Pomona Pitzer Sagehens is the Division III National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) joint athletics program for Pomona College and Pitzer College, two of the Claremont Colleges, located about 35 miles east of Los Angeles in Claremont, California. Sagehen Athletics is a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), which was formed in 1915, when five Southern California institutions combined for the purpose of promoting and governing competition in intercollegiate sports with the fundamental principle of the conference being to encourage the highest ideals of amateur sports in an environment of high academic standards. In 1970, Pitzer College’s athletics program joined Pomona College’s program on an interim basis that in 1972 became permanent. The Pomona-Pitzer athletic tradition continues to this day. While Pomona College will be the employer of record, the chair of physical education and director of athletics will represent both institutions in equal measure. The athletics program supports 21 varsity teams, a physical education program, and an array of wellness, competitive, and recreational club sports.
Established in 1887, Pomona College is one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the nation, offering a comprehensive curriculum, with 48 majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. With a student population of just over 1600, Pomona College is a close-knit and diverse community of accomplished scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, and athletes, who are passionate about making a difference in the world.
Founded in 1963, Pitzer College is a top-ranked liberal arts and sciences college. With approximately 1,000 students, the College emphasizes environmental and interdisciplinary studies, the arts, humanities and social, behavioral and natural sciences. Pitzer students shape their own college experience. Focused educational objectives guide undergraduates as they plan their academic careers. Students are encouraged to collaborate with community members on local projects and critically examine the effects of social and environmental policies.
Both Pomona and Pitzer are members of The Claremont Colleges, a unique consortium of seven colleges and graduate schools. They offer all the advantages of small liberal arts colleges as well as the resources of a large university. As Division III institutions, intercollegiate athletics represent an important educational component within the wide range of learning experiences provided by the Colleges. While some notable athletes found their start in the Sagehen athletics program, the program prides itself more on the number of leaders and resilient thinkers and innovators who learned the value of team playing and collaboration under the auspices of Sagehen Athletics.