Princeton Review Ranks Pitzer among the Best US Colleges for Financial Aid, Campus Food and Active Student Government

Students studying in the residence hallClaremont, Calif. (August 1, 2017)—The Princeton Review ranked Pitzer College #20 in Great Financial Aid; #13 for Best Campus Food; and #3 for Most Active Student Government in its Best 382 Colleges 2018 Edition. Pitzer was also named a Best Western college in its 2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region list.

This is the third year in a row that Pitzer has been ranked among the country’s top colleges for great financial aid. Pitzer College is committed to meeting 100 percent of every admitted student’s demonstrated need through a financial aid package that includes grants, work-study jobs and loans. The average need-based financial aid scholarship is more than $40,400 for full-time students. Pitzer has decreased the average indebtedness after four years of study to less than $22,000. The College has made financial aid a primary commitment in its fundraising efforts.

The College is consistently lauded for offering one of the country’s best on-campus dining experiences. Much of the food served in McConnell Dining Hall is organic, locally sourced and prepared within 48 hours of harvest. The chefs and dining hall staff prepare meals from scratch and are encouraged to showcase various cuisines, home recipes and cooking techniques that support healthy eating.  The dining hall’s trayless dining and reusable to-go containers help reduce food and trash waste.

Student Engagement is one of five Pitzer Core Values. Since Pitzer’s founding, students have been active members of college governance, making decisions on everything from academic policies to faculty and staff hiring to building design.  Last February, the Claremont City Council passed a resolution re-affirming the city’s “commitment to diversity and safeguarding the civil rights, safety and dignity of all people” at the urging of Pitzer student leaders. The Student Senate’s Mindful of the Future Speaker Series has brought prominent national leaders and thinkers to campus, including US presidential and Senate candidates, a Washington State Supreme Court justice, California State Senate’s President Pro Tem and a New York Times columnist.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the new college guide. Published annually since 1992, Princeton Review’s Best Colleges publication has detailed profiles of the nation’s top colleges. For The Best 382 Colleges, the Princeton Review surveyed 137,000 students in 62 categories related to their overall college experience.

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