New Student Orientation Schedule*

Saturday, August 24, 2013

8 a.m. -Noon
Pick up your ID card which doubles as your room key, and get set for a full day and evening of student bonding and important orientation adventure information. After checking in, you may proceed to the residence halls to start settling into your new home! Orientation staff will be on hand to assist with moving your belongings to your new room. A continental breakfast will be provided.
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
From the Grove House with Love
Grove House
Stop by the Grove House for a complimentary cookie and beverage.
Noon-12:45 p.m.
Student Welcome Program
George C.S. Benson Auditorium, Avery Hall
Meet President Laura Skandera Trombley, other key senior administrators and your student senate chair and vice chair.
12:45-1:45 p.m.
Student Welcome Barbecue
Pellissier Mall (the Mounds)
Hang out with your mentor and meet other students while you enjoy a barbecue lunch.
1:45-2:30 p.m.
Mentor/RA Meetings
Pellissier Mall (the Mounds)
Meet your fellow class of ’17 neighbors as well as your Mentor and Resident Assistant (RA) in this informal meeting. Do not miss the opportunity for your Mentor and RA to answer any questions that you may have before you join your OA trip.
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Enjoy this break in the schedule to reconvene with the family members you brought with you today, continue settling into your room, and socializing with your new roommate!
3:30-5 p.m.
Orientation Adventure Meetings
Pellissier Mall (the Mounds)
Your Orientation Adventure (OA) trip leader will discuss specific details about your trip and introduce you to the other first-year students and student leaders on your particular adventure.
5-6:30 p.m.

Pellissier Mall (the Mounds)/McConnell Dining Hall
Join us for a delicious dinner prepared by Bon Appetit. Take the opportunity to reconnect with your family or other new members of the Pitzer community! Seating inside McConnell Dining Hall and outside on The Mounds will be available.
6:30 p.m.
Parent Farewell
Pellissier Mall (the Mounds)
As students embark on the next step in their journey, now is the time to wish your family members safe travel home as you gear up for your exciting Orientation Adventure trip.
7 p.m.
OA Logistics
Pellissier Mall (the Mounds)
All trips will regroup to finalize logistics and preparation for their adventure. Some local trips will head out this evening and the rest will depart first thing the following morning. OA leaders will communicate this at the 3:30pm meeting.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Departure times vary First Full Day of Orientation Adventure Trips

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

OA Trip Return Dinner
McConnell Dining Hall
Students will enjoy dinner together with their OA group upon their arrival back to campus.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Breakfast - McConnell Dining Hall
9-10:30 a.m.
Please pick up your information packet, which includes all academic advising and registration information. Verify your medical coverage and enjoy a continental breakfast.
8:30-10:30 a.m.
New Resources Student Mentor Meeting
New Resources Lounge, Mead Hall
For our New Resources Students, 25 years of age and older, we have a specific program designed just for your cohort. Meet your mentor and fellow New Resources students, take a campus tour and learn about our academic advising process.
9-10 a.m.
International Scholars Student Meeting
Broad Hall 207
All International Scholars students are required to attend.
10-11 a.m.
Interested in Science: What Course(s) Should You Register for This Fall?
Fletcher Hall 104
If you're committed to the sciences or simply want to learn more information about the opportunities available, this session will provide you the opportunity to learn first-hand from faculty how to be successful as a science major.
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

New Resources Student Library Orientation
11-11:30 a.m.
First-Year and Transfer Mentor Meetings
Pellissier Mall (The Mounds)
This is your first chance to ask questions and meet the other students in your group. Look for your mentor’s sign on columns along the walkway between Holden Hall, Mead Hall and the Pellissier Mall (The Mounds).
11:30-1 p.m.
Living on Campus
George C.S. Benson Auditorium, Avery Hall
Living within the vibrant Pitzer community comes with opportunity and responsibility. Find out how you can be successful while living on campus.
1-2 p.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
2-3 p.m.
Fellowship Opportunities, Educational Objectives and Graduation Requirements
George C.S. Benson Auditorium, Avery Hall
Sandy Hamilton '95, director of academic administration and the office of graduate fellowships, will provide information on various fellowship opportunities and tips on getting them, while Professor Katie Purvis-Roberts, associate dean of faculty will outline Pitzer’s six educational objectives and how to be successful through your advising and registration process.
3-4:45 p.m.
International Student Academic Orientation and Advising Meeting
Fletcher 104
All International Scholars and Exchange students must attend.
3-4:45 p.m.

