Fall 2021 Orientation Information for New Students

May 7, 2021

On behalf of the Office of Student Affairs, welcome to the Pitzer community! Although there is still much to be determined about what the fall semester will look like, we are excited for our students to return to campus in August. Below you will find detailed information about the timeline and orientation process for incoming Pitzer students. We will be in contact with you throughout the summer with reminders of deadlines, sharing of resources, and program updates.


Monday, May 24Email from Information Technology (IT) with your Pitzer email address, single sign-on (SSO) login credentials, and Pitzer ID number
Wednesday, May 26Email about how to access the SageDen, the portal where you will be able to access your summer to-do list. Some forms will include: Housing Application, Move-In Appointment Sign-Ups, First Year Seminar (FYS) Preference, Orientation Adventure (OA) Preference, Entrance Personal Health History/Medical Examination Report Form, Medical Insurance Portal, Vaccination Record Card submission, and more
Thursday, July 1Deadline to complete most forms on the SageDen portal
Friday, July 23Housing, FYS, and OA placements released
Tuesday, August 3Online Academic Orientation Overview Webinar
Wednesday, August 4 – Friday, August 13Placement Tests, Academic Webinars, and Academic Guide Check-Ins
Sunday, August 15FYS Group Advising Meetings
Monday, August 16 or Tuesday, August 17Individual Advising Meeting
Tuesday, August 17 or Wednesday, August 18  Online Course Registration
Saturday, August 21New Student Move-In Day (see below info about move-in slots)
Sunday, August 22 – Sunday, August 29On-Campus New Student Orientation
Monday, August 30First Day of Classes


  • General resources:
  • Housing selection process:
    • Applications will be available on Residence – you will use your Pitzer student email and portal login SSO to access – available 5/26
    • Housing Applications – available 5/26, due 7/1
      • All first-years must complete one of the following:
        • The First-Year Housing Application
        • Room Accommodations due to a Disability Application (RADA) – for students who may need a room accommodation, like a single room, due to a documented disability.
        • Off-Campus Applications are available upon request by emailing [email protected].
      • First-Year Roommate Week – 6/5 to 6/9
        • Virtual programs to help first-year students get to know our residence halls and connect with potential roommates and suitemates
      • First-Year Roommate Groups (of 2 or 4) should be submitted in Residence – due 7/16
        • Please note: you will NOT be required to find your own roommate/suitemates
        • Residence Life will match all remaining students into groups of 4 using their submitted Matching Profile information from the First-Year Housing Application
        • Room assignments will be posted to Residence on Friday, July 23
  • Move-In Information:
    • New students should plan to move in on Saturday, August 21, 2021 during the times associated with the first letter of their last name. Each student may have up to two (2) persons assist with move-in. Students may arrive with their helpers anytime during their 2-hour move-in slot.
      • A-F: 8 – 10 a.m.
      • G-K: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)
      • L-R: 12 p.m. (noon) – 2 p.m.
      • S-Z: 2 – 4 p.m.
    • We encourage everyone to review both the CDC and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) guidance on travel. There are different travel and arrival guidelines for those who are, or are not, vaccinated.
      • As a reminder, we highly encourage you to explore flexible travel arrangements as there are many factors that could affect your arrival plans such as an increase in COVID-19 cases in other countries or other local areas leading to changes in CDC/LACDPH travel guidance.
      • More information related to move-in day will be provided at a later time.
  • Early arrivals:
    • Student athletes, some students in special programs, and students arriving via international travel who still need to be vaccinated may need to arrive to campus early
      • These students should communicate with their supervisor/advisor/coach for more information
      • All early arrival students must complete an Early Arrival Application on Residence for an approved move-in date – due 7/1


  • Pitzer students will not have access to the other Claremont Colleges’ eateries (and conversely, other Claremont Colleges students won’t have access to Pitzer eateries).
  • Pitzer’s McConnell Dining Hall, the Pit-Stop Café and the Shakedown Café will be open for served or grab-and-go food, with options for students with dietary restrictions; extended hours will be offered.
  • Only outdoor eating will be available, with additional furniture provided in several locations across campus and near campus eateries.

Students living in the residence halls are not permitted to bring vehicles to campus during their first two years at Pitzer due to the limited parking availability. First- and second-year students may petition for exceptions to this policy via this online form. The Transportation Coordinator and the Office of Student Affairs consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Please note that an exception may be made on a temporary basis and that an exception one year does not apply to the following year.

Many details about the fall semester are yet to be determined, including specific COVID-19 related health and safety measures on campus (i.e. social distancing, face coverings, guests, gatherings, etc.). We will work closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) this summer and will provide updates to the community as they become available. We encourage students to stay tuned to their email for updates. As always, we appreciate your patience throughout the process.

The New Student Orientation team and other campus offices will be sending communications to you throughout the summer. We encourage you to get your Pitzer email account set up as soon as it becomes available on 5/24, and check back often to
stay up to date. Be sure to follow @pz_orientation and @pzreslife on Instagram as well, since we will be posting frequently throughout the summer. Our staff will be doing weekly Instagram Lives, Zoom Panels, and much more, so give us a follow!

We look forward to getting to work with you as you make your transition to Pitzer! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email at [email protected] and [email protected] if you have any questions in the meantime.

Alayna Session-Goins
Associate Dean of Students & Director of Campus Life
Kirsten Carrier
Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residence Life