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: The number of * indicate the number of our student workers who voted this as their favorite class. Note: this does not represent the whole student body—just a few recommendations!


Academic FieldName of CourseAvailabilityTimeLocationProfessorExcluded Dates
AnthropologyChina: Gender,Cosmology & State 01M2:45 PM-5:30 PMPZ-BH-207Chao, Emily01/28, 03/04, 03/11
AnthropologyHistory Anthropological Theory 01T/Th9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-BH-204Chao, Emily01/22, 03/28, 05/07, 05/07, 03/11
AnthropologyIntro Sociocultural Anthropology 01*M/W9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-AV-224Hartman, Georgia03/04, 03/06
AnthropologySex, Body and Reproduction 01W2:45 PM-5:30 PMPZ-BD-207Chao, Emily03/13, 03/11
AnthropologyThe World Since 1492 01*******M/W/F11:00 AM-11:50 AMPZ-AV-201Segal, Daniel
ArtThe Surfboard as Art & Culture 01**M/W10:00 AM-12:30 PMPZ-MC-EARTPantoja, Adrian
Art HistoryThe Art World Since 1989 01*M/W9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-BH-210Ennis, Ciara02/13
BiologyAnalyses of Human Motor SkillsT/Th2:45 PM-4:45 PMCU-KS-B31Milton, John02/14, 02/21, 04/09
BiologyBiochemical Physiology 01M/W11:00 AM-12:15 PMCU-KS-39Preest, Marion01/23, 01/28, 02/18, 04/01, 05/01
BiologyBiochemical Physiology 01M/W11:00 AM-12:15 PMCU-KS-39Wiley, Emily
BiologyBiochemistry 01*M/W/F9:00 AM-9:50 AMSC-HM-204Van Arnam, Ethan
BiologyBiochemistry 02M/W/F10:00 AM-10:50 AMPO-The Hive-127Hatcher-Skeers, Mary
BiologyCell Biology 01T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMCU-KS-101Tang, Zhaohua02/28
BiologyGenetics 01M/W11:00 AM-12:15 PMCM-BC-PICKJay, Kyle
BiologyIntroductory Biology 02M/W/F10:00 AM-10:50 AMCM-BC-36Gilman, Sarah02/22, 04/08, 02/15
BiologyIntroductory Biology 03M/W9:35 AM-10:50 AMCU-KS-39Hall, Lucas02/25, 04/01
BiologyIntroductory Biology 04T/Th9:35 AM-10:50 AMCU-KS-B31Budischak, Sarah02/19, 04/04, 05/02
BiologyMicrobiology 01T1:15 PM-5:15 PMCU-KS-B32Chandrangsu, Pete
BiologyMicrobiology 01T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMSC-HM-121Chandrangsu, Pete
BiologyMolecular Biology 01T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMCU-KS-1Wiley, Emily
BiologyNeuroscience 2: Systems 01*T/Th9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-AV-201Solomon-Lane, Tessa02/19, 03/14, 04/18
ChemistryAccelerated General Chemistry 01*M/W/F8:00 AM-8:50 AMCU-KS-127Williams, Nancy02/20, 03/13, 04/17
ChemistryLand, Air, & Ocean Science 01*T/Th2:45 PM-4:00 PMCM-BC-36Caulkins, Bethany02/19, 03/28
ChemistryOrganic Chemistry 03M/W/F10:00 AM-10:50 AMSC-ST-101Mackey, Joel04/17
ChemistryOrganic Chemistry 04M/W/F10:00 AM-10:50 AMCM-BC-25Ung, Hou
ChemistryOrganic Chemistry 05M/W/F11:00 AM-11:50 AMSC-ST-101Mackey, Joel04/17
Chicana/o-Latina/o StudiesRural and Urban Social Movements 01**W2:45 PM-5:30 PMPZ-BH-214Calderon, Jose01/30, 02/27, 04/03
Creative StudiesGreek Tragedy in Translation 01W2:45 PM-5:30 PMPZ-BE-101Wachtel, Albert
Creative StudiesHistory of Creative Studies 01T2:45 PM-5:30 PMPZ-BE-101Wachtel, Albert
EconomicsEconomics of Financial Markets 01*T/Th9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-FL-106Germany, David03/14
EconomicsMacroeconomic Theory 01T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMPZ-FL-110Yamane, Linus
EnglishBritish Women Writrs Before 1900 01Th1:15 PM-4:00 PMPZ-ATN-A103Bhattacharya, Sumangala02/28, 03/14
EnglishGrowing Up “Postcolonial” 01***T/Th9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-AV-202Lagji, Amanda04/11, 02/14
EnglishSurvey of British Literature II 01**W2:45 PM-5:30 PMPZ-AV-202Bhattacharya, Sumangala02/27, 03/13
EnglishTerror and the Text 01***T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMPZ-AV-202Lagji, Amanda02/14
Environmental AnalysisCritical Environmental Analysis 01T/Th9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-BD-208Faulstich, Paul
Environmental AnalysisDomestic Environmental Policy 01*T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMPZ-FL-112Spezio, Teresa
Environmental AnalysisIntro to Environmental Analysis 01**T/Th8:10 AM-9:25 AMPZ-SKD-P103Spezio, Teresa
Environmental AnalysisIntro to Environmental Analysis 02**T/Th9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-SKD-P103Spezio, Teresa
