New Resources Program
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.
Many of Pitzer's New Resources students have raised families and are successful in their jobs. They may be pursuing an avenue to a new career, or perhaps seeking the benefits of a liberal arts education. New Resources students enroll in courses at Pitzer as well as the other Claremont Colleges. They may attend on a full or part-time basis, and they are encouraged to plan their course loads with a realistic appraisal of their family and job commitments. Pitzer College gives preference to students who have not yet achieved a BA degree.
Pitzer Specific Application
To be considered for admission, applicants must be in good standing at the last institution attended and be 25 years of age or older. New Resources candidates may download the application online or request a hard copy from the Admission Office. New Resources students must also submit a non-refundable $70 application fee. If the fee poses an economic hardship you should request a letter from the Financial Aid Office at the college/university in which you are currently enrolled indicating your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and enclose it with this form. If you are not currently enrolled in a college/university you may submit a detailed letter explaining how the application fee poses and economic hardship for you.
Essays and Resume
Your essays are a very important part of your application. They serve as both writing samples and tools to help us learn more about you. Feel free to be creative in your responses; help us understand how you think, what you hope to bring to campus and what you wish to receive from your experience at Pitzer. A resume is also required so that the Admission Committee can consider your involvement outside of the classroom.
Complete the top portion of two reference forms and give them to two current professors or other individuals who can comment on your academic potential (e.g., employers and volunteer supervisors). Please give these individuals plenty of time to submit their forms (at least four weeks in advance). We suggest that you provide them with a stamped envelope addressed to: Office of Admission, Pitzer College, 1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.
Dean of Students Reference
Complete the top portion of the Dean of Students form and give it to the Dean of Student or Office of the Registrar only if you are currently attending a college or university. Please give the Dean of Student or Registrar plenty of time to submit this form.
High School Transcripts
If you have completed less than a year of full-time college studies (32 semester credits or 48 quarter credits) by the time you submit your application, you must also submit your high school transcripts. All applicants must provide proof of high school graduation with a diploma or equivalency (GED). Test scores (SAT or ACT) are not required from New Resources applicants.
Request that ALL colleges/universities you have attended send an official copy of your transcripts to the Office of Admission.
Applicants for the New Resources program are required to have an on-campus interview with an Admission Counselor before the application deadline (phone or Skype interviews are available for out-of-state students). These interviews provide the opportunity to have questions answered concerning admission, program of study, transferable credit and financial aid. They also allow the Office of Admission to get to know more about your story and your interest in the New Resources program.
New Resources students can transfer a maximum of 64 semester units or 96 quarter units from a community college. An additional 32 semester units or 48 quarter units may be transferred from an accredited four-year institution.
Students in the New Resources program are eligible for financial aid while attending Pitzer on either a full or part-time basis. However, financial aid to New Resources students will NOT cover room and board, only tuition and fees. Students applying to the New Resources program need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15.