Diversity at Pitzer


Pitzer’s Core Value of Intercultural Understanding can be seen on our campus through our commitment to Diversity throughout and before you become a Pitzer student. Use this page to learn about the different student-run affinity groups found at Pitzer, as well as out Admission Diversity Program. Any questions about diversity at Pitzer can be sent to adm_diversity@pitzer.edu.


The Fall 2020 Diversity Program will be hosted on Monday, October 12, 2020 and will completely virtual. Please note, the deadline for applications was on August 31st, 2020, and we are no longer accepting applications.

Our Commitment

As part of our commitment to diversity and intercultural understanding, Pitzer College will host its Fall Diversity Program on Monday, October 12 and it will be completely virtual. The Diversity Program is designed specifically for high school seniors from underrepresented racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the United States

Meet Pitzer

The program provides prospective students an opportunity to experience the distinctive atmosphere that sets Pitzer College apart from other colleges. You will have a chance to speak with multiple Pitzer students, attend panels with professors, and have one-on-one interactions with admission counselors!

If you are unable to attend the Diversity Program and would still like to virtually visit Pitzer, we are happy to welcome you at another time. More information about virtually visiting campus can be found on our website.


Please note, the Fall 2020 Diversity Program will be entirely virtual.

All students that apply for the Fall 2020 Diversity Program, and are later admitted, will have priority in attending our on-campus Spring 2021 Diversity Program! Additionally, all students that apply and attend our Fall 2020 program will receive Pitzer swag and an opportunity to have a one-on-one essay review session with a Pitzer admission counselor. If you have any questions about the program, please email our Diversity Program Coordinator at admdiversity@pitzer.edu.


The application for the Fall Diversity Program will be active starting Friday, May 15th, 2020 and is due Monday, August 31, 2020.

Please note: The application will require a copy of your unofficial high school transcript through junior year. You will also be asked to write one essay, and we recommend writing this essay before starting the application. This essay prompt is the same one you will find on the Common Application, and you can use the same essay for both applications.

You’ll find the essay prompt below:

At Pitzer, five core values distinguish our approach to education: social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement and environmental sustainability. As agents of change, our students utilize these values to create solutions to our world’s challenges. Please answer only ONE of the following prompts in 650 words or less.

  • Incorporating one or more of our core values, how would you contribute to solving a local or global issue of importance to you?
  • Reflecting on your involvement throughout high school or within the community, how have you engaged with one or more of Pitzer’s core values?

Diversity FAQs

Pitzer College seeks to enroll students whose backgrounds and experiences offer varying perspectives on living and learning in a multicultural world. In order to accomplish this, we offer this program to encourage students to connect and enroll at Pitzer College. The Fall Diversity Program will occur Sunday, October 11, 2020 through Tuesday, October 13th, 2020.

Fall 2020

Who is eligible?
High school seniors from underrepresented cultural backgrounds who attend school in the US

How do I apply?
Please complete the online application. Additionally you will need to upload an unofficial copy of your high school transcript with your application.

How do I know if my application was received?
Once you apply online, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive an email, please call our office at 909.621.8129.

What will students do virtually?
As a participant of the Fall Diversity Program, you will have the chance to meet with faculty, staff and student mentors. The Diversity Program is a chance to learn about all the things that make Pitzer special and have all your questions answered.

Will the program cover the other Claremont Colleges?
While there will be some exposure to the other Claremont Colleges, this program is geared towards students who are interested in Pitzer College.

Why should I apply?
The program provides students, who might not otherwise have the means to visit Pitzer, with an opportunity to experience our campus community.

Does attending the Diversity Program increase my chances of being admitted to Pitzer?
Pitzer uses a holistic admission review process, in which a variety of factors are taken into account by admission staff. Attending this program does not guarantee admission to Pitzer, while not being selected for the program does not prevent a student from gaining admission.

I cannot attend the program. Are there other opportunities to visit campus?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer other expense-paid options outside of the Diversity Program. To discover other visit opportunities, please visit our website.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact Natalia Duran or one of our Diversity Interns. They can be reached by calling our office at (909) 621-8129 or emailing admdiversity@pitzer.edu.

We are excited about your interest in Pitzer College, and hope to see your application this fall!