Information About Spring Semester and Summer - 02.03.21

Dear Pitzer Students:

Welcome back for spring semester 2021! Although the semester has just begun, I write to call your attention to information and deadlines that may impact your plans for the remainder of the academic year, including this summer.

  1. First, students who plan to select the 3+1 enrollment option for this semester (enrolling in 3.0 credits for spring and 1.0 credits in Pitzer’s Summer Session), must make that selection by this Friday, February 5, 2021. This new option is only available for spring enrollment of 3.0 credits and 1 summer class. Instructions for selecting this option and FAQs about it are available at:
  2. Second, as you are probably aware, the undergraduate Claremont Colleges have adopted a spring semester schedule that includes contiguous days of spring break from March 8-12, 2021. The final day of classes for all students is May 7, 2021, and final exams for all students take place May 10-14, 2021. The academic calendar can be found at:
  3. Third, I want to inform you that the Pitzer faculty recently amended the modification to the transfer credit policy for this year.  Specifically, students are allowed to transfer up to a total of 2.0 Pitzer credits from an institution of higher education for coursework completed during the entire 2020-2021 academic year, including summer 2021. The procedures for obtaining approvals for transfer credits and the overall transfer credit limit are unchanged.  For more information on transfer credits:
  4. Finally, I am pleased to provide information on Pitzer’s Summer Session. Pitzer College will once again offer a Summer Session that includes a wide range of class offerings and at a discounted tuition price. The session is scheduled for May 24-July 2, 2021 and the courses will be offered online.  See the links below for additional information on this year’s Summer Session:

Allen Omoto
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Update to the Academic Calendar for the Undergraduate Colleges, Spring 2021 - 12.11.20

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December 11, 2020

In response to the accelerating numbers of coronavirus cases in the region, all five of the undergraduate Claremont Colleges have announced that they will not be able to return students to residences on campus as hoped for at the start of spring semester.

In light of this development, the academic deans have revised the previously announced spring semester calendar so that it will now contain a contiguous week-long spring break. With the change to a five-day break, the last day of classes will be on Friday, May 7. The revised spring semester calendar, outlined below, includes the following key dates:

  • January 25: Academic term begins
  • February 5: Last day to add full semester courses
  • March 8 – 12: Spring break
  • March 18 Last day to drop full semester courses
  • March 26: Cesar Chavez Day (campus holiday)
  • May 7: Final day of classes
  • May 10 – 14: Final exams for all students including seniors
  • May 20: All grades due by noon
  • May 25: Grades visible to students on the portal

The updated academic calendar for spring semester, including campus-specific deadlines, will be available shortly on the Registrar’s website.

This calendar has been adopted by all of the undergraduate colleges—CMC, HMC, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps. Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute will preserve their previously published catalogues and work with any undergraduate students enrolled in their courses around differences between undergraduate and graduate schedules.
We appreciate your continued understanding and flexibility as we move forward together into spring.

Allen M. Omoto, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean of Faculty
Pitzer College

Spring Semester Update from President Oliver - 12.10.20

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December 10, 2020

Dear Pitzer Community,

I write to provide the latest information on Pitzer’s plans for the spring semester as they relate to the current public health situation.

Los Angeles County is experiencing an unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases that is expected to continue well into January, if not later. Hospitalizations and deaths due to the coronavirus, both locally and nationally, have reached staggering levels this week. More than 10,000 daily cases were reported in the county on December 6, and the state recently issued a stay-at-home order for Southern California.

As I indicated in my message of November 24, and reiterated in my comments at the College Council meeting on December 3, given the ongoing grim public health outlook for the next few months Pitzer, along with the other undergraduate Claremont Colleges, will begin the spring 2021 semester online. Starting the semester remotely is the safest and most prudent action at this time.

We persist in our efforts to safely bring students to campus at some point during the spring semester. The College will continue to work with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) to investigate the possibility of returning a limited number of students to campus with appropriate protocols in place at some point in the spring semester. While the details and timing of this scenario have yet to be announced, LACDPH has indicated that it will only consider this possibility if the county’s adjusted coronavirus case count drops to a much lower level (10 in 100,000 people) for two consecutive weeks and a “bubble” is created and maintained on campus.

We have been working closely with Student Health Services and contracted with an outside vendor to provide on-site medical advice and support, including regular testing and other necessary health and wellness services that will permit students to live on campus prior to widespread vaccinations.

