The admission process at Pitzer College is highly personalized. The Admission Committee looks at each applicant to determine her/his preparation and potential for college-level work. We are looking for students who demonstrate strong academic ability, maturity and independence. Your application should show the ways in which you feel you will benefit from and contribute to Pitzer.
Your best preparation for success at Pitzer is the completion of a rigorous college preparatory program. Academic challenge is important and you should maintain a rigorous course schedule through your senior year. Your studies should include four years of English (especially courses that emphasize writing) and at least three years each of foreign language, mathematics and social, behavioral and natural sciences. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of honors and advanced placement courses offered at your school.
Pitzer College is an exclusive user of the Common Application for first-year applicants. If you are a first-year student, please click the link to complete the application: Common Application
A $70 application fee is required with each application. If your family qualifies for an application fee waiver, please complete the Common Application Fee Waiver.
Extra-curricular activities are an important factor in our decision process. We are looking for students who have been involved outside of the classroom and in their community while maintaining a level of excellence in the classroom. When completing the activities portion of the application, please be sure to include everything that you would like us to consider.
Comments from your teachers and college counselor are very helpful and offer us unique insights into your academic achievements and community participation. We ask for three evaluations: one from a school official (counselor, principal, headmaster or Dean of Students) and two evaluations from teachers in math, science, social sciences or humanities.
Pitzer’s admission criteria provides applicants greater flexibility to present application materials that accurately reflect their diverse academic abilities and potential. Pitzer is test-optional for students who are in the top 10% of their class, or who have an unweighted GPA of 3.50 or higher by the application deadline.
Applicants not falling into either one of the previously mentioned categories will be required to submit at least one of the following:
- • ACT scores (including the Writing Section), or
- • SAT 1 scores, or
- • Two exams: one recent junior or senior year graded, analytical writing sample from a humanities or social science course, AND one mathematics examination, preferably a final or end-of-semester exam in the most advanced mathematics course possible (at least at the algebra II level). The samples must include the student’s name, teacher’s comments, grades and the assignment.
Students may send these exams via mail or via PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pitzer Writing Supplement
The Pitzer Writing Supplement section of the Common Application gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your writing ability and illustrate your passion and creativity in responding to a particular question. Because we want to get to know you and discover what you have to offer this community, your essays are invaluable. The Writing Supplement has a maximum length of 650 words.
At Pitzer, five core values distinguish our approach to education: social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement and environmental sustainability. As agents of change, our students utilize these values to create solutions to our world’s challenges. Please answer only ONE of the following prompts.
Incorporating one or more of our core values, how would you contribute to solving a local or global issue of importance to you?
Reflecting on your involvement throughout high school or within the community, how have you engaged with one or more of Pitzer’s core values?
Be sure to request that your school send us an official copy of your high school transcript, complete through your junior year. Your first semester senior grades should also be sent to our office as soon as they become available. If you have taken graded college courses, please submit copies of those transcripts as well.
Individual interviews provide students with the opportunity both to tell us about themselves and to learn more about Pitzer from an admission counselor or admission fellow (current Pitzer senior). Interviews are available for seniors only from May (end of junior year) through mid-December at selected times throughout the day, Monday through Friday. Interviews on Saturday mornings are available by appointment in the fall through mid-December. Students should try to schedule their interview in the summer or fall of their senior year for a more informative conversation. You can schedule an office, phone or Skype interview by clicking here.
Interviews are required of Early Decision applicants and must be completed by December 2 for Early Decision I and January 10 for Early Decision II. Interviews are recommended, but not required, for Regular Decision candidates by December 16.
In addition to offering interviews on campus, by phone or through Skype, students have the opportunity to submit a video free of charge through LikeLive. LikeLive is a cutting-edge, user-friendly platform created for domestic and international students who want to add another dimension to their undergraduate applications. This site allows applicants to build an on-line interview profile that can be viewed by the Pitzer admission staff.
Early Decision Deadlines
Students who have thoughtfully determined that Pitzer College is their first choice and who have superior academic records are invited to apply as Early Decision applicants. Early Decision is a binding agreement whereby applicants agree that if they are admitted to Pitzer, they will withdraw all other applications and not initiate new ones. Students applying to Pitzer Early Decision I or Early Decision II agree not to apply simultaneously to another Early Decision institution. Applications for Early Decision I are due on November 15 and applications for Early Decision II are due on January 1. The number of students admitted to the Class of 2017 through Early Decision represented 34% of the incoming first-years.
Please note that, due to an increase in application volume each year, Pitzer College does not evaluate art or music supplements. Pitzer College practices a holistic admission process, with the greatest weight placed on academic preparation, extracurricular activities and engagement with Pitzer’s core values. While we greatly appreciate and value your artistic pursuits, we do not admit first-year students to specific majors (i.e., art, music), therefore we do not evaluate these materials. We encourage you to discuss your artistic interests in other areas of your application. If you decided to submit additional materials to our office, please note that we are unable to return any portfolios, CD’s, videos, or other pieces of work. Finally, please note that Pitzer does not subscribe to SlideRoom for art submissions.
Athletics: Becoming a Sagehen
If you are interested in playing varsity sports while at Pitzer, please complete the Prospective Recruitment Form here: http://www.pe.pomona.edu/information/prospective_athletes. If you have any questions regarding a specific sport, you can find coach's contact information here: http://www.pe.pomona.edu/information/directory/index.
Once admitted, students may be considered for deferral for a year to pursue non-academic goals. To hold a place, you must submit your commitment deposit by May 1 together with a letter requesting deferred entrance which explains your plans for the deferral period. Deferral candidates will be reviewed and notified of the decision by the admission committee shortly after receipt of the required documents.
Any student whose family is unable to meet the costs of a Pitzer education is encouraged to apply for financial aid. To do so you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1. This is required for all federal student aid eligibility. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.gov. All applicants must also complete a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by the dates provided above, which can be found at www.collegeboard.org. If you are a California resident you must also apply for a Cal Grant by completing the FAFSA and a Cal Grant Verification Form by March 2. To find out more, visit www.pitzer.edu/admission/financial_aid.