Where can I find information on the fall semester class schedule and the different meeting times for classes?

This information is available on the Registrar’s website under the menu for Academic Calendar Fall 2020 and Fall 2020 Timeslots and Meeting Dates.  It is important to note that there are two different Saturdays that serve as regular class days (for classes that meet on Tuesday or Friday).  And, even though November 23 and 24 are Monday and Tuesday, those days serve as meeting days for Wednesday and Thursday classes.

Why should I enroll at Pitzer this fall?

Pitzer Now. More than ever. Look around. A pandemic is raging. We are in the midst of societal awakening, political action and cultural change. This fall, Pitzer classes and co-curricular activities will cut to the heart of these issues and offer you opportunities for engagement like you’ve never had before. We might not all be together on campus, but our academic life will be vibrant, complete with restyled education and new ways to be involved.

You won’t want to miss the transformed and transformative educational opportunities we’ve designed for the fall. For example, we are embarking on a multi-year initiative that will infuse racial justice throughout the Pitzer curriculum, and that also will involve looking inward at our own institutional policies and practices as well as outward and to how Pitzer can be a broader agent of change. As part of this initiative, you can expect several new classes, class modifications and co-curricular events this fall semester.

Small classes and intimate relationships with professors are at the heart of a Pitzer education. At Pitzer, we don’t just teach courses, we nurture personal and long-term investment in our students. Whether we are in person or in virtual classrooms, we are committed to building relationships with students that last beyond our courses and that serve our students for years to come.

Preview some of Pitzer’s innovative fall semester classes.

Why did the College decide to provide remote-only instruction for the fall semester?

Our top priority is the health and safety of our community members. While we had hoped to bring students back for the fall semester, the rise in COVID-19 cases across the country and Southern California over the last several weeks made it clear to us that providing remote instruction was the most responsible decision to ensure the safety our students, faculty and staff.

Enrollment and Leaves of Absence (LOA)

I applied for a leave of absence (LOA) for the fall semester/academic year, but I’ve changed my mind and want to enroll. How do I cancel my LOA?

We welcome back students who have changed their mind about taking a LOA. To return from LOA or cancel a LOA, students should complete and submit the Notice of Return from Leave of Absence form. The usual deadline for filing this form for fall semester is March 15, but we are permitting students to return from LOA or change their minds about LOA until the start of fall semester. However, there are no guarantees about class availability for students who are returning from LOA or have changed their minds about taking a LOA this semester. In addition, financial aid information and final billing may be delayed.

For information on returning from leave or changing your mind about a LOA, please contact registrar@pitzer.edu.

I am a first-year, new transfer, or new New Resources student who decided to defer, but I have now changed my mind and would like to enroll. What do I do?

We welcome any first-year students who wish to enroll this fall semester. All currently deferred students who now wish to enroll should contact the Office of Admission to reverse your deferral decision by Thursday, July 30. Please email santiago_ybarra@pitzer.edu or applicant@pitzer.edu to start the enrollment process. We may be able to accommodate new enrollments after this date, but we cannot guarantee the same access to courses, including first-year seminar choices. Students who enroll after the start of Orientation (July 27) will have the opportunity to view orientation activities, as these are all being recorded. You will also have the opportunity to make up any missed placement exams. If you are still having trouble deciding what is the best decision for you, contact the Dean of Faculty’s Office at DOFcore@pitzer.edu. We are excited about next semester and welcome the conversation with you.

Can new students, New Resources Students (NRS) and transfer students defer enrollment until spring?

Yes. For the 2020-21 academic year, all new students (first-years, NRS and transfers) will have the option to defer their enrollment for the fall semester. First-years can defer for one semester or the entire academic year. Transfers and NRS may defer for one semester. In order to defer, please email santiago_ybarra@pitzer.edu or applicant@pitzer.edu.

Can current students take a leave of absence?

Pitzer’s leave of absence (LOA) policy can be found in the college course catalog. In brief, Pitzer students can take a LOA for 1-2 semesters, and even more in extenuating circumstances. LOAs processed before the start of the semester do not impact financial aid. Students apply for a leave by completing and submitting the Application for Leave of Absence form and also alerting their adviser of their plan. This form is available by logging into MyCampus2 and clicking on the “Student Forms” tab.

This form is available by logging into MyCampus2 and clicking on the “Student Forms” tab.

