Pitzer College

Pitzer College, founded in 1963, welcomed its first students in September 1964.

An interactive timeline of Pitzer College.

Arboretum Manager Joe Clements Retires

“Some people leave a footprint, Joe Clements left an entire landscape.”

Thomas Poon Appointed Interim President

Thomas Poon is appointed Interim President for a term of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Pitzer College Welcomes the Class of 2019

Pitzer College welcomes 260 members of the class of 2019 along with 15 transfer and 7 New Resource students.

The American Humanist Association Honors Pitzer

The American Humanist Association honors Pitzer and Professor Phil Zuckerman with 2016 University Award for Philosophical Diversity for creating the country's first secular studies program

Melvin L. Oliver Named Sixth President

Melvin L. Oliver, an accomplished scholar, author, educator and administrator, is named as Pitzer College’s sixth president, effective July 1, 2016.

Avery Hall Dedicated

Avery Hall, named in honor of the late Dorothy Durfee Avery, a founding trustee, completes the academic buildings surrounding Scott Courtyard.

Second Board Meeting

Pitzer’s Board of Trustees welcomes John W. Atherton to their board meeting as the first president of Pitzer College. Robert J. Bernard is named first chairman of the Board.

New College Recommendations

The Claremont College Intercollegiate Council explores and recommends a new college for women.

Founding Grant Made

Ina Scott Pitzer and Russell K. Pitzer give the founding gift to establish Pitzer College.

Articles of Incorporation Filed

Pitzer College articles of incorporation are filed. The anniversary of this day is later celebrated as Founders Day.

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