Pitzer College welcomes transfer applicants from two-year and four-year institutions.
To be considered for transfer admission, candidates must have completed at least 16 semester units or 24 quarter units in academic subjects prior to the application deadline. Applicants who have completed at least 32 semester units or 48 quarter units in academic subjects may be reviewed without high school transcripts or test scores.
If you are over 25 years of age, you may be considered as a New Resource student. Please click here to determine if you qualify as a candidate.
In assessing transfer candidates, the Admission Committee will pay particular attention to work done in college courses. Transfer students should complete any first-year writing courses required at their current institution prior to enrollment at Pitzer. Matriculated transfer students must complete at least two years of study at Pitzer in order to earn a Pitzer College degree. Students who wish to transfer from two-year colleges may do so before they have completed their A.A. degrees. However, we strongly suggest that prospective transfer students take courses from a broad range of subjects including the humanities, math, social science and science.
Pitzer recommends that California community college students complete courses within the Inter-Segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). Information regarding the IGETC course series can be obtained from the counseling center at your community college. You may contact the Pitzer Office of Admission if you would like assistance in planning your course schedule.
Pitzer College accepts the Common Application as its only application for admission for transfer students. All sections are required. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are not always able to send reminders regarding which pieces of your application have been received or not. Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your application is completed by the appropriate deadline.
The Transfer Common Application will give us the vital information we need from you to create your personal file. It must be submitted by April 15 for fall semester, or October 15 for spring semester, along with a $70 non-refundable application fee. If the fee poses an economic hardship, you should request a letter from the Financial Aid Office at the college/university in which you are currently enrolled indicating your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and send it to the Admission Office. Your application will not be considered complete without the fee or waiver.
Extra-curricular activities are an important factor in our decision process. We are looking for students who have been involved outside of class 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.
Complete the assigned recommenders section of the Common Application. One of the evaluations must come from a humanities, science, mathematics or social science professor. An arts professor may submit the second evaluation. Please give your professors plenty of time to submit their forms (at least four weeks in advance of the deadline).
Pitzer Writing Supplement
The Pitzer Writing Supplement section of the Common Application gives you an opportunity to show your writing ability and illustrate your passion or 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 Pitzer 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 in school or within the community, how have you engaged with one or more of Pitzer’s core values?
Request that all colleges/universities you have attended send an official copy of your transcript to the Office of Admission (at least four weeks in advance of the deadline). You must also submit your high school transcript if you have completed less than a year of full-time studies (32 semester credits or 48 quarter credits) by the time you submit your application. If you have completed less than a year of full-time studies at an accredited college/university, you must also submit your official SAT 1 or ACT test results to the Office of Admission by the appropriate deadline.
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. While an interview is not required for transfer students, it is strongly encouraged. The Office of Admission is open for interviews and tours all year, Monday through Friday and select Saturday mornings in the fall by appointment. If you cannot visit Pitzer, we can arrange for an interview with an admission representative over the phone or via Skype. You can schedule your interview here.
Students can transfer a maximum of 64 semester units or 96 quarter units from a community college.
Any student whose family is unable to meet the costs of a Pitzer education is encouraged to apply for financial aid. Students applying for financial aid need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by March 2 for fall semester, or October 1 for spring semester consideration. To find out more, click here.