The Claremont Colleges Consortium is a unique grouping, allowing for optimal use of resources between schools. All five colleges have their own campuses, but are adjacent to one another, physically separated by small roads and distinct styles in architecture. The colleges are located 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and less than two hours from five different skiable mountains.
Spotted with murals and cacti, Pitzer College’s campus is quirky and fun, much like its students. The college attracts students interested in social justice, providing for engaging conversations in the classrooms. Students are given more academic flexibility relative to the other Claremont Colleges.
Visitor Information: Tour Pitzer
Stay: You could choose to make Los Angeles your base, just 30 miles east, but with L.A.’s notorious traffic you might just miss the tour. Roll out of bed at boutique Casa 425, just a mile from campus. The Doubletree is a decent choice in Claremont.
Coffee: Right on campus head to student run, The Motley, at Scripps College. Serving micro-roasted Klatch coffee, L.A. ‘s own Art of Tea, and student baked pastries and other savories. It has a great vibe, and is full of students from all of the 5 schools.
Breakfast: For a quick meal head to 42nd Street Bagel, located in Claremont village. Euro Café has an extensive breakfast menu serving Portuguese, Italian and Continental cuisine.The Spot serves fresh juices and smoothies.
Lunch: Located at the northeast tip of the campuses, the Pitzer's Grove Houseserves great sandwiches and salads. The national chain, Le Pain Quotidien, has a spot in the village. Everyone loves Dr. Grubb’s, serving health minded cuisine to a packed house. Crepes de Paris is good not just for their crepes, but also for their sandwiches and salads.
Casual: It’s all about Belgian beers and gourmet burgers at gastropub The Back Abbey (don’t skip the soft pretzel). Eureka Burger is another favorite spot for burgers. Union on Yale, serving seasonal Californian fare has both indoor and outdoor seating available. If you like Spanish tapas, book a table at Viva Madrid. Two popular eclectic spots are Bua Thai and Walter’s, which has many Afghan specials on their menu, and live music on Fridays.
Late Night Snacks: I Like Pie Bake Shop serves seasonal miniature pies that you absolutely must top with Dr. Bob’s handcrafted ice creams. Choose one of the flavors of the day at 21 Choices,serving frozen yogurt till 11pm weekdays and 12pm on the weekends.
Local Attractions: One student describes visiting Claremont…If you have extra time enjoy a walk from the campuses to the village and just explore. It’s a really great area, with lot’s of big trees, cute craftsman homes, and a quirky, charming center with a record store, cheese cave, and bustling farmer’s market (if you come on Sunday!) There are fun boutique shops, great frozen yogurt, and a movie theater, plus tons of restaurants. Go for a hike at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, aka "The Loop", or drive up Mount Baldy and hike one of the trails there.
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PITZER FAST FACTS
Orange and White
ED 1 and 2
1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Santiago Ybarra, Director of Admission
NCAA Division III
+ PITZER CHEAT SHEET +
42nd Street Bagel
Crepes de Paris
The Back Abbey
Union on Yale
La Il Mattone
I Like Pie Bake Shop
+ LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
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