Pitzer College at a Glance

Student Demographics

Total enrollment: 1,081

In-state: 48%

Out-of-state: 52%

Number of states represented: 38

International: 4.72%

Number of foreign countries represented: 18

Women: 60%

Men: 40%

American Indian: 0.37%

Asian: 6.29%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.09%

Black: 4.72%

Hispanic: 15.26%

White: 49.49%

Two or More Races: 8.23%

Declined to state: 10.82%

A Distinctive Liberal Arts College

One hundred percent of Pitzer’s 70 tenured/tenure-track faculty members hold a PhD or the terminal degree in their field of expertise. The student/faculty ratio is 11:1. Pitzer College is one of the most diverse top-tier private coed national liberal arts college in the U.S.; it has 65 domestic and international study programs, including 8 of its own programs. 20 Pitzer graduates were awarded Fulbright Scholarships this past year.

In 2012, Pitzer College granted admission to 15.7 percent of the student applicant pool. Only 30 liberal arts colleges have acceptance rates less than 25 percent.


Pitzer is situated in the town of Claremont at the base of the San Gabriel mountains. Claremont enjoys an excellent climate year round with skiing, hiking, desert and ocean sports and one of the largest and most electrifying cities in the world all located within an hour's drive. Downtown Los Angeles is also easily reached via the Metrolink commuter rail.

Commercial airline service is available through nearby Ontario International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and John Wayne (Orange County) International Airport.

Southern California


By the end of sophomore year, students choose an adviser in the field of their selected major and begin discussions regarding the major. Students must complete a Major/Educational Objectives form signed by their adviser and submit it to the Registrar’s Office no later than midterm of the first semester of junior year. A substantial part of junior and senior year is devoted to the major program. Field groups (similar to a discipline or department) organize major requirements and courses. Students may also design special majors in consultation with their advisers which then must be approved by the Curriculum Committee. Additionally, students may choose existing majors at the other Claremont Colleges provided that the fields are not offered as majors at Pitzer.

To view the list of available majors and the course catalog, click here.

International and National Student Awards since 2001

From 2001-2012, Pitzer students were awarded hundreds of fellowships, scholarships and awards including:

  • 130 Fulbright Scholarships
  • 29 Watson Fellowships
  • 15 Teach for America Corps
  • 14 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships
  • 11 McNair Scholarships
  • 9 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships
  • 8 Kemper Scholarships
  • 6 Coro Fellowships
  • 4 American Sociological Association Minority Fellowships
  • 3 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Fellowships
  • 2 Princeton in Asia Teaching Fellowships
  • 2 Freeman Foundation Asia Fellowships
  • 1 Truman Fellowship

Tuition and Fees

For current tuition and fees, please visit the Financial Aid pages.

Financial Assistance

Forty-two percent of Pitzer students receive financial assistance. More than $8.2 million in institutional scholarship assistance is available. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid pages.


Pitzer joins with Pomona College in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Athletic teams include men's soccer, basketball, football, baseball, track & field, cross-country, golf, tennis, water polo, swimming & diving and women’s soccer, basketball, softball, track & field, cross-country, tennis, water polo, swimming & diving, lacrosse and volleyball. Pitzer students participate in The Claremont Colleges club sports programs that compete nationally. A wide variety of intramural sports is available to all students.

Student Life

Nearly 150 special interest clubs and organizations are offered by The Claremont Colleges. There are various on-campus entertainment events and off-campus recreational activities.


There are 8,822 living alumni located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 55 countries worldwide.

Pitzer College graduates are prepared to take on life’s challenges while making a difference in their communities. Pitzer’s many impressive alumni include individuals with varied careers in arts, science and research, non-profit, education and public service.


Contributions to the Annual Fund reached an all-time high in 2010-2011. Total cash donations represent the largest sum ever raised in a single year at Pitzer College. These numbers were bolstered by impressive participation figures as well: 25 percent of alumni, 20 percent of current parents, 89 percent of Pitzer faculty and staff, and more than 98 percent of graduating seniors contributed to the College.

The College is currently engaged in fundraising for the Residential Life Project, which has resulted in the construction of three nationally-recognized environmentally sustainable residential halls that opened in fall 2007. Two more LEED platinum buildings are slated to be open by the fall of 2012.

Honnold/Mudd Library

Honnold/Mudd is the largest of The Claremont Colleges libraries, with holdings across all disciplines, including special collections, government publications and electronic resources. There are over 2 million books and journal volumes, 2,000 print periodical subscriptions, 35,000 online journals and over 32,000 e-books.

Services include an extensive Web site and online resources, in-person and virtual reference, individual and group instruction and customized delivery options like Interlibrary Loan.