Required Application Materials
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.
New Resources students enroll in courses at Pitzer as well as the other Claremont Colleges. They may attend on full or part-time basis, and they are encouraged to plan their course loads with a realistic appraisal of their family and job commitments.
A student is considered a New Resources applicant if they are 23 years of age or older. The New Resources Program is designed for students who have not received a Bachelor’s degree, nor followed the path of a traditional four year college student.
Prior experience for a New Resources student might include:
– Full-time work instead of school
– Time off school for other experiences
– Military duty
– Never attended college
– Currently enrolled at a community college and not of traditional age
Check out our New Resources program webinar for more information!
Should you apply as a transfer or a New Resources student? Click here to find out.
You can access the New Resources Program application by clicking here: New Resources Application. The preferred browser to complete this application is Google Chrome.
The application deadline is April 1.
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 email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not currently enrolled in a college/university, you may email a detailed letter explaining how the application fee poses an economic hardship for you.
Your essays are a very important part of your application. They serve as 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, and what you hope to bring to campus and receive from your experience at Pitzer.
A resume is required so that the Admission Committee can consider your involvement outside of the classroom.
Two references are required in order to be considered for admission. Please select 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). You will assign your recommenders once you access the online application. If your recommender is unable to complete a digital form, they may download, complete, and email the Reference Form to email@example.com. Please note: All reference letters must be sent to our office directly by the recommender.
If you have attended a college, you must submit the College Report. The Report should be completed by a college official who has access to your full academic and disciplinary record, such as your Dean, Adviser, or Registrar. You will assign a college official once you access the online application. If your college official is unable to complete a digital form, they may download, complete, and email the College Report to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
Request that ALL colleges/universities you have attended send an official copy of your transcripts to the Office of Admission by mail or by email to email@example.com. Please note: All official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admission directly from a college or university.
Official Final High School Transcript
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 transcript to the Office of Admission by mail or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: All official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admission directly from the high school.
High School Diploma or Equivalency (GED)
All applicants must provide proof of high school graduation with a diploma or equivalency (GED), which you can send by mail or by email to email@example.com. Please do not send us your original diploma – all we need is a copy.
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. You can schedule your interview here.
Test scores (SAT or ACT) are not required from New Resources applicants.
Pitzer requires TOEFL, IELTS, DET scores from students whose native language is not English. Students who have studied in an English-speaking curriculum for 4 or more years may apply for a testing waiver. Click here to find out how to request a TOEFL/IELTS/DET waiver. Only waiver requests from applicants will be reviewed.
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. Full-time students will be able to apply for on-campus housing, but financial aid for room and board is not available (only tuition and fees). Students applying to the New Resources Program need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by April 1.