The undergraduate colleges have adopted a revised academic calendar for the semester that includes a full week for Spring Break, March 8-12. More details on the spring 2021 academic calendar will be forthcoming from the Academic Deans Committee soon and will be posted on the website. The five Claremont undergraduate colleges have agreed that if students are able to return to campus it will not be until after the conclusion of Spring Break, subject to approval from public health authorities.

As I shared recently, I understand that a fully online academic program is tiring and stressful. We continue to assess and revise our academic policies and co-curricular programming to provide the best possible environment, support, and resources for students. An example is the recently announced 3+1 enrollment option that will give students more flexibility with their course load next semester.

Our commitment to a high quality and student-centered educational experience for all of our students is strong and unwavering, and Pitzer faculty and staff are continuing to adapt and innovate to better meet the demands of remote education. 

Beyond the spring semester, I look forward to next fall. With the prospect of an effective vaccine on the horizon, along with new national leadership and a serious commitment to combating the virus, I am eager to welcome the entire Pitzer community back to campus in 2021.

Provida Futuri,
Melvin L. Oliver

New Enrollment Option for Spring/Summer 2021 - 12.08.20

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December 9, 2020

Dear Pitzer Community:

As indicated in President Oliver’s recent message, we do not expect to be able to bring students back to campus for a residential experience in January 2021. This is disappointing news and a consequence of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. It also means that we are preparing for spring courses to be offered online.

During fall semester, many Pitzer students expressed difficulty and experienced stress taking four classes online. To facilitate student progress and reduce some of this online burden, I am pleased to announce that Pitzer College has created an optional 3+1 enrollment pathway for the spring 2021 semester. This new alternative will allow students to take three courses in spring 2021 and one in summer 2021 at the full tuition rate for spring semester only. This optional pathway should not alter spring financial aid packages for students who receive financial aid based on full-time enrollment.

The 3+1 enrollment option is considered full-time enrollment and supplements Pitzer’s usual tuition and enrollment structure in which students take four classes in a single semester. In short, students who plan to enroll full-time at Pitzer during the spring 2021 semester will be able to choose one of two enrollment paths: 1) take four spring semester classes as usual, or 2) take three in the spring and one in summer. Tuition costs for both paths are the same: full tution paid for spring semester.

I am providing below some general information about the new 3+1 enrollment option and how it will roll out after the first of the year. In addition, planning for summer school 2021 has just begun, and I am able to provide some general information about it at this time. More information on both the 3+1 enrollment option and summer school will be available in January. At that time, if you have questions about the 3+1 option and your financial aid package, you should contact the Office of Financial Aid. Here, I simply wanted to make you aware of these academic opportunities.

Wishing you the best for a restful semester break.

Allen M. Omoto, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean of Faculty
Pitzer College

3+1 Enrollment Option

In the 3+1 enrollment option, students are responsible for full-time tuition for spring semester, but then enroll in three classes in the spring 2021 semester and one non-refundable class in Pitzer’s 2021 summer session. This 3+1 enrollment option gives students a reduced course load for spring semester, while also committing them to additional weeks of summer school. The clear benefit of this option is that students will be able to complete their usual four Pitzer classes this academic year and without having to take more than three online classes at one time.

It is important to note that this is the only alternative full-time enrollment option for spring semester (i.e., no 2+2 option), and the one summer class must be taken through Pitzer’s 2021 summer session, currently scheduled to be online and to run May 24 – July 2. Students are not permitted to take Independent Study as their summer class with this 3+1 enrollment option; they must enroll in a regular course from the Pitzer summer schedule. In addition, seniors who opt for the 3+1 enrollment option will not officially graduate until they have successfully completed all of their Pitzer and major/minor requirements.

As noted above, more details about the 3+1 option will be available in January. At this time, the plan is for students to actively choose the 3+1 enrollment option no later than Feb 5, 2021, and that once chosen, that this option is non-revocable. The summer course offerings will be available in mid-January, and before students must commit to the 3+1 enrollment option.

2021 Summer School

Students who do NOT take the 3+1 enrollment option, as usual, will be able to enroll in summer school class(es) and pay a per class tuition rate. Students opting for the 3+1 spring enrollment option who wish to take two summer school classes will pay the regular per class tuition rate for their second class. Enrollment in summer school, either through the 3+1 option or separately, does not entitle students to campus housing or housing assistance. Finally, limited financial aid may be available for students who receive financial aid for summer school courses taken outside of the 3+1 enrollment option. More information on summer school will be available by mid-January.