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In keeping with its commitment to the individual, Pitzer College has developed a highly personalized approach to the selective admission process. The Admission Committee will personally review your application to determine your academic preparation, the level and quality of your extracurricular activities and your potential fit with our college community.
Your application should demonstrate the ways in which you feel you will benefit from, contribute to or be challenged by Pitzer’s unique approach to an undergraduate education. We are looking for students who exhibit strong academic abilities, maturity and socially conscious independence. Because different people show and use their strengths in different ways, the Admission Committee does not expect essays to be answered in the same way, nor do we expect students who will benefit from Pitzer to have the same background, the same course work or the same culture.
Pitzer College adheres to the letter and spirit of the Statement of Principles of Good Practice of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. 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.
Your best preparation for success at Pitzer is the completion of a rigorous college preparatory program. Academic challenge is important and that rigor should continue through your senior year. Your studies should include four years of English (especially courses that emphasize writing), at least three years of social and behavioral sciences and three years each of foreign language, laboratory science and mathematics. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of honors and advanced placement courses offered at your school. Learn more about applying as a first-year student.
In addition to the other required credentials, international students may need to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting their results from either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We require the IELTS or TOEFL from students whose native language is not English and/or who have not studied for at least three years at a high school for which English is the language of instruction. A minimum score of 7 on the IELTS or 95 IBT on the TOEFL is required for regular admission. Learn more about applying as an international student.
Students who are qualified for admission to Pitzer in all ways except English proficiency and who have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6.5 or a TOEFL score of at least 70 IBT or 190 CBT are eligible for admission to Pitzer’s International Scholars Program. Learn more about the International Scholars Program.
Pitzer College welcomes transfer applicants from two-year and four-year institutions. To be considered for transfer admission, candidates must have earned a high school diploma and completed one or more semesters or two or more quarters of college credit in academic subjects (including the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences) prior to the application deadline. Applicants who have completed at least 32 semester units or 48 quarter units in academic subjects may be reviewed without high school transcripts. Learn more about applying as a transfer student.
New Resources Students
Pitzer College established the New Resources program in 1974 to bring the small, liberal arts college experience to students of non-traditional college age. The program was founded with the conviction that a truly diverse campus is one eager to encounter the added dimension brought by students of a range of ages as well as backgrounds and interests. To be considered for admission, the applicant must be in good standing at the last institution attended and be 23 years of age or older. Learn more about the New Resources Program.
If a student wishes to return to Pitzer after being withdrawn from the college, they will need to apply for readmission during the specified application periods. Readmission is only for students who have previously gone through the Pitzer admission process as a first year, transfer, or new resources student and enrolled at Pitzer College. This application is NOT for students that previously applied or were admitted to Pitzer, but decided NOT to enroll. Learn more about applying as a readmission student.
Undocumented Student Scholarship
This need-based, four-year scholarship is awarded to top-performing students of Latin American descent who attend high school in California and are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The Undocumented Student Scholar will have the opportunity to realize his/her dreams and pursue and education regardless of citizenship status. Learn more about the Undocumented Student Scholarship.