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

**For Fall 2021, Pitzer will not require SAT or ACT tests from:

  • Joint Medical Program applicants
  • Homeschool Students
  • Student without traditional grades

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

***For the 2020-21 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.***

  • 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 ITP
    • 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 admission, students must submit official scores or be granted a waiver. For students who submit testing, a minimum score of 100 IBT, or 100 ITP or 7 IELTS, or 125 DET**
    • However, students who are qualified for admission to Pitzer in all ways except English proficiency are eligible for the International Scholars Program. Applicants must:
      • Achieve at least a 70 IBT, or 70 ITP, or 6.5 IELTS, or 100 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, or the ITP version of TOEFL. Pitzer does not currently accept alternate tests of English proficiency (such as Duolingo (DET), paper-based TOEFL, etc.), but they may be included in your English Language Test Waiver to support your request.


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.