Academic Advising Group Meetings
Meet with your faculty adviser to learn about academic advising at Pitzer and set up your individual meeting time for Saturday or Sunday. Your faculty adviser will help you explore and create your academic plan. Group meeting locations.
5-7 p.m.
New Student Faculty Dinner
McConnell Dining Hall
Enjoy a delicious dinner while dining alongside our very own faculty. Take this opportunity to learn about their field of study, courses they are teaching, hobbies, and interests. They will be sure to ask you the same! Pick up your table assignment as you enter the dining hall. Your mentor will be on hand to assist.
7:15 p.m.
Mandatory Residence Hall Meetings
Pitzer-Atherton-Sanborn (PAS) Study Rooms
Meet the residents living in your hall while playing some fun games and learning everything that you need to know about being a part of the PAS community. See your RA or mentor for your specific location. Attendance will be taken.
9 p.m.
PAS Pause
Grab some popcorn, an old-fashioned milkshake andhang out with your roommate and suitemates, the PAS RA’s and Mentors.

Friday, August 30, 2013

7:30-9 a.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
8-11 a.m.
Language Placement Exams
Meet at the McConnell stage outside the dining hall at 7:45 a.m. sharp if you would like assistance in finding your test location.
Arabic: Claremont McKenna College – Bauer South 1
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Spanish Placement Exam
Broad Performance Space, Broad Center
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Language Placement Exams
Meet at the McConnell stage outside the dining hall at 8:15 a.m. sharp if you would like assistance in finding your test location.
Chinese (lower division): Pomona College – Mason 5
Chinese (upper division): Pomona College – Mason 5
Japanese (lower division): Pomona College – Mason 19
Japanese (upper division): Pomona College – Mason 15
8:30-10:30 a.m.

Language Placement Exams
Meet at the McConnell stage outside the dining hall at 8:15 a.m. sharp if you would like assistance in finding your test location.
French: Scripps College – Humanities Auditorium
German: Scripps College – Balch 218
Italian: Scripps College – Humanities 202
9-10:30 a.m.

Language Placement Exam
Meet at the McConnell stage outside the dining hall at 8:45 a.m. sharp if you would like assistance in finding your test location.
Korean: Claremont McKenna College – Roberts North 103
Russian: Pomona College – Mason 001
Latin: Scripps College – Humanities 203
9-11 a.m.
English Language Exam
Broad Hall 214
All Exchange Students are required to take this exam unless cleared by the Associate Dean of International Programs.
Sustainability Survey
Broad Hall 213
With your Mentor as your guide, participate in our brief yet very important Sustainability Survey. The results from this survey provide the College with information on student awareness, knowledge and actions related to environmental sustainability locally and globally.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Mathematics Information Session and Placement Exam
Broad Performance Space, Broad Center
All students are encouraged to attend this information session to find out about mathematics courses at Pitzer and what courses they need to take for different majors or to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement. After a short presentation, students who need to take the Mathematics Placement Test can stay for the exam.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lunch with Your Mentor
McConnell Dining Hall
Have lunch with your mentor and new friends (look for your mentor’s name at a table).
1 p.m.
First-Year Student Class Registration and Computer Orientation
George C.S. Benson Auditorium, Avery Hall
Staff from Information Technology and the Registrar’s Office will share information about the registration process and computing systems available to you. You are required to attend this session. The Class registration schedule and locations are available here.
2 p.m.
First-Year Seminar Meetings
Meet your First-Year Seminar professor and other students in your class. Check with your mentor for assistance finding your meeting location.
2 p.m.
Exchange Student Class Registration and Computer Orientation
Broad Hall 213
Staff from Information Technology and the Registrar’s Office will share information about the registration process and computing systems available to you. You are required to attend this session.
3:15-4:15 p.m.
International Student Orientation
Fletcher 104
Join our Director of International Programs as information regarding your visa status and other important obligations specific to international students is discussed. All international students must attend this session.
3:15-4:45 p.m.
Financial Aid Workshop
Founders Room, McConnell Center
If you are a new student receiving financial aid, you are required to attend this workshop.
5-7 p.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
9:30 p.m.-Midnight
Scripps Carnival
Sallie Tiernan Field House, Alumnae Field, Scripps College
The Carnival comes to Claremont! Join students from the 5 Colleges in this festive setting with a live DJ, games of skill and chance and lots of snacks.
All math and language placement exam results will be available from your adviser.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