Students who want to take courses elsewhere during a LOA and transfer them back to Pitzer should carefully review the transfer credit policy before applying for a LOA. Students may transfer a total of 2.0 credits for courses taken during the 2020-2021 academic year and all transfer credits require approval by a Pitzer field group. That is, there is a limit on transfer credits and also no guarantee that courses taken elsewhere will be accepted for transfer to Pitzer.

For any more questions or for more information, contact registrar@pitzer.edu

Academics

Where can I find information on the fall semester class schedule and the different meeting times for classes?

This information is available on the Registrar’s website under the menu for Academic Calendar Fall 2020 and Fall 2020 Timeslots and Meeting Dates.  It is important to note that there are two different Saturdays that serve as regular class days (for classes that meet on Tuesday or Friday).  And, even though November 23 and 24 are Monday and Tuesday, those days serve as meeting days for Wednesday and Thursday classes.

Where can I find the updated course schedule for fall semester?

The updated fall course schedule for all of the undergraduate consortium colleges is available on the portal. In addition, the Pitzer Registrar’s website contains information on important dates for the fall semester and also about class meeting times. Finally, many Pitzer faculty have provided updated course logistics and descriptions for their fall classes. These descriptions can be found in a view-only Google document

For information about the fall schedule or registering for all classes, please contact registrar@pitzer.edu.

I am an international student and would like to take courses in my home country this year. Will I be able to transfer credits from these classes to Pitzer?

Pitzer’s transfer credit policy permits international students to take courses in their home country and transfer them to Pitzer. However, students are allowed to transfer a total of 2.0 credits for classes they take anywhere during this academic year. Students should consult with their academic advisers in developing a plan that makes the most sense for them in terms of taking a leave of absence or pursuing coursework elsewhere. Students should seek pre-approval from the relevant field group for any courses they plan to take and transfer to Pitzer. Field groups decide which courses can be transferred to Pitzer as well as counted toward major/minor requirements.

For more information, read the current transfer policy.

How will the Pitzer educational experience be translated online?

All educational objectives of the College remain unchanged. Pitzer will continue to provide small classes that cover all graduation requirements, one-on-one faculty mentoring and advising, and individual support from student affairs staff. Many curricular innovations and co-curricular programs will inform this semester. Zoom enables greater global connection with networks of scholars, authors, activists and artists, as well as allowing students to connect with community groups in different locations.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

Will First-Year Seminar offerings be available in the spring?

There is a possibility that a limited number of First-Year Seminars (FYS) will be offered in the spring semester. First-year students are expected to enroll in an FYS in their first semester, and the bulk of these seminars are offered at the same time during the fall semester. Having a common meeting time allows seminar instructors to coordinate guest speakers and special events, and thereby build bridges across classes. Furthermore, these First-Year Seminars are writing-intensive courses. In addition to covering interesting and timely topics, participation in FYS introduces incoming students to the Pitzer academic community and a faculty mentor, while also helping to set up students for future academic success.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

How will an online format allow for a rich advising experience?

Faculty will conduct advising sessions and hold office hours remotely, but students can still expect to receive personalized attention and to work closely with faculty to design programs of study that meet individual needs and goals.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

Will classes vary in the way they are taught?

Yes, they will vary in some ways. Many will take advantage of global networks of scholars, activists, etc. to bring in virtual speakers. Others have chosen topics relevant to understanding today’s challenges and are finding ways to explore them creatively through virtual means. Some classes dealing with shared topics such as civic engagement may offer multiple course sections at the same time so they can share guest speakers, workshops and common projects. Faculty have been working on this all through the summer. Low student-to-teacher ratios, personalized feedback and depth of relationships between professors and students will remain the same.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

How will students engage with the Community Engagement Center (CEC) and interact with our community partners?

The CEC is revamping its website to streamline connections between students, faculty and partners around a variety of modalities and issues, and will post these changes here when they are complete. For now, see CEC’s Continuing Community Engagement Online presentation.

For any more questions or for more information, contact cec@pitzer.edu

Will students be permitted to take courses at their local universities or community colleges? How will those credits be counted at Pitzer?

Incoming students who defer are not permitted to take classes at another school and transfer them to Pitzer.  If they do, they will need to reapply for admission as a transfer student. 

