FAQ’s

• Where do students stay during the program?

All students will reside in one of the five on-campus dormitories. All dormitory rooms are doubles. Mentors of each gender will reside with the students 24 hours a day. Students will not be allowed to leave campus unless a parent or guardian signs them out with one of the mentors and Program Director. At Wishtoyo Foundation’s Chumash Cultural Village, students will camp on-site in the Aps (Chumash houses).

• Who provides meals?

Pitzer College will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner at McConnell Dining Hall on campus. Snacks will be provided between classes and during their entire stay at the college.

• What will participants need to bring?

Each room has a bed, mattress, desk, chair, shelves, closet and set of drawers. All students will need to bring extra-long twin size sheets, a pillow and a blanket or sleeping bag, a towel, soap, shampoo toothbrush and toothpaste. Additionally, students should bring a bathing suit, towel, sunblock, and clothing appropriate for the program. Close toed shoes are required for most programs, but sandals are useful for free time and the pool. Bring a water bottle and day pack for school supplies including a spiral notebook, pens and pencils as well as any necessary medications. Students should not bring weapons of any kind, drugs or alcohol. Each dormitory has laundry facilities that take quarters. A specific list will be included in student acceptance letter.

• ID Cards

Students will be given Pitzer ID cards that are necessary to gain access to the various buildings on campus. As a safety measure, dormitories, and other buildings can only be accessed by swiping an ID card through the reader. ID cards will be issued at registration, and must be returned at checkout. There will be a charge for missing ID cards. Each student should keep his\her ID card with them at all times. Additionally, students should bring a student ID and state-issued ID. These may be necessary for entrance on various field trips/medical emergencies.

• Free Time

Free time is designed to balance out the weight of the academic schedule. It is an opportunity for students to do laundry, take a nap, and otherwise take care of personal needs. We highly suggest that students exercise time management skills during free time to make sure that each student gets the amount of rest s/he needs in order to function at their highest capacity.