7:30-9 a.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
9-10 a.m.
Chemistry 29 (Honors) Placement Exam
Room 125, Keck Science Center
Presented by Professors Paul Nerenberg and Robert Kojima.
Students with a strong chemistry background (chemistry AP score of 4 or 5 or equivalent) may place into the one semester accelerated chemistry course based on this exam.
10-10:45 a.m.
Women in Science
Humanities Auditorium, Scripps College
Presented by Professors Mary Hatcher-Skeers and Marion Preest
You will be given information about the Women in Science Club, and meet several successful female students who will share tips on succeeding as a science major in the W.M. Keck Science Department. Please note that this session is for women only.
10:45-11:30 a.m.
Success in the Sciences and Pre-Health Professions
Humanities Auditorium, Scripps College
Thinking about medical school? Planning a research career? Worried that science is not your strong suit? Join David Hansen, Dean of Keck Science, professor of chemistry, and Jill Jones, pre-health professions adviser, to learn more about the W.M. Keck Science Department and how to prepare for applying to medical school.
11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
1-5 p.m.
Academic Advising Group or Individual Meetings
Meet in your adviser’s office
Continue meeting with your faculty adviser to explore and create your academic plan.
2:30-5 p.m.

Odds and Ends
In front of Admissions
As you settle into your new room, you may find you need a few things to make your new room your new home. If you would like a ride to our local Target, please see the bus schedule in front of the GSC for details.
3-5 p.m.
Student Senate Event
Commencement Plaza
Meet the Senate Executive Board and learn about the positions available. Start the year right by getting involved! Applications and information will be available. In addition, assorted cookies and lemonade from the Grove House will be served… while supplies last.
5-6:30 p.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
7-8 p.m.
Office of Student Affairs Dessert Reception
Pitzer, Atherton and Sanborn Halls Courtyard
Join your dedicated Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Carlisle, the Student Affairs staff, our faculty-in-residence and key administrators from the Consortium for a spectacular low-key dessert reception complete with cake, pastries and a chocolate fountain. Also enjoy a special musical performance by The Claremont Shades!
9 p.m.-Midnight
5-College Luau
Pellissier Mall (The Mounds)
Come out and mingle with other new students from The Claremont Colleges in this tropical atmosphere, complete with glow necklaces, a steel drum band, food and fun!

Sunday, September 1, 2013 - Welcome back returning students!

7:30-9 a.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Individual Faculty Adviser Appointments
Meet in your adviser’s office.
11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
5-6:30 p.m.

McConnell Dining Hall
6:30-8 p.m.
Sex Signals
George C.S. Benson Auditorium, Avery Hall
Join us for this unique program that blends improvisational performance with the message that in order to create a climate that fosters healthy relationships, students need to challenge their ideas of acceptable dating behavior. Addressing two different taboo subjects- healthy sex and rape, the performers create a format for a conversation that is both relevant and deeply personal. Information will be available from Project Sister Family Services, our local agency dedicated to providing services to the women, children and men survivors of sexual assault. Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services will also be available.
9 p.m.-Midnight
Frosh-Aid Dance
Bixby Plaza, Pomona College
Meet new students from the other colleges and dance the night away at one of the best dances of the year! Admission is one school supply item that will benefit the Inland Valley Hope Partners.

Monday, September 2, 2013

7:30-9 a.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Individual Faculty Adviser Appointments
Meet in your adviser’s office at the time you and your adviser have scheduled.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Class Registration
During your appointment window, you may register online using the MyCampus2 portal.
There will also be staff from the Registrar Office and Information Technology available in the Bernard 103 computer lab from 8 a.m.—5.p.m. and in the Registrar’s Office, located in Fletcher Hall 102, from 8 a.m.—5 p.m. Portal registration opens up for all students at 7:00pm.
10-10:45 a.m., 11-11:45 or Noon-1 p.m.
Student Health 101
Founder's Room, McConnell Center
This program is repeated three times as to not conflict with your class registration time. Please join us for a brief and informative presentation by our Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS).
11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
2-2:45, 3-3:45 or 4-5 p.m.
Social Change Orientation
Broad Performance Space, Broad Center
This program is repeated three times as to not conflict with your class registration time. If you want to be involved with local organizations and programs that promote environmental activism, education, health and social justice, please come learn about the services provided by the Community Engagement Center! Through the CEC, you can work with migrant day laborers, incarcerated youth, women at a local rehabilitation center, at-risk teens and elementary aged children. Come learn about how you can receive your social responsibility credit for graduation, earn work study or volunteer through tutoring, spoken word, writing workshops, gardening, teaching ESL and more!
5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
6-8 p.m.
Faculty in Residence Meet & Greet
Pitzer, Atherton and Sanborn Halls Courtyard
Your mentor will introduce you to our faculty in residence who live in the halls with you! Join them for dessert and conversation. Please see your mentor for your group's specific arrival time.
8-9:30 p.m.
Alcohol Awareness
George C. S. Benson Auditorium, Avery Hall
During this mandatory session, you will have the opportunity to hear from your fellow students regarding Pitzer’s drug and alcohol policy, learn about the 5-College (5C) and community resources and get tips on how to keep yourself and our community safe. Please note that this session includes graphic visual imagery regarding excessive alcohol consumption that may be disturbing. Please see your Mentor for more details.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - Classes Start!

