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ADMISSION PROCESS

First-Year
Applicants

Pitzer First Year Applicants

International
Applicants

Pitzer International Applicants

Transfer
Applicants

Pitzer Transfer Applicants

Joint Medical
Program Applicants

Pitzer Joint Medical Program Applicants

New Resources
Applicants

Pitzer New Resources Applicants

Readmission
Applicants

Pitzer Readmission Applicants

Pitzer College adheres to the letter and spirit of the Statement of Principles of Good Practice of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (https://www.nacacnet.org/advocacy–ethics/statement-of-principles-of-good-practice/). Pitzer College admits students of any race, color, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, creed, handicap and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, handicap or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarships and loan programs, athletic and other college-administered programs or employment policies.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

First-Year

 Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
Application
Due
November 15January 1January 1
Interview
Deadline*
November 15December 15December 15
Admission
Notification
December 18February 15April 1
Commitment
Fee Due
January 15March 1May 1

* Optional.

Early Decision

  • Students with superior academic records who have determined Pitzer College is their first choice may apply as Early Decision applicants.
  • Early Decision is a binding agreement whereby the applicants agrees upon being admitted to Pitzer to withdraw and cease initiating other applications. Students applying Early Decision I or II agree not to apply simultaneously to another Early Decision institution.

TRANSFER & NEW RESOURCES**

 FallSpring
Application
Due
April 1October 10
Interview
Deadline*
April 1October 10
Admission
Notification
May 15November 11
Commitment
Fee Due
June 15December 10

* Optional for Transfer Applicants.
** New Resources students are admitted for fall term only.

READMISSION

 FallSpring
Application
Due
March 1October 10
Admission
Notification
April 1November 1
Commitment
Fee Due
April 5November 5

2020 ADMITTED CLASS PROFILE*

15.9%
ADMITTED RATE

3.98
AVERAGE GPA

46%
STUDENTS OF COLOR

10.2%
INTERNATIONAL
STUDENTS

10.8%
FIRST GENERATION

* Based on 676 students in the admitted class as of 3/20/20.

GENDER

  • Men: 37.4%
  • Women: 57.5%
  • Another Gender*: 2.7%
  • Undisclosed: 2.4%

* including, but not limited to gender non-conforming, genderqueer, trans man, trans woman, non-binary

ETHNICITY

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: .1%
  • Black or African American: 5.3%
  • Asian or Asian American: 15.7%
  • Hispanic of Any Race: 14.5%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: .1%
  • White: 40.4%
  • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 3.4%
  • International Students: 10.2%
  • Two or more races: 10.2%

GEOGRAPHY

  • In-State: 42.9%
  • Out-of-State: 57.1%
  • States Represented (including Washington D.C.): 41
  • Top U.S. States Represented:
    California > Massachusetts > New York > Washington > Illinois > Colorado > Oregon > Texas > D.C. > New Jersey
  • Countries Represented: 33
    China > Singapore > Indonesia > Canada > India > Japan > Brazil > Cambodia > Hong Kong S.A.R. > United Arab Emirates > Australia > Austria > Bolivia > Chile > Costa Rica > Cyprus > Dominican Republic > Ethiopia > France > Germany > Italy > Myanmar > Nepal > Netherlands > Pakistan > Paraguay > Switzerland > Taiwan > Turkey > United Kingdom > Uzbekistan > Vietnam

TOP INTENDED MAJORS

  • Environmental Analysis
  • Political Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Intl/Intercultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Biology
  • Media Studies
  • English and World Literature
  • Human Biology

Test-Optional Policy

In a 2003 study, Pitzer College announced that it would adopt a test-optional admission policy following a study that proved that there was no direct correlation between academic success at Pitzer and standardized testing.

Pitzer College uses a holistic approach to student admission with emphasis placed on high school transcripts, recommendation letters, leadership positions, work history, involvement in school and community activities, and commitment to Pitzer’s core values. The College is test-optional, providing students the opportunity to present application material that accurately reflects their diverse academic talents and potential. Students can submit either the SAT or the ACT if they feel their results best represent their academic potential. However, the College does not evaluate SAT Subject Tests. The admission committee makes no assumptions as to why some students choose to submit scores while others don’t. All students are given equal consideration in the admission process.

Pitzer College will NOT require SAT or ACT scores for Fall 2021 for homeschooled, Joint Medical Program applicants, and students attending schools from which grades are not provided.

Additional testing may be required for International Applicants.

Read more about Pitzer College’s test-optional policy

APPLICATION ADVICE