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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

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.

TRANSFER & NEW RESOURCE**

 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 Resource 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

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.

INTERVIEWS

WHO SHOULD INTERVIEW?

Encouraged, but not required.

  • First-Year
  • Transfer
  • International

Required on campus.

  • Joint Medical Program Finalists (in March)
  • New Resources
Pitzer Interviews

INTERVIEW OPTIONS

Admission Office, Phone or Skype Interview

  • Available for seniors from May (end of junior year) through mid-December at selected times throughout the day, Monday through Friday.
  • Available Saturday morning by appointment in the fall through mid-December.

Schedule an Interview

Alumni Interviews
Alumni interviews are available within a 20-mile radius of over 25 cities world-wide.

  • Submit a registration form. You will receive a confirmation email when your registration form has been received by the Alumni Interview Coordinator.
  • You will be contacted by your Alumni Interviewer within 72 hours of submitting your registration form.
  • Your Alumni Interviewer will schedule the date, time and location of the interview with you. Please note that it may not be possible to re-schedule canceled alumni interviews.
  • All interviews will be conducted in public locations within your immediate geographical region.

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Register for an Interview

International Interviews
If you cannot interview on campus or via phone or Skype, you may schedule an interview through InitialView. Your interview will be conducted by InitialView and evaluated by a Pitzer Admission staff member. Please note:

  • Do not sign up for an InitialView interview if you have already completed/plan to complete an on-campus interview or if you are an international student living and attending high school in the United States.
  • Your InitialView interviewer will not be able to answer your questions about Pitzer.

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2018 ADMITTED CLASS PROFILE*

13.2%
ADMITTED RATE

3.97
AVERAGE GPA

43.4%
STUDENTS OF COLOR

9.8%
INTERNATIONAL
STUDENTS

11.9%
FIRST GENERATION

* Based on 577 students in the admitted class.

GENDER

  • Men: 39.1%
  • Women: 57.1%
  • Another Gender*: 2.1%
  • Undisclosed: 1.7%

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

ETHNICITY

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: .5%
  • Black or African American: 6.9%
  • Asian or Asian American: 12.4%
  • Hispanic of Any Race: 13.6%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: .7%
  • White: 41.8%
  • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 5.0%
  • International Students: 9.8%
  • Two or more races: 9.3%

GEOGRAPHY

  • In-State: 36.8%
  • Out-of-State: 63.2%
  • States Represented (including Washington D.C.): 41
  • Top U.S. States Represented:
    California > New York > Washington > Oregon > Massachusetts > Texas > Colorado > Illinois > New Mexico > Hawaii > Georgia
  • Countries Represented: 24
    Argentina > Australia > Cambodia > Canada > China > Colombia > Congo (Kinshasa) > France > Germany > Ghana > Hong Kong S.A.R. > India > Italy > Jamaica > Japan > Mexico > Norway > Oman > Panama > Singapore > South Korea > Switzerland > Thailand > United Kingdom

TOP INTENDED MAJORS

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

Previous Class Profiles

2017 Admitted Class Profile

 

FAST FACTS

  • Founded: 1963
  • Motto: Provida Futuri
    (Mindful of the Future)
  • Core Values:
    Social Responsibility
    Intercultural Understanding
    Interdisciplinary Learning
    Student Engagement
    Environmental Sustainability
  • Enrollment: 1,062 Students
    57% women; 43% men
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
  • Average Class Size: 16.5
  • Academics: 40+ majors and 20+ minors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and interdisciplinary studies
  • Faculty:
    • 69 tenured or tenure-track professors
    • 100% of Pitzer’s tenured/tenure-trac faculty hold a PhD or terminal degree in their field
    • 59% of tenure-track faculty are female.
  • The Claremont Colleges:
    Pitzer is one of the five undergraduate liberal arts colleges comprising the Claremont Colleges. Other colleges include Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pomona and Scripps.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The College’s Secular Studies program is first of its kind in the U.S.
  • Approximately 46% of Pitzer students receive financial assistance.
  • The most popular majors are: psychology, environmental analysis, economics, sociology, media studies and self-designed degrees.
  • Pitzer was the first college in Southern California to divest from fossil-fuel stocks.
  • Cecil the Sagehen is the beloved mascot of Pitzer and Pomona College athletics.

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Pitzer Facts

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.

SAT or ACT scores are required 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