Regular Pitzer Dining Hall Hours Commence
Weekday Meal Hours
Breakfast: 7:30-9 a.m. full breakfast and 7:30-10 a.m. continental breakfast
Lunch: 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5-7 p.m.
Weekend Meal Hours
Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.
3:30-5 p.m.
On Campus Job Fair
Founder's Room, McConnell Center
Looking for a part-time job on or off campus? Are you a student who was awarded work-study and who needs an on-campus job? Plan to attend the On Campus Job Fair. Representatives from Pitzer College, and the Claremont Colleges will be in attendance.
7-9 p.m.
International Place Open House
International Place, CMC 390 East 9th St.
International Place (I-Place) is an active multicultural center for the 5Cs that is dedicated to increasing understanding and friendship across cultures. Come join us for snacks and conversation and see what we are all about.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

4-6 p.m.
Office of Black Student Affairs Block Party
139 East 7th Street (between College & Dartmouth Avenues)
Come see what we are all about!
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Dinner with the President
Scott Hall Courtyard
All new students are invited to join President Laura Skandera Trombley for a delicious dinner! Please see your mentor for your group’s designated arrival time.

Friday, September 6, 2013

4 p.m.
Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Retreat
CLSA is hosting the new student retreat for first-year and transfer Chicano and Latino students of the 5Cs. This event is scheduled for September 7-9. Reservations are a must! Sign up by calling CLSA at 909.621.8044.
9 p.m.-Midnight
Disorientation Dance
East Dorm, Harvey Mudd College
DJ’s, great food and prizes

Saturday, September 7, 2013

9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Welcome Back Dance
McKenna Auditorium, Claremont McKenna College
Come dance your heart out and meet new people from the other colleges.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

4-5:30 p.m.
Chaplain's Office Open House
McAlister Center for Religious Activities
919 North Columbia Ave
Come meet Rabbi Daveen Litwin, Father Joe Fenton and Reverend Brad Tharpe in an informal gathering for all 5C faculty, staff and students.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

5-7 p.m.
Pitzer Activities Fair & Barbecue
Pellissier Mall (The Mounds)
All recognized Pitzer student organizations will have information and sign-ups available at this Student Senate-sponsored event. Get involved!
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Poster Sale
McConnell Apron
Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.

Friday, September 13, 2013

3-5 p.m.
Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Open House
Tranquada Student Services – 757 College Way
CLSA staff warmly invites you to their annual open house. Call 909.621.8044 (CLSA) for more information.
3:30 p.m.
The Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA) Retreat
OBSA invites you to participate in its retreat. This off-campus event is scheduled for September 13-15. This is a time to meet other students of African descent from the 5Cs and get connected to The Claremont Colleges. Sign up by calling OBSA at 909.607.3669.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

5-7 p.m.
5C Turf Dinner & Activities Fair
Honnold/Mudd Quadrangle, Honnold/Mudd Library
This event is a great way to join 5C clubs and organizations, or simply gather information and make the decision later. Enjoy a variety of foods as each campus premieres a variety of cuisine in a carnival atmosphere setting. Note: All 5C dining halls will be closed.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

4-6 p.m.
Claremont Village Student Welcome
Claremont Village
Please join us for an opportunity to sample the best of the Claremont Village! Merchants will be offering free food samples, merchandise coupons, raffle tickets and a diverse array of entertainment. Only a 15 minute walk from campus! Pick up directions at the Gold Student Center service desk.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Noon-11 p.m.
Claremont Day at the Fair
Pomona Fairplex
Join students from the other 5Cs as we celebrate the City of Claremont with our special day at the Los Angeles County Fair. Please see the Los Angeles County Fair website to print a coupon for $5 fair admission, good on Claremont Day only!

Friday, October 4, 2013

4 p.m.
Asian American Advisory Board Retreat
Big Bear, CA
All first-year Asian American students are welcome to this annual retreat. Enjoy a weekend with food, friends and fun-filled programs! Transportation will be provided. Students may RSVP by with your student ID number with Asian American Sponsor Program sponsors or at the Center for Asian Pacific American Students. This event is scheduled from October 4-6. Kindly RSVP by October 2nd. FMI, contact our head sponsor Anthony at or

*subject to change

updated August 19, 2013