Meanwhile, continuing students are permitted to take classes at another regionally accredited college or university, but they are limited in the number of credits allowed to transfer to Pitzer this year.  Specifically, students are allowed to transfer up to a total of 2.0 Pitzer credits (i.e., 8 semester units or 12 quarter units) for coursework completed during the fall and spring semesters (or fall, winter, and spring quarters) of academic year 2020-2021.  Students should not assume that classes taken elsewhere will be accepted for transfer credit at Pitzer.  Transfer credit requires approval by a faculty member in a relevant discipline, and field groups may have stringent requirements on transfer credits and the classes that can be used to meet major/minor requirements.  Furthermore, classes that are accepted for transfer do not always count as full Pitzer credits.

Pitzer’s transfer credit policy can be found at http://catalog.pitzer.edu/content.php?catoid=11&navoid=730#Transfer%20Credits and information on transfer credits for the 2020-2021 academic year can be found at www.pitzer.edu/emergency/category/covid-19/returning-students/.   

For questions about transfer credits or for more information, contact registrar@pitzer.edu.

Will all courses be recorded to accommodate different time zones?

Online classes will make use of asynchronous tools such as recorded lectures and discussion boards. Faculty are redesigning their classes now and have been encouraged to balance accessibility and accommodation with having class components that are engaging and personalized and that build connections between students in a class and between students and faculty.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

Will the graduation praxis component have any other way to be completed if the CEC is at limited capacity?

The Community Engagement Center has ramped up its work with partners who are in need of even more significant help during this time. CEC has a host of virtual community engagement opportunities that are components of SRX courses this semester and that can be done remotely. Please check the CEC website for those opportunities. We will work with students who find themselves unable to complete the requirement due to COVID-19.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

What will IGLAS programs look like in the fall?

While there are no Institute for Global/Local Action & Study (IGLAS) trips scheduled for the fall, IGLAS will work with Study Abroad on future trips. IGLAS will continue to oversee the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships, the IGLAS fellows program, and work with first-year students and prison education initiatives, including at least 14 Inside-Out classes being taught this year via Zoom.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

Will students still have access to the Writing Center?

The Pitzer Writing Center will offer comprehensive virtual writing support after the semester begins. This includes one-on-one video conferences with peer Fellows trained to work with writers on assignments across the disciplines and at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to polishing a final draft. The Writing Center will also continue to host a wide range of virtual workshops and events, including regular “write-ins” that build community and foster resilience around the writing process. Specialized consultations will be available for senior thesis and multilingual writers. In addition, a research librarian will offer weekly video consultations on all aspects of the research process. Writing Center Fellows will continue to participate in a rich learning community dedicated to social justice-oriented writing pedagogies.

For any more questions or for more information, contact writing@pitzer.edu

What are the starting and ending dates of fall semester?

Classes will begin on Monday, August 24, and instruction will conclude on Tuesday, November 24. Fall Break was eliminated, and Saturdays, September 12, and November 14, were added to ensure additional instructional days. Final exams and assessments will be conducted remotely and completed by Friday, December 4. This schedule was adopted by the 5Cs under the presumption that students would return to campus. It was developed to limit the possible spread of the virus from holiday travel and to avoid having students on campus during the projected height of the flu season. Please visit the Academic Calendar Fall 2020 for key dates: www.pitzer.edu/academic-calendar/

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

Why did the standard class schedule change?

The fall 2020 class schedule evolved from considerations for safe distanced on-campus education. It was coordinated by the 5Cs and will remain despite Pitzer’s shift to online education.

For any more questions or for more information, contact registrar@pitzer.edu

Student Life, Student Affairs Resources & Housing

What if I do not have the appropriate equipment to attend classes online?

The Dean of Students Loan Program provides currently enrolled Pitzer College students with helpful academic resources such as textbooks, laptops and WiFi hotspots. For more information, please visit: www.pitzer.edu/student-life/student-affairs/dean-of-students-loan-program/

For any more questions or for more information, contact osastudent@pitzer.edu

Will Pitzer offer social activities and clubs online?

Pitzer’s Office of Student Affairs and Student Senate are working to ensure that students can safely participate in as many social activities as possible virtually. Members of the Pitzer community may host events and activities online for everyone to attend.

For any more questions or for more information, contact senate@pitzer.edu

Will Pitzer provide students with campus housing for the fall semester?

No. For public health reasons, the College does not intend to offer any campus housing or dining services for the fall semester. Students may choose to stay at home with family, live off-campus locally, lease elsewhere, or contact the Claremont Collegiate Apartments (CCA) to sign a direct lease with them for the fall semester (details here).  

