Test-Free Policy

Nearly two decades after becoming the first college on the West Coast to adopt an SAT-optional admission policy, Pitzer College will switch to a test-free admission policy for at least three years, beginning with the admission cycle for fall 2022. Pitzer’s College Council approved a three-year pilot phase for the policy in May of 2021.

Pitzer College uses a holistic approach to student admission with emphasis placed on high school transcripts, recommendation letters, leadership positions, work history, involvement in school and community activities, and commitment to Pitzer’s core values. The College is test-free, providing students the opportunity to present application material that accurately reflects their diverse academic talents and potential.

Test-Score Data for the 2020 incoming class.

  • Submitted SAT or ACT: 51.1%
    • ACT Composite Middle 50%: 30 – 33
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading Middle 50%: 668 – 730
    • SAT Math Middle 50%: 680 – 750
  • Did not submit standardized tests: 48.9%
International Applicants

  • Pitzer requires the demonstration of English proficiency from students whose native language is not English.
  • This must be done by:
    • Submitting the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) IBT or the IBT Special Home Edition
    • Or submitting the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Or submitting the DuoLingo (DET)**
    • Or submitting and being granted an English Language Test Waiver (Click here to find out more about the process)
  • In order to be considered for regular admission, students must submit official scores or be granted a waiver. For students who submit testing, a minimum score of 106 IBT, 7.5 IELTS, or 135 DET
    • Student with scores in the following range will be required to take a two course combination designed for international students in their first semester: 100-105 IBT, or 7 IELTS, or 130 DET**
    • However, students who are qualified for admission to Pitzer in all ways except English proficiency are also eligible for admission to Pitzer College through the International Scholars Program. Applicants must:
      • Achieve at least a 70 IBT, or 6.5 IELTS, or 115 DET.
      • Or have submitted an English Language Test Waiver and been notified that they will be considered for admission through the International Scholars Program.
  • Pitzer can only accept the IELTS, the Internet Based Testing version of TOEFL, the Internet Based Testing Special Home Edition of TOEFL, or the DuoLingo (DET). Pitzer does not currently accept alternate tests of English proficiency (paper-based TOEFL, etc.), but they may be included in your English Language Test Waiver to support your request.

**For the 2022-23 application cycle, we will be accepting DuoLingo testing in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS to accommodate students affected by COVID-19. We will continue accepting TOEFL and IELTS scores as well.**

Transfer Applicants

SAT or ACT scores are not accepted of transfer applicants.

New Resources Applicants

SAT or ACT scores are not accepted of New Resources applicants.