About New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program designed to introduce you to many aspects of life at Pitzer. You will meet with faculty, staff and other students for discussions, advising and social events. You will register for classes and settle into your new routine. During the week you will also have the opportunity to learn about the following:

  • The nature of a Pitzer education and the unique educational opportunities available here.
  • Our educational objectives, academic policies, course planning, majors and graduation requirements.
  • How to make the most out of your Pitzer experience and how to personalize it through independent study programs, seminars, internships and study abroad opportunities.
  • How to actively participate in residential living and campus life.
  • Your financial aid options, including grants, loans and part-time employment opportunities.
  • The campus environment at Pitzer and how to make safe and well-informed decisions.
  • Student involvement in campus organizations, service learning and governance.

Beyond NSO there are many other opportunities for you to interact with students, staff, faculty and alumni. Be sure to review the NSO schedule when you arrive on campus to find out about great programs like the On-Campus Job Fair, the Pitzer Club Fair, open houses, retreats, parties, dinners, and more.