We recognize that the decision not to offer campus housing, and the move to a remote mode of instruction, may create additional hardships for students. Students who do not have housing options for the fall, or will be in a situation that makes remote learning extremely difficult, should reach out to TreasurersOffice@pitzer.edu to initiate a process to have their circumstances reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid, Student Affairs, Treasurer’s Office, and other partners.

8/24/2020 Update: As the academic year has now begun, review of applications for students experiencing housing insecurity for the fall has now ceased.  Any extenuating/emerging circumstances can reach out to Financial Aid directly to discuss. 

For any more questions or for more information, contact housing@pitzer.edu

What will New Student Orientation be like online?

We look forward to welcoming new students to the Pitzer community and introducing them to the many resources at Pitzer and The Claremont Colleges. NSO 2020 will include an academic orientation program, campus life educational sessions and online social events. There will be many opportunities to make meaningful connections with other Pitzer students. All new students will be emailed more information about the online New Student Orientation schedule on Thursday, July 16, to help them start planning for the upcoming semester. After July 16, we will keep the New Student Orientation webpage updated with the most accurate schedule and links to resources. www.pitzer.edu/newstudentorientation/

For any more questions or for more information, contact orientation@pitzer.edu

Will there be a New Student Orientation in the spring for those who defer in the fall?

Yes. New Student Orientation will be adapted in the spring for both students who defer to spring and for students who choose to take Pitzer classes in the fall. Much of the orientation program will be modified for the spring but will cover all topics presented during the fall.

For any more questions or for more information, contact orientation@pitzer.edu

Will students have access to Career Services?

Pitzer’s Career Services office will be fully operational and available to students. Programming will include virtual events featuring employers, graduate schools, and Pitzer alumni and family members. Regular workshops and a special career preparation series are being planned. As always, individual career advising is highly encouraged to help students make a customized career action plan. Students can register for events and schedule individual career advising appointments through Handshake. Incoming students will be provided with Handshake accounts in early- to mid-August and will have full access to Career Services resources and opportunities.

For any more questions or for more information, contact careerservices@pitzer.edu

Will students still have access to Pitzer’s Academic Support Services?

Yes. If you are a student who has been approved for academic accommodations due to a disability, learning difference or chronic health challenge, please log into AIM to set up your accommodations for the coming semester as you have done in the past. If you are a new student or new to needing accommodations, please email PASS at academicsupport@pitzer.edu. Virtual academic coaching will be available once the semester begins, along with academic workshops to support your online learning experience.

For any more questions or for more information, contact academicsupport@pitzer.edu

Will students be permitted to return to campus during the spring semester?

The College will continue to monitor the developments of COVID-19 over the next several months and will follow state and local heath guidance to make a responsible and informed decision about in-person instructions for the spring semester.

For any more questions or for more information, contact osa@pitzer.edu

What does spring 2021 housing look like and what does it mean that “the College will not be able to guarantee housing in the spring for students who take a leave in the fall?”

The spring 2021 housing assignment process will be based on the College’s overall health and safety plan for spring semester. The wide variety of occupancy models being considered includes, all students, 50% occupancy, only first-year and senior students, single room occupancy, etc. The College will prioritize those who enrolled for fall semester above those who took a leave of absence for fall semester. No housing for spring 2021 can be guaranteed at this time and a process will be announced at a later date.

For more information contact: housing@pitzer.edu.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Student Employment

Will there be opportunities for Pitzer students to work for the College remotely?

Yes.  Student employment provides critical support to achieve the mission and goals of Pitzer College while also providing opportunities for students to feel connected to the College, gain valuable experience, and secure financial support. Student employment positions will be available for fall 2020. Because the College will be operating on a fully remote basis, however, the number of student employment positions will be limited. Please note that a portion of work-study allotments for fall 2020 have been converted to other forms of aid for all students who are eligible for work-study.

What students are eligible to work for fall 2020?

Positions will be open to enrolled students (full-time or part-time).  Students on a leave of absence for the semester are not eligible to work. Due to tax regulations and other legal barriers, students residing in international locations for the fall 2020 semester are not eligible to work. We deeply regret that this is not a possibility. Students should be limited typically to one position or up to approximately 10 hours of work per week to distribute jobs as widely as possible.

Does the College plan to discount tuition?

