June 11, 2020

Dear Pitzer Community,

Today, I share the decision by the Presidents’ Council of The Claremont Colleges for the 2020 fall semester academic calendar. The Academic Deans Committee and the Registrars are now working on a 5-C course schedule based on this calendar. As we continue to monitor the developing situation relating to COVID-19, Pitzer is working towards bringing back as many students to campus as safely as possible based on guidance and best practices established by our state, county and local health officials.


Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Claremont Colleges would like to update our community on the planning efforts for the fall. Although many important decisions have not been finalized, the overall structure for the fall is taking shape, and we would like to share one important element of our plans with you in an effort to provide as much notice as possible.

The Presidents’ Council of The Claremont Colleges has approved a fall academic calendar for the five undergraduate institutions. This schedule attempts to minimize the impact of COVID-19 and the flu season on our community during the winter months.

Under the new schedule, the first day of instruction will begin August 24, one week before the traditional start date. Undergraduates will complete all coursework by Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Final exams and assessments will be conducted remotely and completed by Friday, December 4, 2020. This early start and early end by Thanksgiving will allow students to travel home for Thanksgiving and remain there, rather than traveling back and forth for Thanksgiving and increasing the potential for virus spread.

G. Gabrielle Starr
Pomona College
Len Jessup
Claremont Graduate University
Lara Tiedens
Scripps College
Hiram E. Chodosh
Claremont McKenna College
Maria Klawe
Harvey Mudd College
Melvin L. Oliver
Pitzer College
Sheldon Schuster
Keck Graduate Institute
Stig Lanesskog
Chief Executive Officer
The Claremont Colleges, Inc.

In the coming days, I will be sharing additional information about the work of Pitzer’s COVID-19 Task Force and the protocols that have been created to ensure the safe return of our students, faculty and staff to campus.  In the meantime, please stay up to date on the news by visiting our webpage: www.pitzer.edu/covid-19

Provida Futuri,
Melvin L. OIiver