & Culture T/Th 9:35 AM-10:50 AM PZ SC 230 Gutierrez, Paula
Spanish Spanish for Heritage Speakers M/W 11:00 AM-12:15 PM PZ BH 209 Gutierrez, Paula