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. Since Pitzer stopped requiring the SAT or ACT for admission, the campus has seen a 58 percent increase in diversity, an 8 percent increase in GPA, and a 39 percent increase in applicants with a 10 percent increase in retention. The College has also doubled the number of students from low income, first generation backgrounds.

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 Enrolled Class of 2020

  • Submitted SAT or ACT: 65.5%
    • ACT Composite Middle 50%: 29 – 32
    • SAT Critical Reading Middle 50%: 650 – 730
    • SAT Math Middle 50%: 650 – 720
  • Did not submit standardized tests: 34.5%

*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 TOEFL or IELTS scores from students whose native language is not English. Students who attended a high school where English was the language of instruction may request to have their TOEFL/IELTS requirement waived. Click here to find out how to request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver.

A minimum score of 7 IELTS or 95 IBT is required for regular admission. Students who are qualified for admission to Pitzer in all ways except English proficiency, and who have achieved at least a 6.5 IELTS or 70 IBT are eligible for the International Scholars Program.

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.