Orientation Adventure

UPDATE (March 17, 2021) – In anticipation of a full campus re-opening in fall 2021, we are planning for two unique Orientation Adventure (OA) experiences for both the incoming class of students who will be beginning at Pitzer in-person in fall 2021 as well as for this year’s new students who are currently virtual during the 2020-2021 academic year. While we know that the OA trips are an important formative experience for new students in our community, our top priority remains the health and safety of our students. Therefore, the OA trip options available for fall 2021 will be more limited than in previous years. All students will be contacted in late May with tentatively available OA trip options and a trip preference form. 

Orientation Adventure (OA) is the off-campus component of Pitzer’s fall new student orientation program. Student participants spend time away from campus on excursions with 10-15 of their peers in, above, and around the Los Angeles Basin and the greater Southern California area. From surfing and beach camping, to trips around LA around arts, food, music and activism; the breadth of trips is intentionally broad and inclusive. Students, staff and faculty have constructed each trip to engage the College’s Community Values: Community, Diversity, Dialogue, Inquiry and Action, all while being mindful of the program’s most fundamental goal– to foster the development of meaningful relationships between new students.

All incoming students who are not New Resources Students, transfer students or exchange students are required to go on an OA trip as part of their broader orientation to Pitzer College. NRS and transfer students are highly encouraged to register to participate in the OA program. At this time an OA trip is not an option for exchange students.