Test-Optional Policy

In 2003, Pitzer College announced that it would adopt a test-optional admission policy following a study that proved that there was no direct correlation between academic success at Pitzer and standardized testing.

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-optional, providing students the opportunity to present application material that accurately reflects their diverse academic talents and potential. Students can submit either the SAT or the ACT if they feel their results best represent their academic potential. However, the College does not evaluate SAT Subject Tests. The admission committee makes no assumptions as to why some students choose to submit scores while others don’t. All students are given equal consideration in the admission process.

Test-Score Data for the 2018 incoming class.

  • Submitted SAT or ACT: 57.5%
    • ACT Composite Middle 50%: 30 – 33
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading Middle 50%: 670 – 730
    • SAT Math Middle 50%: 670 – 760
  • Did not submit standardized tests: 42.5%

*Please Note: Applicants may submit scores from either the current SAT or the redesigned SAT.

7-Year Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine Program Applicants

Students applying for the Joint Medical Program are required to submit either the SAT or ACT.

Homeschooled Students or Those Without Traditional Grades

Homeschooled students or students who attend secondary schools of which grades are not provided are required to submit either the SAT or ACT.

International Applicants

Pitzer requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) from students whose native language is not English.

If required, a minimum score of 100 IBT or 7 IELTS is required for regular admission. Students must submit official scores for consideration. Students who are qualified for admission to Pitzer in all ways except English proficiency, and who have achieved at least a 70 IBT or 6.5 IELTS are eligible for the International Scholars Program.

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 Pitzer’s English Language Test Waiver. Only waiver requests from applicants will be reviewed.

Transfer Applicants

SAT or ACT scores are not required of transfer applicants.

New Resources Applicants

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