New Community, New Adventure: Pitzer Move-in Day 2022

Interim President Jill A. Klein greets Pitzer families alongside students holding up welcome to Pitzer signs.
Interim President Jill A. Klein helps greet new Pitzer students and their families.

Move-in Day: A day for cheers (and tears) as parents and loved ones helped Pitzer first-year and transfer students settle into residence halls and their new life. Upon arriving on campus on August 20, they were greeted by students waving signs that said, “Welcome Class of 2026,” “Sagehen Pride,” and “Honk if you love Pitzer!”

As students steered their moving carts to their new homes in the first-year residence halls, Interim President Jill Klein joined the welcome party with her orange Pitzer shirt and matching orange shoes and sunglasses. Based on preliminary data, Pitzer enrolled 318 new students who graduated from high school with an average GPA of 3.98. More than 60 percent are from out of state, and approximately 11 percent are international. The incoming class also includes 39.6 percent students of color and 11 percent first-generation students.

Students were bursting with enthusiasm as they stepped foot on campus. When asked what was the most exciting part about coming to Pitzer, Kaylene Yee ’26 said it was to “be in a community of people who value each other” and Stella Stringer ’26 said it was being “in a place where people are passionate.”

After moving in, students picked up Pitzer water bottles with notes of advice from recent graduates, a gift from the Alumni Association. Later, students enjoyed lunch and learned more about all Pitzer has to offer at a resource fair on the Mounds while families wrote heartfelt letters to them that will be delivered by the third week of classes.  

At the end of the day, students hugged their families goodbye, after which they prepared for their Orientation Adventures. From surfing and beach camping, to trips around LA around arts, food, music, and activism, students got to embark on various excursions for one more hurrah before classes—and the real adventure—begins.

Visit Pitzer’s Flickr album to see many more pictures from Move-in Day 2022.