Fast Facts

Pitzer College plaque on gate

Founded: 1963

Motto: Provida Futuri (Mindful of the Future)

Core Values: Social Responsibility, Intercultural Understanding, Interdisciplinary Learning, Student Engagement and Environmental Sustainability

Location: Claremont, California, 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles

President: Jill Klein P’15 (interim)

Enrollment: 1,168 degree-seeking students


  • 72 tenured or tenure-track professors
  • 100% of Pitzer’s tenured/tenure-track faculty hold a PhD or terminal degree in their field
  • 58.3% of tenure-track faculty are female

Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Average Class Size: 15

Courses: About 360 at Pitzer, with more than 2,000 classes available across The Claremont Colleges—a consortium of five undergraduate and two graduate institutions

Fields of Study

  • 40+ majors & 20+ minors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences & interdisciplinary studies
  • Popular Majors: psychology, environmental analysis, economics, sociology, media studies and self-designed degrees
  • The College’s Secular Studies program is first of its kind in the US
  • Advanced degree programs include joint BA-DO medical degree with Western University of Health Sciences

Admission and Financial Aid

  • 3.98—average GPA of 2020 admitted students
  • 15.9%—2020 admit rate
  • Approximately 44% of Pitzer students receive financial assistance
  • #20 Great Financial Aid—Princeton Review, 2018 Best 382 Colleges
  • #9 Least Debt at Graduation—US News 2020

Student Life

  • #17 Best Campus Food — Princeton Review, Best 382 Colleges 2019
  • 200+ student clubs and organizations across The Claremont Colleges
  • Pomona-Pitzer Athletics, Pitzer’s joint athletics department with Pomona College, fields 21 NCAA D3 varsity sports teams known as the Sagehens
  • #1 Most Politically Active Students — Princeton Review, Best Colleges 2020
  • #5 Most Politically Active Student Government — Princeton Review, Best Colleges 2020

Community Engagement

  • Students, faculty and staff commit approximately 100,000 hours to community-based projects each year
  • All Pitzer students participate in service-learning courses before graduation
  • “One of the Nation’s “Most Service-Oriented Schools” – Newsweek

Intercultural Education

  • A Top Fulbright Producer Amongst Undergraduate Institutions —The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • #5 nationally for most undergraduate students studying abroad—U.S. News & World Report, 2016
  • 8 Pitzer-run study abroad programs and 60 domestic and international exchanges

Environmental Awareness

  • Home to the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability
  • First college in Southern California to divest from fossil-fuel stocks
  • More than 25% of Pitzer’s energy comes from renewable sources

2020 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

  • #36 “Best National Liberal Arts College”
  • #29 “High School Counselor Rankings”
  • #17 liberal arts college for “Campus Ethnic Diversity”

Notable Alumni

Pitzer has approximately 11,000 alumni living in all 50 states and 55 countries. Pitzer alumni include policymakers (Kevin de León ’03), judges and leading lawyers (Steven González ’85, Emily Stevens ’71, Debra Wong Yang ’81), activists (Rhonda Foster ’82 and Ruett Foster ’81, Maria Garay-Serratos ’87, Angela Sanbrano ’75), scientists and physicians (Susan Celniker ’75, Philip Frykman ’90, Andrew R. Harrison ’89), novelists (Mona Ausubel ’01, Max Brooks ’94), singer-songwriters (Matt Nathanson ’95), novelists and singer-songwriters (John Darnielle ’95), entrepreneurs (Hayden Hamilton ’99, Sheila Kemper-Dietrich ’78), top chefs (Susan Feniger ’76, Alan Jackson ’90, Jenn Louis ’93), filmmakers and entertainment industry leaders (Bridget Baker ’82, Kimberly Bautista ’07, John Landgraf ’84) and Pulitzer prize winning journalists (Jeff Gottlieb ’75) … just to name a very few.

Beyond Pitzer*

  • 57% of graduates entered full-time workforce
  • 8% of graduates entered part-time workforce
  • 15% entered graduate school
  • 7% accepted fellowships
  • 2% became interns
  • 1% entered service programs
  • 5% were seeking employment
  • 1% were not seeking employment

Full-time Employment by Industry*

  • Tech/Engineering/Sustainability: 20%
  • Business/Finance: 26%
  • Education: 15%
  • Entertainment/Arts: 14%
  • Health/Medicine/Research: 12%
  • Government/Laws: 5%
  • Nonprofit/Social Service: 8%

*Class of 2019, six months after graduation

The Claremont Colleges

Pitzer is a member of The Claremont Colleges, an association of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate institutions. Undergraduate students can take classes, eat in the dining halls and participate in a wide variety of activities on Pitzer’s sister campuses: Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pomona College and Scripps College.

Accreditation: WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)


Address:  1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
Admission Phone: 909.621.8129