In late June, Pitzer announced a modest 2.2% tuition increase for the 2020-21 academic year. Based on the decision to pivot to a fully online fall semester, Pitzer’s Board of Trustees has decided to roll back that tuition increase and hold it constant at the 2019-20 level. There will be no increase to tuition and fees for the coming year. There will be no Pitzer room-and-board charges in the fall.

For any more questions or for more information, contact treasurers_office@pitzer.edu

How does this impact my financial aid package?

Students who have already received a financial aid notification will receive an updated financial aid package reflecting changes to the cost of attendance due to virtual learning. Students who have not received their initial notification will receive a financial aid package based on the new cost of attendance for virtual learning.

For any more questions or for more information, contact financial_aid@pitzer.edu

Does my financial aid package cover off-campus housing?

Financial aid packages will have a room-and-board budget based on a scenario where students are living at home with their families. The Office of Financial Aid is working closely with Student Affairs and Residence Life to address the needs of students who are unable to live at home with family. More information will be released to students on financial aid once details have been finalized.

For any more questions or for more information, contact financial_aid@pitzer.edu

Campus Operations

Will staff continue to work remotely?

The College aims to be flexible with work schedules and assignments. Some staff members will be needed on campus, while others will be directed to work remotely based on their individual circumstances. Staff members should discuss work arrangements with their supervisors, in consultation with area vice presidents.

For any more questions or for more information, contact hr_email@pitzer.edu

Can faculty and staff come to campus if Pitzer is closed to the public?

For the safety of our campus community, staff and faculty visits to campus should be limited to essential work that cannot be performed remotely. On campus, all individuals must wear a face covering, practice social distancing and follow other safety measures as posted and announced.

For any more questions or for more information, contact hr_email@pitzer.edu

Will the College need to furlough or layoff staff?

The Board of Trustees has tasked the College with finding ways to help our most vulnerable staff. We will make every effort to avoid furloughing or laying off anyone as we address the significant financial challenges we face.

How will moving to remote-only instruction this fall impact the College financially?

The cost of moving online is a significant loss in revenue to the College. As a not-for-profit institution, we are tuition dependent, with almost 90% of our tuition and fee revenue covering our operating costs, 70% of which is compensation for our employees. For the coming academic year, we are projecting a significant budget shortfall as a result of reduced revenue. We have some savings that we planned to use for capital reinvestment that we can instead use to cover some of the deficit. It will be important that we consider measures to address the deficit without risking the long-term financial viability of the College.

For any more questions or for more information, contact financial_aid@pitzer.edu

Study Abroad and International Programs

Are fall study abroad programs canceled?

Fall study abroad programs have been suspended. As this includes all exchange programs, there will be no visiting international exchange students at Pitzer this fall. The College continues to monitor the situation worldwide and will evaluate the viability of spring (and winter) study abroad programs.

For any more questions or for more information, contact studyabroad@pitzer.edu

Will there be study abroad programs in the spring?

At this time, we plan on running study abroad programs in spring 2021. If conditions allow, we also hope to run both our direct-run semester and summer programs over a possible winter intersession. Depending on the Claremont campus environment in spring, the College may continue to suspend visiting/exchange international students. In such a scenario, students will work with the Office of Study Abroad to enroll, where feasible, directly with the host institution on a fee basis (to be paid by the College).

For any more questions or for more information, contact studyabroad@pitzer.edu

Sagehen Athletics

Will there be athletic competitions this fall?

Because students will not be on campus, we will not be competing this fall. The decision to cancel athletic competition was not taken lightly, nor was the decision made swiftly. Intercollegiate athletic participation is a highly valued aspect of the educational experience at Pomona and Pitzer. We will remain committed to the continued growth and development of our student-athletes and will support them by providing educational, team-building and wellness programming.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

How will we support athletics-related activity for students in the fall?

Though students will not be on campus, it is possible for coaches and strength and conditioning staff to engage with enrolled student-athletes. Student-athletes will have the opportunity to further their athletic development during this extended time away from the team training environment. Staff must adhere to all NCAA policies. Additionally, coaches will be able to stay connected with student-athletes through virtual meetings and will continue to offer support for their teams academically and socially.

What will leadership programming look like?

Leadership programming is a great way to challenge, support, and grow leaders within athletic teams and the institutions. Ultimately, we hope to have an engaging curriculum that promotes leadership within our community and beyond.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

Why will diversity, equity and inclusion be a priority for our department during COVID-19?

