Preview Pitzer


The Fall 2023 Preview Pitzer Program is a fly-in program that will be hosted in-person starting Sunday, October 8th through Tuesday, October 10th. If COVID-19 cases or LA County restrictions change, all applicants will be notified via email if there are any changes to the program.

Due to the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, we are asking all our visitors to adhere to Pitzer’s Admission Visit policy in order to protect our community and stay healthy. Please refer to our Admission Visitor Policy for our current policies and procedures: Admission Visitor Policy.

All applicants agree to adhere to the required guidelines during their visit to Pitzer College and agree to show proof of vaccination OR a negative PCR result within 72 hours of their visit.

Our Commitment

As part of our commitment to our core and community values of intercultural understanding, Pitzer College will host our Fall Preview Pitzer Program starting Sunday, October 8th through Tuesday, October 10th. The Preview Pitzer Program is a pre-application program designed for high school seniors attending school in the United States that are either first-generation college students and/or from underrepresented cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds. This program gives all students the opportunity to visit Pitzer on an all-expenses paid two and a half day trip to campus.

Meeting Pitzer

This 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 Pitzer students, attend panels with professors, and have one-on-one interactions with admission counselors!

If you are unable to attend the Preview Pitzer Program and would still like to visit Pitzer, we would be happy to welcome you at another time. More information about in-person and virtual campus visits can be found on our website.


The application for the Fall 2023 Preview Pitzer Program will go live this summer! Applications will be due Sunday, August 27, 2023.

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

  • Describe what you are looking for from your college experience and why Pitzer would be a good fit for 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?

Additionally, all applicants are REQUIRED to answer the following prompt in 250 words or less:

  • As a mission driven institution, we value and celebrate the synergy created by our differences and similarities. We welcome you to write about distinctive aspects of your background, identity, or personal interests that you would bring to Pitzer, and how you plan to engage in our community. (250 words)

Preview Pitzer Program 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.

Fall 2023

Who is eligible?
High school seniors attending school in the United States that are either first-generation college students and/or from underrepresented cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds.

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 or email our team at [email protected].

What will students do?
As a participant of the Preview Pitzer Program, you will have the chance to meet with faculty, staff and student mentors. The Preview Pitzer Program is a chance to learn about all the things that make Pitzer special and have all your questions answered prior to applying for first-year admission in the fall.

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 specifically in Pitzer College. Students are required to stay on Pitzer’s campus at all times unless otherwise stated.

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 on a fully funded trip.

Does attending the Preview Pitzer Program increase my chances of being admitted to Pitzer?
Pitzer employs 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.

Are parents welcome on the Preview Pitzer Program?
While we love our prospective families, the Preview Pitzer Program is a student only program. There is no room for parents on this fast paced program, and we are not able to provide transportation for any family members. Parents are welcome to email [email protected] if they’d like to learn about other ways they can visit Pitzer College.

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

Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact a member of our Preview Pitzer Team if you have questions. The team can be reached by calling our office at (909) 621-8129 or emailing [email protected].

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

Edited: 07/19/23