Pitzer, Atherton & Sanborn Halls

The P.A.S. Community – The First-Year Experience

Living in P.A.S. is a unique and memorable experience. The first-year class is able to bond with each other in the first few weeks of living on campus. The community is home to a wide array of residents as well.

  • The ten Resident Assistants (RAs) who live in P.A.S. are excited to share their experiences with the first-years at Pitzer. The RAs facilitate community building in the residence hall though program planning. The also perform nightly security checks throughout the buildings.
  • The twenty first-year mentors who live in P.A.S. are an enthusiastic group that are able to connect with first-years on a more casual level.  Mentors also put on programs, advise students and serve as resources for the entire community.
  • One Faculty in Residence (FIRs) lives in an apartment in P.A.S. This faculty member is active in the Pitzer community and often host programs for residents in their apartment.
  • One Residence Director (RD) also lives in an apartment in P.A.S. The RD oversees the RAs in the building, hears judicial cases, plans building-wide programs, and helps the whole residence hall community function smoothly.

There are also a limited number of single rooms in P.A.S. for upperclass students. The upperclass students who live in P.A.S. serve as a great resource to the community and help connect the first-year community to the other students at Pitzer.

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   P.A.S. Resources

Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn Halls offer a wide variety of resources to residents, most conveniently located in the complex, many accessible 24/7.

  • Study Rooms – P.A.S. has over ten study rooms located throughout the complex. These rooms provide private, quiet study space where individuals or groups can work on classwork. Two study rooms provide access to a printer and computer that is available to the community to use.
  • Living Rooms – P.A.S. has three living rooms which serve as social gathering places with such as comfortable seating, TVs, DVD players and community events calendars.

Living room in East Sanborn

  • Community Kitchen – The East Sanborn kitchen is used by both students and clubs on campus for cooking projects and events.  The kitchen has a refrigerator, oven, stovetop, dishwasher, sink and a small dining area.  Some cooking supplies for the kitchen are available for checkout from the P.A.S. Service Desk in D301.


  • Housing Office – Located in the corner between East Sanborn and Pitzer Hall, the Housing Office is where students can go if they have questions about room draw or housing in general.
  • Jumpstart – Jumpstart, home to one of Pitzer’s most active volunteer groups, is located in Atherton Hall A415.  Jumpstart recruits, trains and supervises college students to work with Head Start and other early childhood programs in low-income neighborhoods to provide one-on-one attention to young children who struggle in preschool. Learn more about Jumpstart.
  • Black Student Union Office – The Black Student Union (BSU) office is located in East Sanborn Hall, C225.  This office provides a meeting space for this student club and gives residents easy access to many of BSU’s events.
  • Founding Faculty Amphitheater – Dedicated to Pitzer’s founding faculty, the amphitheater is located between P.A.S. and West and East Halls. It’s a great space to hold outdoor events.

How to Get Involved in the P.A.S. Community

Student engagement is one of Pitzer’s core values and getting involved is as easy as looking around your residence hall!  Some ways to get involved in the Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn Hall community are:

  • Joining P.A.S. Hall Council – Consider running for a position on the P.A.S. Hall Council!  These elected student representatives help make decisions for the P.A.S. community, put on programs, and purchase equipment and supplies that students need in the residence hall.  All students are welcome to attend hall council if they want to voice a concern or have an idea for a program.  It’s a great way become a leader on campus within the first few weeks of being on Pitzer’s campus. Learn more about P.A.S. Hall Council.
  • Becoming a Mentor/RA – The Mentors and the Resident Assistants (RAs) that live in P.A.S. put on programs that all P.A.S. residents are welcome to attend.  These events vary from tie-dye programs, study breaks, diversity programs, educational initiatives, and fun, community building get-togethers. Students can get even more involved by working with their mentor or RA to put on their own programs or get funding from their Mentor or RA to buy supplies.  First-year students are encouraged to be involved in their Mentor and RA programs, especially if they are interested in applying to be a Mentor or RA during their subsequent years at Pitzer.