Gender & Women’s StudiesConstruction of Masculinity 01*T/Th2:45 PM-4:00 PMPZ-SKD-P105Hirsch, Dan
HistoryContemp Africa/Digital Archives 01**M/W1:15 PM-3:45 PMPZ-WST-Q120O’Rourke, Harmony03/06, 04/29, 05/01, 05/06, 05/08
HistoryIran before & after 2 Revolutns 01T7:00 PM-9:50 PMPZ-SKD-P105Rezai, Hamid
HistoryPolitical Islam, 1798- PresentW7:00 PM-9:50 PMPZ-SKD-P105Rezai, Hamid
International and Intercultural StudiesAfrican Politics 01T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMPZ-AV-224Tongun, Lako
International and Intercultural StudiesInterdis Knwldg & Global Justice 01**W/F1:15 PM-2:30 PMPZ-AV-202Parker, Joseph
International and Intercultural StudiesSocl & Pol Movmnts in Third Wrld 01T/Th1:15 PM-2:30 PMPZ-SC-230Tongun, Lako
International and Intercultural StudiesState/Development in Third World 01M/W1:15 PM-2:30 PMPZ-SC-230Tongun, Lako
International and Intercultural StudiesWhose Justice? 01**W/F9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-AV-202Parker, Joseph
MathHistory of Mathematcs since 1636 01M/W11:00 AM-12:15 PMPZ-AV-202Lorenat, Jemma03/04, 03/06
MathIntroduction to Statistics 01M/W8:10 AM-9:35 AMPZ-FL-112Lorenat, Jemma
Media StudiesAnimation as Voice 01Th1:15 PM-4:00 PMPZ-SKD-P104Hutin, Stephanie
Media StudiesFan Culture and Celebrity 01*M/W9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-WST-Q120Affuso, Elizabeth03/13
Media StudiesIntro to Film 01M/W9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-WST-Q116Ma, Ming-Yuen
Media StudiesMedia Arts for Social Justice 01M2:45 PM-5:30 PMPZ-SKD-P104Lamb, Gina
Media StudiesMedia Sketchbook 01*T/Th1:15 PM-2:30 PMPZ-WST-Q116Lerner, Jesse
Media StudiesMexican Visual Cultures 01T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMPZ-SKD-P104Lerner, Jesse
Media StudiesSilent Film 01T/Th2:45 PM-4:00 PMPZ-WST-Q116Lerner, Jesse
Organizational StudiesNegotiating Conflict 01T/Th9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-FL-104Lewis, Jeffrey
Organizational StudiesOrganizational Behavior 01*T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMPZ-FL-104Lewis, Jeffrey
Organizational StudiesOrganizational Life 01*T/Th1:15 PM-2:30 PMPZ-FL-104Lewis, Jeffrey
PhilosophyIntroduction to Philosophy****T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMPZ-SKD-P103Anderson, Ellie
PhilosophyPhilosophy of Film****W2:45 PM-5:30 PMPZ-BC-208Anderson, Ellie
PhysicsComputational Phys/Engineering 01M1:15 PM-2:30 PMCM-BC-35Gould, Scot
PhysicsPrinciples of Physics 01M/W/F8:00 AM-9:50 AMCM-CC-D1Landsberg, Adam02/08
PhysicsPrinciples of Physics 01M/W/F8:00 AM-9:50 AMCM-CC-D1Landsberg, Adam02/08
PhysicsQuantum Mechanics Computal Appls 01M/W2:45 PM-4:00 PMCU-KS-1Gould, Scot
Political StudiesAgriculture/Political Rebellion 01***W2:45 PM-5:30 PMPZ-SKD-P105Barndt, William4/17
Political StudiesInternational Politics 01M/W11:00 AM-12:15 PMPZ-SC-230Bunyanunda, Mann
Political StudiesIntro to Comparative Politics 01*T/Th9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-SKD-P105Barndt, William04/16, 04/18
Political StudiesSocial & Political Justice 01M7:00 PM-9:50 PMPZ-SKD-P105Rezai, Hamid
PsychologyChild Psychopathology 01*M/W9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-BH-214Phung, Janice01/30
PsychologyEthics and the Brain 01T/Th1:15 PM-2:30 PMPZ-BH-214Huemer, Sabine03/14
PsychologyNeurodiversity 01T/Th2:45 PM-4:00 PMPZ-SC-230Huemer, Sabine03/14
PsychologyNeuropharmacology and Behavior*M/W1:15 PM-2:30 PMPZ-FL-110Borowski, Thomas02/27, 04/10
PsychologyPsychological DisordersT/Th9:35 AM-10:50 AMPZ-SC-230Rodriguez, Marcus
PsychologyStereotyping and PrejudiceT/Th2:45 PM-4:00 PMPZ-AV-202Guillermo, Steffanie
Religious StudiesZen Buddhism 01W2:45 PM-5:30 PMPZ-FL-110Parker, Joseph
SociologyQualitative Research Methods 01*F1:15 PM-4:00 PMPZ-BH-110Zuckerman, Phil
SociologySociology & View of the World 01T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMPZ-SC-230Bonaparte, Alicia02/19
SociologyThe Social Constrctn of Morality 01****M/W1:15 PM-2:30 PMPZ-BH-210Zuckerman, Phil
SpanishAdv. Spanish: Language & Culture 02*T/Th11:00 AM-12:15 PMPZ-BE-101Gutierrez, Paula
SpanishSpanish in the Community 01*T2:45 PM-5:30 PMPZ-BH-210Gutierrez, Paula
SpanishStrategies of Resistance in Lat 01*M/W1:15 PM-2:30 PMPZ-BE-101Gutierrez, Paula