2006-2007 Academic Year

Pitzer One of Top 50 Colleges per CosmoGIRL

Pitzer Among Top 50 Colleges for Women for Third Consecutive Year


Pitzer College’s resolve to provide young women with the kind of environment that gives them the best chance of success in college and after graduation was recognized by CosmoGIRL magazine in its third annual guide to the nation’s fifty best colleges. Pitzer joins Carleton College, Pomona College, Grinnell College, Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, among others, on the magazine’s list of top schools.

In compiling the list, editors at CosmoGIRL worked with admissions officers and guidance counselors across the country to determine a list of six key factors that were then cross-referenced with baseline data from the Princeton Review to determine those schools that best fit the bill. Pitzer was noted for its requirement that all students “must complete a social service requirement to graduate, such as tutoring children or interning at a nonprofit organization.” Latinas in the Garment Industry was referenced as an intriguing Pitzer course in which students study women who work in the clothing industry in Southern California.

“Not only is this college guide designed specifically for girls, but what really makes it unique is that we’ve identified specific factors that give girls an edge,” said CosmoGIRL’s Editor-in-Chief, Susan Schulz. “This is no arbitrary list.”

The six key factors—small class size, prominent female faculty members, strong women’s sports programs, a career center that facilitates internships and opportunities to hold leadership positions in clubs and activities and an active alumni network—were all seen by CosmoGIRL’s panel of experts to provide unique elements essential to success.

In the section “Why I love this school,” a sophomore at Pitzer said, “We have our own organic vegetable garden. Students help plant it and pick it, and people serve the veggies at their parties. We also have a sandwich shop called The Grove House that’s next to an orange grove, so they serve fresh-squeezed juice!”

The guide, featured in the October 2006 issue, is an annual franchise for the magazine.