COVID-19 & Admission

FAQ: COVID-19 & Admission

On this page, you’ll find COVID-19 information as it pertains to Pitzer College’s admission policies and procedures for prospective. For general information regarding Pitzer’s response to COVID-19, please visit:

Pitzer’s campus is currently closed to visitors; we are currently looking into options for hosting visitors on campus in April pending guidelines from LA County and the College. As these guidelines continue to change, we will update our visit offerings accordingly. We are offering plenty of live virtual visit opportunities which you can sign up for here;  we also have a variety of digital resources for you to learn more about Pitzer available here.

Yes! This year we will only be requiring one letter of recommendation from a teacher in a core subject. Our hope is that this will decrease the workload for overwhelmed teachers, as well as take some of the pressure off of students who may not have as many opportunities to connect with their teachers.

Pitzer has been test-optional since 2003, and we have no plans of stopping now!

  • We have actually expanded our test-optional policy in light of COVID-19 to include students applying for our joint medical program and home-schooled students as well
  • Additionally, we are accepting DuoLingo in lieu of TOEFL/IELTS for our English proficiency requirements to accommodate our international applicants
  • We will continue not to review AP scores with your application

You can read more in detail about our test-optional policy here.

We promise to honor, and not penalize you for, any policy changes your school has made in relation to your course offerings, transcripts, grades, etc. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Limited course offerings: it’s alright if you weren’t able to take the same slate of advanced or other classes you were planning to take
  • Pass/Fail grading: we will accept whatever grading system your school has chosen, with no penalty to how we evaluate your grades
  • Classes taken online: even if your school has moved online for the 2020-21 year, we will still accept any and all classes you are taking

If you’d like to add more information in your application about how your transcript has been affected, you can utilize the Common App’s COVID-19 prompt, as well as Pitzer’s COVID-19 related questions.

We understand that your extracurricular activities may have been disrupted or even cancelled by changes in your school situation. It’s totally okay! When we read about what you’re doing, we will be interpreting all information through a COVID-aware lens.

Additionally, you are welcome to include more information about how COVID-19 has affected your life in your application. The Common Application this year is giving students a space to add information about how COVID-19 has impacted them. In addition to that, the Pitzer section of the Common App has space available for this as well, in case you want to add anything extra just for us to read.

In case you’re not sure what this means: demonstrated interest tells us how much you’re interested in Pitzer. Engaging with our office via information sessions, campus tours, interviews, virtual events, or emails with your regional counselor all count towards your demonstrated interest.

We understand that with colleges being closed to visitors, demonstrated interest may look a little different this year. However, our office is offering a wide variety of virtual events for the Class of 2025 and each of them are a chance for you to engage with our office.

That being said, we will still consider your demonstrated interest through the lens of the pandemic–for students not displaying demonstrated interest via attendance of virtual events, we will also look for demonstrated knowledge. If a student displays knowledge of the college and our values, this will also count towards demonstrated interest, to help accommodate students who do not have as much time to dedicate to their college search as they might in prior years.

We recognize that students applying during the pandemic are facing more challenges than they might in an average year. We are here to help!

  • We have created an Application Advice page for students to get detailed information on what we are looking for in their application
  • Find out who your admission representative is, and feel free to reach out any time! We are happy to answer your questions
  • Sign up for a live tour, information session, or student drop-in to get all your questions answered in real time
  • Save the Date–we will be offering special programs to help our students including an Application Essay Workshop (9/21), a Financial Aid Webinar (11/10), and two Application Helpline Webinars (11/12 & 12/19)!