Pomona-Pitzer Athletics is firmly committed to supporting and furthering critical work surrounding equity and inclusion, actively working towards solutions on our campuses and beyond. Our department will use this time to build awareness, engagement, meaningful dialogue, education, action and accountability, as our faculty, staff and student-athletes work together for a future of social justice and positive change.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

How will the department support the mental health of its student-athletes?

It is important for us to address the mental health needs of our student-athletes. The 2020 NCAA Student-Athlete COVID-19 Well-being Survey revealed that a majority of student-athletes surveyed reported experiencing high rates of mental distress since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, students also reported experiencing sleep difficulties, sadness, a sense of loss, and depression. The well-being of our student-athletes will always be of the utmost importance, and we are currently devising a plan to provide support.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

What is the status of our winter and spring sports?

Our winter sports will not compete in the fall semester. Conversations about competitive seasons for the winter and spring sports will be ongoing and will depend on the State of California, Los Angeles County, and institutional safety guidelines.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

Will the fall sport teams be able to practice and/or compete in the spring?

We will continue to monitor the health and safety guidelines presented by the NCAA, SCIAC, state and the county. Our hope is that there will be an opportunity for all teams to participate in intercollegiate athletic competition within the Spring semester, but health and safety will always come first.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

Claremont Colleges Resources

How do I access Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS)?

Students need not be on campus to access services offered by the Monsour Counseling and Psychological Center (MCAPS). However, due to California mental health licensing laws, MCAPS can only offer ongoing teletherapy/telephone appointments (individual or group) to students living in California. MCAPS will serve out-of-state students via teletherapy/telephone for a one-time consultation, Rapid Access Initial Assessment, or a crisis session. Additionally, the center will work individually with out-of-state students to provide locally based referrals for ongoing care. To access services at MCAPS, please call 909-621-8202. For after-hours crisis services, the voicemail message will prompt you to press “1” to be connected to an on-call therapist. The Claremont Colleges are offering (at no cost to the student) an additional telehealth option for students seeking mental health counseling or medical care. To access, Pitzer students should visit the Campus.Health website or visit the Apple or Android stores to download the free TimelyMD app. You will need to create a profile and, at checkout, enter the customized coupon code (Pitzer 2020).

Do I still have access to Student Health Services?

Student Health Services (SHS) will continue to operate during the academic year but with a modified schedule. If you live in the Claremont area, medical services through SHS can be received on an appointment-only basis. Walk-in appointments will not be allowed due to COVID-19 pandemic related restrictions. SHS can be contacted at 909.621.8222. While SHS is unable to serve our out-of-state students directly, The Claremont Colleges have contracted with Campus.Health, a telemedicine service. This no-cost option is available to all students at The Claremont Colleges, regardless of whether they are living off-campus, locally or in a different part of the country. International students will need to arrange for their own medical care where they reside. If you are an international student and would like to be waived out of SHIP, please email Katie Tewell at katie_tewell@pitzer.edu. For more information, please visit Fall 2020 Student Success Support Services & Resources.

Will The Claremont Colleges Library be open?

Please refer to The Claremont Colleges Library’s COVID-19 web page for the most up-to-date information about the library’s services, as they are subject to change in response to public health recommendations.

Some highlights of the library’s remote resources and services include the following: The library’s online resources—databases, journals, articles, and e-books—are available off campus. Anyone with valid Pitzer credentials (what you use to login into Sakai or your college email account) has access to them by going through the library’s website. Once you have your login credentials, materials that are available in print can be requested online through the Resource Sharing service. You can request that they be mailed to your home address (mailing limit 5 per person, per semester). If you find a book or article you would like but it’s either checked out from the library or not in the collection, you can request it through the free Resource Sharing service. The library will make every effort to find an electronic version of your request. The library hopes to begin providing this service for print resources later this summer.

Research consultations with a librarian are available via Zoom. They also have chat and email research support. Special Collections staff are available to answer questions you might have about accessing their materials or conducting primary source research. For those who are not familiar, Special Collections houses distinctive and unique resources including rare books, maps, photographs, posters, college archives and more. You are encouraged to explore and browse the digital collections.

The library automatically acquires all course readings that faculty submit to the Huntley Bookstore, and the library will provide access to e-versions of them whenever possible. Search the Library’s website to see if the course readings for your classes are available. If you don’t see them, reach out to your professor and let them know to contact the library. For more information, visit: https://library.claremont.edu/coronavirus/